stopper…

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I’ve been thinking of a friend’s mother who used fur coats as draft stoppers… she had numerous fur coats and it just seemed like the funniest thing to me, although even in those days people were no longer wearing fur, so it was a good use of the coats, lol…

there is a vertical space along the bottom of my front door and I have been trying to figure out what needs to be done to fix it…

my handiperson is supposed to be coming before too long to check it out, but as I sit reading in the living room there is quite a cold draft across the floor…

this afternoon I took one of my winter coats and hung it on the doorknob and I think it is stopping the cold air;-)… or at least slowing it down…

too funny, lol…

filters…

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Saturday I cleaned the filters for the fish tank…

ugh… not my favourite job, but we’ve decided that this needs to happen monthly

I am feeding the fish twice a day to be sure they are getting enough to eat… they are quite big now, lol…

that means that the tank can get murky and it felt like that was happening… as time goes on, I should be able to get the feeding down so that there isn’t excess food in the water…

a bit of a balancing act… it seemed to be getting clearer…

I also put some shelf liner behind the tank to see if I like how it looks…

the water pumping into the tank doesn’t seem to be flowing probably and I can’t figure out why, sigh…

yesterday I took down the liner as it blocked the light… and I changed out two of the three parts of the filter for new pieces because the tank is not clearing up…

can’t decide today if it has improved or not… will see what happens in the next few days, sigh…

ignoring…

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I spent the entire day working on a closet that I’ve been ignoring for years…

packed up a number of things; some games and toys going to someone I know who has people in mind; a picture for my grandson, and items to be given away…

I’ve also found a few things which I am going to put online… one is the massage table we covered with glass… I don’t need it and it is silly to keep it underneath a counter, lol…

I’ve done laundry, moved items to different areas, reorganized clothes and thrown items into the garbage… and found a few items that have been lost;-)…

I ordered sushi from one of my favourite places – Tokyo Sushi – which I didn’t know was available through SkipTheDishes… got enough for lunch and supper… it was the only break I took all day… I ordered the sushi pizza which is delicious… haven’t found any place else that makes it this good…

tomorrow I will finish… the closet and the sushi;-)…

foil…

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yesterday a friend dropped off a purple parcel for me…

in it were two packages… the first was wrapped in foil and was filled with five beautiful scones… still warm from the oven…

the second was also wrapped, but in purple paper… in it was a lovely tea mug with a strainer…

I barely unwrapped the scones before I buttered one, put jam on it and scoffed it down…

the mug is clean now and ready for some loose tea;-)…

repurpose…

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spent the afternoon reading in the living room and decided to move the avocado plant and orchids that have been in the window…

they have grown enough that they block my view of the bird feeders… I anticipate spending a lot of time watching the birds over the next six months…

I’m planning to repurpose the dining room table as a bit of a garden for the next while… not going to be having anyone over to eat there, lol…

stripes…

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had fun going through my various bird books and apps because I saw a very interesting bird on the deck yesterday… it was a touch bigger than a sparrow but with stripes on its front with a black dot on its chest… couldn’t find it in any of the books…

there was a house finch there too and I haven’t seen any of them for quite a while…

at one point I saw three chickadees at a feeder in the front yard at the same time… rare to see more than one…

was going from the front to the back throughout the day checking on the guests…

didn’t get any pictures except this one when I headed to the front yard to fill the feeders…

brought the pail of seeds into the kitchen to make filling the feeders easier…

trying…

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last night my grandson came over just after dark to bring me a few items and do some jobs around the garden… here he is arriving, thanks to my new camera…

and the goodies he brought… I’m excited to try the purple popcorn…

he took the pump out of the pond, moved the heavy furniture onto the back deck, and then we spent time trying to catch fish…

two cellphone flashlights lit up the pond as he searched for the fish… amazingly he caught one of the shubunkins… quite a feat as they look mainly black in the pond and by then it was very dark out, lol…

I’ve been masking up now whenever he is over because of where he works… last night I ended up taking off my glasses as they kept fogging up, so I was trying not to fall into the pond… which was a feat as there are a bunch of rocks that have been pulled out of the water and are all over the deck, lol…

because I knew he was coming I had made our favourite red curry lentils and packaged up some for him to take home, along with a couple of items for the others… he was sad to hear he had to share the lentils;-)…

had some of mine for breakfast…

feed…

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woke up to this…

we often get a bit of snow before Halloween, but it usually disappears… not sure that is going to happen this year…

I went out to the garden, dug the shovels out of the garage and shovelled off the top deck and by the hot tub… I set up a few spots for bird seed…

this winter I am going to keep the top deck clear so that I can feed the birds… last year the kids didn’t come by to shovel and my guy only does the bottom so the deck became impassible… still need to figure out how to attach a feeder to the deck…

with retirement, I can clean the deck whenever it works best for me, or a little at a time, lol…