Daily Quote: May 22, 2020

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.
~ Gerard De Nerval (French – NovelistMay 22, 1808 – January 26, 1855)

International Day for Biological Diversity

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.

Daily Quote: May 21, 2020

To err is human; to forgive, divine.
~ Alexander Pope (English – PoetMay 21, 1688 – May 30, 1744)

Emergency Medical Services Day

Ascension 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.


Daily Quote: May 20, 2020

If you’re going to have a cabin fever,
have a big cabin, you know.
~ Joe Cocker (English – Musician May 20, 1944 – December 22, 2014)

Flower Day

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.

Daily Quote: May 19, 2020

Only when we are sick and tired
of being sick and tired
do any of us do something different.
~ Amanda de Cadenet (English – Photographer / Born: May 19, 1972)

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

Daily Quote: May 18, 2020

Be happy for this moment.
This moment is your life.
~ Omar Khayyam (Poet May 18, 1048 – December 4, 1131)

Victoria Day

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

2019-06-30-8654Victoria 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.

Daily Quote: May 17, 2020

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.

Daily Quote: May 16, 2020

Time alone is irreplaceable.
Waste it not.
~ Douglas Southall Freeman
(American – HistorianMay 16, 1886 – June 13, 1953)

Biographer’s Day

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.