Happy Friday!

Friday, 18 September 2020

I somehow managed to triple-book myself this weekend. For some reason I thought the 19 and 20th were next week or maybe two weeks from now. I need to start looking at my calendar! Thankfully the three places I need to be are all online and the organizers for two of the events will be taping their event and sharing it afterwards. So it’s not as bad as I originally thought. Only one event that needs to be attended live. I can handle that.

It’s feeling more and more like Fall around here. The colder weather moving in, the longer nights, and the familiar sound of geese honking on the river. I harvested the last of the chamomile tonight and managed to get more spearmint and peppermint too. I’ll keep picking at the mint until the last possible moment to ensure I have enough for the winter. I just love a cup of mint tea!

This time of year also brings lots of birds to the yard as they pass by on their trip north and south. European starlings come in by the dozens, flying from bush to bush and tree to tree. They also spend time on the grass eating worms. The robins are here too. I counted eleven this morning. And blue jays, wow, we’ve had a lot more than normal. Also had a mourning cloak butterfly and a milkweed tiger moth caterpillar.

black eyed susans
Black-eyed susans are today’s photo of the day. 18 Sep 2020 ©WQuinn

Today’s photos

White aster; bird feeder surrounded by golden rod, black-eyed susan and white aster; black-eyed susans; a robin; robins and European starlings; American aster; daily sunflower; mourning cloak butterfly.

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Tuesday, 16 June 2020

My first time shopping in a store in months! I wore a mask, followed the arrows, went at opening so there were less people…all in all it was pretty good.

I went to Walmart and Canadian Tire, then popped over to Maxi&Cie as it was the only garden centre left open that had annuals. They were in rough shape but at a discount, I knew I could breathe life into them.

Mom has been decluttering the veranda and setting up sitting areas for us. I just love what she’s done so far!

Outdoor living area
Photo of the day, 16 Jun 2020 ©WQuinn

The north end of the veranda is a great spot for catching a breeze and to watch the summer sunsets that go on forever. This spot will also be my outdoor working space…just imagine a monitor and laptop on that little table. It worked well this morning and was the coolest spot on the veranda!

Last evening, a flock of black birds flew into our backyard. I found it unusual as we don’t usually have so many visiting this time of the year. They were quite noisy today and while mom and I had our dinner on the veranda, I watched them closely, noticing an adult grackle feeding a young grackle, both on the lawn.

Young and adult grackles © WQuinn 2020

This is a strange year…not just for Covid-19 but I’ve been noticing the birds and how different they are than normal. We usually see one, maybe two robins. This summer we have many. I’ve witnessed an adult Robin feed a worm to a juvenile Robin, on the lawn. Something I’ve never seen before. In all my years, I haven’t seen young robins before.

Seagulls are dancing around the river, I’m presuming eating bugs. It’s the strangest but most beautiful sight. Then the blackbirds…mostly grackles…it’s strange. Noticeably different. Not bad, just different.

Tonight’s sunset was stunning…as usual!

Tonight’s sunset ©WQuinn 2020
Fancy shot of the sunset ©WQuinn 2020

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Wednesday, 10 June 2020

There is something magical about a night like tonight. Electric energy surrounds us as the storm approaches. In the distance, the western sky lights up. Thunder can’t be heard, not yet. The breeze is warm and steady. Leaves on the trees are shaking. The blue sky disappears under dark rolling clouds. Fireflies dance around the yard. Memories of my youth flood my mind. Happy times, running around the yard, chasing the blinking lights that dance on the wind.

It’s nights like this I wish would go on forever. I sat outside soaking up the energy, until my ankles were bit, then it was time to come in.

Robin feeding its young. Photo of the day, 10 Jun 2020 ©WQuinn

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Wednesday, 3 June 2020

This is the year for robins in our yard. Normally we have one, maybe two and rarely do we seem them. But this year, wow, we have many and I’m enjoying watching them.

My signs this day were…Robin again and a woodpecker. I’m reading up on the spiritual meaning of both birds and see how it applies to my life.

I don’t have much to write tonight as it was a quiet day. I spent most of it in front of my work laptop laying out another infographic. We’re doing a series of them on COVID-19. Thankfully we’re keeping the look consistent across the board. The only challenge I have is to find a colour to match with the COVID-19 red logo. So far I’ve used a teal, green, brown, grey and purple. The colour has to not only compliment the red, but also have a high contrast ratio so it passes accessibility requirements.

When I find a colour I think will work with the red, I then need to test it to ensure it’s passes WCAG level AA. Then I test various tints…most often the tints don’t pass and I’m back to square one. It can be a lengthy process but, in the end, it is so worth it to have an accessible print document.

I did manage to get outside this morning before I started work, and took some pictures. We had a foggy start to the morning which made for a great backdrop for the lilacs.

Lily of the Valley
Photo of the Day, 3 Jun 2020 ©WQuinn

The geese were up for a visit a couple of times during the day. This morning, I sat on the stairs, after having taken the flower and robin pictures, and I sang a little, then started to whistle. Apparently my singing is ok but my whistling not so much. The geese ran away, all the way to the river. It was the most comical thing to watch…those little wings up and wiggling along with their little bodies! I took a cute photo of it:

Geese and goslings running to the river. ©WQuinn 2020