Saturday, 28 March 2020

Well That's Depressing

This is the park closest to my house. Locally known as the Spider Park:

In the fall, this was a common stop on the walk home from school. Only a few weeks ago, I was looking forward to having this park, and the handful of others within walking distance, return to our regular routine.  

On one hand, I'm glad the signs are up. It'll be good to have the simple visual when I have to explain to my four-year-old son why he can't play there right now. "Sorry, Kiddo. The sign says closed." But I've gotta say, it's a depressing sight. Especially as perfect park-going weather is starting to appear.

Saturday, 21 March 2020

The Simple Life

I found these pictures I took while on a walk back in the fall:

They made me think of a few things:

1) Back in September, I had no idea what life would look like in six months;

2) This snake, my cat, and basically the rest of nature are still business as usual;

3) I could really use a warm and sunny day outside;

4) At least I can still go for walks (as long as I and the other walkers veer as far away from each other as possible and don't cough).

Saturday, 14 March 2020


First there were teacher strikes, now the schools are closed until Apr 5th (hopefully not longer) thanks to COVID-19, and people are shopping like it's the apocalypse. I hope everyone has all the toilet paper and Advil they need. The stores are also out of hand sanitizer...but there's still plenty of hand soap 🤔 

Kiddo and I have three weeks of 'social distancing' and no school ahead of us. Good thing I learned how to make slime! Today's batch was rainbow:

Saturday, 7 March 2020

Cat Communication

This is the look my cat gives me when I stop petting her and start typing:
Suppose she's trying to say something?

Saturday, 29 February 2020

(Trying to) Appreciate Winter

Happy leap day.

As February rolls into March, we reach that point in winter when I'm just over it already. Really I'm over it by New Years, but have come to accept that January and February are cold and I have to deal with it.

March however...somehow I always get through to the end of February by telling myself March won't be so bad. I've lived in Ontario long enough that I should really know better by now.

It doesn't help that this year, between strep throat and teacher strikes, there have been a lot of days of Kiddo and me at home trying to find things to do that don't involve YouTube, Netflix, or the tablet he got for Christmas--I had no idea how grateful I was going to be that we decided it was time to get him a tablet. I'm also adding Lego to the list of things I'm thankful for. I'm running out of strike-day ideas and there's no deal in sight.

In an attempt to appreciate the beauty of the winter months (and avoid descending into dreary depression) I found a couple of pictures that show winter's nicer side:

And a reminder of what there is to look forward to:

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Friday, 25 October 2019

Photo Friday: An Apple a Day

Let me tell you, folks, there are some well-fed squirrels living in Kingston, Ontario. In university, it wasn't unusual to see squirrels running around campus with whole cookies or crackers, pilfered from the common rooms, in their mouths. I remember being warned not to leave my window open if there was food in my room, or else I might find myself with some uninvited guests.

Thankfully, I never came home to find squirrels eating the leftover pizza or various vending machine snacks from my cupboard. I did have one friend who committed the mortal sin of feeding a squirrel. The squirrel in question not only became a regular feature on her windowsill, but this guy was feeling so secure in his food supply that he was picky. My friend claimed Mr. Squirrel (or Mrs. It was never confirmed) would turn up his nose at the plain peanuts she offered, insisting on roasted only. This was a very rotund squirrel, by the way.

I was reminded of all this on a walk recently when I came across this guy:

I know they say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But I don't think the apple is supposed to be larger than your head. Maybe he plans to save some for later?