Saturday, August 16, 2008

canada boat wc

canada boat wc, originally uploaded by ktes750.

dentist light

dentist light, originally uploaded by ktes750.

mill pond rocks

mill pond rocks, originally uploaded by ktes750.

Pictures 013

Pictures 013, originally uploaded by ktes750.

At the beach

At the beach, originally uploaded by ktes750.

7lakes minitrailer

7lakes minitrailer, originally uploaded by ktes750.

pool time

pool time, originally uploaded by ktes750.

kellys tent

kellys tent, originally uploaded by ktes750.

elberta beach

elberta beach, originally uploaded by ktes750.

hummingbird feeder

hummingbird feeder, originally uploaded by ktes750.

The last one done in this new watercolor moleskine before it disappeared after being scanned. I think it is somewhere in the house...

pt betsie watercolor-ugh

pt betsie watercolor-ugh, originally uploaded by ktes750.

Hmmm, do I really post this mess? It was a fun day and full of great memories so I guess I will. This was an expiriment gone wrong though. A regular sketchbook moleskine does not take watercolor well as the blobs on this page prove. I was playing and didn't have my watercolor moleskine with me. Ah well, the wine was good!

chairs at chimney corners

chairs at chimney corners, originally uploaded by ktes750.

andrews shoes

andrews shoes, originally uploaded by ktes750.

buoy hanging

buoy hanging, originally uploaded by ktes750.

canoe trip camp

canoe trip camp, originally uploaded by ktes750.

Pictures 027

Pictures 027, originally uploaded by ktes750.

grasses 7 lakes

grasses 7 lakes, originally uploaded by ktes750.

Hoping the size will be better for this one.


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

What should this blog be when it grows up?

I have struggled with what this blog should be. Is it a family diary? A place for me to post my sketches for the Every Day Matters group? A place for Andrew to post because he so badly wants a website but mom wants something safe? Does anyone care because I haven't sent anyone a link to it anyway?

So, what should the blog be. Well, Andrew hasn't mentioned it lately and no one else but mom updates it but we started it as a family blog so perhaps I just keep going. Perhaps I start a Kirstin only blog as a related blog baby? And then maybe one for Andrew too? Sounds like a good topic for a family meeting.

Then we have to think of names. Some of the ones thrown out there for the family blog include:

Pancakes and Paint: Pancakes because that is the first thing to come to mind for Andrew who would make these daily for breakfast if I let him and paint for mom because of the art thing.

Family Leisure Times: Current and most boring

PONDerings (with a picture of our pond in the background-painted or photo)


Then we have to think up something creative and possible related for the related blogs. All this creative stuff! I have a whole list but nothing seems to really fit yet.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Fun Stuff for Spring-Summer List Progress Report:

MC Escher Exibit Done
Farmers Market Done
Eastern Market
Mushroom Hunting Missed it this year
Strawberry picking-make freezer jam too! Done
Lots of walking/hiking in the woods
canoeing Done
camping DONE (really, I've had enough for this year)
drawing, painting, writing Yes! Will keep it up!
read some good books Needs work
make and eat lots of pie and cobbler (mom's wishlist) Yes, but intend to keep working on this one. Yum!

We've just returned from a week long camping trip in Lake Superior Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. We had a lovely trip but it was a lot of work. The fishing was not good this year and only the boat with the fish finder caught anything. The rest of us got nary a nibble. The kids had a blast and we ate well and had fun seeing some different things.

The campground rated about a C- and we did a day trip up to Obatanga and that campground is much better in comparison, even if you do have to boil all your water. We stayed at Rabbit Blanket Lake and it did not have much to offer other than a pretty setting. The sites were not large and it was difficult to find flat ground. There was no playground and no swimming area. There were plenty of leaches at the only available beach area/boat launch. With the hills around the lake, you could not easily access the lake even from campsites closest to it unless you got one near the front of the camp. The campground was also too close to the highway.

Even with all of that, we did have some pleasant days. We had a beautiful day hanging out at the Sand River outlet/beach area. Sand River had a nice falls area and then flattens out near Lake Superior so that you can swim in the river there and it is much warmer than the lake. Most of us braved the chilly Lake Superior waters this day as it was fairly calm and quite warm. We had a lovely day at Obatanga Provincial Park fishing, playing on the cool playground, and eating an awesome fresh pike dinner made by Sarah. We visited Old Woman Bay and played a bit on Friday but it was much colder and the day turned to rain. We headed to Wawa for shopping and then to the Wawa dump to see bears. We saw a bunch of black bears and a bald eagle and had one black bear cross the road right behind us!

The trip home was uneventful but due to the rain on the last day, we had to pack up the camping gear wet. We spent most of Sunday unpacking all the camping gear including tents, tarps, etc. and drying them out and doing many loads of laundry. I still have sleeping bags drying in my house. I will pack them up tonight.

I've really had enough camping for the summer now. It is a lot of work! Next year, I'm voting for something more "vacationy" for vacation. I'm checking out Yellowstone now.