Doors Open a la COVID

Doors Open Winnipeg is usually held in May but COVID messed that up a bit. But we did have it in September with some major alterations to our usual procedures.

I helped out at the jail again. Only instead of playing a role of a person connected to the jail, I ended up being the hand sanitizer and list keeper (for contact tracing).

I wore a mish-mash of costume pieces.

1909 Olive’s hat, 1895 Walking suit shirtwaist, 1900 Widows Weeds cape, 1903 trumpet skirt, and modern mask. We made the masks work by pretending it was during the Spanish flu.

We even made the news.

https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/doors-open-winnipeg-finds-a-way-through-covid-19-1.5102907

Mask making

I’ve tried a different mask pattern and I like this one much more. It is called the Oslo mask and you can find patterns and tutorials on YouTube.

I have been madly sewing more so that I can coordinate with my outfits and give some away.

Right now we don’t really need them as we only have twenty active cases in my province, but I’m preparing for the potential second wave in the fall.

Stay safe folks!

Inspiring woman

As seen in the Winnipeg Free Press, November 12, 2019. Written by Shannon Sampert

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Mr Wheeler wrote letters to newspaper editors and the Free Press editor put the letter on Ms. Parker’s desk.  She started a campaign of articles and editorials about the value of having a Canadian climbing club (much more patriotic than joining an American club) and thus the club was formed.

Winnipeg Trolly

I had a Victorian at Heart outing scheduled for last week.  Lottie wasn’t planning on coming and Shirley, unfortunately had to back out.  You know how it is…the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

Hubby stepped in and was my date.  He wasn’t going in costume and though he said I could, I opted against it.  Three or more in costume is an event, an occasion, a club.  Two in costume are good friends with a slightly different idea of fun.  One person in costume is odd.  One person in costume with a non-costumed escort is some one with mental capacity issues out with their caregiver….

The outing was with Winnipeg Trolley tours and they were featuring a ghost tour.

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The trolley’s are made to look like the old street cars we used to have here…just with motors.  They would have been a hoot in Edwardian or late Victorian gear. All wood inside…nice!

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There were stories of local ghost sightings while we drove around the city and a few stops where we got out to see some sights before they shut down for the winter.

7 Oaks house…

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Dalnavert House…done up like a house in mourning.

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All in all, a pleasant evening.  I think it will be worth it to try this event again, and hopefully, with the girls in costume.

 

Stand! Movie premiere!

A year ago, I was an extra in a movie telling the story of the general strike in 1919. It was the biggest of its kind and was news worldwide.

As an extra, I played a striker doing a silent march. It had to be silent because the powers that be had made it illegal to protest and demonstrate. So thousands of people took a quiet stroll through the streets.

Tuesday night was the premiere and everyone connected to the film was invited.

They had a red carpet photo op prior to the movie. I did it after the film so it was roped off.

They had a live band.

And lots of decor.

The movie was a musical (not my favorite) but as way to learn more about the event to consolidate info I had already learned, it was pretty good.

But the best part is I saw myself twice in the film! I didn’t hit the cutting room floor!

Staycation:animal visits

On Thursday of my vacation, I stayed home and puttered.  Mostly trying (unsuccessfully) to get the smell of burnt tephlon out of my house.

Friday, my daughter-in-law and I went out to visit my brother.  He and his wife love animals and they own and foster a crap load of them!

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The chickens are usually free range during the day but there has been some issues with predators so they got a puppy that is supposed to be good with protecting livestock.  Until the puppy grows up and figures out its role, the chickens are cooped up.

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Me and a cute frog (and the brother and a fore mentioned puppy).

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No! Don’t jump!

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My brother is fostering 3 kittens and their mostly feral mother (who will be spayed and released once the kids are grown.)

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Do you think my brother and my hubby will notice if they come home with me?

Saturday, hubby and I went to the zoo.  It was a cool sunny day so the animals were all out and active.

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While viewing the bears, we noticed a HUGE spider on the window over the hubby’s head.

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Alas, it was only made out of bark.

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Staycation:explore a store

Last weekend, I took a “staycation” and I did a bunch of fun little things.

Monday was my 30th wedding anniversary so hubby and I went out for a nice meal.  Unfortunately, I left a pot on the stove and that gave us a wondrous late evening project of trying to get all the smoke out of the house.  The stench of burnt Teflon has been the gift that keeps on giving a week later.  The chicken I was trying to cook to make my fussy diabetic dog want to eat her “healthy” dog food was reduced to black ashes.  Not a shining star moment to be sure!

Tuesday I had a doctor’s appointment followed by a massage.  The massage was wonderful and I felt very invigorated afterwards so, instead of walking home, I walked to the grocery store to replace the incinerated chicken.  As I walked through the store, feeling so good, I decided I’d do my grocery shopping a day earlier.  It wasn’t until I got through the check out that I remembered I had lent my car to my daughter-in-law.  After the short walk home carrying 8 heavy bags of groceries (one of which got lighter once the jar of pickles ripped through the bag and smashed on the concrete) I no longer felt relaxed and invigorated.

Wednesday, I went and had coffee with my mother.  On my way home, I stopped by a store to explore.  It was a store that I just couldn’t figure out how it stayed open.  21

How do you make money selling rocks?

When I first went in, I was surprised at how big it was.  I started walking around and found what you’d expect in a rock shop…rocks.

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Amber, my favorite rocks.

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Rock paraphernalia, including things for people who are into the belief in the power of rocks and crystals.

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Then I looked up and saw a random corner of antiques for sale. Yes, I squealed.

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Isn’t this cute!

Next to the antiques was the store pet, Frank.

Frank was in the little nook where you could sit and have some tea.

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Next to Frank was some books for sale and next to those was the store pet birds.

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The birds sat next to the Crazy Dutchman man. People can pick a geode out of the barrels and break them open to see the insides. To the left of that, there was a water trough where you can pan for gold (pyrite).

For folks into fossils there was much to pick from.

I found something hubby would like…shark teeth.

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I now see how this store survives!  It was highly entertaining and there was a few things I could want and afford!

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It seems a bit odd, but I think it could be a fun little place to do a costumed outing.  There are a couple of photo spots and having a cup of tea would be nice.   Perhaps after seeing the cemetery down the street….

The newspaper drawings

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The back cover of my carte de visite book had some news paper clippings stuck on the back.

I’m going to try and figure out who they are.
The guy on the top left is Charles Tupper and he was Prime Minister of Canada for a very short while in 1896. He is connected to Hugh John MacDonald, the owner of Dalnavert house. Hugh’s partner in his law firm was one of Tupper’s sons and Charles Tupper himself, made Hugh the Minister of the Interior in April 1896.

Here is a photo of the two together. (A copy of this hangs in Dalnavert).

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The next drawing is of Benjamin Disraeli who was a Prime Minister in the United Kingdom.  There was a street in Winnipeg that eventually became a Freeway called Disraeli and it was named after him.  Here is the photo the drawing was likely rendered from.

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The guy on the bottom left is Fredrick Temple also known as Lord Dufferin.

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He was a Governor General of Canada and he is also connected to Hugh John MacDonald.  As the Governor General of Canada, Lord Dufferin had contact with the Prime Minister and Hugh’s father, John A MacDonald.  Lord Dufferin made John A the god father of one of his children. There are a few things in Winnipeg named after this guy and his family…including our old train named the Countess of Dufferin now being stored in the Union Station Rail Museum.

The next guy was John Campbell the Marquis of Lorne, husband to one of Queen Victoria’s daughters.  In 1878 Lorne was appointed governor general of Canada by British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, to succeed Lord Dufferin.

The last guy is Matthew Vassar, founder of Vassar Collage. He doesn’t seem to fit the pattern and I can’t even guess why he is there. Most of these guys are major political characters in Canada’s history.  All these political types hung out with each other and with royalty.  And for some reason, the owner of this album found it significant to include these pictures in a family album.

Where was I?

In my last post I shared the photos of my completed Olive Dress.  What I didn’t tell you was where I was when those photos were taken.  I was actually an unpaid extra in a movie about the 1919 General strike in Winnipeg that became a very prominent event in the history of Canada. 30 thousand workers from many classes and ethnic groups came together and marched and basically shut down the whole city.  The strike was so effective that the Canadian government (for fear that there would be sympathetic strikes across the country) became involved and the leaders were arrested.

The scenes I and the other extras were involved in were the street marches and the rush of deputized RCMP’s on horseback who were sent in to break up the strike. This resulted in several injuries and one death.

Three perks to the event…

  1. New life experience to add to my memories.  Not a bucket list thing but pretty cool non the less.  I wonder if this film will ever move beyond film festivals to a venue I might actually see it.39976357_2194916177204057_72800769409024000_o
  2. I found a person that might actually buy some of my costumes off of me.  I have about 3 that I’m not really in love with anymore and if I made something that I liked better, I’d be happy to part with them.
  3. I actually got offered a job.  It is to work as a casual seamstress in the costume department.  The deal is that if a production requires more costumes than the costume department can crank out, they will call on casuals to step in an help out.  The money could be quite good, and according the person I spoke to, they always need help.  Since I’ve never sewed for other people, this is a daunting thought!  I’m curious enough to want to ask more questions but scared enough to believe that I wont go for it.39953553_2194288170600191_7851649054055333888_n

I wish I had some more photos to share with you but something went screwy with my camera and I lost all my photos.

Holiday with the animals

My computer is still broken. I am still pecking with one finger on my phone so you get another week of less wordy posts.

I was on holiday this week and the hubby and I went to see Kismet Creek Farm and the Winnipeg zoo. 

At the zoo, the wolves gave us an up close and personal view.

The polar bear was enjoying a cool dip in his pool.

He was having a great time with his toy.

I like the seals.

At Kismet Creek Farm there were donkeys.

Sheep.

And llamas.

Maybe I can work out a deal for some of that wool!

Look! A goat in a boat!

The farm is a rescue for at risk animals. Polkadot has some obvious jaw issues.

Gotta love the animals!