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<p>My wife has been conspiring with friends of ours.  I now have proof and her admission!</p>
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<p>This hasn't been a great year for me, stress, health, emotion-wise.  Just lousy, despite the great things that have happened with the kids, with music, overall just a tad too much to take.  Work, to use a technical term, sucks.  But I know that if I am outdoors - anywhere outdoors - for 5 minutes I find a smile creeping to my face.  Lately I was beginning to suspect that the missus had started to maneuver things to get me outside more.  I was right.</p>
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<p>She's stocked the van up with camping gear.  She's planned the weekends from now to the first snow.  "When the kids are gone we can remove the back seats and plunk a mattress back there.  You'll build a box for storage and we can put cushions on it as a seat, and we can camp in it well into the fall..."</p>
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<p>When she called up a friend of ours who's the project manager for our <a href="http://www.albertajfw.ca/index.php/about/program" target="_blank">organization's</a> new camp site in the foothills I knew that something was afoot.  This weekend the two of us helped him install 4 wood stoves in small cabins, and I chopped enough wood to stock them and get them "broken in" over Satuday night, and enough wood for ours.  When our friend had departed and we were alone we sanded a deck, puttered around and hung out in our cabin by the fire - all off grid - lit by tea lamps.  Rustic Romantic I guess.</p>
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<p>We sanded and scraped on Sunday - it's a bit harder when you don't have power tools!  But we didn't overdo it.  The missus called it quits mid-afternoon and we retired to the falls back in the hills where there's a wood-fired sauna in a very secluded location.  The water was mind (and other parts of the body) numbingly cold (numb in 5 seconds), but it was good for the beer.</p>
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<p>I ache and am sore in places I'd forgotten I had, but I'm feeling GOOD.  Maybe some conspiracies aren't tin-foil hat ones.</p>
 

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<p>New coach?  I'm just enjoying it and waiting for the comments from JC.</p>
 

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<p>And berries.  You forgot berries.</p>
 
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