Sunday, July 15, 2018

What’s new with me

So life is really busy.

My Pathfinder group (12-15 year olds) became a pathfinder and ranger group (12-18 year olds), and we decided we’re going to do a trip to Saskatchewan next summer. I am finally starting to see over the mound of paperwork that comes with that.

We are doing a lot of fundraisers, and if you’re in Ottawa and you’d like to support us, you can see them here:

We also did a camp in April (it rained) and June (ditto). And I did a canoe training/camp on the May long weekend (also rain). Every other weekend has been beautiful, though.
I built a stand for my barbecue:

I also made some quilts for door prizes at our upcoming fundraisers: 

And I started taking French lessons.

I have 2 more weeks of French for this session, then I’m off for the month of August, so that’s when I’m taking vacation - 1 week for when my mom and niece are here, and another week to go whale watching in Quebec. I’m really looking forward to it.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Where I've been

I didn't mean to disappear. The last few months have been busy but unremarkable.

I'm still in physio for my shoulder (which I injured last summer) but am done with ankle physio. (I didn't so much graduate as just stopped going after my previous physiotherapist, Mean Dianne, took a few months off to recover from surgery.)

My hot water tank broke, which meant the furnace room finally got re-organized after last year's renovation.

I made some doll clothes for a friend, and planned an escape room for Pathfinder winter camp. I'm currently working on an escape room for a Guide group to do about Lady Baden-Powell, as part of their Lady BP award. I really enjoy planning escape rooms, so I'm having fun with it.

And, like everyone else in Ottawa, I am waiting for winter to finally be done. Especially since I will be sleeping in a tent in less than 2 weeks.

Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 in review

As so often happens, I started the year with the best of intentions, but it kind of got away from me along the way.

I did a reasonable job of stepping out of my routine, but I had so many things I'd planned to do that never happened (axe throwing, arrow tag, a class in something interesting, etc.).

The main culprit was the basement - that took a lot of time and, in fact, there's still stuff that has to go away. Still, I did some cool stuff.

In January, I went down to the Ottawa women's march.

In February, it was Crashed Ice. 

By May, parts of Ottawa were flooding, so the dinosaurs and I went to take a look. 

I went down to see the Canada 150 exhibit in the market (and cannot for the life of me remember what it was called).

 I went to Grasslands National Park and saw the prairie dogs.

I went to a family reunion, held in 2017 since that is the 100th anniversary of the year my great-grandparents built their barn (and the year my grandfather was born).
 I went downtown for Canada and luckily did not try to get onto the hill.

I went down for La Machine, which was awesome.
 Family came to visit in August, and we went to a number of Canada 150 events including Mosaica.
 I rented a cottage for Labour Day.

 The basement was finally finished (except for the aforementioned stuff I still have to put away).
 I went to Fort Fright in Kingston.
 And I went downtown to see the Christmas lights on Parliament Hill.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Museum of Nature and flying across the country

A couple of weeks ago, I did an escape room at the Museum of Nature. It was a lot of fun - there were 10 people doing it (7 of which I didn't know), and we made it out in the end. It made good use of the exhibits, and it was a fun way to see a bit of the museum.

Last weekend, I flew back to Regina for a very short Christmas trip. My flight leaving Ottawa was late, which meant that I got into Toronto late, which meant I missed my flight to Calgary, which meant I missed my flight to Toronto.

WestJet bought me food in Calgary, and the put me in Plus seating on the way to Regina. the middle seat was empty (i.e. just a console with water bottles), and they had a variety of snacks and beverages. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't been so exhausted.

Friday, December 15, 2017

What I've been doing when I'm not here

I spent Remembrance day (and the day after) doing a First Aid course, so on Saturday night I went downtown for supper and went to the war memorial and then over to the Parliament Buildings to see the poppies they were projecting on the Centre Block. It was nice - there were more people paying their respects than I expected, but it wasn't crowded, and it was impressive to see all of the poppies left on the tomb of the unknown soldier.

That's also the weekend I started my Christmas project. You see, there is a family in my community that is having a hard year. My friend decided to organize a Christmas basket for them. I said I'd make blankets, so I spent a month making a quilt for each of the 5 kids, and one for the adults. (6 quilts in 4 weeks. It was ridiculous.)
(Each child's quilt is a different colour; the adult one is a combination of the children's colours).

Then it was Wanda's birthday, so we took the dinosaurs out for Vietnamese food on a Tuesday night.


And then we went back down to the Parliament Buildings to see the rink and the Christmas lights.

Sunday, November 5, 2017


Well, I have been doing a dismal job of updating. Let's see if I can remember what you've missed.

1) Girl Guides had an event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada on the last weekend in September. We were the only group that camped.

It was cold, and it rained on Friday night as we were setting up, but we had a pretty good time anyway.

2) I went for a walk, just because. I really need to do that more often.

3) We went to Miwate at the Chaudiere Falls. It was definitely worth the trip.

4) We also went to Fort Fright in Kingston. I'm a terrible person to go to a haunted house with. I either know what they're doing or I'm trying to figure it out. But it was a fun trip anyway.

5) I ran the haunted house for my community association. It was fun as always. The theme was Fairy Tales of Horror. We had Red Riding Hood turning into a werewolf, and the witch from Snow White offering poison apples. Sleeping Beauty was a vampire, and the witch at the gingerbread house asked people if they wanted to come for dinner. It was a big success.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Mystery and hayrides

Two weeks ago I was walking home from physio when I spotted a mysterious path. Where it went wasn't a mystery - the mystery was why it existed at all.

I decided to follow it. (I still don't know why it's there.)

Last weekend, I went apple picking. It was the usual - jump o. The wagon out to the orchard, pick some apples, and then buy some donuts. A good time, as usual.

And then Wanda and I used excess cork from the basement to replace the carpet on the stairs.

And this weekend, I went to an open house on the farm I buy my beef from. We had lunch and then did a wagon ride through the farm. It was really interesting to hear about their farming practices.