As we grudgingly endure ongoing sheltering-in-place here in Toronto, life among nature is continuing as it always has.
The birch tree in front of my house is home to a little red birdhouse hanging on one of the branches. And let me tell you something, that little house is swinging with all sorts of commotion! I can hear the baby birds in there calling mom to bring them some juicy worms already!
I love this early morning time of day in spring. It’s warm, the sun is out, winter has finally moved on (good riddance!) and no one else is up yet in my house. Just me and some hungry birds.
Another note about nature: my rhubarb plant is exploding.
Years ago when we fixed the garage (it needed a major renovation) I dug out some of the rhubarb nearby that had been planted there at least three decades ago. It was tough, getting it out, I had to dig really deep, and at the time, the retaining wall back there was crumbling so I didn’t know if the plant would survive.
I replanted it in another location and…yep, there is no issue. In fact, it is continuously growing these huge, phallic-shaped flowers (which I hack off as soon as I see them because I certainly don’t want it to get bigger).
I’ve been taking some of the stalks and chopped them up to cook into a compote. I add a bit of brown sugar, and some frozen strawberries (fresh ones not yet ready here in Ontario, Canada) and then the kids scoop it over ice cream. Delish.
I was puttering around social media little bit on Sunday and was thoroughly unimpressed with all the covid-related news. Seems with the sunny and warm weather, people are losing their heads all over my city and there is a huge spike in new cases now. Ugh. I was hoping phase 1 of re-opening the city would go successfully as we are all fed up with the various restrictions, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen now.
The good news here though is that the Premier of Ontario stated that there are enough tests available for everyone who wants one, even if someone is asymptomatic but feels they are at risk of carrying/spreading.
I have always approved of mass testing. I think it’s a no-brainer…so we’ll see if it’s actually true and people will be given a test on demand.
I bet we’re all a little politician-fatigued (or maybe have been all along, especially in recent years). So many of them are a walking contradiction, saying one thing and doing the opposite themselves. Maddening.
So it’s Monday or something (isn’t it?). For some of you this means school and work. It means the same thing for my household too. Wish me luck getting my teenagers up at a decent hour (to do schoolwork). 🙂