Monday, March 26, 2007

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,—I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Property crime heads to the basement.

The province of Saskatchewan is optimistic about a report released by the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics that shows a decrease of six per cent in Saskatchewan's total crime rate last year.

Justice Minister Frank Quennell said. "It tells us that targeted approaches like the Regina Auto Theft Strategy and the Saskatoon Break and Enter Strategy are reducing crime in our communities."

Overall reduction in crime was largely due to a 12 per cent decrease in property crime. There was also a 17 per cent drop in motor vehicle thefts and a 14 per cent decline in break and enters.

Nonetheless, humans and dogs are still being affected by crime on a daily basis, as can be witnessed by a recent property crime in Caswell Hill.

Ani and Moses pose with the evidence.

Upon arriving home last night from the Saskatoon Open Door Society's 25th Anniversary Celebration, the people of Ani found a bag of ultra-premium, raw food, no grain dog kibbles torn into with half the contents missing. It appears the thieves knew exactly what they were after. Nothing else was touched. The investigation is ongoing, but there is reason to suspect this may have been an inside job.

Ani, the head of the household, was unusually quiet and had not much more than "burp, glup, belch, pffft" to say. Ani's people thought it was unfortunate that this happened while the love of Ani's life, Moses, was staying over as he might get a bad impression of the neighbourhood. While Ani and Moses were both home when the crime occurred, they are only suffering minor gasto-intestinal upset, presumably a result of the trauma of being the victims of crime.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Ani in preparation mode as anticipation builds.

Anticipation and excitement builds as Ani only has one week left to prepare for the extended visit of her best friend Moses. Slowly but surely Ani has been crossing items off her to do list:
1) bake treats
2) bathe
3) clean the house
4) clear the snow off the deck so we can lounge romantically in the warm spring sun
5) clean Kong
6) buy peanut butter.

It promises to be a fun 6 weeks of sleepovers while Moses' people are in India. "Waiting for Moses to arrive is the hardest part ... I sure hope he likes it here", Ani was heard saying last night in her sleep. Secretly Ani is also hoping Moses will be a help in her ongoing battle with that damn cat, Benjamin (see photo with Benjamin, aka Bin Apples, looking over Ani's shoulder as he plots out his own list for Moses).