*While some areas are in lock down, I went shopping with my sister to find a dress for my youngest son’s upcoming wedding. In London Ontario there are still many places you can try on clothes. The staff very carefully clean the dressing areas after each customer. David’s Bridal Store is one of them. I was treated almost royally and even with my modest budget was able to find a beautiful blue formal dress on sale for under $150. We’re hoping the restrictions don’t become more stringent in our area and that the December 12th wedding still goes ahead in the chosen venue.
*I really enjoyed shopping yesterday, something I haven’t really done since we’ve been home from Texas in March. There were very little people in the malls and the sales staff was very welcoming. I couldn’t get over all the “Black Friday Sales”. I actually found jeans at Reitman’s for only $29; slippers at Suzy Shier’s for only $10 and fancy earrings for only $6. Unfortunately I didn’t find dress shoes that fit my size 6 DD feet. I’ll have to check out the Ovation Shoes Premium Outlet in Strathroy ON to see if they have any.
* Only 1 month from the darkest day of the year, the winter solstice, and for some it is already the darkest day. COVID-19 numbers continue to rise during this second wave filling emergency rooms to capacity. The Canadian/USA Boarder remains closed for at least another 30 days. Parts of Ontario (Toronto and Peel) will be entering a lock down and only essentials will be available. Christmas is already being labelled as different this year because we’ll probably be sitting alone, zooming our family, and waiting for this pandemic to end. Hope is around in the New Year as a vaccine is being developed and distribution is anticipated.
Checking on Ancestry.ca there was an update for my Paternal Grandmother, her marriage certificate for her first marriage, Unfortunately it didn’t include the annulment or any information concerning the fact that her first husband was a bigamist and had another family less than 50 miles away. Shortly after their daughter was born he was arrested, charged and served time for this crime. Two families that he had been supporting, very well, were left without support and his life was forever ruined. Cases like this make me wonder about our justice system. How did incarceration help anyone or resolve the problem, by leaving everyone in poverty? It probably would have been better if he had been forced to “Pay for his crime” by providing child support and alimony for the mothers.
Only 10 turtles sitting on logs last week, with the change in the weather now there are none. Snow gently covers our yards and spreads its arms around the ponds.
Every time I read about a person being fired for speaking the truth I am afraid for my Southern friends and Democracy. It’s very strange to think that the head of Homeland Security can be fired because he says that there is no evidence of election conspiracy. Even stranger that a President in his Lame Duck phase can continue to make these decisions then tells the world that he almost started WWIII this past week. Perhaps Homeland Security should fire him?
Just one week ago I was kayaking on the Old Ausable Channel. The water was still, the high level breeze was shaking the remaining oak leaves from the tree tops and it was 22C. Today is much different. We may have a high of 3C and snow is in the forecast. Blame it on COVID-19 restrictions, cuddle up beside a fireplace with a good mystery book and turn on some blues to celebrate the birthday of self proclaimed Father of the Blues, William Christopher Handy.
Friday the 13th is usually a big day in Port Dover Ontario as thousands of Motorcyclists converge on the small town. This year due to COVID-19 the locals in Port Dover are asking the motorcyclists to stay home. Permits aren’t being issued to venders and merchants are closing their doors. I wonder if the participants will still show up. After all this event wasn’t initiated by the local residents but instead by Hell’s Angels, who didn’t ask permission in the first place.
What a difference a year makes. Last year Remembrance Day ceremonies were well attended despite snow falling. This year we are encouraged to Remember at home through social media events and there is a “fly over” scheduled for our town at about 11AM.
The prediction for today is sunny and a high of 22C. (more of the same) It’s so hard to believe that November 2020 is so beautiful. I went walking with my sister in the morning and we stopped while the dogs frolicked in the leaves behind the skate park. Rickie ran circles in the leaves while Maddie chased him in bigger circles. In the afternoon I took my kayak and went to Pinery Provincial Park. The Old Ausabile Channel was clear and flat. Water lilies had been replaced with oak leaves floating on top of the water. I saw 10 turtles catching the last moments of sunshine.