They held on valiantly over the last week, being slowly released from their frozen state by the sun, to float away on the spring breezes.
And so my vigil, watching the last small patches of snow melt, is over for 2021.
Today is the first official day of spring! And just in time the cold snap has ended, the sun has come out from behind the clouds, and the temperature is climbing.
A recent project was to tackle the bathroom shower curtain. The bottom hem of the plastic curtain had become slimy and discoloured. This is a recent development with the shower curtain, it has been in use for years. My idea to address the issue was to fill a 5 gallon bucket with water, add about 1/4 cup of bleach, plop it into the tub, then immerse the bottom of the shower curtain in the bucket of water. This was accomplished and left to sit from morning till night. It worked! The shower curtain has returned to its original condition. I like the shower curtain a lot, did not want to replace it, and now it does not need replacing.
There are many repetitive tasks that take up most of my day. Ongoing tasks include: refilling the Berkey water filter; milling flour; baking bread; baking muffins and other lunch items; cooking everything from scratch; washing and storing empty canning jars as we eat our home canned food; sweeping and dusting, a constant with forced air heating; watering plants; filing; bill paying and budget gymnastics; sanitizing all items that come onto the property; laundry; and a lot of other things so routine that they don’t come to mind.
The new tiered hydro billing is wonderful. Daily tasks have taken on a comfortable flow, projects are done when they need doing. Food is prepared when hunger suggests it. It is amazing how a small adjustment, in how something is billed, can have such an incredible impact on the quality of life.
Attila’s attention is beginning to shift from painting the basement ceiling, which is almost done, to the yard. It will soon be time to setup the evestrough downspouts, the rain barrel and rain tank. Last spring the rain tank arrived after the spring rains had ended, so that it was slow to fill. This spring it will be setup to catch the April showers.
Asian Beetles continue to invade the house in small numbers, as well as the odd fly and the odd large Western Conifer Seed Bug. There is even a small spider that traverses the ceiling. The spider takes care of small insects that come into the house, so it is welcome here. There are three or more wasps crawling around on the inside of the front screen door, at some point I will need to open the front door and unlock the screen door, so that they can be removed from the outside of the house. It is only a matter of time before they burrow their way into the house though, this occurs every spring and autumn.
What a week, or two or three, I’ve had! I think it has been the lowest I’ve felt since the Pandemic began. I am vigilant in monitoring the availability of vaccines here in Ontario, Canada. The “news” must be perused several times a day to keep abreast of the situation, which is fluid and changes, sometimes several times a day. The “news” wears me out, it is so ultra-sensational, so sparse in actual useful information, which is usually buried in reams of dramatic and superfluous text, and is rank with ill formed interpretations. Regardless of how disorienting the “news” can be, it does point the direction to how the pandemic is being handled. This week has been particularly difficult as the Variants of Concern are beginning to take root in the population, cases are rising again, levels of restriction are increasing, and the rate of vaccinating is oh so slow.
Updated on Sat, Mar 20, 11:05 AM
FEELS LIKE 5
Wind 19 W km/h
Humidity 35 %
Visibility 29 km
Sunrise 7:11 AM
Wind gust 28 km/h
Pressure 103.2 kPa
Ceiling 9100 m
Sunset 7:19 PM
“Cats regard people as warmblooded furniture.”
Thinking of Mist the Kitty, may she RIP.