Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Where I've been

So I kind of disappeared for a while.

The first week I was sick. I went to the Nepean Old Time Fair, but missed Doors Open Ottawa, which was disappointing.

The second week I went to the Carp Farmer's market and completely forgot to take pictures. I did buy rhubarb and asparagus, since nothing else is ready yet.

And last week I flew to Saskatchewan for a family reunion. While I was ther, I went to Grasslands National Park, then spent the night in an old convent that has been converted to a bed and breakfast.

I loved Grasslands. The prairie dogs were awesome. I was a little disappointed that the bison were hiding, but in general it was a great trip.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


Last weekend I headed downtown to see the new giant Ottawa sign.

I went right after work, so it was pretty quiet.

Monday, May 22, 2017


There has been some flooding in the city. My area is safe, but I've watched the waters rise and fall from the bus on the way to work.

Last week, the dinosaurs and I took a trip to a park along the river to see how bad the flooding was there, a week after the waters peaked.

Note the trees in the water.
You can see how high the water got by the trail of debris.
There are also a lot of trees deposited by the river.

This is a picnic area. There should be no water in this picture at all.

Yesterday, we went to Thousand Islands National Park. I've lived here for 20+ years, but have never made it to the park. Pretty much all of the campsites are on islands, and that always seemed logistically difficult, so I just never made plans to go. But, since the national parks are free this year, I decided this year would be the one. The plan was to hike some of the trails on the mainland, so we packed up and got there around 11. The trails were closed due to flooding.

We went to the information centre and talked with a couple of people there. They filled us in on the camping situation, and routed us to another, open trail. It was nice to be out in the woods.

The concensus is that these are wild grapevines and not some horrible tree creature come to devour us all.

As you can see, there has been some flooding here as well.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Jane's walk

There were a lot of Jane's walks going on this weekend. Unfortunately, we are approximate day 92305 of rain, there is flooding in the city, and I am tired of having wet feet. (My old rain boots don't fit over my healed ankle.)

Long story short, I chose an inside walk at Makerspace North. This is a converted warehouse where they rent space to community groups and people who make things. It was interesting to see how they've divided up the space, as well as some of the projects people have on the go.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Escape room

Last Saturday, the dinosaurs and I went to an escape room - specifically Room Escapes. We did their Stranded room. 

The concept is that you're astronauts stuck in space trying to get home.

It was a lot of fun, and we made it out. I'm looking forward to doing another one.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Movies in the morning

I got free tickets to a special showing of Gifted, so Wanda and I went to see it early Saturday morning. (OK, it started at 9:15, but that is early for a Saturday morning).

It was an enjoyable show, well worth getting out of bed for.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Good at doing stuff, bad at updating

On Good Friday, I went to the Dixie Chicks concert.

I have seen them in concert before - several times, in fact - and always enjoy the show. And amazingly, they are still playing in stadiums, even though they haven't released new music in years.

I'll probably go the next time, too.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Vimy Ridge

On Sunday, Wanda and I went to the War Museum to see the Vimy Ridge exhibit. 

I've only been to the War Museum once, and I only made it through half the museum that time, so it was good to go back.

They were offering a special Vimy Ridge tour to commemorate the 100th anniversary, so we went on that. It was quite interesting. Well worth the trip.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Paint Nite

On Saturday, the dinosaurs and I went to Paint Nite.

It was fun, even though the painting was a pretty complicated one. There wasn't much time for chatting or relaxing.

I was happy with how it turned out.

Thursday, March 30, 2017


Last weekend, I finally made it to Schnitzel Works. The spƤtzle wasn't exceptional, but the schnitzel was really good.

The dinosaurs had a good time, too.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Falling for spring

Daylight savings time started last weekend, and for most of the week, the sun was shining much later than usual. Friday I decided to check out Hogs Back Falls to see how the river is doing.

The water is definitely running.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A cutting experience

The Ottawa library has laser cutters and 3-D printers. Before you can use them, you need to do a training class where they go over how to use the machines (and what not to do).

On Thursday, I did the training class. I was more interested in the 3D printers, but after doing the class, I think the laser cutter is far more interesting. I will consider giving them a try when I have time.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Crashed Ice

Yesterday, I went to Red Bull Crashed Ice. If you've never heard of it, it is essentially a race on skates over a roller-coaster-like course.

It seems like a terrible idea.

The course was set up between the Parliament buildings and the Chateau Laurier. The events started at 6; we got there around 5:45. We tried a couple of locations but ended up behind the Bytown Museum. There were tons of people there, but it was cold.

The first race didn't start until around 6:15, and then there was a long wait until the next one around 6:30. After that, they were close together, so we watched a few before I got cold enough that I wanted to leave. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Big plans

Wanda was off last week. Coincidentally, there is a restaurant I wanted to try that is open for lunch, or Friday and Saturday evenings, so we decided she would pick me up at work on Friday and we'd go.

She picked me up as planned and we drove to the restaurant. It was closed. 

Google knew it was closed, although their website did not.

Since we were already east of downtown, we went to St Hubert for the first time in ages.

The dinosaurs liked the cole slaw.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Saturday was beautiful, so I decided to go to our local winter festival, Winterlude. Unfortunately, everyone else in the city seemed to be there as well. 

Wanda came with me and we drove downtown and took the packed SnoBus to Dows Lake so that I could see the ice dragonboats. 

They're a little slower than the dragonboats on water.

Once we'd seen them, we took the bus back downtown, decided it was too crowded, and left.

At least the weather was nice.

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Last year, I went skating for the first time in a long time, and I lasted close to a minute. 

The next day I gave away my skates, since I never wanted to wear them again. And then I bought new skates, even though it was the end of the season.

Skating has been in my to do list all year, and on Friday I finally went to out local community rink and tried out the skates. I only lasted about five minutes - the rink is small, and I'd made Wanda come with me in case I fell and hurt myself - but I am absolutely willing to tackle the canal next.

Well, realistically, next year.

Still, I'm glad I went.

Sunday, February 5, 2017


If I'm going to a movie, I usually go in a weekend morning, since admission is cheaper. However, Hidden Figures isn't playing in the mornings anymore, so I went on Tuesday night, even though I had to work on Wednesday.

I recommend the movie, by the way.

And then on Friday, I went downtown after work. I went to the Rideau Centre - which is totally changed since I was last there - and took a look at the rooftop terrace.

While I was there, a woman asked me where to find The Bay. It was probably the only store I could have located, and it is technically not in the Rideau Centre.

And then Wanda met me downtown and we went to the market for supper followed by a beaver tail.