My oldest grandson used to call these wish flowers. He would grab them and blow the parachutes everywhere. This growing patch in my backyard feeds the Chipping Sparrows that come visiting.
I harvested the flowers I needed for dandelion wine about 2 1/2 weeks ago. The bubbling has stopped and the 2nd phase (anaerobic fermentation) has begun. In about 3 months I’ll be able to rack the wine into bottles for aging. The last time I did the second phase with balloons on the bottles and the wine turned out amazing, but there was a lot of sediment. I’m hoping by investing in an airlock and carboy then racking the wine I will end up with a clearer finished product.
Emergency Medical Services Day
Remembering my visit to the National Art Gallery last year. This year any visits to Museums and Galleries can only be done virtually. And even something as simple as going to the hairdresser is still illegal. Schools will remain closed until September. And although we can go to Provincial Parks the washrooms there still can’t be used.
Eliza Doolittle Day
Cabin fever may be hitting many of us during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as some of the restrictions are being lifted and we are trying to advance towards our new normal. In Ontario the school won’t be opened until September. So the students have their “holiday” extended from March break through to the next school year.
The circles are widening from immediate family to include house cleaners and other services, but not our extended families.
I saw one meme that said we’re allowed to have our house cleaners enter our homes but not Grandma, so they were going to call Nana’s cleaning service.
I actually got to see Joe Cocker perform live once at the Walkerton festival. 2020 is the 20th anniversary of the Walkerton water horror story. Each year there is a celebration to remember the tragedy and to ensure that safe water is a right not an assumption. However, like everything else this remembrance celebration was also canceled.
Plant Something Day
I believe women need to hear stories and see images that they can identify with,
not media-fabricated ideals that even the ‘role models’ themselves can’t live up to.
~ Amanda de Cadenet
HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
Victoria Day 2020 is being celebrated by Canadians at home. Many Ontario Municipalities are permitting personal fireworks, but no public gatherings or displays. The weather is cool, damp and rainy so most Ontarioans will probably just rest and watch a movie.
As scientists work on fast tracking a vaccine for COVID-19 we remember the research for an HIV vaccine is still ongoing and a preventative vaccine for HIV may never be discovered.
I hope that some day the practice of producing
cowpox in human beings will spread over the world
– when that day comes, there will be no more smallpox.
~ Edward Jenner (English – Scientist May 17, 1749 – January 26, 1823)
Step Mother Day
National Walnut Day
The beginning of the idea of vaccinations was to eliminate smallpox. Now with COVID-19 we are all anxiously waiting for a vaccine that will save the world from this virus.
Starting out the Victoria Day weekend, we can only remember the freedom we enjoyed last spring, walking through the local Conservation Area with the pair of second cousins. They loved exploring everything together. Looking into the water without a care in the world. Running down the paths, laughing with joy, squealing with delight and getting dirty. Hopefully, once COVID-19 self distancing is relaxed further the 2 boys will be able again to share their special friendship.
A slow reduction of restrictions opens up the Provincial Parks this past week, but still no washrooms, beaches or camping. And you must maintain a safe distance of at least 6′. Looking forward to being able to take the kayak to my favorite fresh water channel and paddling along.