Monday, May 10, 2021

Me On A Monday - May 10th

Good Morning.  Another day, another week in lock down & there's talk of extending beyond May 20th!👎

Last Wednesday & Thursday we had the arbour guys, aka, Tree Monkeys,  here taking down two maple trees in our yard.  It was a very tough & expensive decision to make, but both the trees were rotting from the inside out.  The Norway Maple, growing in the back garden, had rot starting abut 5 feet up - where one of the branches had been ripped off during that horrible ice storm a few Decembers ago.  We had tried to stem the rot but alas, could not.  The Silver Maple on the side of the house was another one that had not truly recovered from ice damage.  They said if we had waited another 3-5 years, the trees would have been too dangerous to climb & we were looking at triple the cost to bring a crane in to take the trees down.

On the Wednesday morning, I went out to say good bye to both these trees, thank them both for years of shade, air cleaning & providing homes & playgrounds for some of the beasts in the yard.  There were tears on my part.  😢

 

The only thing left is for the tree guys to come back to grind the stump. 

The Norway Maple

 

 

 

The Silver Maple









Trees - the lungs of the earth.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Wisdom

 




Wisdom today is of the personal nature.  Wisdom to know that putting yourself on every possible list, even the last minute list, was a good idea. Wisdom knowing when to pick up the phone when it rings (normally I let go to voice mail). Wisdom to know to say yes.

A picture is worth a thousand words & in this case it's also worth a thousand gratitudes.  I made this purchase of a pre-made scrap page title, to go with a special moment ...


YES, we both have had our first jab of the COVID vaccine.  Pfizer for the win.





Monday, May 03, 2021

Me On A Monday - May 3rd

 Good Morning Everyone.  Over the weekend we said goodbye to April & hello to May.  If ever there was a month full of promise ...  ...this is a forsythia hedge that we drive pass on our way to picking up groceries.  This year every bush was in glorious bloom.  I took the photo as we were driving, it's a busy highway & not easy to stop along.


Current Fun: on Saturday the 1st, it was NSD, aka National Scrapbook Day.  This year because of COVD, many business & scrapping greats, decided that is should be the entire weekend. There were lots of online scrap meets.  I had no problem devoting time each day from Friday to Sunday, to my favourite hobby.  I had a lovely day catching up on some page layouts that have been languishing in my PHD box, (Projects Half Done) along with some card finishing.  Late Saturday afternoon, I spent over an hour searching for a very specific die, which it turns out was in its own packaging as it should be & not part of the package I was waving frantically with the cries of "where is it". Turns out the dies packages have similar shaped dies & I had confused which was in which package.  But thankfully it was not wasted time, I discovered I do have a specific embossing folder that I was going to order with the weekend specials. Phew saved money, found die ... talk about a good outcome.  

This page is about my enjoyment of reading.  The chair is actually a purchased greeting card & it's a flocked texture.  I left it as a card, whited out the greeting inside where I will write the titles of my favourite books.


Currently Thankful:  my upline Stampin Up demonstrator dropped off a goodie bag of Stampin Up treats on Saturday morning.  


Currently Working On : the 2021 Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt List, aka SPSH.  I will be posting the list on Monday May 24th.  Like last year, the list will reflect the challenges of COVID restrictions, such as gatherings, travel bans & the possibility of some of us still living a lockdown life.  The search will begin Tuesday June 1st & run until Thursday September 30th.  There's not a lot of rules; photos need to be taken within the time frame of the search. It should be your own work or a loved one's work.  But the most important thing is to have fun with it.  There are some challenging items to find, some really easy ones to find & things in between. Lots of room for creative thinking/interpreting ...

Currently Annoyed: more of my pink tulips had their flower heads snapped off.   The tulips would have been quite pretty.


Currently Watching: finished the first season of Line of Duty, which we enjoyed right up to the unsatisfying ending - Mr Man is still annoyed by it.  I have series two on request from the library.  Thank you to many of my blog friends for recommending, I was hesitate to watch for so long because I had it confused with Call of Duty which is quite violent.  Also just finished the first season of The Ambassador, which is quite light & it's another one on request for season two.

Currently Reading: mostly re-reading as there are long gaps in my library requests.  Some of the wait time is due to lockdown restrictions, plus it's still too cold & wet to be outside in the garden, which means everyone is reading.  One current book that I did pick up is "Relax, Damit"  not a fan of the writing style.

 

Currently Counting Down: the days until our current lockdown restrictions lift.  There's been so many changes I am really not 100% sure, but I think it's Thursday May 20th at 12:01am.  Of course it could change as our hospital ICUs are still overwhelmed with admissions.  The B.1.1.7 variant is really quite aggressive & so easily spread. So I cannot see much of a return to familiar any time soon.  Last week our region was celebrating that we had 4 days in a row with no new cases.  It did not hold. 

So here's to a relaxing week & I hope that everyone gets an opportunity to spend some time lost in a favourite book or hobby.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Wisdom


 If you inherently long for something. Become it.

If you want a beautiful garden, become a gardener.

If you want mental stimulation, change the conversation.

If you want to be valued, respect your own time.


                                                            ... inspired by Victoria Erickson

Monday, April 26, 2021

Me On A Monday - April 26th

              Good Morning On This Fair Monday Morning.

Currently Did Enjoy:  the first red tulips of the season. I enjoyed watching how tight the buds are until about 10am when as the morning sun warms them, they open fully to embrace the day.  I enjoyed for two days until the playful destructive black squirrels snapped the heads off to enjoy as a snack.  I could say many things, none pleasant, so I won't, for now.

Currently Anticipating: the growth of my rhubarb plant.  It likes were I transplanted it two years ago.  Last year I got about 6 stalks from the plant, enough to make my orange rhubarb loaf; excellent with tea for an afternoon book reading session.  I am anticipating I'll get more than 6 stalks this year, enough to make at least two orange rhubarb loaves! One for now, one for the freezer.

Currently Thinking :  that this photo of our Ontario flag, destroyed by two playful destructive black squirrels, is SO representative of how I feel life in Ontario is right now - in tatters; COVID variants, we have 4, vaccines roll out is improving ... I'll say no more.


Currently Awaiting: from the library, 3 DVDs of the first season of The Ambassador, starting Pauline Collins.  It was aired in Britain 1998 - 1999.  The referral came from the librarian that knows our taste & preferencesHave any of you seen?  Thoughts?

Watch The Ambassador - The BBC Series: The Complete First Season | Prime  Video

Currently Crafting:  towards my goal for 100 Day Project, more cards & more scrap book pages.  I have on order from my favourite scrapping store, Two Scrapbook Friends, some supplies in anticipation of NSD this coming weekend. I will be pulling out the stash already started for my pages of COVID-19, Pandemic, Lockdown life.  My plan with these supplies is to get caught up on this particular album.  I recently found some great ideas on Pinterest.  For those of you using Pinterest, just key in Pandemic and/or COVID & you'll get 100's if not millions of ideas.

 



I'll leave you with this thought ...  "as you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters always point in the correct direction"

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Wisdom

 




You Are A Fine Piece Of China.

Don't Let Anyone Treat You

Like A Paper Plate.

...Southern Love & Blessings


Monday, April 19, 2021

Me On A Monday - April 19th

  

Good morning everyone. 

Currently Watching: I did watch the funeral of Prince Philip on Saturday. So well done, I think he would have been pleased.  

Also on the watching, part 1 & 2 of The Secrets She Keeps. Laura Carmichael of Downton fame is quite good in this . On pay for movies, we watched The Courier, with Benedict Cumberbatch.  We both liked & I would recommend.

Currently Participating: in several Zoom health related workshops, so far they have all been more of a one-way workshop, you can submit questions via the Q&A function of Zoom, but there's no conversation from participants.  All part of the privacy guidelines.  These workshops have been put on by the local family health teams.  I've participated in Anxiety-Dial It DownMindfulness, Part 1 (part 2 is next week), Moving Beyond COVID, which is made up of a panel of health leaders including our regional Public Health Officer, she's excellent at giving facts both medical & scientific. Dr Mercer is a good reality check.

Currently In The Garden:  the weather has turned rather chilly of late, & the forecast is for snow on Tuesday night.  Things in the garden are growing with the sunshine, some daffodils & tulips are in bloom, which is so encouraging.  I started my morning glory & sweet peas from seed & the little heads are poking through the dirt.  We got a quote from our yard man to either re-seed or put new grass sod down on one side of the house when it is almost nothing but dirt.  I was taken back by the cost.  While re-sodding is a quick results, I wonder how long the good looks would last.  The reason we have a mud/dirt bowl, is that the neighbour we share lawn borders with, does not do anything to keep his lawn healthy.  Last year because of a regional Japanese Beetle outbreak, grubs took over but our side yards.  While we cannot use pesticides, which would kill the little buggers quickly, we can use natural things, like spraying live Nematodes to eat the grubs or Milky Spore, which is also a bacteria that will kill the grub if they are the Japanese Beetle (which these are). But if we are the only one doing, it doesn't do much, but neighbour man won't spray the Nematodes or Milk Spore; he doesn't understand that these are living things, not chemicals, he refuses to discuss.  SO, I am leaning towards the re-seeding with white clover rather than grass.  White clover is sterile so won't go crazy & take over, plus it is cheaper than grass seed & doesn't require the same amounts of water to keep in green & growing.  At this point anything would be an improvement.

                                                🙏🙏🙏

So another week of lockdown is upon us, which was originally  scheduled to be over end of April, but our Premiere has added two weeks to the original 4 weeks.  Ontario is really struggling with rising cases of the B1 variant, the demand for ICU beds & ventilators, along with a medical care system that is breaking down in exhaustion. Match this up with a delayed shipment of vaccines by 10 days, well it equals dark days ahead.  I'll say no more for now.