Monday, October 19, 2020

not a vampire to be seen

 We stood in line at the drugstore late this afternoon (or was it early evening), waiting to get our flu jab. The whole thing was rather uncomfortable - not the prick itself, that was barely felt - but the hordes of people waiting in line and standing in random spots. We usually like to whip through stores, not pausing long enough for any virus particles to settle on us, but this was impossible. I did dance around in place, hoping my airflow would disperse any nasty virus that might have been hanging in the air.

It was a long rainy day today, the sky was so low it rested on the ground, or so it seemed. A cold drizzle kept us mostly inside although I did try to get Adia out for a run. It was futile - she wants to run with Carm, not me.

Yesterday Carm dug up the garlic bed, incorporating several bags of composted sheep manure. I weakly raked the lumps trying to break up the clods of clay. It looks good. After we got cleaned up we started carefully breaking apart this year’s bulbs, looking for the biggest and the best cloves to plant. I used muffin pans to help us count them out, which I thought was brilliant - you can see that I don’t have many mental challenges these days.

It looks like we have lots of garlic, but since we had to buy some last year we are not convinced that we’ll have enough with what is left.

peeling garlic for the jar that we keep in the fridge

Sunday night we had a great online visit with Olaf and Stephanie. I’m not sure how it happens but we can babble away for hours. 

It was sunny on Saturday afternoon so Trudie and Leo dropped by for an afternoon laneway visit. How many more outside visits will we have this year? Winter is looming larger than it ever has.

"October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.”

~Hal Borland

Friday, October 16, 2020

more paper towels please

 At 5:30 am this morning I cleaned up what I hope is the last of Adia’s pukes. It has been a few days of mess, starting with a giant ugly puke, then 1 full day of intense drooling, a few pukes full of grass, culminating with this morning’s 2 cups worth of grass and bile… Oh, and I can’t forget the foot and a half of gross poopy grass stuck up her butt - that was this afternoon. Hopefully you aren’t eating… she ran back to it and gobbled it down so I expect that it will make another appearance from one end or other. Dogs.

She slowly showed improvement over the last 2 days so we didn’t whisk her off to the vet but we were on the verge.

We think she ate a few boxelder beetles which according to Google can cause vomiting and nausea (drooling). We think she had a few of them and perhaps had a strong reaction. The black and red devils are all over the place this year. 

The first night she was drooling everywhere so we popped her into her crate at bedtime. Well, between her crying and howling in the livingroom and Spike whimpering and howling in sympathy on the bed with us, we thought that sleep would be elusive. I knew that she’s quiet in the crate when we are in the room so we wrestled the giant thing into the bedroom and she settled down immediately. 

Hopefully the paper towel shortage will be over soon :-/

We did get the new washing machine delivered yesterday and it’s already had 4 loads of laundry run through it. Things seem clean which is good. It does have a slightly annoying long chime - I think it plays the whole Brahms Lullaby.

I tried the CBD oil again today - my mood is okay but I can’t say I’ve been dancing through the house with bells on my toes (but then again Carm skipped golf today so there was no music to dance to) - I started with a low dose so might up it. It’s a gloomy, Eyeore sort of day which isn’t helping either.

Headlines: Ontario is still increasing cases and hospitalizations. Ottawa continues to be a hot spot. US reaches 8 million covid-19 cases. According to Trump, they are ‘rounding the curve’ and it will be all over soon...

"Inaction will cause a man to sink into the slough of despond and vanish without a trace.".

Farley Mowat

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

bad mood

 Today the sun shone strongly enough to raise the temp to 15C… a beautiful day that Carm spent on the links while I puttered around vacillating between good mood and bad.

I’d gotten some CBD oil to try with Spike for his arthritis and since I was feeling a bit of anxiety this morning I thought I’d give it a try - well, the anxiety was gone, but gosh I was in a bad mood. Coincidence I’m sure but I’ll try it again tomorrow.

Bad mood continued through the evening as CNN spewed clips of Trump blabbing all sorts of lies and stupidity. 

Lots of covid news tonight… depressing and makes me almost want to believe that it’s no worse than the flu. Maybe it is just a giant conspiracy put on by Bill Gates so that he can microchip us all… Thankfully good sense keeps me from falling down that rabbit hole.

“But I am very poorly today & very stupid & I hate everybody & everything. One lives only to make blunders.”

~Charles Darwin