ood Wednesday morning! Full sun! Yee haw!
A quiet morning, then over to Jaspers to dig out some new garden space and set up one “regular” garden and one made up with grow bags. An experiment! 😊
Today is National Receptionist Day. I truly enjoyed my stints as a secretary / receptionist / office administrator. Something I was actually quite good at!
May 12 falls in World Schizophrenia Awareness Week. I have never had an episode – knock wood. But this is truly a terrible disease which does not get respect.
A turtlely good news story! Folks in New Jersey Are Caring For More Than 800 Baby Turtles Rescued From Storm Drains
A Time to Think:
What would our lives look like if we really did live with our life's brevity at the forefront of our mind? —Julie Manning, author
Hee hee!! Jasper was funny today as always. I’ll save the best for last.
We watered the plots at our senior’s apartment here and at our church – one in each location. There may be two coming available at the church that we’ll dig out and grow stuff for the tenants in the seniors’ apartment on the church grounds.
A very sweet friend gave us some containers for “bag-planting.” And we picked them up. My hope is to do a row of bag-planted veggies and a row of regular flower-garden veggies at the Park-Stevens and see which ones turn out the best.
And of course, we went to a park. BUT, the highlight of Jasper’s day was wearing my adidas jacket and waiving the arms around. He loves being a “car-wash.” The kid may need counseling to become a “normal” child again.
Good Tuesday morning! Not sure what we are doing with Jasper today. We have a few groceries to get and we need a hanger for an amazing plant. Then a few parks, me thinks. THERE IS SUN OUT THERE!
Today is Eat What You What Day – which I celebrate every day. I truly love the food we eat and look forward to every meal and snack. Mind you, given that I am always hungry, you could serve me lumpy cream of wheat three times a day and I’d love that too.
May 11 falls in National Etiquette Week. I LOVE good manners!
Good news? This is amazing news! Homeless Nigerian Boy Becomes Chess Champion of the United States at 10-Years-old!
A Time to Think
God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. –Anonymous
Good Monday afternoon! Goodness! Hubs and I feel fatigued even though everything is so very good in our lives. I chalk it up to two things. 1. And this is the big one. Lack of sun. 2. Hearing that lockdown may continue into June. I agree, but…
On a happy note, our plants on our patio and backyard at our apartment and at our church are all alive. Not thriving. But alive. In my perfect world we’d have a backyard. In today’s real estate market, we’re lucky to have a small apartment we can afford!
Jasper and his Grandfolks visited Aunt Anna and Cousin Ems and the two cousins had a grand time playing outside. You know the drill. Adults socially distanced, outside, and wearing masked.
We got to drop off giant freezies and a card to our grandnephews and niece. And went to two parks. But my glory, I ache for “normal times.” I don’t know what those are, but I want them! 😊
Good Monday morning! WHAT!? A day of FULL SUN?! I can’t believe it!
A quiet morning. (Hubs has a zoom meeting.) We have Jasper this afternoon. Since there is sun, my ideas are:
-Visit Anna and Em – socially distanced, masked, outside in their front yard
-Check our gardens to see what has survived. I’d suggest going to the garden shop, but it’s going down to 2 C tonight.
-Bring freezies to our grandniece and grandnephews
-Go to a park or two.
Today is Clean Up Your Room Day. Normally at this time of the year I feel a need to do a “purge” or declutter. But I’m thinking that is not going to happen until we move apartments – if that ever happens. Very low energy levels these days. Apparently, I’m not alone. https://health.sunnybrook.ca/mental-health/ways-to-cope-with-covid-fatigue/
May 10 also falls in National Vegetarian Awareness Week. You are welcome to check out my website www.veganseniors.weebly.com or follow https://www.facebook.com/veganseniors . I send out a weekly letter re new recipes and happy vegan news. You can subscribe. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (Yes, I get the joke that cats are carnivores!😊)
“A new project to demine seven million square meters of land, including a critical area inside the largest contiguous wildlife area in the world, is underway, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Government.” The U.S. had not signed on to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, but things can and do change.
Podcast junkies? Season Two of Passenger List started today! https://thenerdsofcolor.org/2021/04/30/mystery-thriller-podcast-passenger-list-starring-kelly-marie-tran-to-launch-season-2/
Thought for Today:
“A sense of meaning is the most important thing in life. That’s what sustains people throughout their lives: the sense that their life has a meaning…” – Viktor Frankl
Today was a very different Mother’s Day. Up until August 25 of 2020, I posted two facebook messages a day for my Mom because she was on facebook. But when she passed, I couldn’t stop doing it. So forgive me… I continue to post twice daily.
(The pictures are in no particular order because I’m lazy. 😊)
This was a interesting day. I got a big pot of beans cooking. Our kids all sent me Mother’s Day “Hellos!” Elaine is in Korea and Caro is in Suds, so we couldn’t see them in person. But…on Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning we’ll get to see Anna and Em. (We love you Neal. Em, I love your pic!)
The Park-Stevens dropped by with a cool card and we had a socially distanced and masked visit. Grumpa and Jasper inspected the back plot. Apparently, there are lots of sunflower sprouts breaking through. These are for my niece Brittany who died recently of covid.
And my niece Tammy and my nephew-in-law Glen and my two grandnephews and my grandniece dropped by with wine, flowers, a frameable card, and lots of artwork done by the kids - which is now on the fridge.
I truly understand why folks have mixed feelings about Mothers Day. But I have to say I LOVED MOTHERS DAY AT ALL PEOPLES UNITED CHURCH IN SUDBURY. Lorne Chuipka and the lads went all out with poems and stories and salutations and roses for the ladies and a giant cake.
My theory is that people who have lived through really bad times are far more like to celebrate observances than folks who have not and don’t take much care about.
Good Sunday morning! I believe I see sun out there! No plans for today. Hopefully a walk at some point. I’d love to write a Sunshine Story – but have no idea what to write about. Suggestions always welcomed.
Today is Mother’s Day and it’s my first Mother’s Day without my Mom, Marjorie Carrie aka GM aka Sparkie. I understand why folks find Mother’s Day hard.
May 9 falls in National Stuttering Awareness Week. My Dad had speech impediments and it affected every part of his life. Not happily.
OK, time for some good news! A brave 11-year-old boy who was told he’d never speak has been honored in a Disney storybook all about kindness. Zac Du Boulay, who was born with Moebius Syndrome, won $5,000 in a recent ‘Inspire Like Churchill’ speech competition, but decided to donate all his winnings to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. “I didn’t want the [sick children’s] parents to be sad or lonely, so I wanted to help,” he said of his generosity…”
Quote of the Day:
“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind counsel to dissipate the clouds of darkness.” – Washington Irving
My goodness. Hubs and I are so tired today. Thankfully, hubs is able to nap. Me, I’ll just crab about being SO TIRED! 😊 I used to be able to nap. I look forward this happening again some year.
This morning we went for a wee walk in the Louth Conservation area. We like to go there in the first week of May – lots of trilliums to be seen.
This afternoon I cleaned my ratlets cage and Laur worked on a sermon. That was it.
A big stir fry for supper as I attempt to clean out the fridge in anticipation of a Costco (Business Centre) run on Monday.
Hubs wonders what we are going to do when all the veggies we’ve planted are ready to be harvested. This is low on my list of concerns. The chances of them surviving are pretty remote. And should some make it – we’ll eat them. If we have a surplus – we’ll freeze. And if the gardens keep on giving – we can give it to whoever will take it! A good problem to have.
Good Saturday morning! There is a bit of sun out there. Maybe we’ll get a walk in this morning… Or a bike ride. The latter depends on the wind.
Today is National Train Day. EVERY DAY is train day with Jasper.
May 8 is also Bereaved Mother's Day. When you have lost your mother or a child, Mother’s Day can be painful.
Good news please! Unaware She Was Pregnant, Lucky Lady is on Same Flight As NeoNatal Crew When She Gives Birth Prematurely
Quote of the Day:
“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell
A good day! Learned more about two projects that MCC and our church is involved in. Grow Hope (continuing) and (new) Refugee Sponsorships! As I learn more, I’ll share!
We took Jasper out this afternoon. A lot of driving around because of bad weather, but what we hope he remembers is… One train. We went to Two parks. We went through Three tunnels. We saw Four boats. And at least Five garbage trucks!
Jasper’s favorite thing today? Sloshing through mud! Given that Jasper and Laur and I are together a few hours a day, five days a week. AND we can’t do anything inside our apartment or other indoor play facilities…
…I am looking to find a large gardening plot we can rent in the country but close enough to the North End. That way we can “go to the farm” every day or second day. Jasper can slosh around. Laur and I can grow fun stuff. Or sit in deck chairs we bring and drink lots of tea.
We can have a supply of toys we keep there. There are tons of cheap toys around.
If you know of such a place, email me at email@example.com
When I turned 64 on January 31st, 2021, I felt a significant shift in my little universe. Likely related to the Beatles song “When I’m 64.” While my mother, Marj Carrie, lived to be 98, the average life expectancy for women in Canada is 84. So I did a couple of things.