Monday, May 23, 2022

CVAF parade


Butterflies was the theme for the Cathedral Festival this year so Margaret and William dressed appropriately for the parade this morning. The mayor came out and introduced an art flag raising and rock on rock performance conduced by the conductor of the symphony. 

Sunday, May 22, 2022

On William's radio show

 I'm William's first return guest on his radio show. We recorded on Friday and aired this morning, talking mostly about Garfield. The more I listen, the more interested I am in participating. This episode is available for the next three weeks here: SUNDAY FUNNIES ON CJTR

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Covid or not...

 I've been so tired all week that I don't know how to get through my days. I've been certain something is wrong but it never seems to be covid (I've taken to doing the whole back of the throat swabbing even). 

Friday, May 20, 2022

Red record day

 As an early Father's Day gift, Margaret and William gave me a record they ordered some time ago, the brand new vinyl release of the first Of Monsters and Men lp, commemorating its 10th anniversary. It is on two heavy, well printed translucent red records. There are three new tracks on the fourth side. We bought the CD in Iceland and I've been enthralled with them ever since. 

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Branda Owens

 Brenda Owens died this week. I've not spoken to her since before the big Filmpool fiasco in the early 90s for which most of us remember her. However, I do want to take a moment to remember that for a few years, she did far more good than harm to the Filmpool. She was savvy at convincing our funders of the value of the group, even when we weren't acting as professionally as we should have. She got us into the first large, useful space (1100 Broad) where Filmpool stayed for most of the 90s. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

dad in the evening

 Visited dad after supper. I did some lame card tricks that I believe he could see through but was amused by the activity. Getting ready for bed proves to be a difficult time for him though. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Five Guys

 Hankering for a Five Guys burger for a while now. Yesterday I was going to come here with Geremy but I had to cancel so today I brought William while Margaret was at work. Very good. I think the spice on the spicy fries changed a bit, but it is difficult to define. The prices are up at least 20%. 

Monday, May 16, 2022

Visiting dad

 Mom couldn't come visit dad today and made sure I'd come. Dad is well dressed and in a pretty good mood. We sort of played one hand of cribbage. I'd hoped that the rules would be so deeply ingrained that he could play on auto-pilot, but it isn't the case. 

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Bike from Mike

 William bought a bike from Mike Rollo's garage sale. The back wheel is low so I figured it would be difficult to ride it all the way home before it is repaired. 

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Jeff Nachtigall at Slate

 Jeff's solo show opened at Slate. He was surrounded by people the whole time I was there so I didn't have a chance to talk to him about this corner of one large painting and the very concerned or confused bear. 

Saturday with dad

Visited dad. Mom was there when I arrived and she tells me Quinn and Sean were there earlier. Dad seemed in a good mood but tired. It took a lot of convincing to get him to stand up and go for supper. 

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Campion alumni award for Mark Wihak

 Marked donned a tie for the first time in 30 years to accept a distinguished alumni award from Campion. Really nice event with an open bar. Philippe did the introduction. Mike and Christine were also there. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Hanging camera painting

 In painting class this week, I brought Noelle's disposable underwater camera. It was suggested that I hang it by its strap so I did. About half way through, I noticed that the strap, which was extremely dry and cracking, had broken. The camera was still resting where I'd arranged it.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Lori and I visiting dad

I popped in to visit with dad today. He was out walking the hall and the two of us sat in a quiet corner of the dining hall. Lori arrived a few minutes later and we caught up. Dad was in a good mood. 

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Mother's Day and sorting Munchkin

Mother's day. William drew a bizarre but sweet card. We had brunch. Later I followed through on a suggestion of William's to sort the Munchkin cards for the first time since we started buying them at least ten years ago. We have about 35 different sets. 


Saturday, May 7, 2022

Cards with dad

 I brought a deck of cards when I visited dad. I dealt him a cribbage hand and he seemed pleased and went through the cards over and over but never played. 

Friday, May 6, 2022

boring is good

 Sometimes I like to paint the most dynamic angles of a camera than I can. Other times I do the opposite, painting a very straight on, unimaginative angle. I just did this with a box camera and I'm very pleased with the result. 

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Perogies with mom

 Mom asked me to come help with perogies tonight. Right from the start, it was very difficult. The potato and chees mix was thin/runny  and very sticky. If you touch it, which you must, it sticks to your fingers and makes it hard to pinch the dough. After much discussion, mom finally realized that the cheese was low fat, which is terrible for most cooking projects. Made 9 dozen anyway. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Painting and William's first cheesecake

Painted with Lori this morning. Then this evening we brought desert over to mom's. I walked William through making a cheesecake last night. It turned out really well. Chocolate with some amaretto and a bit of grand marnie in the glaze. 


Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Sharon in town

 Had supper with Sharon at Viet Tai. She's in town for three days to visit mom and dad. 

Monday, May 2, 2022

Film Rescue

 We drove out to Indian Head and dropped off film at Film Rescue. Got a chance to talk to Greg for a couple of minutes but he was monitoring a machine and couldn't take a break. Will need to go back later in the summer. 

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Crocus watch

Out to the valley for a drive and a hunt for the first crocus flowers of spring. Out favorite site seemed a bit dry and they were fading, but a nearby hill had many. 


Saturday, April 30, 2022

Radical Stitch at MacKenzie Art Gallery

Curator talk at the MacKenzie today with Sherry Farrell Racette, Michelle Lavallee, and Cathy Mattes. Tremendous show with about 50 artists. The talk was on the free day so there were lots of people. I'll go back another day when the whole place is more quiet to look more closely at everything. 

Friday, April 29, 2022

Fourth Year Film screening

 First public face to face screening of graduating film student films since 2019 took place last night. Program was shorter than I had expected and perhaps less fanfare and talking. Brian's last students, which was not spoken of. Link to program on the code above. 

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Visit dad

 Dad's shoes were wet so he had to come walking in socks today. He wanted me to stay with him at supper but of course I couldn't. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Back to painting class

 I want to do some adjustments on this painting, my first of the new term for Balkwill course, but I had a full docket of meetings this afternoon beginning with meeting with Katherine Ricketts about the Fifth Parallel show this September so I had to leave early and will need to come back to the bottom edge later. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

New drawing project?

 William has been finished school work for about 4 days now and is floating some ideas for a graphic story about Liches. Drew something this evening. 

Monday, April 25, 2022

Second year film screening

 I missed the third year film screening a few days ago due to being in a meeting (that I called, so fault is with me) but took in the short dramas made by the second years streamed on Youtube. 

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Visit dad

 I was finally allowed to visit dad in his care home. He was generally in a good mood but also seemed a bit unhappy with people around him. Overall, I don't think there were as many people as I'd expected. Walking up and down the hallway, there was only one other guy doing the same. Others had collected in a tv room and in the eating area but dad didn't want to sit there. Most were probably in their own rooms. I could see some people sleeping on their couches or chairs from the doorways. 

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Turkey supper with Allan

 I roasted my "on sale at easter" turkey and we had Allan over to eat and re-teach us how to play Mysterium (the reduced, and more focused "Mysterium Park" version which was Margaret and William's Christmas gift to me this  year). Lots of fun. I think we really understand it finally. 

Friday, April 22, 2022

Margaret at Last Mountain gallery

We drove out for the reception of Martha Cole's touring OSAC exhibition of banners that she made in collaboration with a group of artists (including Margaret Bessai) a few years ago. We missed the big group of everyone but were able to see Martha and Sharon Eisbrenner. 


Thursday, April 21, 2022

Darke Hall

 Huge reception for re-opening of Darke Hall. Fantastic food and conversations, although the Dean and probably a few faculty members ended up sick and unable to attend. The performances were peppered with the obligatory praising of the space and thanks to sponsors and individuals who made everything possible. The performances themselves were a mixed lot and included a fantastic performance by Katherine Dowling. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Fred at dentist

 While university ended a week ago, our time is still tremendously full. I've been chairing a search committee which should wrap soon. Margaret has many family responsibilities including taking her dad to the dentist. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Covid tests

 More and more people are testing positive. We've been to many public events over the past week or two but still testing negative.