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

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

Summery Saturday

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Happy birthday 🎈 to my sweet niece!!!

I had a wonderful sleep-in this morning. A late start to my day but I did manage to check several things off my growing to-do list.

There’s nothing quite like physical activity to shift your mood, put things in perspective, or get those endorphins going and it feels great! Although I’m a little stiff and sore in spots, I feel amazing and believe I’ll have no problems falling to sleep tonight…one of the reasons for an early post 😉

It’s been a couple of weeks since things in Quebec have been opened and, for a while there, it felt like we were done with Covid-19. Almost like we’ve given up and gone back to the way things used to be. Until yesterday. When I heard about the outbreak in Kingston, ON…a city that until recently, had no cases. It’s like going back in time, to March, when the first cases of Covid-19 hit Canada. It scared me back into reality and reminded me to take this seriously and step back again. I need these reminders.

Earlier today, I took a break from the humidity by sitting in the shade of a tree, drinking water and watching the clouds drift by….ahhhh, summer!

Break time, sitting in shade
Photo of the day, 27 Jun 2020 ©WQuinn

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