raining…

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more deliveries yesterday…

Shelmerdine delivered plants and two new bird feeders… it was raining when the truck arrived and the driver offered to put everything in the garage, which was very nice…

not much later UPS arrived with the items I had purchased online from Costco about ten days before…

this one really made me laugh because the parcel came from Airdre, Alberta, rather than the store that is less than four kilometres from my house… don’t think I will be ordering from there again;-(…

today I called and spoke with someone at Costco to see if my grandson could shop using my card and it is possible, so I won’t have to get things sent all the way from Alberta… I will call and let them know the date he will arrive to shop each time, but that is much better than having things travel from two provinces away… the person I spoke with advised that they are currently testing Instacart…

deliveries…

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two deliveries on Monday… the big excitement for the day…

one from Saje Natural Wellness… it included more of the Sleep Well oil which I have been rolling on my feet at bedtime to help me sleep… and wool dryer balls for the laundry… I am excited to give these a try… up until now I’ve been using and reusing dryer sheets… the package is more than eight years old and still has a few in it, lol…

I also received a parcel from Shoppers Drugs with my medications for the next three months, as well as some vitamins and Vaseline (for the pole that holds the front bird feeder)… I am hoping that all the Vaseline that I slathered on the pole will keep the squirrels from climbing up and eating all the seeds…

since I put the Vaseline on the pole I’d seen the squirrel on the feeder but hadn’t seen how it got there… yesterday I stood and walked on the spot while watching to see if I could figure out if this was working…

finally I watched a squirrel try to climb up the pole and then slide down, lol… he seemed rather surprised;-)… after that, I went out and adjusted the feeder to make it a bit higher so that the bigger squirrels won’t be able to jump from the ground…

trepidation…

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with a bit of trepidation, a couple of days ago I put on my water shoes, climbed into the pond and removed a pail full of leaves and debris from around the sides and bottom…

I was worried about how slippery it might be and hoped I wouldn’t fall and bash my head on the rocks, lol… of course I didn’t, but I was also careful to move slowly and take breaks where I stood still, before moving on to the next area…

I cleaned around the pump and then added water to fill up the pond… it is still losing water, but at a much slower rate… now the problem seems to be the waterfall… it is not flowing as well as previously… possibly when I added the rock, the levelness might have changed, sigh…

the pond looks much better and I decided to try catching the fish in the tank and moving them outdoors… this isn’t a job I have ever done, as usually my beloved did it, with the help of the grandkids… since he’s been gone, my son-in-law has taken over this task, lol…

last night I caught one, and put it outside… took a while for it to find the hiding spot under the bridge, so I stayed and watched until it made it there… didn’t want a raccoon to come along and eat it…

today it took three tries to get the rest moved… when it came to the last, and largest, one, I got the big net from outside… when it was finally in the pail, it couldn’t swim straight because it is so big…

they are now all ensconced in the pond and I may not see them all summer if they decide to spend it all under the bridge…

had quite a mess to clean up in the house after the complicated catching process…

here are the last two joining their pals…

the pump stopped working so tomorrow I will have to pull it out and wash it down to clear out any bits and pieces… hopefully when it goes back in the waterfall will be stronger and fuller…

location…

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I now have an interesting reading plan, which depends on location……

if I am reading in the house I go into the living room and read on my tablet with Kobo… I had purchased a great number of books a few years ago and then completely forgot about them… this has proven very useful;-)…

if I am reading outside, I use paperback books… I find it too hard to read using the tablet due to the reflection…

today I just finished the last of the books that have been lent to me by friends and my next door neighbour… going back to the bookshelf to find something to reread

sprinkles…

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it has been very hot the last few days and the forecast keeps mentioning rain and possible thunderstorms…

had a few sprinkles in the night, but no real rain…

tonight the sky changed rather drastically in about 45 minutes…

took these photos out the front window… looked like it was going to pour... but then it cleared…

and these were out the back…

once again there were some sprinkles, but not a good rain… hoping for a good soaking… maybe later…

dandelions…

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as I look at the dandelions blooming in the front yard and think about the yard work that needs to happen I am really missing my beloved

he did not appreciate the dandelions and was often out digging or spraying to get rid of them, lol…

I don’t care and figure they will get cut down when the grass is mowed… I also remember all the times that kids and grandkids have brought them to me as gifts;-)…

he also spent hours in the garden, weeding and tidying and rearranging…

he loved playing in the pond;-)… it would not have near the number of leaves in it currently were he around, lol…

planes…

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today as I was sitting outside, I took this photo of the tree next door as it is budding out…

so happy to watch this transformation from bare branches to a canopy of leaves…

another thing I’ve noticed over the last few days is the number of planes leaving the airport… there are many more than there have been for weeks… hard to believe that people are travelling, although the planes might all be filled with mail and parcels, lol…

seedlings…

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so excited this morning to discover these two little seedlings… they are morning glories

once I’ve put out the cushions for the furniture, I walk around and check all of the pots that I have planted…

I’d been worried that the morning glories weren’t going to come up… at the same time I also planted some datura in pots in the front yard and they haven’t come through yet… but now I am hopeful that they still might…

we’ve grown both morning glories and daturas for many years… I am looking forward to seeing some this year, particularly as the garden may be the only place I travel to, lol…

most of the dahlias and tomatoes are doing nicely… it looks like a couple of the dahlias aren’t going to make it…

waiting for plants from Shelmerdine to arrive and make their way into the ground… they were a birthday gift from the kids in Ottawa…

I enjoy planting pots and planters but hope to have the items that are going into the ground planted by Hilda the Gardener;-)…

shady…

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another great day…

while I was on a walking tour around my space, I spotted this little cutie in the shade garden…

of course the shade garden is no longer shady as the elm that provided that shade was removed a number of years ago…

I still miss it… and clearly I need a new name for this garden, lol…

shopper…

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I spent the day in the garden… I stayed in the shade but eventually put on my sun shirt and a pair of long pants to be sure I didn’t get too much sun, as I was feeling it, even in the shade…

I’d sent my grandson a list of things I needed from various stores… currently our deal is that he has the use of my car and acts as my personal shopper;-)… he spent a good portion of the morning gathering things I haven’t been able to order online and then brought them to me in the afternoon…

we put away all of the goodies, made some adjustments to the bird feeders – excited to see if the slinky keeps away the squirrels – and had a wonderful visit… nice to have someone to talk with in person (at a safe distance)…

I was very clever and made an oriole feeder;-)… apparently they like oranges…

after supper he put the Inukshuk back together for me, as it had been in pieces, lol… too heavy for me to lift…

am blessed to have such a great kid in my life;-)…