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

A Summery Saturday

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Happy Independence Day to my American friends!

I started my post early this evening, getting a jump start on my night. I was sitting inside, recalling a beautiful sunny summer day. This is how I started it…

…Today was one of those text book perfect days. I seem to be having a lot of those lately and I’m beyond grateful! There was no humidity today. None! 29°C felt like 29°C. What a relief after a week of hot humid weather. Add to that a nice breeze and, in my books, it was a perfect summer day. I did a few things around the yard then grabbed my Kobo and sat under the shade of the Manitoba maple tree until my eyes got heavy and my bed called for an afternoon nap. What a day!

I put it aside to have dinner, planning to get back to it at bed time, as usual.

Then I saw the full moon rising. I stepped outside to watch it play hide and seek behind some clouds. So mysterious and beautiful. The fireflies were dancing, the bull frogs serenading, and there was no chill to the air, nor humidity. It was quite literally the perfect night for sleeping outside!

My tent was already set up, I inflated a mattress, grabbed my bedding and pillow and my camera.

After a photoshoot with the moon and the river, I sat on the river bank to finish my blog and listen to the frogs and all the other night sounds.

I took this video to share the serenading frogs with you. It’s more for listening than viewing. I hope you enjoy

Photo of the day, 4 Jul 2020 ©WQuinn

It’s Friday!

Friday, 3 July 2020

What a beautiful hot day. I didn’t see a lot of it as I spent most of the morning chatting with Amazon and on the phone with my bank.

I popped into my bank account this morning and noticed a charge from Amazon for $90. I don’t use this bank account for Amazon purchases so I knew immediately something was off.

Chatting with an Amazon rep, they were able to confirm the purchase wasn’t made from my Amazon account and were able to identify what was purchased. The issue has been escalated to the fraud department.

Then I called my bank – TD – and waited 25 minutes to speak to someone. For future reference, when you’re given the option to choose the type of music you prefer to listen to, choose none. The quality of the music is so bad, it just greats on the nerves. The TD rep was awesome and escalated my call to another department where that rep took all the details then cancelled my visa debit card and submitted the claim to the fraud department.

I changed my login info and my password and I vow to stop using credit cards with Amazon. I’m going to only use gift cards from now on. Now I sit and wait to see the outcome.

I had a birthday dinner party to prepare for and lost a good chunk of time handling this. Oh well. I quickly got into party mode, preparing salads, appetizer tray and prepping the veggies. When everyone arrived, my nephew joined me in the kitchen and we worked together very well! Wine in hand, great tunes playing in the background, seasoning meat and veggies…it was a hoot! I was excited to use some garlic and lemon balm from my garden to season the veggies.

The meal was delicious and the birthday cake, which my nephew made, was soooo good. It has become his signature cake. Here’s a photo of it.

Jamie’s signature cake ©WQuinn 2020

When the sun started to go down, the humidity lifted a little, making it a little more bearable. I watered the gardens, then Mom and I sat on the veranda for a bit, watching the near full moon rise. It was beautiful!

A collection of photos I took this evening as I was watering the gardens. Clockwise beginning at the top left: Watering my vegetable/herb garden, flowers blooming from the “humming bird” seeds I planted in March; tonight’s sunset, watching the moon rise on the veranda.

Photo of the day, watching the moon rise, ©WQuinn 2020

Canada Day 🇨🇦

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Happy Canada Day 🇨🇦 🎉

This has got to be the strangest Canada Day… social distancing means no national celebration on the Hill, no fireworks. But we did have a virtual party which was kind of cool. One this afternoon and another one planned for this evening along with virtual fireworks… I’m really looking forward to that!

I miss the Snowbirds annual Canada Day flyby and hope they’re doing ok. It’s been a rough couple of months for them.

CF-18 and Snowbirds fly overhead after their flypast on Parliament Hill. July 2019 © WQuinn

Today was a hot one. I worked outside transplanting flowers until it got too hot. Went for a swim in the river, read a book, had a BBQ dinner and will sit outside until the fireworks start at 10 pm, enjoying the frogs and the fireflies. Gotta love summer and chillaxing on Canada Day!

The Blanche river
Photo of the day 1 Jul 2020 ©WQuinn