The day after the Inauguration of the 46th President of the United States of America. The speeches and ceremonies viewed around the world were very inspiring. Now back to work.
I’d like to send a virtual hug to all of my family, friends and followers on National Hug Day. Be certain to hug the ones you live with everyday. I used to tell my sons that hugging their Mother daily was proven to make boys grow taller. Recently I’ve read that hugging releases the hormone oxytocin, the love hormone, also associated with growth and good heart health. For this hormone to be released you have to hug for at least 20 seconds.
Squirrel Appreciation Day was made for my middle son, who has always loved squirrels. Every year his wife gives him another squirrel Christmas Tree decoration. The local news highlighted how COVID-19 lockdowns are affecting the squirrels. With food sources being reduced the squirrels are becoming braver and approaching strangers for a hand-out. Please don’t feed them bread, it tends to ball up in their stomachs and not digest well. Instead get some unsalted peanuts to hand out to these little guys. Local wildlife rescue centres actually advise not to feed them, because we are making them dependent on these handouts, changing their natural behaviours and creating nuisance animals.
We can all sit back and talk about what needs to be done, but to actually put it into action and do it is a different kettle of fish.
New Friends Day is difficult to celebrate when we’re all under lockdown due to the pandemic. So if you can’t make a new friend today try to re-connect with an old one.
If you can’t do either, make a bowl of popcorn and celebrate National Popcorn Day with a good movie from Netflix. Eating popcorn while reading is a bit messier because good popcorn is smothered in butter and you’ll stain the pages.
Tin Can Day is a brief recognition of the importance the tin can has brought to the world. Keeping beans and corn and soup on our shelves and waiting for us at our convenience. And Tin Cans can be recycled. Keep them out of the garbage and send them packing to be reused. The aluminum shortage (due to American tariffs imposed last year on China and Canada) means that our pop is only being manufactured in the most popular brands. So the wonderful diet of the world (Vernor’s, Fanta Orange and Diet Sprite) aren’t available. I wonder if they are still available in Florida or Texas.
During the weak of “Healthy eating” we all celebrate getting rid of fad diets and gimmicks. Eat healthy in moderation and exercise. I started the day with my oatmeal and yoghurt. I always manage to start out the day so well, but it’s the rest of the day that’s a challenge. 🙂
Green may be the prime colour of the world, but it is also the colour of Florida. I took the picture for today’s quote in March 2016 in Lettuce Park, Tampa Florida. Florida has been said to be the state of a thousand shades of green. Quiet swamps with danger always present in the still waters. Luckily alligators tend to be sluggish in the winter months and don’t eat until the overnight temperatures reach 60F for about a week. But I still didn’t take Rickie with me for my walks, just in cast one of the alligators thought he was coming for lunch. I always took a walking stick to keep between me and the water. Apparently alligators are very near sighted and at Busch Gardens they said a walking stick is often enough to keep them away.
Benjamin Franklin Day is set aside to celebrate one of the Founding Fathers of the the USA. He was a very industrious person, printer, statesman, scientist and inventor. Coming from a family of modest means and being the embodiment of the American Dream: Anyone can be anything if they work hard enough. It’s amazing to see the new staff and high ranking positions being selected by President Elect, Joe Biden. Many of his introductions for the leading roles include determined people that have overcome overwhelming obstacles to achieve greatness supporting and promoting the American Dream.
The third Sunday of January is World Religion Day. So attend a worship of your choice on line. Don’t forget to support them with your donations during the Pandemic. Pray for peace and the end of this pandemic.
Today is also Popeye Day. So be sure to eat your spinach. Toot Toot.
COVID-19 has had a significant effect on the housing market in Canada. Prices continue to rise and people are paying over the asking price to secure new homes as the “STAY AT HOME” orders are still in effect. My stepson, anxious to have a new home for his new family, sold his 3 apartment live-in residence and hasn’t been able to find a new place prior to the closing date. So he has put his furniture into storage and will be living with us until they can find a suitable housing replacement. Being a trucker, he is only home about 2 days every other week, so the task of securing a new residence is even more complicated.
One of the things I hadn’t considered when he asked to live with us was his guns. I was surprised when he walked in with all of his huge guns (legally licensed in Ontario) and advised me that if the police or RCMP show up at the door I will have to give them access to see that the guns are properly stored. My father always had a gun for hunting in the house when I was growing up, but that was before gun control. I quickly asked that my stepson invest in a lock for his bedroom door to ensure the grandkids couldn’t accidently wander in and start playing with them. Even though the guns are all properly trigger locked, I will feel much better if the room is also locked. It also ensures that no one will be in his room when he isn’t home. Hopefully this is a temporary situation, but at the same time, without having to pay for a room he can save more money to put down on his new home.
True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.
We’re now more than one week into the new year and I finally found the Daily Journal I like. It has a calendar in the front, a list of important conversions and 120 blank pages for me to write notes/journal on. The problem with finding something at the dollar store that you love is it might not be there the next time you want/need it. I was afraid my favourite journal wouldn’t be available this year. Last year they ran out of seeds, so I was forced to order through catalogues and was never so disappointed. I paid more than 10 times what I usually pay, the number of seeds were less and the germination rate was horrible. I will be going to the dollar store on a regular basis to try to get my favourite seeds.
I miss my winter travel to warmer places. I miss seeing my friends during this lockdown and the extended isolation of the pandemic. I miss going to church. I miss going to the monthly Horticultural Society Meetings. I’m saddened by the closing of the local Senior’s Centre. I miss being able to go to the Legion. I miss being able to have lunch at the local restaurant and having our favourite waitress greet us with a cup of coffee. And although the vaccine is bringing a ray of hope I will be in one of the last groups to be able to get it because I’m still under 65 and thankfully I’m in good health. So time to quit feeling sorry for myself and all the “I misses”. Bundle up and go for a walk because the forecast today is for sunshine and even with the bitter cold (-18C with the wind chill) at least the sun will be shining.
Yesterday will go down in American History as the day the 45th President incited a riot and failed to take appropriate action as his supporters stormed the White House.
Visions of the White House being desecrated by mainly white male extremists spread around the world as it took many hours before the President permitted the National Guard to go to the site. The Vice President was forced to shelter in place, as were all the other elected officials of the House and the Senate. One woman was shot and later died from her injuries.
When the National Guard, and FBI finally showed up the crowd was peacefully removed and order was restored. A much better outcome than for many of the communities that have endured violent demonstrations over the last 4 years.
Twitter locked the President’s account and I wonder if the account will be re-activated.
The members of the House and Senate remained on site, recess was called to an end and they bravely completed the work they had set out to do for the day. Their perspective may have shifted after the threat on their safety and lives, but their focus remained the same. Over and over again the speeches included that the appropriate processes must be followed to accomplish change, not violence.
Armed with video proof of who the perpetrators were it will be interesting to see how many of the rioters will be charged for the vandalism and terrorist acts. Two explosive devises were found and rendered safe.
I pray that the healing in the USA will start now that the 45th President has now announced that Biden has won the election and the transition will occur on January 20th.
There is no better way to open your mind than a quiet walk through the conservation area after a fresh blanket of snow has covered everything in site. The snow clinging to the tree branches and attenuating all sounds around you. There might be some other hikers there, sharing the experience of deafening sound but they all say hello and may even pose for a picture for you. Strangers along the same path, sharing the glory of the hike and the wonders of the snow.
My stepson celebrates his birthday today. He has sold his 3 apartment investment and is looking for a new house to share with the love of his life. He hasn’t found a house yet, so later this month he will be moving into our spare room temporarily. He isn’t really home very often as he’s a trucker and tends to be gone for a week or two at a time.
Sometimes the weather is just perfect such that when it snows the snow clings to everything in sight and for just a magical moment it waits there for the sun to melt it. Yesterday morning was one of those rare moments. A Sunday morning during lockdown when the wet snow fell slowly and built up on every surface it could find. A white blanket over everything and no one was in a hurry to move it. It was warm enough that you didn’t have to wear gloves, but cold enough to keep the snow in place until noon. Families were out walking along the trails in the Conservation Area and children playing on the hills with their winter toys. Yet the snow adds a layer of quiet that muffles all the sound of traffic and attenuates all the other sounds. Peace, quiet and beauty.
*The eve of my youngest son’s wedding. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the celebrations will be toned down for the “Bachelor Party”. They will start around 5PM with a barber coming to get the groomsmen, groom and father of the groom ready for the big event. Cards, cigars and pizza in my garage with just a few guys. I think I’ll ask my grandson to finish decorating the Christmas Tree with me. I’ve finished painting the holders for the plexiglass, so I can safely play my flute for the prelude. My son and his son will be spending the night here in preparation for the big day.
*COVID-19 vaccinations have begun in Great Britain as we all hope for an end to the pandemic. COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for use in Canada. And the great debate begins. Should people be forced to be vaccinated? Canadian leaders are saying it’s your choice, but if you can’t show your government issued proof of vaccination you could have limited access to public venues, work or travel. So just like your pets you will need to have the vaccine to travel.
Meanwhile controversy continues about the amount of energy and resources poured into controlling this pandemic while other illnesses still don’t have cures/vaccines (Aids/HIV) and starvation remains the major cause of death in the world. The distance between the “haves” and “havenots” continues to increase. Drinking water on many reservations in Canada remains unfit for consumption.
Locally our Seniors Centre will be closing. The volunteer organization that maintained the building and ran the programs weren’t able to raise the necessary funds while the building was temporarily closed during COVID-19 restrictions. Asking for help from the Municipality, like any good landlord during the Pandemic, the Municipality decided not to help, forcing the tenants to vacate so the Municipality can sell the building. Political speakease in the Municipality’s press release made promises to work for new Senior’s programming. I too look forward to the new programming, but am afraid I’ll probably never see it.