Happy Day

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

I had the realization today that I’m happy. I’m content. I like living where I am and I am grateful to be here. Even in these hot, hazy, humid days and nights.

My dream to have a hobby farm is still very real and something I am working towards. Because, as much as I like living here and making it my own, it’s missing a few components key to my dream. Such as being zoned agriculture. We’re currently zoned “Garden Centre”. Go figure. I’m living on the land my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents farmed and yet, we can’t have animals. The second component is the busy highway in front of the house. Constant noise. Third, the neighbours are too close for comfort. I would like to live on a farm that is surrounded by nature and not houses, to be able to walk 500 feet in any direction and not see people.

As I write this, I’m sipping on a herbal tea blend from my herbal tea garden. A wish fulfilled, I have finally grown my own herbal tea garden. So far the chamomile and lemon balm are doing amazing. The mints, on the other hand, are having a tough year. They were amazing the last few years but this summer, they are slow to start. I have tried starting a new batch indoors during the spring but with no luck. Could be something with the seeds. So I may have to be happy with chamomile and lemon tea this winter.

I tried a new chicken recipe today and cooked in on the BBQ. My first time cooking anything on the BBQ that wasn’t a hamburger or steak. I must say, it turned out exceptionally well and I may try a few other things now too!

On the COVID front, I went into the office for the first time since March. I got the go ahead to go in to pick up a few things. I wanted my docking station and keyboard, and my yellow crocs. Now, I could have lived without the Crocs, but seeing as I was there for the docking station and keyboard… I was a little nervous, perhaps apprehensive but it was for not. It went very smoothly from the moment I entered the building and checked in with the commissionaire to when I said good bye on my way out. Signs were everywhere, indicating one way lanes, only two people per elevator, etc.

Several photos from my garden today: The butterfly garden, corn and beans in the vegetable garden are coming along very well, Malva Zebrina – which I grew from seed – is gorgeous, and the Baltimore Oriole was back this afternoon. Can you see the goldenfinch coming in to the feeder just above the oriole?

Dukes is waiting to come in this morning! We close the curtains in the morning because the sun is so strong, the heat flows in heating up the kitchen. Dukes wasn’t impressed.

Duke waiting to be let in this morning. Photo of the day, 7 Jul 2020 ©WQuinn

Monday, after a holiday

Monday, 6 July 2020

The Monday after a holiday can be the worst. Or it can be the best. Perhaps it can be OK. You get to decide.

I decided to just go with it. I typically roll out of bed in a cheerful mood and for those days I’m less cheery, I still find the light in life.

Turns out I didn’t miss a lot at work. There weren’t a ton of emails to catch up on and I have a couple of projects to work on, so that’s a bonus. Nothing I like less than having nothing to do and creating “make work” projects.

Today’s photo is actually one I took yesterday but saved it for today because it’s a special one…are you ready for it?! The Baltimore Oriole is back in town!

Baltimore Oriole, perched on an orange.
Photo of the day, 6 Jul 2020 ©WQuinn

I thought I saw him yesterday morning, a blur of yellow flying into the old pine tree. Too big to be an American goldfinch. Then later in the day, I could hear his song, followed by his Mrs. at the feeder. I cut up an orange, put it out and sure enough he popped in for a snack. He was back again today for more.

I cut up another orange, replaced the one on the feeder (seen in photo) and put one on the patio table (where I had it last year). I looked out about a half hour later and the orange on the table was missing…I’m thinking squirrels! Oh well, at least someone is getting a dose of vitamin C.

Here’s another one from the bird garden of the oriole enjoying the orange, followed by tonight’s sunset. Enjoy and have a wonderful night!


Monday, June 29, 2020

It was a day filled with weather. We popped into town to pickup groceries and while waiting at Walmart, I stepped out of the car and it felt like I was in Florida – weather wise, that is. Florida in January or February. I loved it! There was a gentle breeze, the sun was warm but not hot. A perfect 23°C!

In the afternoon, the rains came down like a bucket of water being dumped. It was fabulous!

Tonight, long after the sun set, I stepped onto the veranda to soak up the beautiful summer night. The waxing crescent moon getting brighter each night was high in the sky with a star/planet at its’ side. Fireflies danced around the yard while the bullfrogs serenaded them. The softest, gentlest, warm breeze comforted me and the entire scene brought me happiness and comfort. Oh, how I love these summer nights!

Cloud pattern appears like two giants boxing.
Photo of the day ©WQuinn 2020

Photos from around the yard today, including the “teenage” geese!

Wow! It’s actually Friday

Friday, 26 June 2020

I’m having a hard time writing this as I’m so tired, I’m falling asleep as I type…darn auto correct, I have to keep retyping!

A beautiful sunny, warm perfect summer day!

Photo of the day, 26 Jun 2020 ©WQuinn

The flowers are gorgeous, my garden is growing nicely. Love that summer is in full swing.

Funny enough, I started some sunflowers and herbs in pots, left them on a shelf on the veranda and this morning I discovered that some animal or rodent, dug the seeds out and ate them! Seriously! Who knew? Certainly not me. Now I have to start over. Darn squirrels/racoons!

This photo is from yesterday but I just had to share. It’s a grackle stretching out to eat!

Grackle, stretched out, at the bird feeder
©WQuinn 2020