Friday, 25 September 2020

Geez, I have been lax.

 I just noticed it was August when I last posted anything and we are almost at the end of September! The weather is definitely fall-like here, with interspersed days of summer heat. Last Monday was cool (I think it got up to 12C?) and Tuesday hit 30C!

I had a covid test done this morning. Very strange sensation, that. I am hoping it is just my lack of a gallbladder that is causing my gut issues, but one cannot be sure without a test these days. We do have a positive patient at work, although I didn't provide direct care to them, but they were symptomatic for several days before telling us and getting tested. And they were in that small group of patients who are crap at keeping their masks on their damn faces when in for their treatments!! Argh! So I sit at home and wait for a couple of days to get results.

I am tired of the covidiots out there risking everyone else because it inconveniences them. I wish we could just stick them all on their own island and let nature take its course. We could give them Trump as their very own head hack. Seems they all think like him anyway.

Leaf raking season is starting, but I am going to wait a couple more days before starting. One tree out front is virtually naked while its neighbour hasn't started dropping leaves yet, despite being golden yellow. The backyard trees have definitely started but the big Chinese elm is still as green as can be. It is notorious for not deleafing until after the snow has fallen, meaning I can't rake until the spring and then it is a sodden mess of half rotten leaves.

This will be the last fall for me in this house. I am going to sell in the spring and move back into the big city. Okay, so Winnipeg isn't all that big (750K or thereabouts) but it is many times larger than the 10K city I live in right now, just to the north. I already have my name on the waiting list for a suite in the apartment block I want to live in. Easy to get to work from (before I retire), close to my sister (8 minute drive or 30 minute walk, per google maps) and there is a mall across the street with most of the amenities I will need for day to day living, including the pet store chain I usually shop at for the cats. Hopefully this all comes together nicely but if not, I will move temporarily into another apartment that allows cats and also allows month to month rentals (for $100 extra per month :-\ ).

I had Andi outside with me for a bit today. He spent a lot of time rolling around on the patio amongst the leaves, looking gorgeous, so of course, his portrait is below. (Okay, so I put up two photos, because why not!)  He also ate some grass and had to puke it up once back in the house. It's only taken him 6 months to figure out how to eat the grass and not just pull bits out of the ground and then spit them out. lol!

Wishing all of you a pleasant (as can be) fall. Be well, stay safe, and wear a mask if you have to go out!


  1. Hey - great to see Andi outside, he seemingly recovered well.
    When you move into an appartement house, will you take your power tools with you ? I am not "asking for a friend" !
    Don't get me started on people and masks - I mean, even "my" kids understand that wearing these things is necessary, and they dutifully accept the hand desinfection at school, so when I see grown ups who happily brake rules and - when asked - splutter out nonsense ... oh dear.
    We have "hotspots" here, schools included, and I know from friends, who work in public health, how awefully unorganised the response is - the next really bad flare up is just a matter of time here in Southern Germany, no "if", but only "when". The numbers in France and other neighbours go through the roof - and this time we are just a few weeks back. In spring we were a few weeks ahead, and terribly lucky.
    Sorry for this nonsense, it is just something that drives me around - and of course you are right, I should write my own blogpost and not occupy your comments, sorry.

    It is nice to "see" you again.

    1. Hi Mago! I will take some of the power tools with me, but not most. I won't need the reciprocating saw, or miter saw, or lawnmower, hedge trimmer, etc., but the cordless screwdriver and most of the handtools will definitely make the move with me. I have three tool boxes... I think I need to sort through them and decide what is essential and what I don't need.
      We have started on the 2nd wave here already. In Winnipeg, about 80% of the positive cases in the province are happening here, and amongst the 20-30 year olds who insist on going to the bars and clubs. They are just so stupid!!
      Please, my friend, never apologize for taking up space in the comments. After all, that is what that little box is for! xx

  2. I am terrible at DIY, but even me understands that a cordless screwdriver is a worthy tool - while I have no clue what the others are you mention, and be assured, there is no need for explanation :)
    Yes, young people. Family festivities also - from more than thirty attendants come fourteen positive, what results in more than four hundred contacts with possible infection - happened here last week. The organisational effort is crazy, and what is disturbing is the in-effiency of the administrational efforts - our public health organisation was not built for that, and it shows.
    I know that you are careful Ponita, please stay so. I wear my mask, even when colleagues look at me with a little grin, but that damn virus could kill me - and if I carry it, some around me : I have no intention of doing so.

    1. I am glad you are doing your best to stay safe, Mago. I am too. xoxo

  3. I hope your test comes back negative. I haven't really been out all year - I should have taken advantage of the low cases in July/August, and had my hair cut, but I didn't.
    Yep, we have the 2nd wave in the UK too. I'm dreading the next 6 months.
    Lovely pics!!

    1. I have been cutting my own hair, with decent results, but it takes a long time and lots of checking in the mirror! Maybe give that a try?
      I hope you are managing to stay sane and occupied. Get that ink and glue flowing again! And do take care. xoxo

  4. I'm glad you're here! I do keep up with you on FB, but THIS is so much better, especially so close to our election here in the states. I know what you mean about the power tools - we sold most of the big tools before we moved! As much as I want to be in a house again, I think we'll be doing apartment living, too! Once we're out of elder lockdown, of course! xoxo

    1. I just need to get here more often instead of looking at the same posts over and over on FB. I love having my own home, but I just can't, nor do I want to do all the upkeep a house requires. I refuse to live in one of the newer apartment buildings here, as they are wood construction and sound transmits way too well through floors and walls! The place I want is older, is concrete, and has huge balconies, so I would still get the outdoor space I want. The newer bldgs have tiny balconies (9x4), whereas this bldg has 6x38 foot balconies. Huge difference! Wishing you a lovely place, once you are able to get out and actually find one. xoxoxo


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