Daily Quote: April 1, 2020

The greater the difficulty,
the more the glory in surmounting it.
~ Charles de Saint-Évremond
(French – Critic April 1, 1613 – September 29, 1703)


April Fools’ Day


Day 14 and unfortunately our self-isolation, quarantine after travel will be extended because my stepson is symptomatic and stopped in to see us on Friday March 20th.  Although my stepson is home he hasnt’ been tested yet.  Nor will he be tested even though he is symptomatic and diagnosed with pneumonia.  Tests in Ontario are only being given to Seniors and Health Care Professionals.

The number of confirmed cases in Ontario is being kept artificially low by not testing all persons that are symptomatic.

Schools in Ontario are now closed until the end of April.  More on-line tools are being developed and made available daily for students.

The number of COVID-19 total cases confirmed in Canada was 7,708 yesterday. Coronavirus Canada Link with a total of 89 deaths.  The Bogcaygen Nursing home now has 13 deaths and about 1/2 of the staff are now self-isolating with symptoms.

The number of confirmed cases in the USA are now over 176,518 with 3,431 deaths and 6,241 recovered.  USA Coronovirus according to Worldometers

Spring 2020 is progressing and birds have finally found my restocked feeders.  A little chipmunk stops by daily to fill his cheeks and the squirrels are finding ways around the barrier at the base of the bird feeder.  Marigolds and tomatoes have started to sprout in containers on my window ledge, almost ready for transplanting to bigger pots and move to the greenhouse.

March has finally come to an end.

 

Daily Quote: November 1

 

The dreadful burden of having nothing to do.
~ Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux (November 1, 1636 – March 13, 1711)


I’m bored…..is so much different from having nothing to do.

Is saying “I’m seeking new adventures” just another way of saying I’m bored.
So I seek out new things to try, new places to go, new people to talk to.

Who truly has nothing to do?  The idle rich?  The retired?  The homeless?  The lazy? 
We all have something to do, but the question is do we want to do it? 
How do we prioritize what to do?  How do we develop passion within our lives?
Once the biological needs are taken care of, where do our wants take us?

Lands of dreams and oceans of fantasies sweep us up in their allure with destinations only limited by imagination.

Reading, writing, blogging, creating, watching TV, playing games, exercising, re-creating ourselves, dieting, knitting, sewing, kayaking, biking, Motorcycling, walking,  visiting with friends, trying something new, going somewhere new………


All Saints Day


Native American Heritage Month

Changes in Canadian Laws now make more people eligible to become “Status Indians” and obtain their status cards (reclaim their maternal heritage denied by paternal societies that overtook the Native American Cultures).  But the process is very slow.  My children applied in December of 2018 (through their paternal grandmother), and probably won’t be receive their status cards for another year or two.


National Diabetes Awareness Month

Living with people effected by diabetes (Native American Heritage gives them a much higher possibility of becoming diabetic) has broken my heart.  I watched as my mother-in-law suffered from the effects.  Daily injections, constant monitoring, kidney failure, dialysis….

2 of my sister-in-laws have died from diabetic induced illnesses.

My husband was diagnosed as being diabetic almost 20 years ago.  Neuropathy causes constant pain and limits his mobility.  He can no longer walk long distances (more than 10 meters); he has had Kidney cancer (1 kidney now left); he can no longer dance……

My oldest son has now been diagnosed with diabetes.

Technology is improving treatments but there is still a very long way to go.


National Epilepsy Month

One of the oldest known illnesses and still unknown mysteries of the brain.

 

Daily Quote: October 30

 

Step by step and the thing is done.
~ Charles Atlas (October 30, 1892 – December 23, 1972)


Growing up in the 1960’s advertisements by Charles Atlas were in magazines and on the backs of comics.  How to build a strong body through regular exercise so no one will kick sand in your face at the beach.

Each small step adds up to accomplish a goal or healthy way of life.

Being a Project Management Officer in my work life/career, this statement rings truer than Charles Atlas probably ever thought.  Large Projects are done the same as small ones.  Make a Project Management Plan.  Develop a WBS (Work Break Down Structure) to provide the basis for any project.  What steps are necessary to complete a task?  How do the tasks interact?  What’s the lead/lag time?  Each small packet completed and ticked off to mark the progress towards a goal.  What’s the cost associated with each task?  Are you on schedule? budget? time?  What milestones must be met?  How to celebrate milestones?  What Lessons were learned?  Closeout.

Hamilton Mountain ride

The same rules apply to any goal you want to achieve.  Wanna learn to ride a motorcycle at 50?  Find a place that offers lessons.  Buy a motorcycle.  Buy the correct safety clothes – helmet, boots, gloves, coat.  Take the lessons.  If you fall, get up and try it again.  If you fail, take the course again.

Get a bigger motorcycle. Practice til you can do it.  Enjoy!


Devil’s Night


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Daily Quote: October 9

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O Hope! Dazzling, radiant Hope!
What a change thou bringest to the hopeless;
brightening the darkened paths, and cheering the lonely way.
~ Aimee Semple McPherson (October 9, 1890 – September 27, 1944)


Aimee Semple McPherson was born in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada.  She was a pioneer in the use of modern media using weekly radio to present her faith leading to form one of the 1st megachurches in North America.


NATIONAL LEIF ERIKSON DAY


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Daily Quote: September 12

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There is nothing that disgusts a man like getting beaten at chess by a woman.
~ Charles Dudley Warner (September 12, 1829 – October 20, 1900)


Video Games Day – September 12

Also my oldest grandson’s 8th birthday.  Of course his favorite past time  is playing video games or watching YouTube videos of others playing video games.  I’m certain part of his day will include sitting in front of a screen.

One of his battles is epilepsy, absent seizures, (he calls them glitches) that his teacher and peers thought were behaviour issues, lack of attention, lack of comprehension, inability to control his bladder.  Getting a diagnosis was a long, frustrating and difficult task, during which he lost grade 1.  Once diagnosed, the treatment (a daily dose of foul tasting medication) has lead to no seizures in 15 months. The type of epilepsy he deals with he will probably outgrow, but the stigma of the seizures label a child.  Luckily his grade 1 teacher got transferred and the grade 2 teacher only met a wonderful attentive brilliant child.

He is a wonderful happy child who gets along well with others.  His parents are loving and kind, always looking out for his best interests.  He is blessed to still have 2 sets of grandparents to love him and watch over him.  As you can tell he has stolen my heart.