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.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Basement renos

The basement is (mostly) done. The contractor finished over a month ago, but I was building the furniture, so it took a while.

I started with the nesting beds, which were done by the beginning of August. I wanted bookshelves on either side and was planning to build them until I realized the desk I built in high school would work.

Here is the desk. I took the sides and fold-down desk off. I cut the desk in two and drilled holes for the new shelves, then I pained the main desk compartment and one of the sides brown. Here it is beside the nesting beds.

I also built the new computer table, and finally got the computer reassembled.

All that's left now is organizing the laundry and furnace rooms. But that's work for another day.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Home sweet cabin

Well, let's start with the stuff I've failed to share. A couple of weeks ago I made the trek to Maverick donuts. The donuts were good, but I prefer Suzy Q.

Last week I did another    Nite, and then went out for ice cream.

And this weekend I rented a cabin at Riverside-Cedar campground. It was cold and it rained all day yesterday, but we had a good time anyway. The cabin consisted of a bedroom with a bunk bed and queen bed, and another room with a fridge, stove, table, benches, and a futon. There was a water tap just off the deck as well as 2 adirondack chairs, a BBQ, and a fire pit. The bathroom was a bit of a hike, but otherwise it was nice.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Nothing routine about this

So a little over a week ago, my mom, cousin, cousin's 3 year old daughter, 13 year old niece, and other cousin's 15 year old daughter were supposed to arrive around 7:15 p.m. They were almost 8 hours late, so we started the trip very tired.

After everyone got some sleep, we went downtown and went to Kontiniuum. (The website says you need tickets, but you do not.)

We also went to mass at St. Pat's, the Busker Festival, then to city hall for Rib Fest. Amazingly, we didn't get rained on.

The next day, we went to my aunt's sister's cottage, which was much more relaxing.

Monday we went to the new playground at Mooney's Bay, and Tuesday was Calypso.

Wednesday my cousin and her 3 year old took the train to Toronto. The rest of us did a little shopping and then took naps before we collapsed from exhaustion.

Thursday we went to Brockville to the Aquatarium, and the girls did the ropes course ... twice. They really liked it.

Friday we went to the MosaiCanada gardens in Gatineau, then went out for lunch and then to Spider-Man Homecoming.

Saturday we failed to escape from an Escape Room.

And Sunday we went to Fun Haven, before driving mom and the girls to the airport.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Long Ma

There was only one logical place to be last weekend - downtown, watching La Machine bring Long Ma the horse dragon and Kumo the spider to life.

I got there early, and had an excellent view of Long Ma.

Later, I caught up with Kumo.

There were tons of people there, but I was glad I made the effort.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Still out for lunch

I've been taking advantage of our somewhat-summery weather to continue exploring the lunch places near my job.

Last week, I went to Stella Luna. I had a sandwich and some bottled ice tea. They were fine, but not my favourite.

And then on Friday, I went to Thyme and Again. I had a tuna sandwich, coleslaw, and a pickle. They were somewhat bland but OK none the less.

The basement reno is almost done, so I have been busy moving stuff from point a to point b, then from point b to point c. This week everything will hopefully go back to point a.

In the meantime, I have been building furniture. I helped Wanda build herself a bookshelf bed and headboard, and this weekend I built 3 nesting beds. We will use the tallest one as a couch except when the nieces are in town.

I didn't have a plan for this, but I'd seen a picture and thought I could figure it out. It is essentially three rectangles of varying sizes, with legs on two of them. I googled the size of the mattress I wanted to use, and built the first box to fit.

The rest of this post is talking about building the bed, so feel free to skip it - I am writing it down so I remember.

The mattress was 38.5 x 74.5", so I cut a 2x6 (for the front) and 2x4 (for the back) to 77.5" (so that the inside of the box is 74.5"), and then cut the side pieces to 38.5". I drilled pocket holes with my Kreg jig on both ends of the short pieces and attached them so that I had a rectangle. Then I cut 2 2x2s to 74.5" and attached them at the bottom of the front and back (as a resting place for the slats). The front is a 2x6, so it is a little taller than the 2x4 on the back - this is to hide the mattress when the beds are nested.

I then screwed wheels into the corners of the box, and cut slats to 38".

Bed #1 was done.

For Bed #2, I repeated the process, except that the front, back, and 2x2s were all 6 inches longer, When I was done, I cut 7.5" legs for each corner and attached them with pocket holes and then added the wheels.

Bed #3 was 6 inches longer again. I put the 2x2s higher on this one (because I didn't want the 2x6 to hit my legs when I am using it as a couch). This time, the legs could go on the outside since it doesn't nest inside anything else. I cut 4 pieces of 2x4 at 30 inches each, put a mark on each board 16 inches from the bottom and added pocket holes at the top. I then attached a 38" 2x3 (because I ran out of 2x4s) across the top of 2 of the legs to make an upside down U. I lined up the mark on each board with the bottom of the rectangle and screwed the legs on.

And here is the final product. All that's left is staining it.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Going out for lunch

I started my current job at the end of August, 2015. At first, I was getting used to my new location, and before too long it started getting colder, so I planned to start exploring the area around my new office in the spring.

And then I broke my leg. Needless to say, I didn't do much exploring last year, so on Friday I decided it was time to get out of the office. I walked over to a local farmer's market, and then I went to a restaurant one of my coworkers recommended for a sandwich.

It was nice to get out of the office.