frog…

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had a lovely day in the garden

set out the cushions, tidied a bit, and then read, napped and watched a few birds…

moved from chair to chair as I followed the shade and ate lunch and supper outside…

spotted the frog for a brief minute… it has been calling for days and this was the first time I was able to see it;-)…

losing…

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I’ve been watching the pond since a week ago Friday, when my son-in-law got it running…

for the last few years when the waterfall is going water vanishes from the pond in a slow but steady manner…

same thing this year… Tuesday it was quite low, but the temperature was near zero so I was afraid to use the outside hose to top it up, but I was also afraid to turn it off in case water froze in the pump and wrecked it…

it was still cold Wednesday, but I had to do something otherwise the pump was going to be sucking air and then die…

after removing a connector which had broken over the winter and reattaching the hose to the main tap, I was able to get the hose running slowly and then more quickly once I was sure it wasn’t full of ice…

took quite a while to fill the pond, but I sat in the sun with a jacket on and watched for birds, lol…

then I placed a thin rock behind the waterfall so that the water would fall directly into the pond and not onto the pads behind it…

I was very excited, because I think this might make a difference to the vanishing water…

yesterday I topped it up again, but it is losing water way more slowly…

going to watch and see what happens…

move…

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I’ve spent a good part of the day watching the activity as the new neighbours move into the house next door…

looks like they are a young couple and they have been coming and going since around 7:30 this morning…

last Friday I watched the moving van arrive and take away all the belongings of the couple who had lived there for over 10 years… well he lived there for that time, and recently got married… since then they have come and gone a number of times to do the last bit of clean up and removal… his adult kids had all been by to fetch their bits and pieces and a couple of days ago a truck came and picked up the hot tub…

it made me think of a couple of things…

first was the day we moved into this house… it was in August of 1973… we had purchased the house from an older couple and on the day we were to move in, we arrived at nine in the morning to discover them sitting at their kitchen table having tea… it appears that they had forgotten they had to be out that day… we were freaking out at our end, because we had to be out of the apartment we had been living in by the end of that day… amazingly, their son arrived and they were out of the house by 3 pm…

second is the thought of what my kids will have to do when I leave the house… we have lived here for 47 years so there is a lot of stuff… I keep thinking about how I need to be decluttering more than I have, although right now isn’t really the time to do that, as organizations are not taking donations at this time, lol…

but it does remind me to get onto that project as soon as possible… we won’t even discuss the state of the garage, which has not been dealt with since my beloved’s death over eight years ago…

I baked sugar cookies to deliver next door and share with a few others…

 

 

 

eat…

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recently spent most of the day in the garden watching the comings and goings at the bird feeder

my goal this summer is to teach the chickadees to eat from my hand…

starting by putting food out close to my chair and sitting fairly close to the feeder so they get used to me being there…

had a few conversations with the squirrels who kept coming to eat, but I encouraged them to leave… later, I noticed two at the feeder… making up for lost time I guess…

saw juncos, song sparrows, nuthatches, and finches, but no chickadees, lol…

comfort…

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had a bit of a giggle when I told my daughter that I had mushrooms and bacon with croutons for my supper recently…

she wondered if it was an actual meal…

I shared how it was certainly a meal when I was a teenager although then when my mom or dad made it, it was on toast, not with croutons…

so, for me it is comfort food… I feel that we are eating a lot of comfort food these days as we try to figure out what our next steps will be…

so many of the meals we ate a long time ago might not have been considered as nutritious as what is being eaten these days… I think of corn on the cob and fresh tomatoes, spaghetti and meatballs without any vegetables, macaroni and cheese on its own, lol… a lot more fresh veggies are part of our meals today…

but it is fun to remember, and recreate some of those old recipes…

projects…

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I’ve been working on a few technology projects, including reading a very long manual, lol… I am amazed at how easily and quickly I seem to have forgotten how to spend a serious amount of time learning…

I’ve also been learning and sharing information on how to make programs work… this makes me think about what a great job those who provide this type of information over the phone or computer do… clearly, they are amazing and should get lots of kudos…

it takes excellent understanding and clear directions to help get something working for someone from a distance… I think of my son-in-law who climbs into my computer from away and figures out the problem and either fixes it, or walks me through the process to get things working again… all without a single complaint about what I might have done that may have caused the problem in the first place…

thinking this is good practice in patience and happy to be relearning this skill…

 

connectivity…

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I’ve had my current Nikon camera over a year and a half… one of the reasons I upgraded, rather than repair my previous camera, had to do with technology…

newer cameras connect with computers and phones in a much simpler manner so I figured that it made sense to have those options…

sadly, just weeks after I obtained it, that technology stopped working… I went and spoke with the people at the camera store… they offered a few suggestions, which I tried a few times, but the wi-fi and bluetooth would just not work…

I gave up because it was very frustrating and I had tried everything they suggested…

I’ve been a bit disappointed in the quality of my photos and using the camera less… to get photos from the camera I would have to remove the memory card and plug it into either my computer or iPhone…

a few days ago, as I was taking some photos out the front window, I noticed a new icon at the bottom left of the screen… right away I pulled out my phone and connected to the app which was still on my phone…

I was beside myself, because now it was working… and also had a message advising they had fixed a problem with remote connectivity… so, not only can I copy pictures to my iPhone remotely, I can take pictures using my phone as the shutter release button… this is very handy when taking some photos as you don’t move the camera when depressing the button…

this is the first camera photo using the iPhone to take it…

yay, excited to see what else it will do for me…

rims…

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had the loveliest surprise on Friday… my son-in-law and two of my grandsons arrived in my garden… the oldest grandson was picking up my car so that the winter tires can be removed and replaced with the summer beauties – they have wonderful rims

I stayed on the deck and they stayed on the grass… it was wonderful to see them and we had a nice visit…

while they were here my son-in-law got the pump running in the pond… I am so happy to hear the water cascading over the rocks… there was ice in the water as it has been below zero for a couple of nights…

they got the tires into their vehicle and we had to ask the moving truck that was parked right at the bottom of my driveway to back up so the car could get out…

too funny considering I haven’t taken the car out in 52 days, and the one day it needed to move, there was a truck in the way, lol…

it was great to see them as we haven’t been together since just before Christmas…

vines…

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got a text this afternoon from a wonderful friend advising she was going to drop something off…

one day last week I had gathered up some Virginia creeper vines and she had picked them up, so I think this was a little thank you…

I was excited because she makes the world’s best scones… and I was hoping that was what she was bringing…

we had a lovely chat and exchanged items… she got a card from my stash for Mother’s Day, and I got craisin scones, made with sweetener, and some purple napkins… I think I got the best of the deal, lol…

I said I wasn’t going to eat them until tomorrow, but I had to have a taste, lol…

what a lovely surprise…

feeders…

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I’ve been out a few times topping up the feeders, and I even added a new one I discovered in the garage…

a friend dropped off some sunflower seed for me but I am getting a bit worried that it will run out before I can get more from the store… hopefully my grandson will be by and able to pick some up for me…

watching the new arrivals to the garden is such fun and I’ve started a list of everything I see this spring and summer…

thought I’d spotted a purple finch, but discovered that it is likely a house finch, lol…