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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Wiener dog races


I am told this is a new popular thing: racing dachshunds (wiener dogs). This weekend there was a series of races outside of the German Club in Regina. I think it was more of an excuse to sell pretzels and set up a petting zoo with goats and a pony, as the "race" had only the vaguest of rules and consisted of two lines drawn on the road. The running technique might even include the owners running out into the "track" to chase or catch the dogs. Other leased dogs are in the vicinity as distractions. It was what a show. William decided that it was too warm for a jacket, so that limited how long we could stand around in the 8 degree weather. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Leslea and Leif present "Losing Our Religion" at RPL

Leslea and Leif are in town to talk about their new feature length documentary about clergy who have become atheists. Multiple stories are woven together in a mesmerizing way, showing us the tip of the iceberg of the rising secular communities. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Deck progress


Simon and his crew made quick progress on our deck. My doubts that it will be in place this fall were unfounded. They discovered a paved sidewalk running along the back of the house (about 6 feet out) that I'd not known about before. It was covered by a few inches of soil and I think was likely the continuation of the lower sidewalk I knocked out from the north side of the house many years ago.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Pumpkin harvest


The shock of last year's gigantic pumpkin harvest can only be surpassed by the shock of the minuscule harvest this year. All the pumpkins we planted fit easily into Gertrud's small trunk of her car. I carried all of ours into the basement in two armloads. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Lunch with Erik

five of us lunching ... or is it six?

Erik was in town this past weekend but we didn't know it until  he texted me during our drive to Winnipeg. Our only opportunity to connect was lunch on Tuesday before he headed home. Margaret picked up William during his spare and I drove Geremy from the university. The old car has something wrong with it so Margaret had it towed to Steve's garage during lunch.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Last day in Winnipeg and the return home

Instead of leaving right away to get to Regina for a second Thanksgiving supper, we stopped in to a giant flea market in Winnipeg. We picked up a couple of nutty things such as this tv rabbit ears and a spyrograph set. We were home in time for more food and to get a look at the state of our deck. 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Kent Monkman at WAG


The final event of WNDX was a collaboration with the Winnipeg Art Gallery to show some films by Kent Monkman and host a talk with him at the WAG. He gave a very interesting artist talk in which he chronicled his transition away from abstract painting to figurative painting.

We had breakfast at a little underground place called the Clementine Cafe and it was amazing. Fortunately we were hungry again for turkey that evening. The end of a great weekend. Thanks WNDX and Leslea and Leif.