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.






Monday, July 3, 2017

Spontaneous dinosaurs

As usual, life has been busy.

Last weekend, I spent Saturday helping my cousin take out her lawn. It was about 8 feet by 16 feet, which doesn't seem like it should be a lot of work, but let me tell you .... 9 hours and 2 trips to Home Depot later, it was mostly done. Somewhere in there, we also went to McDonalds for ice cream. We ordered at the automated kiosk and had them bring us our food using their magic coaster system.



I'd intended to go to a movie on Sparks Street afterwards, but I did not.

Here's the final result:

This weekend, I went downtown for Canada Day. I did not go to Parliament Hill - the security line was daunting - but did go to the inspection of the guards (where I saw Prince Charles) and then to Major's Hill Park, where a large screen was broadcasting the show from the Hill. 

I didn't bring my dinosaurs, but there was one there anyway for some reason.





The only downside was the bus home, which was stopped for 45 minutes for a motorcade. Still, a good day.

And, in the midst of all this, I'm having my basement renovated. I'm very much looking forward to it being done.




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

Ottawa

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

Flood

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.