Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Monday, June 29, 2020
I hung an old metal frame from a futon for my grapes to grow on. Three grape plants are in the ground. Just water and cross fingers now.
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Yesterday, before I heard about Rob, I'd spent most of the day fixing stuff around the yard including this step. It had been assembled with a metal part protruding out of the middle of the top step and last week I put a huge gash on heal from it. I'm still limping and don't like to put shoes on until it gets better. Anyway, I figured out a way to remove the middle support and move it so that there is still support, the steps are all still the same depth, but there is no longer this hazard. Today I was going to do more yard work but it was raining. Wish I had some physical work to take my mind off Rob. Difficult day overall.
Saturday, June 27, 2020
I just got word that my friend Rob Edin passed away two days ago. He's been in Calgary for years now but I've known him 25 years and we were gaming online until a few months ago. We were at his wedding when William was little and his twins' first birthday bash some time later. We've exchanged a few emails recently and he was worried about his health, but he also seemed confident that his doctors would find the right balance of stuff to fix him up. I don't what happened but his sister says it looks like a heart attack. He's at least six or seven years younger than me and loved peanuts but couldn't eat them at home so indulged at Five Guys when he visited Regina. Photo above is from a Five Guys in Regina in September 2018. Rob loved history and brought a wealth of knowledge and passion to his games. He was also a really caring person. He always talked about his kids and put them first. Rob visited me when I was it the hospital in Calgary 19 years ago and this meant a lot to me. I'll really miss him.
Friday, June 26, 2020
It seems like everything is in short supply these days. We drove around looking for grape plants to put into the place I designed in the back yard (pictures at a later date). I was looking for Valiant but found some Beta at Canadian Tire and one of these "Prairie Star" varieties at another place. Shopped for lumber to re-build the back gate and was told that cedar and pressure treated wood are almost sold out. Got enough for a gate. Lucky we aren't building a fence or deck this year.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
In you can paint it once....
I'm trying to abide by the adage that if you can do something once, you can do it again. I was listening to K-tel records (after hearing a history of K-Tel earlier in the day on CBC) and didn't get the lens on this camera painting right. I blotted it out. Still didn't get it right the next time, but it's closer. Made more adjustments in future.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Around the yard today
I put together a list of projects (outside of the annual maintenance, organizing, cleaning etc) that I want to accomplish in the next few days to prepare the yard for summer. Margaret was painting the swing that we moved to the front of the house while Nick found a new place to sleep. He wasn't helping, but at least he wasn't in the way.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
More back yard visitors
Allan, Kevin, and later Ang came over and visited in back yard this evening. Earlier today we did some rearranging in the front yard to create some conversation spaces there and also generally tidied up. No bugs yet.
Monday, June 22, 2020
Nice visit with my sister in my gazebo this afternoon. Talked about painting and accounting and stuff. The wind finally seems to be stopping and we can do some back yard stuff.
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Slept in, ate biscotti for breakfast around noon, and did some gardening and bbq later in the day.
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Mike at the fire
Mike came to town for the weekend, I think for a father's day visit. We had a socially distanced visit at the fire. Again, the weather is still cold. By the time Mike left, the temperature had dropped to 4 degrees with a frost warning. Great first day of summer!
Friday, June 19, 2020
Mom and Dad visit
My parents came over for a visit in the back yard. The weather continues to be too cool, so the visit was short. Dad was in great spirits. I cleaned up the yard a bit so mom could take some photos, but overall I'm pretty happy with how the grass is growing and the landscape has tied things together.
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Was talking with Jeff N recently about layers, which is what he feels is the core to his paintings. I concurred that this was vital to my after effects work. I feel that the paintings and the video are integrally tied.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Working at home to much...?
Our obsessions with our work might have a cost in our personal grooming these days. Perhaps having some social life has some value after all.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
With so many people at home, I thought that there would be too many cars on the street when the cleaning trucks came. To the contrary, everyone moved cars and this is the cleanest our street has been since we moved here. In addition, kids (and some adults) were out on their respective sidewalks sweeping and making it even cleaner. I followed suit and cleared up much of my walkway.
Monday, June 15, 2020
Last camera from Barb
Barb lent me a few cameras a couple of weeks ago. This is the last of them. William will take them back for me and hang with Emma in the process. Love getting these sorts of "toy" cameras as they really emphasize the issues I'm thinking about with cameras. Not only must a camera be a camera (take a photograph), but they must also feel right in the users' hands and they must look inviting, creating a desire to be picked up and used. These latter aspects of the camera are not essential to it being a camera, but they are important for it being a "favorite" camera.
Sunday, June 14, 2020
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Slate art gallery on 13th Avenue has been open for a few days, albeit to a limited number of people. We walked over there to see the final day of their fabric exhibition.
Friday, June 12, 2020
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Nick gets a shave
Took Nick (our cat) to the vet for a shaving of his matts. I was allowed to come in with a mask on, but not to help. Regardless, Nick was extremely compliant and the shaving looks much nicer than last year.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Changed stuff around a bit in the living room. We have had this red carpet rolled up in the basement since fall. The carpet we did have in the living room is in need of a cleaning, or perhaps a new home. This gives the room a very different feeling. Perhaps it looks smaller, but it also looks warmer.
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Drawing and Allan
William is drawing his own version of a Tarot deck. He'd hoped to draw one every day but school work and other things get in the way. This week he pushed to get one done to show Allan who came over for a socially distanced evening around the fire.
Monday, June 8, 2020
New phone book came. It is thin enough to bend and put into the mail box.
Sunday, June 7, 2020
Huge wind storms
Lost a couple of large branches from our apple tree this weekend. I'm actually surprised that this tree is still alive, as it has some sort of rot in the core of the branches - or at least in the ones that just broke....
Saturday, June 6, 2020
New dishwasher installed
Friday, June 5, 2020
plumbing and computer and sock-vile
I've held off moving all my data until I get an enclosure tomorrow and instead finished shooting some footage for Sock-Vile including a industrial about how to use a messenger pigeon, and some 2nd unit of Marsha driving.
Thursday, June 4, 2020
The temperatures outside are supposed to be above 20 so I don't want to turn on the furnace, but I found myself cold all day long and this made my creativity and motivation sluggish. I have made a couple of things for Sock-Vile including a reproduction of the worst prop the students made a "soup spice" can constructed from a soup can and some camera tape (I had to substitute medical tape today). I also made a couple of newspaper pages to clarify details so now I"ve also constructed a newspaper office that can show up in some backgrounds.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Final touches on the street
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Filming in university hallway
I stopped by the office to find a few props from Sock-Vile that I needed extra shots of and I pulled a rather decrepit old 16mm projector down off my shelf and nervously plugged it in. I need a projector and my mantra now is to find the coolest examples of each prop or extra insert that I can find. I didn't electrocute
Fire in yard with Allan. Weather was perfect. I shot some more flames to use in my films, Sock-Vile and others.
Monday, June 1, 2020
Dishwasher, trees, sidewalk, and art.
Branches broke off the apple tree yesterday during the wind storms. It's still alive, but a sign that we need a new one.
Road crew were back and starting to pave the sidewalk at 8 am.
We delivered my "painted camera" (as opposed to a "camera painting") to the AGR today. It will be part of an online display. I'll post a link when it is ready.
Our dishwasher broke on Friday and we purchased a new one on Saturday. I met up with Simon at Lowe's today and he moved it home for us. It should get installed tomorrow. Hand washing until then.
I painted the first of four cameras I got from Barb.
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