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