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Monday, July 16, 2018

Fence building prep

I couldn't move them in my new car but managed to fit six fence posts into William's car this afternoon. I still am not sure when I'll dig new holes, so I certainly don't want to commit in writing in this blog. 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Secret gardens

We missed a couple but visited the majority of the New Dance Horizon's Secret Garden Tour gardens. Mostly I look at structures and sculptures, but occasionally where or how plants are growing is interesting.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Meeting Margaret's cousin

Margaret was working but William and I managed to connect up with Margaret's cousin Karen's daughter Laura over coffee today. Laura is working in Saskatoon for the next couple of months so perhaps we'll see her again. Lots of talk about obscure things birds do. 

Friday, July 13, 2018

shopping, filmming, watching, gardening

Managed to get William out of bed and fed before noon so that we could meet up with Margaret at 12 to shop at Colin O'Brien's for clothes at their annual big sale. I don't think we walked away with as many items as last year, although we did spend as much. He has some new shirts and one pair of pants and I got some orange pants. There was a jacket which would have launched his game show host career but it didn't fit.
William and I got caught in a huge rainstorm while trying to shoot my Swampfest film this afternoon. I got about 80% of it done. My knee has been killing me but I thought it was better as we headed down the street to see a Fringe play. Fortunately I had a couple of seats free beside me so at the midway point when it was aching, I could put it up. Ice worked well after we went home so we ate quickly and headed to a second play, "Two Chairs and a Piece of Wood" by director Cameron Chomyn and performers Cole Nicolson and Andrew Parry. We first knew Cameron and Andrew and "Cam and Andy" or more often as "Biggy and Smalls" thought improv. They are brilliant and this play was certainly a high point in the day. It is a hilarious critique of the heartfelt tell-all performances. Highly recommended. Two more shows this weekend. On the way home we tried to go to one Secret Garden on the night tour but it was apparently a secret from the owners who had not planned on it being a night garden. We did catch one garden before dark though. More tomorrow probably.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

One Take Super 8 Event

This year's Super 8 event was a bit spooky in its content. Matt Ripplinger did a weird piece with mirrors and a woman who is sort of lost and fragmented; quite haunting. Mitch Doll's film seemed at first to be a nice study of a street fair but ended with a creepy voice of a child emitting from a sewer grate. Many others contained murders and macabre moments. Even mine, a study of a toy, did seem more uncanny than I anticipated. William's was very funny and the random lip sync was shockingly effective. There were less participants this year and the parking was impossible due to the night market and concert a half block away; and therefore the room was not sold out (probably 3/4 full). Still a really good event.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

co-hosting Geremy's radio show

Allan Dotson and I joined Geremy this week, in the absence of his other co-hosts, to talk for an hour about time travel films. It is called "Spoiler Alert" and is on CJTR Regina Community radio. The time went pretty quick, especially considering we did virtually no preparation for it. Afterwards we went to the AGR where Sean Whalley and Barbara Meneley opened their exhibition.

New "Lint" film finished

Put the finishing touches on a film I've been thinking about for twenty years and planning for the past two years.I It is the first (?) short sequel to "Life is Like Lint", a feature I took years to complete and screened very few times (premiered in 1999). The new film, "Overview (a life is like lint story)" is simultaneously my most meaningful and my most trivial film I've made in a while. If you are one of the few people to have seen "Lint", it might make some sense. If not, it makes less sense but is at least short. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

games in the rain

Allan was over for Cajun food but afterwards the house was too muggy to do much in. We took the "Love Letter" and "Story Cubes" games to Naked Bean and played as the thunderstorm rolled in. Surprisingly, the rain, while still falling as we left, didn't seem to cool the city down at all. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Taking William to work day

To help him escape the heat today, I dragged William to the University. I got caught up on a few things that I couldn't do at home and we took a bit of a walk (note William's choice of super-hot-day attire). 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Sleeping in on Sunday

I was up at 7 this morning, making coffee, feeding the cats, and reading yesterday's paper as it was too busy to read it yesterday. Suddenly it was 9:30 and I realized that I was still completely wrecked so I went back to bed until noon. This reset me enough to do some planning for the evening as Rob was busy again due to work and the stampede so I connected face to face with Kevin, Allan and Geremy. 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Home from Saskatoon

We left Saskatoon by noon, stopping at a self pick saskatoon berry farm before heading back. The berries were smaller and less abundant than the place that used to be near Regina and it took the three of us a half hour to fill one bucket. Good flavour though. In Regina our first stop was a sale where a few vendors, including Lady Arcane's taxidermy (mostly rabbit heads on plaques), religious antiques of mainly ironic qualities, and clothing and accessories by Karlie Jessup (from whom we bought a few things). This was all hosted in front of the Broom Closet witchcraft supply store on Dewdney. Later we went to the newly renovated Caroway Grill with Margaret's family. Although exhausted by this point, we escaped the heat by going to Ant Man and the Wasp.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Saskatoon, doctor and Shakespeare

Drove up to Saskatoon. William had a doctor's appointment. In the evening we went to The Merry Wives of Windsor at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan. Mike joined us. It was very well performed and directed. They were in contemporary dress but without any particular themes other than just doing the play very well. We'd not known Kenn McLeod was in it so that was a nice surprise. He had a moment when he had to point a sword at someone in the audience and he focused in on William. Here he is reenacting it. I regret that I was so tired, and my foot so sore, by the end of the evening that I couldn't have a decent conversation with Mike or anyone else.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Dueling parties

We had two dinner parties to attend today: my niece Michelle is on her way to New Brunswick with Francis. At the same time, Bob Bjerke is here for only a couple of days and is celebrating his birthday. We did the first half with my family, the second half with the Bjerkes. Ate too much.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

First damage to car

We went to "Solo" at the Southland last night. It let out after 1 am and then I somehow drove my car (the new one) very slowly but very accurately into a cement barrier. I spent much of today struggling with the insurance website (until my stupidity brilliantly resulted in an agent being alerted to me and then helping me set up the claim on the same day I submitted it). I dealt with the additional coverage insurance and got the job appraised and the repairs booked. I was then able to wash the car and make it look not so badly damaged again. Six points on my licence is the only real damage remaining. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Griffin and William resume film production

While William has been trying to adapt the ongoing story he and Griffin have been discussing over the phone all year, their first connection during Griffin's trip to Regina this summer was to shoot some additional scenes for a video Griffin has been adding to for the past three years. 

Monday, July 2, 2018

morbid birthday gift

I think this is the oddest, and perhaps most morbid, gift Margaret has ever given to Gerda.
"Happy" birdthday? 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Fireworks and pie

We headed out for fireworks, taking chairs along this year as we've always felt tired by the process of standing and waiting on the bridge. While the show seemed short, sitting made it all the more pleasant. The girls arrived just as it all began and we had everyone back to the house for pie afterwards. 

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Katherine and Kristen visit

William's cousins spent the night here. Unfortunately they were quite exhausted last night after a day on the farm and at Simon's so we really only got to socialize over pancakes t his morning. They are off to the farm again. Hope we can see more of them this year, it is so great having them around. 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Marc LaFoy visits Regina

Picked up Marc from the airport this morning and drove him around showing him the amazing sights of Regina and the UofR. Haven't seen Marc in about a decade, perhaps more, so it was great to catch up, talk about kids and getting old. It appears I cannot take a decent photo. He took a bunch so perhaps I'll steal some of his and attach them below. I'm really excited about Japan after hearing his stories about his recent visit there. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Honor roll

William was on the honor roll again this year. As always, he needed to out-dress his last year's outfit, complete with the award medals from the previous two years. His face/teeth are bothering him even more today than yesterday, so the event was a bit trying.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

William's recovery continues

After getting his wisdom teeth out yesterday, William seemed to have no swelling of the face. However, possibly because he wasn't able to keep icing it all night, he is a bit swollen and a bit more sore/uncomfortable today. The Harry Potter marathon concluded. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

William's wisdom teeth

William had all four of his wisdom teeth pulled today. I spent the rest of the day making him smoothies and bringing him ice to keep the swelling down. Overall he didn't find the procedure too bad. His reward is a Harry Potter movie marathon. 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Lunch with Erik

We were able to fit one last lunch (at the Hunter and Gatherer) with Erik and Julie before they headed back to Calgary. We suppered at Lori's where we barbecued pizza. Since William will be on liquid diet after this night and that he doesn't like pizza (which was made with thick slabs of fresh mozzarella). I brought him some steak. 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Family weekend

We had a big family gathering this weekend. My sisters came in, as did my nephew Chris and his girlfriend. It was mom and dad's 60th anniversary. Lori hosted everything at her place. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Art Gallery of Regina "Mystery" fundraiser

We had a fun time at the AGR fundraiser. Rather than being solely food related, which had come to result in people claiming a table and being small social silos, the mystery that required solving forced people to wander around the whole space and talk with improv actors playing 1940s Noir characters to get clues about the missing painting. This took the attention off of voting for your favorite food and placed it on conversation, costume, and the themes of the evening. One does need an excuse to wear a fedora these days, so I was delighted.  I believe the whole evening was a great success. Margaret put a lot of energy into this over the past few weeks, as did many other volunteers. Well worth it.

Friday, June 22, 2018

William summer begins

This morning William wrote his last mid-term, ending an unbelievable stretch of homework and projects and allowing him to finally return to his graphic novel he started in April. Grades are stronger than ever. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

William's new sculpture

William's art final was to re purpose an item that the art teacher gave them into a new piece of art. William got a coffee grinder. He made this guy:

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Day with the doctors

I got a call to meet my new internal specialist at the hospital, specifically just to talk for a few minutes in between his meetings/tests with other patients. I was to have no tests done, so no preparations, just lots of waiting. However, when I finally met with him he revealed that he had time for tests after all..... Suffice to say, I was there from about 9:30 until almost 5 and was thoroughly poked and prodded.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Streets are clean

I know it probably isn't a big deal, but every year for the past decade at least, there have been cars parked around our house on the day the street cleaners come. Once recently, we cleared our cars to the back and someone came and parked directly in front of our house so we didn't get cleaned. Anyway, this year there were no cars on our side of the street for a whole half block. Feels wonderful.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

William's super-8 film

William had an extremely ambitious super-8 film idea that was possible but would take at least 100 hours to create. With his exams this week and the deadline for the films on Monday, I helped him minimize the film and use a lot of shortcuts that will give the film some style and campy fun. I think he's happy with where it went. 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Shooting my marching super-8 film

Having not felt well all week, I needed to create an easier alternative plan for my One Take Super 8 film. I shot in the garage all day to make my Hap and Hep film. I think it could have some nice rhythm to it.

Friday, June 15, 2018


I have a new doctor (thanks to a recommendation from my mom) and he seems really good. He asked me a dozen questions that seemed relevant but that the doctors at the clinic had not thought to ask. He has made a diagnosis and given my documents to read and those documents indicate a match to every symptom I have. Some pills start today. No drinking for two weeks though. Can't go wrong with a doctor who buys a Heather Cline for his waiting room. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Standard 8 Film!!

William and Margaret were at a garage sale and spotted these rolls of film, likely unexposed. William recognized them for their rarity and so now we will be doing a standard 8 film sometime this summer. The Kodachrome will need to develop into black and white, but the Agfa might have some colour left in it.
The weather felt cool enough and my desire was strong enough, so I've baked: