Almost a year later, the first reveal post on our 1960s split level renovation. From inefficient utilities consumer to sustainable modern comfort.
Last night we had rain. If I had reported this last year, it would have been noted with a tone of frustration: rain, again. After several years of water-logged houses, saturated grounds and surface flooding, I find I don’t really mind this year’s drought. I love feeling relief, rather than displeasure, in the coolness of the … Continue reading The Garden Report, and News of Audrey
One of my upcoming projects is to decide a landscape plan for our front and side yards. While the backyard is quite lovely, we inherited a bit of mess along the street-sides of the house. Not only was the space overgrown, it also had been hastily converted from a planted design to a failed low-maintenance xeriscaping attempt. I … Continue reading Between Craftsman and Modern: Prairie School
It was one year ago that I sat down to discuss the graduate path through English with department faculty and began laying out the first steps of a program and potential research questions. Now, I am marvelling at how plans can get completely turned around. My thesis topic was to be on literary portrayals of … Continue reading At the End of Research
Or: I (might) have an Audrey, Too. There is no joy in gardening without a couple of Unidentified Growing Organisms (UGOs) turning up every once in a while. I had a different essay in the works for this week, but because it’s not finished I thought I’d delay and use this Friday’s post to ask for … Continue reading Unidentified Growing Organisms: Mystery of the Season
It turns out it wasn’t that difficult to find our city’s not-famous-enough Conservation House. A landmark in building innovation and energy conservation, this test project is considered one of the world’s pioneer projects in Passive House design. It fell off the radar for most people, including the people living in it (according to one internet article), and … Continue reading Finding Conservation House
Spring in Regina: for the first weeks of its arrival, the colour of leaves and fragrance of flowers overwhelms the scenery, and for a rare moment, we prairie dwellers forget the expansiveness of the prairie sky that pushes down upon us for most of the year. Following the long winter with little sunlight and warmth, any sight of green … Continue reading Flush with a Good Life
The MacKenzie Art Gallery was preparing a new installation, and thus limiting visitors to one area of the gallery, which currently hosts works from the permanent collection. Within the exhibit I encountered the work of Dmytro Stryjek, a Ukraine-born Saskatchewan artist. Stryjek immigrated to Canada when he was 24, and began a career with the … Continue reading Challenged Perceptions of Art and Artist: Dmytro Stryjek
When our renovation started I searched on-line for other bloggers undergoing the same, and found that the consensus was that renovating, also known as ‘divorce dust’, was a process of on-going hell. Perhaps the most graceful depiction was phrased in this way, “Renovation: the process in which one consents to live in the wilds for … Continue reading Into the Wilds and Back to Writing Again
Prosthesis in our daily lives, how we have become a new cyborg culture.