Monthly Archives: October 2010

Another day at the Playground!

The past two weekends I’ve been helping out at a daycare as they ‘revamp’ their playground and turn it into a more ‘natural’ space… its been a really fun process, getting my hands dirty.. and helping with whatever grunt work that needs to be done!! (you can read about my other Saturday’s HERE and HERE!)

On Saturday the first job was to move the two ‘giant’ concrete tubes into place…

Then it was time to spread and level the base for the ‘new’ brick pathway…

 Raking it out…

The Gazebo got it’s walls again…. (it was disassembled and then reassembled in the opposite side of the playground!)…..

A close-up of the cedar shingles on the roof.. and the COOL moss that was on there!!!

There was a big pile of ‘extra’ earth that was taken away… and I had to post THIS photo for Samuel and Benjamin… (because Aunt Sarah knows how much you LOVE big TRUCKS!)

Then it was time to ‘raize the roof’…

Another job  complete… (after it was nailed down!)

Bricks were moved closer to where the ‘new’ path would take place…

On Sunday morning, my coworker Andrea txted me and asked what time and if I was going back this was at 8:45am… with with the promise of a Starbucks Hot Chocolate… I got out of bed and went back for a few more hours!

We laid some sod, and put soil in the flower beds.. and transplanted some perennials!!! (it actually was a fun job….)

Another co-work and her daughter were also there… they worked together to dig holes for the new plants!!!

And worms were found… which was WAY exciting!!!!!!!

The far left side of the playground is starting to look ready for kids!!!! (the rocks were placed in the circle on Saturday…and random piles of rocks were placed around the area…) So much fun!!! 🙂
It was another great day!  I’m so excited that I got to be a help in this process… and don’t worry there’s still more to be done… so you’ll probably be hearing more about it after thanksgiving!!

A very busy, yet fun filled weekend!!

This is the first of three posts about my weekend… I did a lot of fun stuff this weekend… On Friday night I headed north, out of the city of Winnipeg to Candeboye! Along the way I got to see the sunset… it always amazes me when I can see how FLAT the landscape truly is.

I was running a bit behind, I had been talking to my mum on the phone…and then stopped on the way for something to eat… and by the time I hit the gravel road I was suppose to be on to get to my final destination it was really dark.. and I had a moment of ‘I hope I’m in the right place, because I’m on a gravel road in the middle of no-where…and my cell reception is going in and out!’ but have no fear I was on the right road, and did find my final destination, alright… even though I was fashionably late!

…Here’s a fun photo of the final road I travelled, gravel… and well fuzzy but kind of cool!

Why did I travel up to Clandeboye on a Friday evening? Well it was the first Home Routes House Show of the 2010-2011 season at one of my co-worker, Conni’s house!  You might wonder what is a ‘Home Routes House Show’? (don’t worry I also wondered at first!)… Basicly a group organizes artists to come to houses for concerts, the hosts provide a place for the artists to sleep…and there is a ‘series’ of houses on the tour… All in all it’s a pretty cool idea… Conni and her family are starting their 3rd season of hosting!

On Friday night, Brock Zeman was there accompied on the guitar by Blair Hogan.  I wasn’t sure what to expect… but I was not disapointed!! Brock and Blair did two sets… and kept us entertained with their music and sense of humour!

Blair had some ‘mad’ skills on the guitar….

Overall, I had a fabulous experience… I can’t wait until the next show… they happena bout once a month, and there are all kinds of different acts!

Thanks Conni, Brent and Joe for inviting me… can’t wait until the next time…

I’m going to leave you with one of songs that Brock sang in the evening… enjoy!

Happy Friday Thoughts!

It’s been one of those weeks…tonight driving home from work I thought about all the things that I can BE HAPPY about rather than focus on stuff that well doesn’t make me that happy.  So I started a mental list in my head of some ‘Happy Friday Thoughts!”… So here is bunch of these thoughts in no particular order…(my brain is too scrambled to make an orderly thought!)…Some of these thoughts have photos while others do not…so you’ll have to make due with just me describing them!

My apartment… and the awesome view from the balcony…and it’s showing me that FALL is HERE!
 the Crunch, crunch, CRUNCH of leaves under your feet as you walk… makes me want to rake a HUGE pile of them.. and jump into them… (hmmm perhaps that should happen this weekend!)

Driving in Milo.. with the sunroof OPEN… sun on the top of my head, breeze blowin my hair… and occasionally when I park I look up and see this sight… blue, blue skies…and trees… (now that makes me smile a bit more!)

Putting aside my birks, and bringing out my blundstone’s… my old friends… that are quite loved, (worren and cracked soles, missing one of the tags to pull on the right boot…scuffs on the toe…) but so comfy and cozy…fit my feet so well… and I think go with any outfit!! Seriously, I have almost lived in these every fall/winter/early spring since I got them when I lived in Australia ’03-04… (yep–picked them up almost 7 yrs ago now for like $50!)… I even wore them while I lived up north, in Pangnirtung!  I’m thinking that I might need to get a newer-pair of friends…but I think I’ll still keep these ones kicking in the back of my closet!!!

Baby feet… how can one not be happy when they see those teeny, tiny little toes? that are only 3 weeks old?!

I have been taking a lot of photos lately…shot some family portraits of a co-worker last weekend…It’s all to help build a portfolio adding to my dream of  my ‘own’ thing.. “officially” with photography… and it’s a way I’m keeping myself sane… because some days, I’m not really sure I’m sane anymore!

The time will come when I have some time to sort out all the details, but for right now… I just get to snuggle new babies, and then take heaps of photos…. and that keeps me happy!

I’m glad I made this list..because it made me focus on the positive not the negative… that dark side was sucking me in–it’s a good thing I was able to escape again!..and I realize that there are many other things that help keep me happy… but this is what I came up with for right now!!!


What are things that keep you happy and sane during crazy, busy, sad times in your lives??
Have a fantastic weekend!
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