Mike is in town for another night. We went for Thai food (sent William in ahead of us to ensure that the place had air conditioning) and spent meal time reading through the instructions for the newest expansion to The Settlers of Catan; namely the helpers of Catan. We played one round of it when we got home; Mike had a solid lead from the start and won but William and I almost caught up near the end. Great expansion. It doesn't upset the balance but does give players options, even when they are far behind in the game (which quite often happens).
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Thurza Cuthand's storytelling performance followed by comedy improv inspired by her stories. This was a Dunlop Art Gallery event but it took place at the Artful Dodger, which is definitely a much more appealing venue than standing in a gallery for a similar event. It was raw and full of energy and quite entertaining.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014
The Lego expo at Moose Jaw was jaw dropping again this year. While some of the basic stuff felt like a rerun from last year, there were more than enough pieces which excelled beyond. Kiki and Kristin came for the first time and got a new appreciation for the form. They liked a computerized lego machine which scanned then solved rubics cubes in about a minute. I liked the recreated set from an episode of "Angel" in season one, complete with Joss Whedon and the film crew shooting the episode.
|The mini-figs bop up and down as the background moves past them|
|Lego Joss Whedon on the set of Lego Angel|
Friday, July 25, 2014
For an appetizer, I ran past the Chinese Bakery for steamed buns. The storm last night made a mess of the already derelict next door space. It didn't appear to affect them. The buns were all consumed in the first hour we were there, along with the rice krispie cake.
Once out on the farm, my first time there this year, I swept out the "cottage" which had kept fairly clean since my last trip (one dead mouse and a bunch of moths). Spent a few minutes in a hammock but otherwise hung out with everyone else in or around George's new trailer.
The kids all took turns with the new 1953 tractor. William drove for the first time. It has two brakes, one for each side. There were no mishaps with that tractor, but the riding mower was introduced to George's truck in an unexpected way.
The fireworks were all arranged according to some suggested plan/map. The only thing that didn't go perfectly was the lack of a reliable torch, resulting in some delays between launches.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
This afternoon the girls were over and they all helped Emma learn to play Carcassonne. The basic set only takes about 35 minutes to play (as it says on the box) which seemed impossible when we usually play with many extra sets.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
|1953 John Deer tractor|
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Without Margaret (for the first time) William and I went Saskatoon berry picking. Got four buckets, which is not really enough to make it through the winter for muffins, but it's a start. We froze 3.3 buckets and the remainder are in the frig for snacking. I just got back on line after an afternoon of frustration with my modem (which I just replaced with Access - it might have been a bad output port).
Monday, July 21, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
|during 30 minute intermission (without gags) of Monty Python (mostly) Live|
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
|Zoom in to see Margaret's amazing contortionist photo move on the Corner Gas movie set|
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014
Sunday, July 13, 2014
We attended a number of gardens of New Dance Horizons' "Secret Garden Tour" fundraiser again this year. Some of the gardens, including one with a really interesting studio set in the middle of it, were in Indian Head. The tour of Indian Head also included a stop in the historic Bell Barn. The one by the NDH offices has a mushroom garden, which William is hoping to start doing himself. We managed to catch a couple of the dance performances as well, which is great for me as I'm much more interested in seeing performance than flowers.
|William in Bell Barn|