Sunday, May 24, 2015


The flood we had in our kitchen last August is finally getting worked on in our basement. They ripped out the old and have begun to put in the new. The photos below show that they have put down black tar paper, laid down some plywood and in another section, have scraped off the floor some vinyl floor tiles that had been glued directly down onto the cement floor.

These photos were taken on May 20 and you can see that they haven't finished putting down all of the plywood yet.

This first photo is looking into the 'finished' part of the basement from the north-western corner.

This next one is the same room, looking into it from the north east corner.

From the south east.

From the south west.

This is the cedar closet whose entrance you can see in the top photo - there is no work happening in this room.

This photo below is looking southwards where you can see that the wall where a laundry tub used to be has been opened up a little.

Finally, the photo below is looking northwards where you can see the remains of the square pattern on the floor where the previous vinyl floor tiles used to be.

Friday, May 22, 2015

dancing in the cupcake bowl of cherries

I have taken a number of photos over the last week and a half, I ought to be posting them. Perhaps I will have the time to do so at a time that is not now, which leaves you with this mostly meaningless post.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

There is no getting better

C-Ling awoke this morning with a terrible cough that sounded almost bronchial. She was taken to the doctor and tested positive with the preliminary speed test for Streptococcal pharyngitis. She will begin her antibiotic medicine today to combat this infection. Of course, today also happens to be the day that she was supposed to have presented, with a partner, a project concerning medieval peasants that she has been preparing for the last month.

It does not help that she is immuno-compromized with her juvenile idiopathic oligoarticular arthritis; however, the arthritis is currently in medically induced remission with her weekly intramuscular methotrexate injections.

This is all happening to coincide with my family having to move into a hotel (closer quarters) due to our house being invaded by workers who will be revarnishing the bulk of the main floor of the house. Given V-8's propensity to 'pick up' strep throat, we may sequester C-Ling in our sleeping arrangement.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

blark, the frothing klimo

When it is raining, water falls from the sky.

When it is sunny, photons fall from the sky.

When there are rainbows, photons and water combine.

When there is ice cream on a six year old's face, there is required a napkin.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

communal ant farms

We did not end up going to Burlington on the way to Enosborg Falls as we delayed our departure by an hour or so to give more time for V-8 to recuperate. It turns out that Thursday night into Friday morning she vomited a number of times and that continued into Friday and the last time was in the night Friday to Saturday. V-8 during all of this time was in a pretty foul mood. While no one is especially good to be around when they aren't feeling well, six-year-olds do not make it any easier.

Overall, though, we had a great time; the weather worked out and the house was lovely. I'll post a more detailed review in the coming days.

Today it is back to the whirlwind that is my existence. If you'll recall we had water damage in our house last summer.

Piano movers came today to move the piano from one room in our house to another as the room it was in is having the floor refinished.

Insurance company workers have come today to our house to remove the contents of the room that they are paying for to refinish the floor. Late last week we emptied the contents of two other rooms whose floors will be refinished that we are paying for.

Those same insurance company workers will be emptying our basement of its contents so that a carpet company can then redo the floor there where they will lay down some plywood directly on the cement floor, and then apply carpeting to the plywood.

Finally, the insurance workers will replace everything back where it was, and the piano movers will come back to put the piano back.

During the time that the floor is getting sanded and varnished, we will not be living in our house as the dust and more specifically the toxicity of the varnish is too much at time of application for non-equipped residents to bare. During this time we (including Leo) will be living in a nearby hotel that we picked because it includes breakfast. If we're smart about it, we may be able to scheme kids lunches from the breakfast.

So while this past weekend I did get to relax, it wasn't really enough to recharge.

As we were still on our MLW vacation yesterday, I decided to change my intermittent fasting day to be today, so all I have for eating today is a tuna sandwich.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

No Moose, yet

For our annual MLW (May Long Weekend) trip we are renting this place; as you saw yesterday we stopped in Burlington on the way here to do some groceries and to walk on the main street there as the weather was nice.

The house we've rented is pretty far from most things, so this is why we did a bit of Vermont touring first.

Like past years, I will be taking photographs of the experience we have here and will post them eventually.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Thursday, May 14, 2015

so it goes like this

In Mexico, there isn't anyone who posts to my blog, who reads my blog or who provides comments to my blog posts.

This holds true for Guatemala.

Mexico and Guatemala are two places I have never been.

I have also never been to Charron, but then, no one has ever been there.

Do not forget to remember the thing you have already forgotten.

Monday, May 11, 2015


Our cat, Leo, usually sleeps on the bed my wife and I share, leaning right up against me. Not on me, so much but somewhere against me on my side between my chest and me knees. Sunday morning I found him like this:

He had put his head up as I had just gotten out of bed. Soon after he put his head down again as you can see below:

When he is in this form I sometimes call him 'Super-Cat' but usually just call him 'linear-cat'.

Friday, May 08, 2015

it's a crapshoot, lawn bowling

As far as weekends are concerned, there is one very keenly anxious to start.

I have plans this weekend that include not being in a place where I can watch game five between the Canadiens and the Lightning, which sucks for me, but the plans may prove interesting anyhow.

There is a rip in my tights so I couldn't wear the pretty floral strapless I had planned today. Oh, well.

If you plan on anything this weekend, I hope it works out.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Cinco de Mayo, done

So we had about 70 people over at our house yesterday evening, about three fifths of them were adults and two fifths of them were kids. We served fajitas, chili, guacamole, salsa, margaritas and a bunch of other things - about half of what was provided came from us (my wife and I) and the other half was provided by the guests who came.

The earliest guest arrived at 17h40 and the last guest left at 01h20 though I went to sleep at 00h30.

I had taken the day off yesterday to prepare the house and am back to work today, a little groggy.

As far as I can tell everyone had a really good time and the kids too had a great time.

It is not a commonly celebrated event here in my city, but for us it is a way to welcome summer. An huge advantage to having a party at this time of year is that there are no bugs or mosquitoes.