Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Oh my, what a sight to wake up to. I wasn’t prepared for a white, winter wonderland in late April. When I heard snow was in the forecast, I figured it would be the wet stuff that looks pretty but doesn’t accumulate. Ha.

Snowy April morning ©WQuinn 2020

Tea in hand, rocking chair pulled up to the patio window, camera in other hand, I made the best of it. Birds flock to the feeders during snow storms, especially spring snowstorms. I was in a very happy place watching the birds, taking pictures and enjoying the morning. It felt like Christmas morning, quiet, peaceful, snowy…

111/366 Photo of the day, 21 Apr 2020 ©WQuinn


Monday, 20 April 2020

20 04 2020

Sipping my tea this morning while watching the birds (inside…it was too cold to be out, brrrr), I had the thought, “I love Sundays” only to realize seconds later, it’s Monday. My heart sank, sigh. It’s Monday.

I find it strange to feel like this, about Monday, while in quarantine mode where everyday seems like a weekend… The good news for the day was the sunshine…all day sunshine.

I started my morning with a headache again. Took a couple Motrin, an ice pack and went back to bed for an hour. Felt a little better, then applied some essential oils to my neck, did some stretching exercises and got on with my day. Eventually the pain subsided… Thank God 🙏 because I had plans for my day!

Now, the soap didn’t quite turn out as well as I had hoped for. I made one loaf, three rounds in the silicon tray and one special mold.

The loaf looked a little too glossy, kind of like the gel phase. And the circles and special mold were soft and squishy. I did a little research and it could be too much humidity and/or old lye. I was relieved to learn the batch will be useable. It’s been cut up and placed on a rack to do its thing for the next 4-6 weeks.

Lemon poppyseed cold press soap © WQuinn 2020

You’ve no doubt heard that invention is the mother of necessity…well…we ran out of chips. No biggy, probably a good thing for my waistline. However, our next grocery order isn’t for a couple of weeks. So, I decided to try making my own.

I watched a few YouTube videos, found a few recipes and started experimenting. Wanting to avoid deep frying to perhaps try a healthier alternative…as if there’s such a thing as a healthy potato chip…I opted for microwave and oven chips.

I cut one potato using a mandolin, but the slices were too thick. I cooked then anyway and it took quite some time to get crispy.

Next, I cut another potato, this time by hand. I divided the pile into two, one for the microwave and one for the oven.

Counter clockwise from top left: thick microwaved, thin microwaved, and thin oven baked potato chips. ©WQuinn 2020

The microwave was faster, but the ones from the oven tasted better.

Now that I can make my own potato chips…chips that are very tasty…I have no desire to buy a bag from the store. If I get the craving, I can cook up one potato and be done, instead of eating an entire bag. That’s got to be good, eh?!

Some days I have one picture, other days I have a lot. It’s all about being in the moment and capturing those fleeting moments, like Dukes sleeping, and the chickadee sticking around longer than normal so I can get a good shot.

Had a catnap with Dukes ©WQuinn 2020
Black capped chickadee ©WQuinn 2020

And I ended my day with another gorgeous sunset! Amazing!

110/366 Photo of the day, 20 Apr 2020

Edit: necessity is the mother of invention…not the other way around 😉


Sunday, 15 March 2020

Dukes and Ashes © WQuinn 2020

I look forward to Sunday mornings. I sip my tea, sit in my rocking chair and watch the birds. Sunday’s are day one of my two day bird count.

Not as many birds this time of the year although the spring birds are returning. This week I saw an abundance of red-winged black birds, and a purple finch. The European starlings have been around for over a week and this afternoon I saw my first grackle of the season. The seagulls have returned as have the Canadian geese.

Geese on the river © WQuinn 2020

Somehow the lid to this feeder went missing during the week. This golden finch is taking advantage of it.

The squirrels kept us on our toes trying to keep them off the platform feeder. I would step outside and they would stop eating, gaging how far out I was willing to go. Another step had them racing down the post, only to stop midway to see if I was still there. Another step and they’d run to the tree for cover. Sometimes Dukes would go out for me. He’d run all the way down the steps and they’d wait for the perfect moment to keep him entertained and stay safe.

73/366 Photo of the day – chickadee in flight – © WQuinn 2020
Blue jay © WQuinn 2020

So…this quiet and peaceful time, followed by a walk in the sun, gave me the tools I needed to face the grocery store this afternoon. There were a few things I still needed to get that weren’t available yesterday.

This is where the bread usually is! © WQuinn 2020

Wipes were available to wipe the cart handles and there weren’t too many people. I was able to stay several metres away from other people. Now, the bread aisle surprised me and the bread I usually get wasn’t there. So, feeling like this was a great opportunity to try something new, we picked two different loafs. There were no long line ups and we were able to get everything we needed.

By the way, we tried the bread and it’s delicious!

Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, I wish you peace, I wish you love and I wish you good health!