November 20, 2011

Goodbye, Godric

We buried Godric, a sweet little tiger cat, yesterday after Angelika found him dead by the side of Route 366 near Saunders Greenhouse. It looked like he'd been hit hard and thrown into the ditch. Keeping cats here is difficult....

Posted by simon at 8:56 PM

November 6, 2011

Spring's Bench

When I lost my beautiful Spring dog in February, I knew right away that I wanted to do something permanent (as such things go) in her memory. Spring keeping an eye on the neighborhood. In May I bought a bench...

Posted by simon at 6:38 AM

August 25, 2011

Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal

I am happy to report that the technicolor mailbox saga has come to an end for now. This morning, in Town of Ithaca Court, I accepted an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal which ends the trespassing violation charges developer Otis...

Posted by simon at 12:15 PM

March 6, 2011

Little things - coffee

A few months ago, David Makar made the mistake of venturing into my avalanche-prone office. Out of the many things available to complain about, he noticed my growing pile of unrecyclable coffee cups. I've been visting the XtraMart on the...

Posted by simon at 12:03 PM

February 5, 2011

Farewell, beautiful Spring

Spring enjoys my parents' porch, shortly after we got her. When Tracey and I first met Spring, at Blue Jay Kennels outside of Corning, she was happy to see us. She'd apparently been picked up on East 2nd Street,...

Posted by simon at 10:08 PM

August 16, 2010

This site brought to you by...

Konrad and Sungiva, of course! Konrad, Sungiva, and a big doll....

Posted by simon at 8:19 AM

July 24, 2010

To lighten things up a little...

No more articles today, just some happy pictures. Konrad sleeps. Sungiva enjoys some water....

Posted by simon at 6:44 AM

June 30, 2010

Pictures of the kids

There's a lot going on in Dryden that I need to catch up writing about. For right now, though, it's time to pause a minute and put up some happy kid photos. Konrad rests on the lawn. Sungiva contemplates a...

Posted by simon at 8:01 AM

May 8, 2010

A sandbox for Sungiva and Konrad

Well, okay, Konrad's a little young for it still, but Sungiva's certainly happy and Konrad will grow into it. New sandbox. Sungiva tests out the sandbox. Family sandbox. I mostly built the sandbox out of parts salvaged from last year's...

Posted by simon at 4:20 PM

May 6, 2010

Konrad's growing

I'm happy to report that Konrad is spending most of his time eating, sleeping, looking around, and getting bigger. Konrad where he likes to be - with Angelika! Konrad rests....

Posted by simon at 6:26 PM

Sungiva's first haircut

Sungiva tangled a phone headset in her hair, so we had to trim it, and Angelika took it further to give her a real haircut. Sungiva's new haircut. Sungiva at the Dryden Community Center Cafe. I kind of think she...

Posted by simon at 6:18 PM

April 28, 2010

Konrad comes home

Konrad came home yesterday afternoon, and has been entertaining us ever since. Konrad gets ready to blast off from the hospital. Spring and Sungiva talk about Konrad. Sungiva and Konrad with my parents....

Posted by simon at 5:42 PM

April 26, 2010

Sungiva meets Konrad

My mother, Sungiva, and I set off for Cayuga Medical Center this morning to see Angelika and Konrad. Sungiva and my mother had to meet our new arrival! Sungiva gives her little brother Konrad a kiss. Angelika hugs Sungiva and...

Posted by simon at 2:43 PM

April 25, 2010

Konrad Simon St.Laurent arrives

He was a little early, but Angelika realized this morning at church that little Konrad wanted to see the world soon. Thankfully, he was quick, and we now have a delightful son to raise. Little Konrad. Vital statistics. Konrad tries...

Posted by simon at 8:39 PM

November 12, 2009

Sungiva's 19th month

It's been busy around here, but we did notice that Sungiva's now 19 months old. Her favorite word, unfortunately, seems to be 'no', but hopefully her vocabulary will expand. Sungiva loves swings. Sungiva enjoys Cheerios. Sungiva builds a removable carseat...

Posted by simon at 12:16 PM

September 28, 2009

Sungiva's a year and a half!

Sungiva celebrated her eighteenth birthday yesterday, well, eighteen months. We haven't posted pictures in a while, provoking all kinds of protest, though I don't think Sungiva herself has really noticed. We have a bit of catching up to do, so...

Posted by simon at 6:09 PM

August 26, 2009

Running for Town Board

After years of saying "no" to running for office, I agreed tonight to run for Town Board this November. I'm very happy to be running with incumbent Town Supervisor Mary Ann Sumner and Town Board Member Jason Leifer, and hope...

Posted by simon at 10:41 PM

June 30, 2009

And where's he gone?

I'm getting back into blogging, but right now I'm pretty distracted by the lunacy of our so-called New York State Senate. It's more a state topic than a Dryden topic (and Jim Seward has only played a bit part in...

Posted by simon at 8:31 PM

Sungiva's fifteenth month

Sungiva's teenage months are flying by. She started the month with her grandparents visiting, then her aunt, uncle, and cousin arrived, and she's been busy ever since with friends, animals, toys, and us. Reading with her aunt Mirjam, cousin Jonathan,...

Posted by simon at 7:55 PM

June 10, 2009

A fourteenth month of Sungiva

I know, I know. I'm late. We're almost halfway into her fifteenth month, and everyone wants pictures. Finally, here they are! Sungiva's fourteenth month included lots of visitors and visiting. Her grandparents came from Germany, and we all went to...

Posted by simon at 10:03 PM

May 6, 2009

Sungiva's thirteenth month

Now that Sungiva is over a year old, it was time for her to explore more of the world. She might have been happy just playing nearby, but we took her on a 3000-mile journey from Dryden to Biloxi, MS,...

Posted by simon at 5:48 PM

March 26, 2009

Sungiva's birthday is tomorrow

It's almost been a year! Sungiva wonders how that chicken snuck in. (The back door blew open, but still...) Sungiva and Angelika watch ducks where they belong - outside. Mother and daughter in heavy-duty outerwear. Sungiva and her friendliest pet,...

Posted by simon at 10:49 PM

March 5, 2009

Sungiva's eleventh month

She just keeps growing, and exploring more and more. She figured out crawling, is working on standing, and seems to be getting ready for walking. Sungiva explores the contents of her changing table. Sungiva chooses seeds for the garden. Sungiva...

Posted by simon at 8:40 AM

February 1, 2009

Tenth month of Sungiva

There's a little girl starting to emerge from our baby Sungiva as she crawls around, pulls herself up on a regular basis, and gets better at making it clear what she wants. Sungiva tries sidesaddle on the rocking horse. Sungiva...

Posted by simon at 8:11 PM

January 6, 2009

Yes, we have no email

Yesterday afternoon, I looked down at my computer to see a notice that someone had pushed the power button on the server that hosts this site, shutting it down. I drove into downtown Ithaca, wasn't too surprised that it wouldn't...

Posted by simon at 4:58 PM

December 27, 2008

Sungiva's ninth month

Sungiva is nine months old today. She might have mistaken Christmas for her birthday, as she got a lot of things and had a lot of fun, but I don't think she quite figured out what it was all about....

Posted by simon at 7:04 PM

November 29, 2008

Sungiva's eighth month

Sungiva just keeps getting cuter. Sungiva talks during a meal. Sungiva investigates carpentry. Sungiva dressed for Thanksgiving. As always, there's a gallery of photos for those want to see more Sungiva!...

Posted by simon at 12:32 PM

November 1, 2008

Seven months old

Sungiva just keeps growing! Sungiva with sippy cup. A very self-assured pose. Enjoying an apple. If you'd like to enjoy more of Sungiva's seventh month, I've posted a gallery....

Posted by simon at 2:41 PM

September 27, 2008

Six months of Sungiva

Today, little Sungiva is six months old. She's done a lot of growing, and is picking up new activities. Sungiva reads (sort of). Sungiva looks out at us. Sungiva gnaws on an apple. The apple thing was unexpected, but she...

Posted by simon at 7:51 PM

September 9, 2008

Sungiva is five (months)

Yes, it's been very quiet on this blog. It hasn't been so quiet at home, though, where Sungiva is figuring out more and more exciting things about the world every day. Sungiva celebrates. Sungiva with Rowena. Sungiva with Angelika. If...

Posted by simon at 8:26 PM

July 28, 2008

Sungiva at four months

There seem to be two schools of thought about Living in Dryden at the moment. One wonders why I'm so distracted by our new baby and not posting. The other wants all Sungiva photos, all the time, and wonders why...

Posted by simon at 8:46 PM

May 27, 2008

Sungiva at two (months)

Today was Sungiva's two month sort-of-birthday, which she celebrated with lots of screaming, but also with some playful fun and with a surprise, turning herself over from "tummy time" to her back. Sungiva smiles. She's had a busy month, eating...

Posted by simon at 10:06 PM

April 21, 2008

And more Sungiva

Everyone I talk with wants more Sungiva photos. I'm continuing to build a collection, so here's a gallery of her first twenty-six days, with new photos starting here. Here are some previews of Sungiva at her baby-finest. Sungiva makes a...

Posted by simon at 9:04 PM

April 8, 2008

More Sungiva photos

I've had lots of requests for more photos of little Sungiva, and I've posted a new gallery of photos. Some of them have been up before - new photos start on page 3. Simon, Angelika and Sungiva....

Posted by simon at 9:19 PM

March 29, 2008

New Dryden resident

Angelika gave birth to Sungiva Marie St.Laurent, our first baby, Thursday morning at 3:32am at Cayuga Medical Center. We just came home today. Sungiva arrived as a tiny little cutie at 5 pounds, fifteen ounces (2684 grams), and 17 inches...

Posted by simon at 4:12 PM

March 17, 2008


In case anyone's wondering where I've been, I'm sick and in bed. Friday was a mad rush. Saturday was flooring - I almost finished the room. Sunday was a very shivery Quaker Meeting and the rest of the day in...

Posted by simon at 7:31 PM

March 4, 2008

Getting diapers ready

I warned some friends today that there's likely to be a lot less "hard news" on this site for a while, because we're preparing for one of life's great disruptions: our first child. Angelika's expecting our baby around March 30th,...

Posted by simon at 6:38 PM

January 1, 2008

Welcome, 2008

2007 had its heart-breaking surprises and its wonderful moments, some strife, and some victories. 2008 will likely be the same - but all different. There's going to be a lot of change around here, as Angelika is expecting a baby...

Posted by simon at 3:50 AM

May 20, 2007

Simon and Angelika Get Married

My name is Dave and I'm blogging for Living in Dryden on special assignment. Simon and his fiance Angelika got married this afternoon (Saturday). Later this week they are off on a multiple week honeymoon and vacation. Simon asked me...

Posted by david at 12:16 AM