Saturday, July 5
While sitting there enjoying a cup of tea, I noticed an orange flash in the tree across the road. Then another and a Baltimore Oriole landed on the wire that runs across the street. I watched them for a couple of minutes, camera in hand to see if they were going to stick around. The bird on the wire soon joined the one in the tree. I was able to get the shot above by being very patient. It took me about a half hour to center in on this beautiful fellow.
Besides the Baltimore Orioles, I saw a mourning dove, a bluejay, a cardinal and a robin all within the half hour time frame. The Oriole is the only one I managed to get a decent photo of. Bird photography takes a great deal of patience, but I'm glad I was able to capture this fellow with my digital.
I enjoyed watching the birds flit here and there. They were quite vocal and the colors were lovely. A great show provided by nature.
In renovation news, the plaster and lathe are gone from the upstairs. Two men came and gave us an estimate and said we either had to have it done this afternoon or not until Tuesday. This afternoon sounded good to me and the price was reasonable. Three men came, separated the lathe from the plaster and carried it all down. You wouldn't believe the dust it created both upstairs and in the front hall. I'm so thankful that this messy part of the job is done.
Enjoy your weekend. Remember to take some time to do something for you. Relax a little and do something you enjoy. ~Blessings, Mary~
Friday, July 4
Yes, I was tired of my thin, gray hair and I dyed it. When I was young, dying your hair was all the fad, but my parents would never allow it. I guess they ingrained that into me and throughout my adult life I just never did it. Besides, I loved my thick mop of auburn. However, after my accident in 1988, I began to loose my hair and it got thinner, and thinner and... well, you get the idea.
When I got my hair cut the other day, the hairdresser, whom I've gone to for years asked me why I didn't dye it. She told me it would look a little thicker and would look fuller with a bit of color. So yesterday I went to the drugstore and bought some hair dye. She was right. It does at least look like I have hair now. See below. I'm quite pleased, though I don't look forward to having to dye it every six weeks or so. But when I had to choose whether to look bald or like I still have a little hair, I choose the latter. Even Jordan noticed. He kept looking at me oddly and then asked me if I'd dyed my hair.
So Anni, in the next few days I will send your gift off to you in the mail. I will send you an email when it's on its way.
In renovation news, the lathe and plaster are still upstairs. In yesterday's post I explained that I had called 1-800-Got-J*unk. They had quoted me a price of $215 to $300 for removing all the garbage. They were to be here at 2pm.
About 1:45, the man called and said he would be about one hour and a half getting here, as they were halfway between here and Niagara Falls. I understand things happen, so that was fine. When he did get here, he looked at the mess upstairs and told me it would be $750 to remove it. No way was I paying that much if I have to carry it downstairs myself. So I sent him on his way and called the company. I heard every excuse in the book from them. The only thing I have to say is that I will never call them again nor will I ever refer anyone to them.
So, the plaster and lathe is still upstairs and we can't paint a thing until it is gone because of all the dust. We can tape and mud though, so we will get that done. This afternoon another man, an independent, is coming to give us a price. If that is too steep, we will end up doing it ourselves, but that will cause things to be delayed once again, so am keeping my fingers crossed that this man is reasonable. Oh, the joys of renovations, but at least it is moving forward, albeit slowly.
Take care and have a wonderful Friday. And to all my American friends and readers, Happy Independence Day.~Blessings, Mary~
Thursday, July 3
It was a beautiful day yesterday with no humidity and a great breeze. My type of summer day. Humidity and I don't get along. I hope you are having great weather in your area. We are to have more rain and thunderstorms starting later today. However, the rain doesn't bother me as everything is such a beautiful green when we have sufficient rain. ~Blessings, Mary~
Wednesday, July 2
About 3:45 pm, Jordan called and asked if we could go to the farm. I told them that the farm was closed because of the holiday. Well, Jordan wanted to go somewhere and he thinks his big brother has extra clout, so he put Brandon on the phone. He was also a bit disappointed that there would be no farm and asked if we could do something else. Since everything was closed for the holiday, I told him I couldn't think of anything.
After I'd hung up, I got thinking about what a nice day it was, sunny but not excessively hot and a cool breeze was blowing. I phoned Michelle back and asked her if I could take the boys strawberry picking. She said yes.
We paid for the berries and the boys took them to the van while I asked the farmer a few questions. Yes, it was a good crop this year and the berries would last for about ten more days. Whoohoo! We only bought enough for eating this time, but Michelle wants to make freezer jam and I would like a few more for eating. I don't make jam because I'm diabetic and Dwight is allergic to strawberries, so I just enjoy them in season.
Anyway, while I was talking to the farmer, Jordan found my camera. Since he loves taking pictures, Brandon was the subject of most.
This was the perfect outing to top off Canada Day. We had fun and made a few memories. What better thing to do on our country's birthday. ~Blessings, Mary~
Tuesday, July 1
Here are a few more facts about Canada:
* Canada is located on the North American continent and is the second largest country in the world.
* Canada is bordered by the United States of America to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Arctic Ocean to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.
* Canada consists of ten provinces and three territories. The newest territory is Nunavut, pronounced Noon-a-voot, was established in 1999 and consists of two million square miles.
* Canada's capital is Ottawa, Ontario.
* Stephen Harper is the Prime Minister of Canada. He is leader of the Conservative Party, also known as the Tories.
* John A. McDonald was the first Prime Minister of Canada.
* Canada's most prominent emblem is the maple leaf. It appears on our flag, which you can see at the top of my sidebar.
* Another Canadian emblem is the beaver. When Canada was young, there were millions of beaver here. The skins were highly sought after in England for beaver skin hats.
* Other symbols of Canada include the Bluenose II and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. People also associate moose and the Common loon with Canada.
* Canada's motto is: from sea to sea. Her national anthem is O' Canada.
* Canada has six time zones.
* Over one million aboriginal peoples, consisting of North American Indian, Metis and Inuit live within the borders of Canada.
* Canada is home to one quarter of the world's fresh water supply.
* Over two million lakes are situated in Canada and were formed millions of years ago by glaciers.
* Half of the nation is forest region.
* European settlers first arrived in Canada in the 1500s. It was named Canada in 1535 by explorer Jaques Cartier. He heard Native Canadians say the word Kanata, which means village and thought they were referring to the country. Instead of pronouncing it Kanata (Can-ah-ta) he called it Canada.
* Canada was formed on July 1, 1867. For many years it only had four provinces; Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec.
* At one time the region that is now Ontario was Upper Canada and Quebec was Lower Canada.
* Canada sells electric power to the United States.
* Canada has 42 national parks. These were established to protect plant and animal life. The largest national park is Alberta's Wood Buffalo National Park. It is the only site where whooping cranes nest and is home to the world's largest herd of buffalo.
* Canadians invented the light bulb, television, the electron microscope, the snow mobile, green garbage bags, basketball (a Canadian invented it in the US) and the baseball glove, among other things.
* Hockey is Canada's national sport.
* Canada is a bilingual and multi-cultural country.
* Canadians celebrate Canada Day by going to celebrations where there are activities for the entire family, food and, after dark, fireworks.
I could go on and on with other facts about Canada, but that is enough for today. I wish my Canadian friends a Happy Canada Day and my American friends a Happy Independence Day. Enjoy the festivities and stay safe. ~Blessings, Mary~