28th May 2017

Tiny buzz-bombers

Right outside my dining room window, I have a syrup dispenser. To be fair, the contents are just lightly sugared tap water, but to those that frequent the fountain, this is the easiest flower around to get a good shot of nectar. I’m referring to our local hummingbirds, of course.

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25th May 2017

Adding rings to the tree

When a simple statement by someone else breaks down a genealogical “brick wall”, a bell should ring. Loudly. At a recent meeting, while chatting about an ancestor, one of the local resource people said that the person was a Glendalale Settler. And there it was. Documented. In that book that had come home back at the end of last summer to rest by the bedside.

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22nd May 2017

When special means special

I didn’t recognize the truck. Or the driver, actually. Not unusual; we haven’t had that many visitors since our arrival. With the dog on pause, I went out to meet and greet.

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20th May 2017

Grounded by the breezes

When it comes to identifying the various clients of our seed dispensers, I’m a recognition rookie. Turns out that the robins don’t care for my fare, and when the usual (blue jays) give space, all kinds of new and interesting faces show up. Like this one.

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18th May 2017

Running on solar power

This afternoon, running on a dose of solar energy, I got things done. In one case, for the first time, ever. Never underestimate the sunshine effect.

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13th May 2017

A clamber up the tower

In one of those “it ain’t over ’til it’s over” moments, I have just applied a patch to my (virtualized) Windows XP system. For those of you who don’t have a longstanding history with Microsoft, that’s the system that ended, in support terms, just over three years ago. An eternity, in OS terms. But, due to a particularly virulent malware that is playing the “give us all your Bitcoin” game with the world, the powers that be decided that even the obsolete systems should get a patch, now. I don’t go on the ‘net with the machine, except for emergencies like this.

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8th May 2017

Minimal largesse

Let’s hear it for the signs of spring. Birds reappearing, on schedule. Flowers, popping up of their own accord. OK, in the case of the tulips and croci, there was an initial planting by the resident gardener, but now the autopilot has kicked in. I can see the difference, from day to day. Colour, where there was little before. All good.

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7th May 2017

A post-apocalyptic menu in mind

Look outside. Not today, too much fog (if this was an airport, etc), but maybe tomorrow. The wind is blowing steadily, and whatever precipitation is falling hasn’t been registering in the rain gauge. Blowing sideways. The dog set the pace for the day, reminding me that naps are good for everything.

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5th May 2017

Watching the birds (watching me)

With the flood photos flooding in from Ottawa and Montreal and other points uphill from here, I have to admit something. The areas don’t look much like their associated maps.

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16th April 2017

Need to number them

I miss the good old days. Specifically, that time in my life when today would have meant chocolate, presented in various animal shapes. Today, no ears on offer.

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