New site: SaskaPriest.com

“You’re like a priest from Saskatchewan… like a Saskatchewan priest… You’re like, “SaskaPriest.”

(I think the quote kinda goes like that.)

And so I present: saskapriest.com!

This will be a site where I will be placing items that are more specifically related to my ministry as a priest. This will include things like homilies, news, and commentary on different issues. Darryldot.org will still be my home for my personal musings (as infrequent as those can get) and my recordings.

I’ve also launched a podcast along with the new site, and you can find out more information over there. So far, the podcast includes some of my homilies. An iTunes feed to the SaskaPriest Podcast will come shortly.

Enjoy!

So this is Christmas . . .

Well, close enough. It certainly isn’t September any more. Oops. I really should try to update this more than once per quarter, I suppose.

The odd thing is that I have in fact been updating a few things here and there, but they aren’t always immediately visible. The tunes on the Millette family album have been getting the occasional refresh.

The latest updates can be found here.

I’m also (very slowly) working on a cover of Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower. My brother, David, recorded most of the guitar tracks way back in April of 2009, and I’ve finally got around to mixing them together. It is still in a very unfinished state. I’ve thrown in a half-verse of scratch vocals as well, to get a sense of where it is going. Please don’t laugh too hard at them………….

All Along the Watchtower (Cover)

Chloe the puppy is doing well now — much better than she was in October and early November. First, she got spayed at the end of September and had to be on strict-ish rest for 2 weeks. Then I went away for a week to Vancouver and she stayed at a nearby kennel. While I was away, my brilliant dog thought that eating rocks would be a wonderful idea. So she had some more surgery to remove those, meaning another 2-3 weeks of rest and the lampshade collar and the whole bit.

On a side note, if anyone has an extra $832 that they don’t know what to do with, I know of a certain dog-owning priest who might have an idea. Sigh.

Also, since the rock saga I’ve bought her^H^H^Hmyself a treadmill (55% off at Canadian Tire!). It really helps her^H^H^Hme to release energy, now that it’s generally too cold to go on walks of any reasonable length. Here’s a cool video of that:

Parish life is going pretty well. And Andy and Jane and I are in the process of working on something that should be pretty exciting when we get it set up. And once we figure out a name for it. :-)

Have a great Christmas, everyone! And if you overdo it in the eating department, Chloe has a treadmill!

Big time changes

Hello everyone (or whoever actually reads this)!

In the past month, I have:

– completed my time at St. Anne’s and Holy Family in Saskatoon,
– moved to Watson as pastor there (plus Englefeld and St. Gregor),
– got a new Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier puppy named Chloe (!!), and
– as a result of the above, built a fence with some great help from David and a couple of parishioners.

I was originally planning to get a dog in the fall, allowing for more time to build a fence and move in and unpack. Then Fr. David texted me on the day that I moved in, saying that the same breeder that Neulla came from had one more Wheaten puppy available. Would I be able to come into Saskatoon on Monday to look at the puppy?

Well, the thing about “looking at the puppy” is that one never merely looks at the puppy. Invariably, puppy has a new home. Even though most of my home was still in boxes. Her name is Chloe, which was one of the top-ten most common baby girl names in Ireland a couple of years ago… and I needed an Irish name for an Irish dog.

Aside: I was originally thinking of getting a male Wheaten, who I would then name Wil(ly). Get it? How about now? :-)

The parishes are going along fairly well. It’s summer, so there isn’t a whole lot going on, and this has been nice for allowing me to settle in. I do have two funerals this week, though, which makes it a bit busier for me. Next week I will start some holidays with a trip to Regina to take in the Roughrider game. Then it’s off to Nipawin for my 15 year high school reunion and a little event known as Elaine and Brendan’s wedding. Since I’m preaching, does anyone have any good stories that may have a theological application? :-)

Oh, and finally: I updated the blog software to WordPress 3.0.1. If you notice any problems, please let me know.

Photos of the new place and puppy.

– Darryl

Web page updates?!

Umm. So this is getting to be a bit of a familiar refrain, unfortunately. I’ve been pretty busy as of late and therefore have been unable to update my web page on a regular basis.

(If you’re reading this on Facebook and you’re wondering what I’m referring to, check here: http://www.darryldot.org.)

Anyway, I’m finally getting around to doing some updates! I’ve changed the theme to something called Lightword. I modified it slightly, but it seems to be a generally nice and simple theme. I’ve also been doing some general updates to the other pages on here.

In my rare free time, I have been busy with mixing some of the recordings we did last summer. I really, really need to give the Recording page a general overhaul… stay tuned for more in that department!

In other news, congratulations to David and Roxanne! Andrew Dominic was born on January 19, 2010. Here he is, at two days old.

Andrew Dominic Millette, two days old

And also: congratulations Andy and Jane! Spencer was born on February 1, 2010.