White Peony
Attila picked this for me yesterday. I love peonies.

The peonies have bloomed a little late this year, better late than never. I love them! My Granny grew them in her front garden. They were in the front garden when Mist Cottage was purchased, and are now overgrown with some kind of shrubs, an apple tree, and a maple tree. The apple tree will be left to mature, the shrubs removed, and the maple tree transplanted to another part of the yard if possible. Every other day, while the peonies are in bloom, Attila cuts two flowers to present to me, so sweet.

One of the shirts I altered this week has become my favourite summer shirt. The shirt, as it was, would have looked good on me 20 years ago, and many pounds ago, but in the present reality it didn’t fit quite right. So the shirt was shortened, the shoulder seams shirred to fit, and the sleeves cut to 3/4 length. It is comfortable, and it doesn’t accent the effects of aging, the best that can be hoped for at this late stage in my journey through life.

The weather has been perfect, warm but not hot, sunny with a breeze. But that is about to change as the temperature rises today to 27C, and then slowly inches towards 32C over the next few days. The hot weather is something to suffer through, particularly with the humidity. Summer approaches.

I am annoyed at the pharmacy, they fill my prescriptions and they substituted my regular tablets with a generic brand. This doesn’t work for me, I have anaphylaxis, the new brand of tablets might contain my allergen. Sigh.

I called the drug store, the first employee didn’t listen and tried to blow me off with “government approved substitution” details. Not interested, I know the drug I need is in the tablet, I am not worried about that, it is the non-medicinal ingredients that can kill me. I had to repeat myself three times before she gave up reading me chapter and verse and transferred me to the pharmacist. The pharmacist gave me the same line about substitutions, and I had to then explain to her about non-medicinal ingredients and what anaphylaxis means. She then said she couldn’t help me, and gave me the phone number of the new drug company. I called the new drug company and they don’t answer, so I left a message. I eventually found the company on the internet, using the phone number the pharmacy had given me, then I found an email contact and emailed them to ask for the information I need. What a pain in the patootie bureaucracies can be.



Date: 9:00 AM EDT Wednesday 17 June 2020
Condition: Mainly Sunny
Pressure: 102.6 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: 19.8°C
Dew point: 10.3°C
Humidity: 54%
Wind: S 7 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


“That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.”
Doris Lessing
1919 – 2013

Thanks to reality, those new ways are infinite.


  1. I love the peonies Sandy! They don’t stay fresh very long once they are cut, but they are glorious for a day or so.
    Well, to be honest, I seem like a silly old woman who can be blow off, but my next move will be to call the pharmacy again and ask when the truly helpful pharmacist will be back on duty, he will get the info I need, he has before. And if that fail, well, the pharmacy chain’s corporate office will hear from me. And if that fails I will seek out the Ontario Ombudsman and pursue a formal complaint against the company. And if that fails I will probably seek legal action. BUT I sure hope calling again tomorrow and asking for the helpful fella will work, best place to start.

  2. Bex Crowell

    …and we all know what “seek legal action…” will mean… lots and lots of money outgoing! I hope it doesn’t come to that.
    We have a few peonies scattered around here too, some in a deep dark red color.

  3. Bex, I’ve never had the dollars to pursue legal action with a lawyer, and I’ve pursued legal recourse several times representing myself, with great success, if I think it is worth my time I will go there, and I am relentless once the decision has been made. One altercation was with Canada Post who challenged my copyright, it went on for quite some time, it was a David and Goliath scenario, they had big money and big lawyers. I won. However, I am hoping for one of my early approaches to garner desirable results, they usually do. The litiginous approach is a last resort.
    I love the dark red peonies! Ours are white and pink. One year a neighbour picked them to use for her friends wedding, nice to think of them at such a happy occasion.

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