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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Peaches and Orchards

We picked up boxes of peaches at mom's church today and intended to have pie and coffee. However, we were too late and the pie was all gone. We went to the farmer's market instead, but even they were mostly sold out of food truck stuff.
This evening we went to a really nice dinner hosted at the Over the Hill Orchards near Lumsden. Terrific. We sat beside Mike Maekelburger and his partner. The tour of the orchard and their methods was particularly enlightening

Friday, August 18, 2017

Wheat Soup Beer invite

Invitation for the September 9 tapping of the keg and launching of the Wheat Soup beer arrived today.



Thursday, August 17, 2017

Huge Lego from Sharon

Sharon took William out for an early birthday lunch and then bought him a gigantic Lego set. It's just nuts. The instructions are square bound - practically a novella.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Shooting in Art Shack with Lindsay Arnold

We visited the Art Shack at the RPL and shot some animation with Lindsay. I've not seen it posted yet. It will eventually be on her Instagram page. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

video camera

Geremy and William will now share this video camera (not camcorder) from 1985 that we picked up from Jay's garage sale. It looks like new (except for one foam part that was so disgusting that it went directly into the trash). Don't know if they'll get a signal out or power in yet, but it probably doesn't matter. 

Allan and complicated game

Margaret took a last minute extra evening shift so Allan, William and I played a very complicated game that was produced locally with some of his designs. I won but I'm not sure it was from any real strategy. It was fun though and probably be good if we all understood it better from the start.
Earlier, we had coffee with North Portal artist Lindsay Arnold. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Evening at Lori's

A couple more tests and Lori went home. Sharon in town. Had lasagna at Lori's. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Games on Sunday

Mike came to town. Introduced a new game he got: Bears vs Babies. Nice design. Mike is entering his last week of vacation so just came for visit and not for the football game (Riders won). Went to Kevin's (first time in a month).

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Jay's sale and Janine's art

Jay Robertson is moving and selling cool stuff. We went and bought cool stuff. He's a great guy, a great props master, and a great neighbout. We'll miss him. Lori didn't want visitors this morning but brought William along in afternoon. Ron was there. More tests to come but expect to go home tomorrow. Shared gum around the room. Surprised at how everyone wanted a piece.

Later we went to the Folk Festival. Saw some music and participated in Janine's rock project.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thursday update

Visited Lori at the General. Tests but no solid news. Sharon not coming in yet. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Last day with the girls

The girls leave tomorrow at 6 am so this evening we got together one last time and ate at Table 10 then said our goodbyes. Sharon phoned just before we left for supper.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

More Cake

Another amazing cake from Margaret and her secret book. Allan was over and we had a game of steampunk Munchkin. I got a couple more things done at the office including depositing over 100 dvds into the library and meeting with Berny. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Not enough gum

We are missing five Pud comics from the total of 60 in the run so I bought anther 175 but only got one new one in the whole bucket. I'll need to buy more tomorrow.
Terry and Xander came over this evening and we lit a fire. No marshmallows though. Nick seems to like the fire and always hangs around near it. 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Mike's soul patch

Saw Mike over "hangouts" this weekend. He's sporting a new soul patch which looks pretty good.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Indian Head collectibles, rain, and ice cream

We took a drive out to Indian Head and Katepwa beach today. Our first goal was the grand opening of a little antique/collectibles place run by some people we'd previously met in Regina. I bought an old coin eating head, a sort of mechanical device I'm often interested in. While tempted by the black character, it does not fit with anything I collect and would basically be difficult to justify as a "decorator item" in my house. It is for someone else's collection. The clown is disturbing enough. The old stable that they've fixed up contains an amazing number of cool items.

The beach was a wash as a huge rain storm hit us as we pulled up. I shot some video of the great patterns the rain made on the waves.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Visit mom and dad

Went to visit mom and dad. Mom wanted a new printer but I couldn't find anything wrong with her old one. She also had a lamp to fix but again, there was nothing wrong with it (except someone had put a label on it saying it didn't work - I suspect the bulb). Dad has been going out most mornings for an hour for coffee. He watched some Star Trek with William and was in a pretty good mood.
William counted all the money he's saved up from birthday, Christmas and mostly recycling that he'd not yet deposited in the bank. It was over $800. I was astounded. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Walk on 13th

After supper we took a walk down 13th. Got some ice cream then discovered that Paper Umbrella was open for a letter writing session. We wrote and visited a while then continued on to Carle Steele's new tenants setting up a cat cafe. It's not open until next month but we'd hoped to see cats in the window. They were hiding. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

I dug this movie. I thought I didn't know anything about it going in, even though I had bought the graphic novel much of it was based on back in high school. By the look of the condition of it, I've not removed it from its box since then. The movie was grande and beautiful and in the French tradition, somewhat inexplicable. I couldn't always tell where it was going (although it looks like Besson is starting to take on too many Hollywood traditions in his writing). Six of us went, which reclining seats and 3D on a regular night, so the evening was a heavy touch on the wallet but worth it. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Big supper

With the girls in town and haying winding down, it seems like we are hosting more and more suppers (usually with no planning) at our house. Allan was over, which is great as we've not seen him in a couple of weeks) as well as the Bessai clan. We didn't manage to fit a game in though. We did go to Wonderland for an hour and should probably repeat that venture.