Monday, February 12, 2024

Writing at home

 I have been writing a book chapter for the past week. I'm nearly at the end of my first draft. Monday is usually a good day for this sort of thing, able to mostly stay home. Cat was particularly loud all day. William also has multiple deadlines this week so that proved to be a distraction to me. 

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Paint can

 Painted the tin that contained a jigsaw puzzle that Margaret bought me for Christmas. 

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Dunlop opening at Sherwood with Serena Lee

 Attended talk by Serena Lee at Sherwood. William had a studio visit with her yesterday but he had booked time with his friends this afternoon and didn't end up making it. Got William a new GPS this morning in hopes that he would make it here on his own but he got caught up and didn't make it after all. Talk was okay but I'm not sure I connected with it strongly. The most profound point was the underlying conceptual supposition that we should all be required to learn a second, randomly selected language. Visually, the work is made up of crude sculptures (made of salt clay) and equally crude 3D scanned or 3D generated images. 

Friday, February 9, 2024

Coffee with mom

Took mom to Cafe Francais on Victoria Avenue. Had really nice lemon cake. 

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Just a day

 I didn't take any photographs today. I didn't do much to blog about either. We watched "The Marvels" which dropped today onto Disney. Not great, but I really like the Ms Marvel actress and the set up with her family. Reminiscent of the newest live action fan-boy Spiderman. William had lots of homework. My foot was sore in the morning and my only on campus meeting was canceled shortly after I arrive there so I spent the day working at home and trying to be quiet so that William could also work. Oddly normal day. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Studio with students


Did safety and procedure workshops in the studio today. There was a mishap when a student dropped a heavy object on their foot, which I'm really upset about. In the end, they did some great lighting and experimentation. All but one had a good time. 

Monday, February 5, 2024

Medical treatment

 Over the past day, the pain in my foot, which I'd been thinking must be arthritic, started moving around and swelling. Got in to my doctor today, which was great that she booked me in right away, but was a bit of a gong show since she had moved since I saw her four months ago and there was no phone number, and she diagnosed it as an infection of the soft tissue and prescribed antibiotics. No drinking for me this week. Also went for bloodwork twice because the first time the name on my form was wrong. This could have been terrible, but the doctor's office is only two blocks from the testing place and there was literally no wait to get in, even the second time I came. 

Sunday, February 4, 2024

lots of cofffee and treats

Had coffee with my mom and Margaret's parents this morning. I think the pain in my foot had me really worn down as I could barely hold myself awake. This evening we gamed at my house and celebrated Allan's birthday. Two years until the big one. 


Saturday, February 3, 2024

Right ankle pain

I woke up two days ago with a sore ankle. It was difficult at first to put weight on it, but I got through my day with just a bit of discomfort. The longer I walked around, the more it felt normal. I hadn't injured it, I just woke up that way. Yesterday, the pain persisted. I went out with Mom in the morning and walked a lot and even carried a bunch of her stuff. However, by the end of the afternoon it had become much worse. Furthermore, I slipped on the ice in my yard and had a minor fall (almost caught myself). No big deal, but it might have strained the ankle even more. By midnight I could barely stand on it. At 3 am I got up and it was still sore, but at 5 am it was much better. Improvements seem to be short lived though. Worried that it might be some form of arthritis. It is Saturday so I won't be able to connect with my doctor and don't want to go to emergency. I did phone my doctor's office which the internet say was open until 3 and I sat on hold from 2:30 until I hung up at 3. Will just suffer for the rest of the weekend and cross fingers. 

Friday, February 2, 2024

Jude Griebel in Moose Jaw

Drove through fog to get to Moose Jaw and the opening of their new exhibition. The only artist talk tonight was Jude Griebel. His work is quite magnetic, pulling your eye more deeply with every moment into the mysterious garbage strewn diorama's. I would have liked to hear a deeper conversation about the work, but it felt like he'd shaped it for the small town crowd. His first slide featured a snowman, which led to a conversation with Margaret (and Wilf, below). 


Thursday, February 1, 2024

Art in hallway


William and I encountered an art installation/performance conducted by some Arts Ed students on the way out of the building. They were serving tea and having conversations. They were amazed that William seemed dressed and ready for them, not needing any of the props they brought along. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Breaking crates

 Jhazley had a few crates for props in the studio. We needed to clear them out but Ian and I struck upon the idea of breaking them down and turning them into a patch of flooring. Did half and got tired. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Geremy's camera

 Borrowed medium format camera from Geremy a couple days ago. It has film in it so I wanted to get it back to him ASAP. 

Monday, January 29, 2024

Walk and talk

William and I went for a walk and did some restoration on this snowman which I begun to fall apart. When we got home, the antique telephone was waiting for us. Margaret bought it at the Cathedral Festival fundraiser action a few days ago. 


Sunday, January 28, 2024


 The only picture I took today was of this accident on the way to the donations drop off. Everyone was standing around on their phones so it looks like no one was injured. 

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Grim humour

 Couple weeks ago, Geremy was on William's radio show and this "Loose Parts" comic was discussed. I have to admit that I missed the Gillette reference and therefore missed all the humour. Geremy was spot on. 

Friday, January 26, 2024


 Donating lots of stuff from Dad's nursing home room to newcomer Ukrainians this week. This feels more directly related to people and therefore more meaningful that the general donation bin activities. 

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Supper with family

 Sharon has been in all week, spending time with mom and working with Lori helping get dad's stuff in order. We all went out to eat this evening. I collected all of the photos I have of dad together and brought them on my tablet. Still more to unearth of course. 

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

One take film arrived

 William and I got our film to shoot a new round of One Take Super 8 Events. Winter shooting is always more restrictive and I don't have an idea yet. I got black and white and William got colour. 

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Angry Beet

 I created about 500 sheets of artwork for The Angry Beet, the narrator of an animated film that I've never made. I'm going to see how difficult it will be to convert scanned documents into animated sequences. The last time I tried, about a decade ago, it was not something I can manage, but my computer and software are much faster now. 

Monday, January 22, 2024

Funeral plans

Funeral plans for dad: I found out this weekend that dad didn't want a funeral. That said, there are still a lot of details that need to be figured out. Sharon came to town yesterday, so she is added to the planning team. Today I found out (not like I didn't know, but it is still a surprise) that dad was a major planner. He had a book in the back of his filing cabinet with records of insurance plans, wills, and other necessities of the inevitable in a cool book which would have been something given to him by the insurance company when he took out a policy in 1954. 

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Idle hands

 I cleared my schedule for family stuff today but then ended up feeling like I had nothing to do. Very under slept. I took a bag of my dad's sweaters to a collection depot for Ukrainian newcomers. Ran some other errands that could have been left undone. I painted the inside of a camera (the only event I took a picture of today). 

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Claude Roy Saul


My father pass away at about 4:45 this morning (Saturday January 20). We'd been with him until about 1:30, Lori, mom, and I, and went home when it seemed like he was okay. He was sleeping calmly, waking occasionally as we talked or jostled him around, and seemed okay. Mom got the call and called me so I was there to sit with him since about 5:30 as all the business around such things occurs. He'd had dementia for quite some time and has been in the nursing home for two years less a couple weeks. Mom has been here almost every day. I visit often, even though I can't even remember that last time he spoke my name. I guess I've been a familiar face. We'd sit together. I'd tell him about whatever is going on in my life or the world. Conversations had become increasingly one-sided as it's been ages since he could talk about his years working in the Auditor General's Office, or playing hockey in college for the Brandon Wheat Kings, or playing cards or having a nice drink of rum. He did seem to enjoy watching people around him and he would point to things or situations that amused him. He enjoyed eating, which one could hardly believe since he'd lost so much weight. He'd always eat his meals and find room for chocolates or cookies or other sweet stuff. Small pleasures. He's 90 and it was his time. Goodbye dad. 

Friday, January 19, 2024

Dad's health failing

 Dad was sick today but when mom called me about it this evening, it sounded like he'd bounced back. However, she called again later in the evening to say that she and my sister Lori were with him and his blood oxygen level was very low (74%). We stayed with him until late. They gave him oxygen and his levels raised to 86. 

Thursday, January 18, 2024

University water problems

With the extreme cold recently, water inevitably has problems. A few days ago there was  a huge main burse in the Riddell Centre and they flooded every room in the lower level (including the lecture room 050 and the tech-heavy CTech labs. I was talking to Mike after the meeting about how lucky we were that the department is all above ground. Then this morning we found out that pipes up here burse and water ended up soaking the screen screens in the studio. 

William's Quick and Dirty

 William needs to do a quick and dirty presentation (20 images, each for 20 seconds) tomorrow. Still pretty unorganized/unfocussed. Topic seems to have settled around his robot costume. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2024


Our cat. Sylvie. She loves being brushed now and will come to you when you hold the brush at her eye level. 

Monday, January 15, 2024


Margaret baked pied today - apple rhubarb. Really good. I had a lot of reading to catch up on. 

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Painting on cold day

 Quiet house. William has masses of homework. Margaret out collaging. I did a painting. 

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Collage collective

 Margaret spent much of the weekend creating some new collage work with her collective. With the extreme cold, William and I mainly stayed home. 

Friday, January 12, 2024

Art in luxury

 William has secured the recliner for his drawing studio. He has desired it for some time. This week they were going to throw it away so he got it. School was never like this in my day. 

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Another day of teaching

 Had coffee with Kevin last night and realized that he'd never seen my office and had no idea what I am going through in my contemplation of emptying it. I took a photo for him. Met the rest of my Film 202 students today. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Classes start

 Classes actually started yesterday, but neither William nor I have classes on Monday. Today I had my first section of Film 202 but messed up and didn't have a class list. Got them to introduce themselves. Feels like a good group. Painted this evening - an art deco camera from the 1930s from Amy. 

Monday, January 8, 2024

When Margaret is away...

 Margaret went to work. I don't know if she is still covid positive or not, but work only allows them five days so off she went. William asked if we could make pancakes for supper, so we did. I cooked saskatoon berries into them. Chocolate chips too. Added butter and syrup and whipped cream. Not really a low calories meal. 

Sunday, January 7, 2024


 Catching up on my blogs a week late. This is the only photo I took on Sunday the 7th. It appears to be a half eaten bowl of soup. I probably had a reason to take it. I think it might have been to remind me what to blog about. However, I have no idea what that story might have been. 

Saturday, January 6, 2024

Cabbage roll party


Margaret and William are still Covid-positive so I went to Heather Cline's cabbage roll (and perogie) party on my own. My perogies, with thin slices of smoked sausage from the Ukrainian Co-op on top, completely disappeared in no time. Possibly because they were the only perogies to be brought. 
Therefore I am delighted to retain the "best perogie" trophy for another year. 
Strange event, one of my big boots went missing. Many people looked for about an hour. Heather finally found it. It had somehow hooked onto a coat and was hanging above the other boots.