Attila was puttering in his garden. I was sitting in the sun on the back porch. We were chatting beneath a clear blue sky. There was no wind, which was unusual. A small bird landed on the fence near Attila, then flew onto the ground in the outer garden. I asked Attila what kind of bird he thought it was, he leaned on the fence to study the bird. And then it hit. A Merlin appeared from out of nowhere, dipped to the ground, struggled briefly to grab the smaller bird in its beak, then rose quickly and few away with it to the forest nearby. It was a shocking event. I have never witnessed anything quite like it. The quiet peaceful afternoon in our back yard was no longer peaceful.
Apparently Merlins migrate through our part of the world, and are considered uncommon here. I do hope the Merlin moves on to new hunting grounds.
I have had some results from my tests, and am relieved that it seems unlikely that I have Pancreatic Cancer, which was a possibility. However, finding out what I don’t have, however wonderful that turned out to be, does not explain the pain and nausea I have been experiencing since Christmas. More tests are coming up, and I am following up on some suggestions made by the emergency department during my last visit. Of course all these tests have been thorough enough to find other health issues I didn’t know I had, but so far, none of them are life threatening, but may indicate a few more tweaks in diet and lifestyle. Grey hair and wrinkles are the sunny side of old age. So, still no diagnosis with this ongoing issue.
Last weekend Attila and I made another batch of sausage patties. My oh my, these are so good! We don’t add salt or chemical additives, but of course they are not cholesterol free, so we won’t be eating them more than a few times a month. Which reminds me I need to make a batch of salmon patties for the freezer. Fast approaching is the season where we are busy with the garden and food preservation. Then we will appreciate the quick meals offered by these patties.
After I spent days cutting the dead ash branches into small pieces with loppers, we enjoyed burning them in a camp fire last night. It was so much fun, that we had another camp fire tonight. We stayed outside until it got very chilly, as it is going below freezing tonight. What fun camp fires are, we love them. There are still more branches to burn, so we will probably have another camp fire tomorrow night too. The burn ban was lifted on Thursday, a few weeks earlier than we anticipated, and our permit is still in good order.
Updated on Fri, Apr 29, 9:25 PM
FEELS LIKE 5
Wind 8 N km/h
Humidity 42 %
Visibility 46 km
Sunrise 6:00 AM
Wind gust 12 km/h
Pressure 102.1 kPa
Ceiling 9100 m
Sunset 8:10 PM
“It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed.”
1868 – 1930
We have found that just enough through hard work keeps us pretty happy.