Friday we experienced yet another all-day rain. This is a good thing for our garden and new grass. Apparently it is not a good thing for some of the local farmers, who feel they are getting a little too much of the wet stuff. This spring the weather is considered unusually cold and wet. This suits me well, as I find the heat extremely unpleasant, and even unbearable when the humidity is high.
Today the sun shines. The windows are flung open, and the breeze smells wonderfully of growing green things.
I have been puttering. In the garden, I am busy draining pots and making sure that no areas of standing water remain. It is best to eliminate all possible mosquito breeding "grounds". Indoor puttering includes laundering winter bedding, and tucking it away ready for the inevitable return of cold weather. Taking advantage of the beautiful sunshine, the week's laundry is almost ready to hang on the line.
Every day I "mark the stones". The advantages of this small bit of activity are becoming increasingly evident. The benefits are increased stamina, enhanced muscle tone, improved balance, and a slight loss of weight.
My health continues to improve. A recent visit to my family doctor resulted in a few more blood tests, just to rule out some of the problems that would indicate a much different line of treatment. My minor-but-important surgery is scheduled in about six months, the soonest date available.
Having a family doctor is a very important part of a healthy health care system. This is a person that can get to know you over a period of years, monitoring your health in an informed and balanced way. Our family doctor is a gem; he is a person who enjoys and respects people, who is adroitly interested in the sciences of doctoring and health, and who is extremely competent. A perfect combination.
Attila arrived home with a sad story one evening last week. Some heartless individual/s had driven out to the countryside during the night and abandoned three kittens at the side of the road. When Attila arrived at work early in the morning, there they were huddled under a piece of equipment, sheltering from the rain. This type of abandonment is a common occurrence.
He immediately drove to a local store and purchased a bag of cat food, which he set out for the kittens, with a bowl of fresh water. He made a few adjustments to make their shelter secure and dry. He checked on them at lunchtime, and again just before dark when he was leaving for home. They were comfortable, settled, and seemed safe enough. He spent some time that evening trying to contact several animal protection agencies, but their offices closed at five p.m.
Early the next morning one of the kittens was missing. It has not been found. It was now obvious that the remaining two kittens could not remain where they were. By the end of the day the two remaining kittens had been whisked away to a new home, where they will receive love and care. Men who work in the countryside orchestrated the arrangements.
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Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages
by Frances and Joseph Gies (1987)
"All other things aside, the one major difference between the United States and Canada is that in the United States the government is afraid of the people. In Canada the people are afraid of the government."
Letter to the Editor, by Gord Zulak, The Parry Sound North Star, January 22, 2003
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