The weather has been making a concerted effort to make my life as cheery as possible. The temperature has remained above freezing all week, and the snow is almost completely gone. Not only that, the birds are exultant. Sitting outside on the back porch is so soothing. There are Cardinals, Sparrows, Robins, Blue Jays, Crows, and Chickadees flitting in and out of the yard, calling to each other, delighting my ears. Overhead are flocks of geese, whose honking is so loud it can be heard from a great distance as their flight approaches, reaches a crescendo as they fly overhead, and fades as they disappear into the distant sky. Insects are beginning to fly around in the garden. A grey squirrel digs here and there in the bare soil of the garden. Spring is just a few days away!
Attila was waxing nostalgic about Linseed Rye bread, that he had enjoyed in the past. Baking bread this morning, a 1/4 cup of flour was removed from the recipe, and replaced with a 1/4 cup of ground flax seed. It made a lovely loaf of bread! The loaf rose higher than usual, which might be due to the flax seed, or it could be due to the spring-like weather. The seasons have a big effect on bread baking, with the accompanying fluctuations in temperature, air pressure, and humidity. The next loaf will be baked without the flax seed, and if there is still an increased rise, I will deem it due to the change of season.
Years ago a neighbour gave us two interior bi-fold doors. Stuff comes in, and it seldom goes out. Those doors have been stored in the rafters of the garage for years now. Last summer Attila picked up an old stainless steel sink, that was being thrown out. We have plans! A great deal of produce comes out of the garden, and into the kitchen. I would prefer to wash the vegetables outdoors before bringing them into the house. A washing station is being designed using the wood from the doors, and the old sink. This will be used to rinse the dirt off the produce before it comes into the house. Today Attila is working on step one, which involves clearing an area under the porch roof for the new cabinet. This involves dismantling our old gas BBQ, which hasn’t been used for years The dismantled BBQ will, of course, be stored in the garage for future projects. Beside the sink will sit a jug of water for washing vegetables, and below the sink will be a five gallon bucket to catch the soil and water. The bucket of dirty water will be used to water the garden. Looking forward to this!
I am still experiencing significant pain, and after three ultrasound tests over the course of more than two months, the reports are all inconclusive, and a CT Scan is suggested. It has taken since January 7th to get to this point, waiting my turn for those three unrevealing ultrasound tests, and reports. Now I have to wait for the requisition to be sent for the CT scan, and then I have to wait on the list to become eligible for the scan. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, painkillers are my very best friends, timed to the minute, and waited for with great anticipation. Ontario health care is broken, we need a compassionate and responsible governing body to fix it. I am glad there is an election coming up, and I haven’t forgotten those thousands of seniors who lived in private care homes, and died horribly over the last two years. I also haven’t forgotten which politicians were shareholders, and CEO, of some of those private care home corporations. I hope the rest of the voting public hasn’t forgotten either, this isn’t the model of “care” people want or need.
FEELS LIKE 5
Wind 7 E km/h
Humidity 98 %
Visibility 11 km
Sunrise 7:13 AM
Wind gust 11 km/h
Pressure 100.3 kPa
Ceiling 200 m
Sunset 7:18 PM
“Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile.”
Sir Wilfred Grenfell
1865 – 1940
Predicated on having adequate food, shelter, clothing, companionship, health, and safety.