Before I get out of bed each morning, I like to hop on the internet to see what’s happening in the world. This morning, I began my online investigation with Facebook. There, I learned that “Live bunnies are not Easter gifts!” A few posts later, I saw that someone is selling baby bunnies for $30 each. Sooooooo cute! And, just in time for Easter! Below that was a PSA, “Life is Better in Flip Flops!” Well duh! That’s why I wear them all year long. After a little more scrolling, I stumbled upon what may just be the most eggseptional thing I’ve ever seen on Facebook. A hen in Ontario laid an egg the weight of a baseball! Wow! Also on the subject eggs… a friend shared a photo in which Easter egg decals adhered to a sun exposed window projected colourful dots onto a tabby cat. Now there’s a photography tip I must remember! On that note, I logged out of Facebook.

After leaving Facebook, I went to Environment Canada’s website to check the weather forecast. It’s not something I do every morning, but today, a little voice in my head told me to take a peek. Would you believe there is another f***ing snowfall warning and blowing snow advisory for where I live?! The mess begins this afternoon and it isn’t expected to move out until Friday. Believe me when I say that you can’t possibly imagine how sick I am of this winter.

Since it’s looking as if I’m going to be snowed in until the weekend, I thought it would be wise to lock up my shop and leave a “back in 10 minutes” notice on the door so that I could scoot to the post office to pick up my mail.

The moment I stepped out the door, I was greeted by an eery calm. The absence of sound was disturbing. It freaked me out enough to make me go back inside to grab my phone (so that I wouldn’t  be “alone”). When I returned outdoors, the silence had been broken by seagulls screeching over the lake out front, and then by sirens off in the distance. Neither sound provided any more comfort than the creepy silence.

When I arrived in “town”, I couldn’t find a place to park anywhere near the post office, which was bizarre. I parked in a lot down the street and walked to get my mail. I didn’t cross paths with anyone, not by car nor by foot!  Also bizarre! Where were all the people who traveled in all the cars parked along the street?

Then, another odd thing got my attention—the aroma! The smell of foods, the likes of which I haven’t consumed in over two decades, hung heavy the air.  Perhaps everyone in this town, except for me, was out to a greasy lunch? Did I miss the memo on my morning Facebook rounds?

It’s now late afternoon. The snow is falling, and my cat is behaving like the psychotic monster he becomes every time it storms.  It’s going to be a loooong couple of days.



Share Your World—March 20th, 2017

Today, the first day of spring, happens to be a winter-y storm day where I live.  In protest, I refuse to go outside. To entertain myself at home, I’ve decided to do something I’ve never done before—I’m going to take part in “Share Your World“.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with “Share Your World”, it’s a weekly feature on Cee Neuner’s blog, in which, she asks her readers to respond to 4 questions.

Cee’s questions and my answers.

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? 

The first age that popped into my head was 27. That’s how old I tell my nephew I am. He stopped believing my fake age after I turned “25”, but I continue to stick to that story.

Truth be told, I don’t feel like I’m 27. I feel a like I’m 32. Coincidentally, I often feel as if my life has been one step forward two steps back since I was that age—12 years ago. If I could choose any age to go back to and start over from, it would be 32.

So, you’re on your way out and it’s raining. Do you know where your umbrella is or do you frantically search for it all over your apartment/house?

I don’t often use an umbrella. I drive everywhere, and I can easily sprint to and from the car without getting too wet. On rare occasions when I decide to use one, I know exactly where to find it. In fact, I know exactly where to find everything I own. I’m the most organized person I know.

Do you recharge your energy by going out with friends for a good time or by spending with quiet time alone?

I recharge my energy by spending quiet time alone.

Name three things you and your spouse, partner or best friend  to have in common.

I don’t have a spouse, or a partner, and can’t claim to have a best friend either. I have “friends”, but as I’ve written about somewhat recently, I’m not super close with any of them, and it’s, in large part, because we have so little in common.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I’m grateful that the first of this year’s garden seeds have sprouted (indoors) last week, and I’m looking forward to caring for my new plants and watching them grow bigger this week.