Get this: one day in the last week when we were in the deep freeze, I walked Spike outside for a pee break. Took my eyes off him for a moment and then I didn’t know if he’d actually peed or not. Took off my glove, and stuck my hand underneath his belly and checked for dribbles. They were there alright, and they had already frozen solid. He had yellow icicles stuck to his belly!
He wears his warm sweater in the cold weather, but his genital area is left uncovered of course. That was a first - to find frozen urine sticking to him just seconds after he had peed. Obviously it froze as it streamed out. Wow. I’ve never seen that before in 11 winters of walking Spike. This unusual occurrence certainly tells the tale of our frigid winter, which has been feeling like it will never end.
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“Let it snow!”
February 1, and it’s snowing – all day. Yesterday was a blessedly mild day, temperature sitting at about zero Celsius, and the roads were dry. I decided I’d better get out while the getting was good. Hadn’t driven the car for over 2 weeks. Thank God I had leased a new Beetle in the autumn. If the old car had been left sitting for over 2 weeks, she would have been dead in the parking lot. New car, aka Pearl 2,
started instantly with no complaints. So I got myself to the supermarket and stocked up in preparation for the expected new blast of bad weather. Said weather arrived on time and the snow was well under way when I got up this a.m.
Our seniors’ residence is currently in ‘lockdown,’ which is just another way of management saying, “We’ve got a bug in this residence, and we are trying to control it.” Lockdown means that all activities which involve residents getting together (except for meals) have been cancelled. Lockdown also means no visitors, unless the front office makes an exception (and you’d better have a really good reason.)
Days are long and boring when it’s too cold and wet/snowy to go outside, and there are no activities going on inside. I’m guessing that the management has a good guess for when the bug will taper off, because they have called a general meeting of residents for Monday afternoon. We have no clue what they are going to announce. At least they are going to hold this meeting in the biggest main floor lounge. Last time they called a meeting like this (2 years ago), they held it in the basement Theatre Room, which only has one door. That was a horrible day: the speaker (the then Executive Director) had no microphone; therefore 90% of the attendees could not hear a word he said. Because everyone had to get down there by the elevators, that fact meant long waits to go up or down. But the worst was that the Theatre Room has only one door, and all the residents crowded in there with walkers and wheelchairs. (The Fire Marshal would have seen red!) Had anyone even whispered “fire!” there would have been a panic, and a disaster. At least this upcoming meeting will be held in the main floor lobby, which has numerous exits. I just hope there is a microphone.
….to be continued
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Enjoying lunch, Dec.22
This tree made it through the ice storm.
It’s Crazyville here in our seniors’ residence. The ice storm (it’s still a frozen landscape out there) has T.O. held captive since Saturday Dec. 21. Revera Leaside
is now the temporary home of a whole gang of seniors (30 to 40 of them) from the “Revera Annex” residence, which is located in the ‘west of Yonge St.’ area. It has no power, and its residents are parked here to be fed and kept warm until their power is restored. Toronto city admin sez maybe everyone will have power by Christmas Day, but they are not making promises. I think it unlikely. There are just too many trees down, having taken down the hydro wires with them. Revera Leaside’s power is delivered by buried wires, so we have not had a power outage during the storm.
Try to imagine being very old (80 to 100), being told to pack a plastic bag with your overnight stuff, and then being transported to a totally unfamiliar residence (here) where most of your crowd has to sleep on air mattresses on the floor in the basement Activity Room. That is what has happened to the folks from the Revera Annex residence. Today they are wandering our house like lost sheep. They are disoriented, and many of them were already mixed up before they ever left home. For the residents here who are still “with it,” the only evasive action one can take is to retreat to one’s room. I went to lunch and came straight back to my room. It is fortunate for these poor souls who are out of their home that Revera had room for them here, no matter how basic the accommodation has been for them. Biggest problem for all of us is the fact that more than double the number of people are using the elevators. Long waits to get one, and when it arrives, it is crammed with walkers and/or wheelchairs. I keep telling myself that this too shall pass. But not today. Probably not even tomorrow…and Christmas Day is a big question mark at this point.
I tried to make a reservation here for Christmas dinner, because the family doubts they will be able to shop between now and store closings on Christmas Eve. And even if they could shop, they are both without power, and therefore have no refrigeration to keep food for 24 to 48 hours. Alas, Christmas dinner here is fully booked. I was told, “Sorry, we are sold out” when I tried this morning to book Christmas dinner, just in case we need a Plan B. So that did not work out at all. Stay tuned.
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Happy Halloween, everyone!
Miss Lily turned 7 years old yesterday.She’ll be dropping in to see me this afternoon before she goes out trick or treating tonight. Did I tell you I took delivery of a new car a week ago? I am so happy with my new Beetle, Pearl 2.I have never leased a car before, but it seemed to be the right thing to do at this time of life. Photo to follow.
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A cool but fun week in August. Miss Lily, Anne, ML and I had a great time.
Lily was so happy, especially because she had some playmates for the week. We had three dogs with us: Anne’s two pugs and my dog Spike.
One shot here is of the lock at Port Severn (part of the Trent-Severn waterway.)
Other photos are of the lake (Huron) and water activities. The sunsets are wonderful at this location.
The cottage faces west, but there is a small barrier island opposite the cottage, and the sun sets behind that.
It’s always beautiful!
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Our last day of vacation has been the best day of the week. It’s been a warm sunny August day, just perfect. Anne and Lily were invited to go on a boat trip to a great swimming beach, for the second time this week, so they were gone all afternoon. ML and I took the opportunity to go out for lunch together, and enjoyed our meal at a cafe overlooking the water. Still sad that the Delawana Inn is in receivership and is closed down. Its heyday is long over. I think more than 40 people are out of work.
We relaxed all afternoon enjoying this perfect August day while Anne and Lily were off on their boat trip. Plus I was looking after the 3 dogs.
We all went out to dinner at a local restaurant to mark the end of our holiday, and we send thanks to our fairy godfather (DS) who treated us to this dinner. We all had seafood: grouper with shrimp, and it was delicious. Our last evening here has been marked by another gorgeous sunset. It’s been a lovely week, and I am totally ready to go home!
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