Monday, 20 June 2016

Memorandum Monday - June 20th

Welcome to Summer, which arrives in this region at 6:34pm tonight & I shall be in the garden to greet Her.

 
Single Peonies


Slayer of the winter, art thou here again? O welcome, thou that bring'st the summer night. The bitter wind makes not thay victory vain, nor will we mock thee for thy faint blue sky.  Willaim Morris.

Good Monday morning to you all.  To have a visit with the other Monday Memo writers & Sian, our hostess, you can link in here: From High In The Sky

What is new from the patio?  Well we are experiencing quite the dry spell in this region, so new this season was we had to water the gardens.  Rules are quite strict, even / odd days according to whether your house number is even /odd; am & pm between 6 & 9 as long as we remain in Level 0 or Level 1, if we move to Level 2 & higher, then watering lawns & gardens is curtailed.  Let's hope for rain that comes about after this high heat & humidity; Sunday was 31(c) with a humidex of 40 (c).  To water my flower pots I use the water from the dehumidifier - it is free water.
 
early morning watering the gardens

What else is new?  We were up very early on Friday to get in to Toronto for another of Mr Man's eye injections & this time they also did a scan.  The scans show that the shots are not making an improvement difference, so surgery has been scheduled for September.  He will have to continue with an injection in July & again in August. The surgery delay is because of the need for a specific drug used in surgery that is currently not available in Canada & they do not start production of this drug until end of June & then it takes 2 months of quality testing before it can be sent to the hospitals again. 


early sunrise view from Hwy 401

I am currently reading two new to me books: The Widow by Carla Neggers & Summer House by Nancy Thayer.  Both are what most would call (very) light summer reading.  I must admit I am anxious to start my annual blitz reading of the Harry Potter series (again).


New is the community outrage & rallying to aid a local farmer who had 4 young adults drive through his soy & corn fields with their ATVs & dirt bikes.  Thankfully the guilty parties were known & caught.  But they did quite a bit of damage to some of Farmer Tim's fields before they were stopped.  I hope that there is accountability & consequences for these 4. (ATV = all terrain vehicles)





Farmer Tim's soy field with ATV tracks (Farmer Tim photo)


I was tidying up & found an old bubble making bottle & wand so I decided rather than throw it out, I would take the time to just be & blow bubbles.  I had quite a few giggles at this,  my new method of stress releasingI will be off to the dollar stores on Monday to buy more bubble makers, I have a lot of pent up stress!

A bubble floating on the air


Like a welcome summer rain, humour may suddenly cleanse & cool the earth, the air & you.  Langston Hughes

Happy week to all & may we all enjoy more laughter.


23 comments:

  1. I'm starting the Harry Potter books again next week. I want to read them all again before I go to see the new Harry Potter plays in London next month. I know the plays are a completely new story, but I still want to get back into the right frame of mind before I go!

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    1. Lucky you to see the play - I look forward to reading all about it on your blog :)

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  2. I'm reading for a bit of light summer reading too - and I have yet to read any of the Harry Potter series. College girl is re-reading them this summer, maybe I will follow along.

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    1. Oh Susanne I can highly recommend Harry Potter series; it is all about friendship, love, life's storms & good does win over evil.

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  3. Oh I agree bubble blowing is great to release stress and create happy feelings - I hope you have occassion to create them for fun rather than stress this week

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    1. You know Helena I cannot believe how much giggling I did & what beautiful colours my bubbles had. Oh yes doing this again, soon.

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  4. Oh dear those boys have been naughty. Oh the foolishness of youth. There have been similar problems around here. Sorry about Mr Mann's eyes. That must be both worrying and frustrating.

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    1. Thanks Maggie, the eye surgery sounds very daunting but for now he is focusing (no pun) on getting through two more injections, they are SO painful for him & takes him at least 48 hours to recover.

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  5. A very interesting read - thank-you! Glad those miscreants were caught. Wish I could send you some of our constantly falling water :). Those peonies are such a pretty colour ...

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    1. I am so glad you have visited Alexa. Every where around us got some rain yesterday - it is our position on the escapement which divides the weather, especially the rain.

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  6. As I read your bit about watering schedules, I was struck by how we have nothing like that here in the desert with our current scorching temps. We have never had water restrictions, that I can remember. Strange, huh? So sorry to hear that your Mr Man is facing an upcoming surgery. Injections in his eye cannot be much fun. What a shame for Farmer Tim, and I'm happy to know the young ones were caught and will hopefully pay for their destruction, somehow. And, BUBBLES?!?! I LOVE bubbles!!! I take them on picnics and camping and to concerts and ball games... LOVE them! :) They ARE great for stress relief and I usually take a deep (yoga) breath and then draw the exhale out for as long and slow as I can so I can blow the most amount of bubbles per wand dipping. :o) Have a great week, Mary-Lou!

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    1. Deb I am going to give the yoga breath a go in my soon to be morning bubble blowing routine. We have had water restrictions & rules for years now. We also have VERY high monthly rates for water.

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  7. Happy summer! Happy bubbles!
    Interesting to hear about your water restrictions. I have heard of similar things in other countries, but not here. Three consecutive days* without rain and we get a hosepipe ban - saves water by forcing people to use a watering can and focus their irrigation efforts. I have a water butt and also use kitchen water (from washing veggies etc.) to water tubs. (Oh, and I only shower in winter*.)


    * Joke (in case you were wondering)

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    1. I keep 4 rain barrels for the sole purpose of being able to water my tomatoes & flower pots. We can go 3 weeks without rain & being that our major source of water is Artisan wells, we are forced to learn water management.

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  8. I'm sorry to hear the injections aren't working, I'm hoping that maybe they will suddenly kick in before surgery and that can be put off. Goodness I can't imagine such a strict timetable on watering, but what a good idea. Does everyone keep to it.

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    1. Sandra I like your idea that maybe the next shot is the one that turns it around. The times are strictly observed & there are the "water police" from the township that go about the neighbourhoods to monitor & the fines are quite stiff in dollars. I am surprised to learn that Ontario seems to be the only place with - well maybe California too - such strict water rules. Ummm

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  9. So sorry to hear the injections are not working, and surgery is in the offing. We don't live that far from you (I don't think), so the watering restrictions came as a surprise to me. We haven't had any restrictions in years. We are having quite the dry spell, however, and we water the flowers nearly every day. The lawn, however, is patched with big brown spots.

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    1. Karen that does surprise me that you do not have water bans/rules. There are huge poster signs on very major road which displays the Level we are at. Fines are quite high for those not observing the rules, & this has been around for years. The "water police" are quite unforgiving if they catch you watering on a day or time that is not yours. I think most of, if not all Ontario is on water rules. Some towns may be wider - UMMM

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  10. I'm really sorry to hear that the injections aren't working. Fingers crossed from here, from all of us, that the surgery is more successful.

    I hadn't even realised it was the longest day yesterday until I came back in from Pilates and it was still so light I remarked upon it

    Have a good week!

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    1. Thanks Sian, I will let Mr Man know everyone is rooting for him. :)

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  12. Love that you relaxed with bubbles! There is such joy to be had in the simplest things if we just stop to enjoy. :) I'm looking forward to introducing Milly to bubbles soon.

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    1. Oh that will be fun - photos for sure! I have a new bubble bottle & I am having fits of giggles, especially over my difficulty in creating more than one or two bubbles from one blow ... I'll say no more for now.

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