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February

It was the afternoon I have been waiting for: a little energy (me), slightly warmer air temperature, no wind, and afternoon sunshine, shining on my car.
I had to do it today: time to clear the snow off Pearl. I had not been out to my car in 3 weeks (at least), having been holed up in here, day after day.
I donned all my heavy winter gear: tights under jeans, 2 warm sweaters, 1 down coat (ankle length), 2 scarves, warm hat, gloves, and snow boots.
Hey, it’s Canada in winter here. Thus bundled up, I left Spike sleeping at home and I went out to the parking lot to liberate my Beetle, aka Pearl.
She was buried in snow (no surprise there) and I set to work.

It took me 45 minutes to get all the snow and ice brushed/scraped off.
In winter I always back into my parking space, just to be ready for days like this. The afternoon sun in the west melts residual snow/ice on Pearl’s windshield, and helps me get her cleared. Her tires are sort of frozen to the ground today. I was prepared for that, as my tablemate Joan had already told me hers were frozen too. I tried backing up a bit and that worked, so I did a little rocking. Did not leave the parking space, lol.
But at least Pearl is now cleaned off from the snow and ice deposited by the January storms. I’m expecting more storms/snow/ice before we see the last of February.
Can’t wait for spring!

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Only a couple of days left in official summer! Earlier this week, the weather here was cold. I mean COLD for mid-September. On Monday and Tuesday there were residents sitting in the lounge wearing their coats. So management took the hint – a bit later in the week. (Mucking around with a 50-year-old heating system requires time, don’t you know?) So yesterday the heat came on in both buildings (which are joined together on the first floor and basement levels.) Tonight, my suite is a comfortable temp – about 68F. But the common areas on the main floor, where on Monday we were shivering, are now so hot that they are uncomfortable to occupy. The dining room was a sauna tonight. The next 2 days are predicted to be very warm. Of course, most of us had been getting ready to put away our summer clothes. Oops- not quite yet! I will be happy to see the cool weather settle in.

In other news, I have been wrestling with my iPhone, trying to get the new iOS8 installed. Having a hard time. Tonight I have been forced into searching the depths of the phone’s memory, and trashing old files, trying to make room for the new operating system, which requires a lot of GB. So far, no joy. More work and more trashing of files is required. I hate it that I am throwing out all these old files without actually looking at them to see if they should be saved. I just tell myself that if I haven’t looked at them for the last 2 years, then they are not high priority for saving. Out they go!

Speaking of iPhone, the sales of the new phone have gone through the roof. Here in the big city, a few people started standing in line on Monday, to be among the first to own the new phone. Did you see the picture of the lineup in NYC? If I read the news correctly, the lineup stretched out for 10 blocks at opening hour at the Apple store in NYC. I always feel sad that Steve Jobs did not live to see the amazing successes of his best-ever product. Anyone who did not get their hands on a new iPhone today, and had to reserve one for future delivery, will be waiting for it at least until the end of October. I also read that the sales of the new iPhone went through the roof in China, among other places. BTW, I am not a buyer of a new iPhone. I am happy with my current model, which I have had for 3 years, I think. It’s always with me.

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Last Day of March

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Last day of March has been a beautiful spring day (Dare I even say that out loud?) Spike and I went out for a walk in the afternoon sunshine. I saw only a few little clumps of ice, mostly on the north (shady side) of the house. At this time of year, the north (valley) side is getting precious little sun, while the south and west sides (street, parking lot, etc) were bathed in spring sunshine. In the photo, that’s melting ice you can see. We stayed out for 3/4 of an hour. Today I logged a lot of steps on my pedometer: total walked today = 4.29 km, which was 8938 steps. That’s a new high for me – and a direct result of the warm day (11 Celsius!)

Bird activity: lots of Canada geese recently – flying overhead, and honking. On the weekend I also saw 2 pairs of geese grazing on the grassy banks adjoining the parking lot at my favourite supermarket. They only do this in the spring. They fly up from the river and spend the afternoon scrabbling for anything they can find to eat. About ten days ago I was amazed to see a pair of hawks sitting on our fence. (I think they were in courtship mode.) That was definitely a first for me…2 hawks outside our windows, just sitting there, looking around. I’ve seen the falcons but it’s hard to get a good look at them- they zoom by. The downy woodpeckers have been coming to my bird feeder all winter and continue to visit. I am so lucky to live beside this massive wooded river valley, right in the middle of the city. Guess I am rambling on here, but it was so good to get outside, after the longest winter in years. Welcome to April, now less than an hour away! I have never been so glad to see the back end of winter.

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"Let it snow!"

“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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