May 12, 2020

This and that

We had a few beautiful almost perfect days.  This morning we managed a walk on the rail trail going towards Winfield, not too far, but long enough to see some new construction and get off the trail and walk through a different residential area that we were not aware of.  As we got back closer to the park we could feel a definite chill in the air.  Next stop was our garden and while I thoroughly watered ( as in deeply ) Colin did some weeding.

We have both seen the beaver in the past two weeks. I was lucky to snag this photo as he came up for air as he passed our living room windows. But how do I know if this is only a muskrat?  They look so similar in the water.

Once home I checked the local online news and discovered that we had a weather alert with heavy rain ( oops to my heavy watering ) and possible thundershowers hence the cooler air.  The lake has been rising steadily although it did slow in the last 24 hours to only a 5″ increase in height.  We are well over the third step. Colin has been in touch with management and they say that the snow pack above us had melted and so we should be evening out sometime this week.  Fingers crossed that all this rain won’t be a problem.

Someone brought a beekeeper in who set up a small hive right next to our gardens.

This will be great for pollination in our gardens.  You can barely make out a few bees just left of bottom centre.

One bee only gathers 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in its life.  We seriously need bees in our world.  Keep them safe

On the other hand……you do need to watch out for the murder hornets as do the bees.

The bees seen here are carrying whisky, Clorox wipes, toilet paper and sanitizer into their hive 🙂

What are your thoughts on the various US States or Canadian Provinces starting to open up? I am concerned that it might be just a bit too fast.  I would like to see the numbers of those infected with Covid – 19 decrease quite a bit more.  I also would like to see more physical distancing in place in the general public as well as proper sanitizing put into hair salons, chiropractic offices etc. We will be holding back for a few weeks to see how things develop. Other than our day walk where we never see anyone except for a quick wave or hello, we will continue to restrict our outings to once per week for groceries.  Are you ready to head out and start shopping, etc.?

Isn’t this just the sweetest?

Guess what’s for dessert tonight?  Fresh baked this morning. So very very fortunate to have a bored baker in the park. Besides giving money for every baked delivery, I am going to buy sugar for her tomorrow during our weekly outing.

The rain continues to fall and the lake is visibly rising 😯


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12 Responses to “This and that”

  1. How wonderful that they put a bee stock at your vegetable garden. Can’t wait to see all those crops growing and the bountiful harvest.

    • contessa says:

      Lovely as always to hear from you. I have heard that the plan is to share the honey with all of the gardeners.

  2. greg says:

    Restrictions or not, there’s clear indications over the past week that people have had enough and are going to start getting back out there regardless of the consequences. (After all, we’re talking about the same population that nearly crashed Google servers last week with “when is cinco de mayo?” Not a shining example of logical thinking. . .)

    Having said that, The Wife and I have no intention of “getting back out there” anytime soon. We’ll leave that to the “other guy”.

    As far as reducing the total overall number of COVID-19 cases, baring the production and wide distribution of an effective vaccine that’s not really going to happen. All these “distancing” efforts are focused on reducing the number of infections at any given point in time, but if you compare the “just let it run it’s course” curve to the “flattened” curve, the total number of infections is about the same in both cases. It’s all about reaching that critical point of herd immunity.

    • contessa says:

      I have to agree with you Greg. I have a very good friend who left for Sweden the end of February to visit her family. She is not at all affected by the virus and continues to travel within Sweden and to eat in restaurants everyday. Her only problem is that she is having to wait until June 1st to leave because of closed borders and airports. All we can do is protect ourselves.

  3. Our life will not change. We will be cutting our own hair for another month or two until we determine how the setup is. My sister is a dental assistant in AB and they just want to start up with insufficient equipment…I think BCs approach is better. My sister was laid off, thought she had covid, tested negative a few days ago and is staying on EI for now until it is safe to go back to work. Dentists can be a greedy lot. The only places I seem to go are to the grocery store, Costco and flower nurseries. Other than walking outside and getting exercise. I was glad to see only 7 cases yesterday but fear that will just loosen up people’s resolve and there will be a spike like the 1900 covidiots who received warnings on Vancouver beaches last weekend. They could have been fined (due to Vancouvers State of Emergency they gave their bylaw officers that power) but didn’t. I think they actually should have been fined. If not what is the deterrent?

    • contessa says:

      I don’t want my life to change but I fear it is going to based on our weekly shopping trip today. More on that tomorrow. We both truly need to see a chiropractor because of being rear ended last November enroute to Mexico. That might happen Friday unless I chicken out.

  4. Shirley Whitelaw says:

    I think it is a muskrat. They are smaller, although I have nothing to compare with.
    Beaver are rounder, bigger and a noticeable tail.
    Beaver generally live in a little bit more remote area, as in less people.

    • contessa says:

      We do have beavers here in the lake as they have a dam just around the corner of our lake which tends to slow the lake streaming further away towards Vernon. I really will have to be more prepared to get a good photo when they pass by so I can figure it out. Likely we have both. Thanks for your input. When I have a moment I am going to do some comparisons on Google.

  5. Hopefully they’ll be able to get rid of the Murder Hornets and the water will stop rising soon.
    Tasty looking Pie and cute cartoons.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

  6. Linda Sand says:

    All of our efforts are to slow the rate of infection–not stop it. Just as many people are likely to get sick, just over a longer period of time so as to not overwhelm our medical facilities. Dave and I intend to continue taking precautions for some time to come since I have three potential co-morbidities so would likely get hit hard if hit at all. But, we are enjoying staying home so that part is good.

    • contessa says:

      You are correct, we are simply slowly the infection rate. However if folks don’t practice physical distancing we are more apt to catch the bloody virus. The onus is on us to protect ourselves. We also are enjoying being home and the garden is a bonus. Please stay safe.

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