30% of Snowbirds are still flocking south... WTFlock?
I don't get it... on several levels. I thought we were not encouraged to travel to the USA which is struggling with a pandemic? I understood borders were still closed.
Why would anyyone right now, want to vacation in the USA - have there been more turbulent times? Will they be insured if they catch COVID?
Will we fly them home AGAIN if shit hits the fan at our expense... again?
What if they get sick and bring it back...
I cannot be the only Canadian thinking like this.
I also don't get it as most of these snowbirds are older, vunerable to catching covid.
I read one snowbird was missing "the beach, sun and cheap rum", that said enough.
Sunshine & Alcohol are worth it all? To alcoholics, I guess.
I understand wanting to travel - especially if you own a condo down south and it's just sitting there - go... BUT this time I don't think the goverment should be responsible in anyway for your safe return. It's NOT like the world is not aware of what's going on. IF YOU choose to go down south GO - but don't make other Canadians who choose to try to do what we are told to do, in order to slow a fucking pandemic killing thousands of Canadians & others around the world, pay for your selfishness.
For the sake of a tan & cheap rum is shallow & selfish.
Clearly some don't think the rules apply to them.. and our government can't seem to get it's shit together so no wonder these loons thinks its safe to fly.
Adios snowbirds, Go! May you safely return in your cars and not coffins.
With THC & TLC
I was wondering what all the "Karens" do when in lock down... do they call company hotlines and vent? I imagine so.
This made me laugh out loud when I thought of it & when I drew it.
How did I get the idea? Simple, Norm bought me a Wilton Donut pan this week & I made my first chocolate dipped donuts - baked at home - in my own oven.
WTF... OH MY Goodness.
Don't do it! I ate 3 in 10. I never eat 3 donuts at once.
LOL I easily imagined the results of this home baked donut goodness and an editorial was created. Many can relate, I know I'm not the only one to put on a few pounds during covid. Who knew home baked donuts were so delicious & EASY!?! Tims is done, covid has created a bunch of bakers, *Wilton the pan & PIN of course has all the recipes - lemon poppy seed donuts next! Nom Nom Nom
BTW - I did try to buy this pan locally & searched several stores, we finally purchased it off Amazon.. look local first. I do recommend these pans... if you like & miss donuts.
NOT if you are concerned about gaining more weight... you will eat more than one donut.
It's a cold drizzling day- good day to bake donuts.
with THC & TLC
Rememberance day is soon!
The legion is hurting due to covid no doubt. The Royal Canadian Legion was a big part of my parents lives. I’ll admit Iv’e mixed feelings about the Legion’ as it was also a place my parents became easily intoxicated - inebriated to the point it amazed me they made it home alive again… one time after a legion visit my mom almost didn’t… so yes my opinion varies due to past experience
I do understand many older people use the legion as their only place to socialize, play games (darts’ pool, cards..) keep mentally sharp.. and socialize & drink. The legions also provide for the community great fish & chip lunches at an affordable price for one!. They constantly hold benefits & commu it fundraisers and help those in need. With them being closed - for mo nth due to an older’ covid catching crowd Im sure they need help now.
That’s how it works is it not? Generations ago went when we needed them to - to guarantee our freedom’ (so they believed). We help NOW anyway we can.. even IF it’s just picking up your poppy. I’ll ge a poppy and try to educate & encourage awareness with my art & social media.. what can & what will you do… to help anyone, today?
Together, Tom & I create birdhouses which make fantastic gifts and ALL proceeds go to charity. This new house was a last minute decision- I love it ;) <>< I hope other fisher people do too! $40 for the custom painted & $15. for one of Toms colorful versions (which inspired me)!
Want one ?- call Tom: In Minden 705 286 4168 The Birdhouse guy. I decided once one set is done- it’s done - so if you see one you like- better call Tom before it’s gone. I won't be going back- new creations every batch.
I’m excited for the next, already painted in my mind.
I’ve been painting MUCH- but- it’s all Christmas related.. when is too soon - too soon? lol
Several editorial I..m excited to share.
As for theMonkey business in the USA - WOW! Fucked up.
Can you possibly ADD any FURTHER ANXIETY to your own country? The fact that it IS so close is mind blowing. Americans appear to enjoy learning lessons the hard way, obviously. Latinos for Trump - guess what- he hates you Latino’s 'in' America, if he could he's kick you all out.
Bunch of Primates. The Trump editorials are rampant - and I wait anxiously ?which do I post…
I can only imagine the stress levels when lives are in the balance.
NOW - HEAT WAVE in our T-shirts! Painting & pondering in the sunshine - Thank God.
Next- Good news from this election!
I have birds in my garden! Humming birds, bluejays - the grackles left! Yay! -about a month ago actually, I was happy they left, gluttons & bullies. I stopped feeding the birds after I saw the bear. I only put out peanuts when I hear the jays and black seed for the chickadees, nuthatch & niger seed (we bring the feeders in at night - we as in Norm) (lol) -which is getting hard to get and more expensive - as is all seed due to COVID.
Have you noticed prices rising? You will if you buy tuna. We have Eggs!
According to Norm: Good luck getting pressure treated wood, which puts us in a predicament when wanting to build a small deck to hold the sauna... third world problems, I know.
I do know... It's depressing, it's reality... the resaon they are eatting dogs in Korea is hunger. Africa too, due to the current locus pandemic' has predicted food shortages, which will be felt (as in hunger) very soon. I've been reading less because it can cause me to feel - helpless. Reading about continue avoidable deaths because people still refuse to wear masks, is depressing. Masks on toddlers - good luck.. back to school anxiety is going to be like NEVER before. I cried putting Storm on that bus, I can only imagine how moms will feel putting the kids on the bus now AND when they get off the bus - back into the family homes - some with grandparents. Homes of the near future might have instead of mud rooms - detox rooms. This on going 'covid consideration' is mentally & physically exhausing.
I was living covid style long before it was cool- hahaha! Norm laughed.
I now see trees instead of humans. Personally, it's been the best year in a long time - I thank God (really) as I have been praying exactly for this & world peace! So, yes, I still have hope.. I'll go do my part- at least I can make a few smile, if not feed the world... I'll cut myself some slack. ;) I'll continue to ask myself... is this a 3rd world problem I am dealing with?
No? Thank God, and get busy, solve it, stop bitching and be joyful , simply to BE!
At least in Canada we are not eating DOGs (better not be) & Trump is NOT our soon to be REMOVED president. Yay & Yay!!!
Time to create.
No birds in my garden - (I really miss bird), I think I will notice more this winter.. glad I have a pup arriving soon. I have seen a squirrel hide a nut or two in my plants pots! Thankfully - all is growing great.
Another classic 'couple' next, can you guess?
With THC & TLC
This view tho... My studio is tiny and I'm constantly changing it to make is as 'fucntional' as possible.. if I ever feel cramped or frustraited I Look up & Look out. Wow.
Especially right now, all the rain we've had - how glorious & green is the garden!
Norms busy on the roof- getting ready to put in our RED fireplace - I'm very excited, and the past few mornings have been chilly - wee.
Canada has approved Psilocybin research for 4 Canadians - cancer patients AMEN! ABOUT time - hurry up with the red tape and help more Canadians access this medicine - proven to assist with anxiety and depression. Here is the thing.. may ARE accessing it - NOW - illegally, because they know the potential and to put anyone in jail for this' - is a cannabis all over again. Read: How to change your Mind, watch the countless documentaries on Psilocybin & Micro dosing, Educate yourself on the topic - KNOW - don't judge.
Books too... around for decades. The time is NOW.
I attribute Psilocybin to finally helping me DEAL with he past instead f shoving it aside.. a life of depression which I understand NOW (completely out of my control) until older & wiser & learning how to acknowledge, embrace & accept my past is what is helping me heal.
Like it or not- I don't care.. don't read it. NOT just that BUT 2 really caring, helpful doctors who have always taken he time to listen and acknowledge & help.. the psilocybin were the finally push - I needed. Mushrooms have taught me I am LOVED. Ha. Go figure.
It was indeed a evening with Psilocybin when I drew 'my past' - on paper for my own eyes to see so - I could NO LONGER deny.
Mushrooms made me step back and acknowledge:
What the fuck!??
You are a child of god.. created to create!
I woke on Sunday and noticed a car at the gate, I called to Norm - Go see who's at the gate this early!! Apparently our son decided to visit (arriving late) and was sleeping in the porch! First I can't believe how tired I was - the dogs were barking - I assumed it was the weekly nightly bisit from a racoon, bear - soemthing that set the dogs off & I ignored it & went back to sleep. How nice to find out I was mistaken! YAY!!
The last time Storm was up we were digging holes to start the coop! This time he was meeting the extended family' - lol Chickens and goats! That was fun! Goats have a strong sence of smell- they smell everythng I offer before nibbling and often turn their nose up - if not pleased.. I think they can smell 'Storm is family' because they instantly took to him, let him pat them and were curious about him. Goats are social yet skittish and althogh we can pat them, we've not been able to pick them up & you need to - to cut nails, care for them properly if hurt.. Storm made it look easy. The chase funny, once he had them they rested in his arms & didnt even put up a fuss, it was really amusing!
Just like the chickens when you pick them up - they just sit there. It went really well & I have some fun photos - I've already started the next of Storm & Sativa on a wodden panel.
We went for a family HIKE! The girls LOVED IT, us too. It was a personal foray dream, the trails hardly disturbed & literally covered with mushrooms, you could not walk 3 feet without seeing one. I couldn't even take photos of all the mushrooms or it would have taken forever..
The mosquitos! OH MY - nasty little bloodsuckers,they LOVE me. If I stopped they attacked. Other than that is was a great hike, the dogs all dog tired, us too.
Rhubarb is the closest restaurant to us - we decided to have take-out & it too was fantastic!
What a perfect way to end Sunday & visit. Storm had to head back that night - it was a short but fun filled adventure.
Storm also treated me to a lovely lunch at Boshkong brewery & restaurant in Minden & we and caught up on a few things. Mom stuff, mostly. I am grateful he is so busy during these times, he is too. What a wonderful surprise visit. Time to paint- what a beautiful day in the highlands.
Time to paint myself/something happy! What better than our entertaining goats. We are utterly facinated with this pair. Sativa does not have utters, but I googled & goats have two - looking like a pair' hee hee - so I added them just for the fun factor. The agility of goats is no secret but to watch it daily - is fascinating! They jump and land as if jet propelled & land on a dime. I'll be hanging this one in the new 'goat barn'.. much smaller than the chicken coop - but more than comfortable, for goats to sleep.
I understand why goats like company - these two are alwasy together, they even play hide & seek and have me playing it now too. They love it- the moment they see me run arond the coop they follow and peek around the corner - I jump out and they run the other way- and turn back to look for me again. Who knew we'd have so much joy with chickens and goats. Thank God. Oh - they got loose! LOL - but they looked into the forest , at Daqisy and we chased them back & they ran back in the pen, I don't think they will take off. Still no roaming until they have on collars and come when called.
It's been a difficult week... trees down, TN, weather, local shooting and watching the USA - almost 1000 deaths today - 940 (I think I read) in one day. Arizona is storing refridgeration trucks for bodies and people still rebel against wearing a mask. :( No wonder Im beat, in bed before the chickens - the thunderstorm last night was enough to get all the rain barrels over flowing! A few friends seem to be feeling the same- I'll be glad when Covid is gone.
Yesterday, I was sent a gift from a someone on instagram ( a stranger really- we've never met) - sweets - Yay! A box of Pulparindo (!the last time I had it was in Mexico - I loved it) it's hot , spicy & sweet & a box of DeLaRosa Marzipan - which is not like traditional German marzipan. The kidness of 'strangers... Go figure. It was much appreciated.
It's Friday & I enjoy listening to "the Cannnnoooeee!" 100.9FM to unwind into the weekend. I keeop meaning to mention they have a Podcast as well that discusses many enviornmental issues in Haliburton & area- such as natural burials, tree loss, turtles many topics & ways to help or educate yourself. Have a listen. I know a few of my American friends have/do and enjoy it, the Canadian content is outstanding! Why all radio stations (in Canada) do not encourage or play this much Canadian music is a beyond me.
We gave away our first eggs! Yay! I'm making a chicken to put up by the gate and when I have extra eggs I'll tell my friend to pick them up on the way by! So far so good. It feels good to give - even if I did'nt lay them. hee hee 'Fresh laid Butt Nuggets'. (on PIN) It's a dream come true - to be here... to be neighbourly & help others around us, if we are able... I thank God for the timing & the journey.
Oh, the orange kitty was taken - Good, I'm glad. I'll be patient & wait for God to give us our next - adventure. I'm overwhelmed with happiness at our new family - dreams come true. The fact that they go to bed every night on their own.. wow.
I hope my goat painting made you smile. Indica & Sativa LOVED it! They told me so. ;)
With TLC & THC
Bear! On the wrong side of the fence. On this side.
I was chilling with the dogs who were all asleep around me, I glanced up to see a BIG BLACK BEAR looking right at me - in my front yard - not 30 feet from us & walking in my fucking direction! YEEEE!! I can't belive a bear that big & we did not hear it! None of us.
I JUMPED UP and started screaming like a demon: GET INSIDE! IN! IN! IN! Thank God, the girls listen to me and ran in behind me - then Daisy saw the bear & they all started barking & that bear kept coming!! I started screaming at it- "Get out of here!!" It turned & walked - slowly- down my driveway. Holy bear. I panicked. I had no idea I would respond as I did. The bear still standing on my drive way- I tried to call someone - fearing it might come back -I could not stop shaking. lol
Norm was not home, I called him but was not able to speak other than say 'Bear.. big bear.. '
My pal Jim - who lives close- not that close but my mind said close enough- I could'nt speak- all I was able to say between hyperventilating was BEAR.... BIG BEAR!! - He talked me thu it- calmly - "are your dogs in? Is everyone safe.. o.k. then.. you're safe.. " Then I cried. It was all very fast and furious. Darn, I wished I had gotten better photos of my first bear sighting IN MY YARD! Yeah, I am lucky that went as it did. I also called in my panick my neighbour - who was not home- apparently he was shooting at the bear the other day- I was told he must live in the area & looking for - not dogs to eat- but nuts. berries.. bird feeder stuff. I also tried to message a few- not quite susscssfully - IT WAS A LESSON- NEXT time I will be prepared. I WILL have someone on speed dial & know where the bear spray is.
Foghorn Leghorn is keeping the ladies safe, I did see them all scatter under the coop yesterday and realized a hawk was flying overhead! I already love this bird - he comes to the fence to crow at me - when I yell at him thru my dining room window. Henny & Penny are already use to Ginger trying to smell their butts and don't pay much attention. Poppy - little beast, put the chickens to a quit run - keeping them on their toes. Scruffy could care less, she likes to sleep in the chicken run. Daisy- NOPE- not getting close tot he chickens- yet. It's all about dog training now. Foghorn let us all sleep in today until 5:30 hee hee.. I went & had my 2 coffees & watched them eat an apple for breakfast. I find all I want to dois watch these birds! Last night I decided to paint my first Foghorn - it's easy to get a photo of him yelling! This one looked like he had a look of 'Awe' & I wondered if they have seen the stars, sicne they go to bed in the coop - how neat at about 6:30. If he did- he would look like this:
Starting a canvas cock later today! & I'm making chicken spray - for nice smelling & bug free birds. Next - a transgender' inspired painting.
with TLC & THC
Covid Surcharge - or tax... ? Phhhhhhbt!
If I visit a business & they charge me a 'covid surcharge' or tax I will turn around & leave without my purchase. Are you kidding me?
Business owners better think twice. Did I create this pandemic?
Am I responsible for making others sick or closing your business?? HELL NO.
I have been shopping (carefully with a mask) trying to support my community - take out from several places so everyone gets a bit.. yes WE are ALL in this together but if you think you are going to make me pay for 'it', guess again.
To chage people extra because YOU are a business owner, lets face it therefore you must be better off than MOST... if you own your own business.. am I wrong?
WHY punish your CUSTOMERS who ARE ALSO infact, struggling.
Nope. Don't do it!
Not only that.. actions will remember, long after covid is complete.
Will covid ever be complete? I WAS so proud of Canada until I saw photos for all the selfish
that decided it was a great day to hang out at a park in record numbers. I didn't see anyone over 50 in the photos.. perhaps the older are wiser. Probably just more afraid of dying.
Covid-19 $$$ - have you applied? It appears there is money for all. I did not apply, I am grateful to God for all I have and know others need it more than I do. I asked a friend tho if she's applied, I KNOW she needs the help as she is in a wheel chair. NO- the disabled are not being helped in covid times. NOT only that but she IS in a wheelchair (MUST be) and NOW, wheel trans says she can't bring anyone to help her get groceries!!! What a fucking joke - she is wearing a mask, has to ride an elevator, can't get around or stay away from others 6 feet, like most of us. YET, look at all those COVID IDIOTS in the park. I have NO doubts many applied - got money and DON'T NEED IT. She WHO NEEDS the help cant get fucking help!? already living below the poverty line. Now that YOU have read this please mention it to someone.. it needs attention - OR we are NOT 'in this all together.'
Finally, a friend I've know about 2 decades on social media only & become snail mail pals too, has had a battle with cancer like no other and she is a fucking warrior. Over the years I've watched this woman run marathons, LOVE her hubby -it made me jealous at times, work hard, support others who had cancer before she did, made gifts for many people including me, christmas ornaments.. she is so thought & kind a couple of years ago we decided to meet- I invited them to visit... Recently, she did not go to the hospital due to cover fears and now her cancer has reappeared - I can't even. :(
She's not doing well... so for all you - all over the world who want to hang out in a park because your bored and don't give a fuck for others safety - YOU are slapping my friend who IS fighting for her life in the face and I am not happy about it. FUCK COVID!!!
And all of you who are behaving selfishly in these times.. do you understand how karma works?
Stupid is as stupid does. ` Forest Gump
We can't even bury our dead with more than five people.
Pondering primates in mushroom cap caps are more intelligent that most of us.
Georgia... On My Mind.