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Early Morning Adventures

One thing I do not miss since I retired from my career as a medical laboratory technologist is the early morning wake-ups. Unless of course an early morning is the prelude to a vacation, something we are all just dreaming about these days. Although I have discovered since retiring that I am not a morning person, especially when it is cold and still dark outside, I have been up (literally) for some morning adventures lately.

As mentioned previously, I have been helping my seven year old granddaughter with her online school lessons. On the mornings her mother goes to work (outside the home) said granddaughter is dropped off around 6:20am. I roll out of bed around 6:05, although hubby is up at 5:50, so my last 15 minutes are quite unsatisfactory. Since the e-learning does not start until 9am, we have some time for some non-school related activities beforehand. After my morning coffee that is.

This morning, even before the sun was fully awake, we baked muffins and played the piano. Home Economics and Music classes: check. We are hoping to impress the family with a “concert” at Christmastime, but still need lots of practice.

When the sun was high enough in the morning sky to warm things up a bit, we ventured out for a skip (think “we’re off to see the wizard” skip/dance) around the block. Gym class: check!

On these walks I am always impressed with and inspired by the beauty Mother Nature has to offer. Sometimes I have to wait until my heart rate slows enough to snap some pictures. This morning it was dew drops and fog remnants that caught my fancy:

Tomorrow I will get back to my Gardens4u business as fall cleanups and lawn care are beckoning. As I reminded you last month, this time of year is the most effective time to improve the quality of your lawns. The heavy dew and fog like this morning’s are perfect for reseeding or fertilizing!

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May Flowers, not Snow!

April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, not snow!

Last week our Ontario premier Doug Ford promised to lift social distancing restrictions. Landscapers like myself across the province cheered as we were included in the first group allowed back to work. As a result of this announcement, I have been a busy beaver this week with spring cleanup of my clientsgardens.

Not today! I woke up this morning to a blanket of white, fluffy snow. How can something so annoying be so pretty?…

Perhaps Mother Nature heard me groaning about my sore (overworked) muscles and decided to give me a day off…

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The lone apple

When I looked out my kitchen window this morning, I saw a lone apple hanging in the bare branches of the apple tree in my backyard.  Here in Ottawa this time of year the trees, as well as the rest of the landscape, look pretty dreary.

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Isn’t it simply amazing how Mother Nature can transform this same tree to a thing of beauty each spring?….

I don’t know about you, but now I can barely wait till spring!

In the meantime, please be sure to visit my slightly more humorous blog YOUR DAILY CHUCKLE 

It is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud (LOL)

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Mother Nature Outperforms the Ottawa Redblacks and BC Lions

Mother Nature definitely outperformed the Ottawa Redblacks and BC Lions football clubs last night with a spectacular thunderstorm.  The game was a low scoring one (7-5 for BC) with no touchdowns recorded.  There were very few skilled passing or running plays performed by either team, with the roar of a chainsaw announcing a Redblack first down an uncommon sound.  The fans enjoyed the game nevertheless, shouting MOOOCHOIR each and every time a “flag on the field/mouchoir sur le terrain” was announced.  Unlike the sound of the chainsaw, the MOOOCHOIRs  were frequent.

Mother Nature’s contribution to the entertainment caused a rain delay in the fourth quarter, which of course happened just as the Redblacks had moved the ball down the field into field goal range with a late surge of momentum, hoping to add the three points to their score to clinch the victory.

We heard the thunder and saw the lightning as the storm approached the stadium, but we all hoped it would pass us over.  As the storm hit with a torrential downpour and gale force winds that sent sideline advertising sailing onto the field, the officials cleared the field announcing a rain delay, forcing the players and fans to safety.

Like most thunderstorms, it was over quickly and the game continued, but the Redblacks were unable to catch the Lions.