Archive for August, 2003

The Deck is Complete…

Wednesday, August 27th, 2003 by Ian

…and here’s some pictures to prove it. I did two sets: A full set of pictures that is larger, and a smaller set with just the completed deck picture (As Dad requested). I’ll post more when I have time and I’ll update those pages too. They were just slapped togther quickly.

The deck and Camping

Thursday, August 14th, 2003 by Ian

The deck is coming along. Shelley doesn’t think it looks like much (well, I guess it doesn’t), but all the support for the lower deck is in place now I just need to tack it all together and actually “deck” it. That should go fairly fast once I get some time to do it. I’m still formulating my plan for the “upper” deck (It’s only a step up from the lower section). But nothing will get done this week because…..

We’re going camping for the next 5 days or so at “Writing on Stone” Provincial Park. It’s been hot here, and I think it will be even hotter out east in the “desert”. Should be fun.

I also wanted to make a note that the smoke from the forest fires (many many fires) has been blowing over Calgary for the last couple of days and we actually had “accumulations” of ash in the yard. It looked like light snow fall with a blood red sun. Very curious….

Sue and Len’s New House

Tuesday, August 5th, 2003 by Ian

Sue and Len have appearently bought a new house. Currently I don’t know much about it, but it certainly looks like it has a nice big yard.

The Long Weekend

Tuesday, August 5th, 2003 by Ian

Well, it’s been a MOST interesting long weekend! We started off Saturday by ripping out the old deck in the back yard. I wish I could say that was without incident, but it wasn’t.

We got most of the deck out, and I was removing nails from the boards (I don’t need a kid stepping on a rusty nail), but who gets the nail? ME! And not in the foot either. I was picking up a board to drag it to where I was removing the nails when it flipped on me and drove 2 inches of rusty nail into my forearm. Sure it doesn’t sound that bad, but according to the paramedic (yes, the paramedic) I must have it a vein or artery. I have never seen blood pump out of my body like that, and I have to admit I got a little bit wigged out. I was home alone with the kids, too.

So, Dylan called 911 while I got a tournaquet (sp?) on. By the time the ambulance got there it had actually stopped bleeding. There was really nothing they could do, either.

So here I am, unable to play my guitar, but still getting the area ready for the new deck. I figure it will take me a couple weeks of evenings, but it’ll get done this summer for sure. We’ve also been video taping the progress so I’ll get some shots on the web soon.