Friday, April 3, 2020

Another Indoor Plant in Bloom!

Glad to see another indoor plant is flowering...

Not sure what it's called... But I've had it for a long time - ever since we lived in Toronto...

It doesn't require much care. It sits near a window - in indirect sunlight.

I water it once a week. Otherwise, I leave it alone... So I'm always happy to see it bloom.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

I Wonder...

The 40 days of Lent will soon be coming to an end - on Easter Sunday, April 12.

The word 'Lent' doesn't originate with the French word  lente (meaning slow) - but I've heard some people say their lives do slow down during Lent.

This year, for us, life has really slowed down as we practice self isolation and social distancing.

We no longer walk in the mall for fun... (Actually, the mall is closed.) No dinners with our children... We only talk to neighbors from a distance...

I thought of Lent - with its association to the French word for slow - as Terry and I walked down a street that would normally be bustling - if restaurants and cafes were all open. Very few people or vehicles are on the street.

I wonder...


As I notice a few families out walking together on the quiet streets, I wonder:

Will children look back and remember this time fondly because they got to spend more time with their parents? Will families, spending more time together, grow closer?




I wonder...

I haven't heard many people talking about praying for a quick end to this COVID-19 pandemic...

I know some are praying.

I've been thinking about the words of this ancient call to prayer for healing of a land.

I've also been praying that this time of isolation and distancing will end quickly.

Here's the call to prayer. To me, it sounds like a promise...

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

I think we all have to continue to avoid spreading this virus - by physical distancing and taking necessary precautions, like washing our hands, avoiding touching our face... But let's not forget to pray for a miracle!

Terry tells me I'm an impatient person... I admit I am!

I want to see my children and grandchildren soon. I want life to return to normal! I know I'm not alone in this - which is why I'm praying for a miracle!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Enjoying the Rideau Falls

There are days, I need to get out of the house...

One such day recently, Terry and I headed to Rideau Falls to walk around...











The falls were stunning...










Some ice still clung to the cliffs in shady spots...











The nearby government buildings were beautiful...











Others had come to see the falls - but everyone respected the need to distance themselves physically from others.










Passing a few meters away, one lady turned to me and smiled: Isn't this just the most wonderful day?!










Cool perhaps - but there was fresh air and sunshine...

Yes - yes, it was!

The power of a smile and a positive thought!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Raking Around the Snow

There is still a lot of ice and snow around...

But I've started raking the flower beds - wherever the snow has melted, anyway...

Pine trees shed a lot over the winter months. I'm trying to remove as many pine cones, small branches, pine needles as possible.






Once my perennials start to emerge, it's too late. Then I risk damaging the leaves and the flowers.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Back to Quilting

Staying indoors a lot these days, I spend my time doing a little of this and a little of that...

And one of those little bits of time is spent quilting again.

I'm working on this unfinished quilt made of scraps of shirt material.

Not sure what to do next. I have no pattern. No overriding vision.

Maybe I'll quilt this part - then add a border around the whole thing to make it larger...

(Hopefully I'll like it in the end!)

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Sunday Day Trip - From Cardinal to Prescott

The plan was to head for the St. Lawrence River...

... where we would relax and take in the view...

So we drove an hour south to the St. Lawrence River, then west along the river to Cardinal, Ontario...

We drove around, stopping so that I could take pictures of two old churches that I like...







Both have white and red brick designs...












As we drove around the village, we even saw a yard train drive past.











(I didn't realize the downtown railroad tracks were still in use...)

It chugged along slowly...

After it disappeared from sight, we continued west on highway 2, heading towards Brockville...





At Prescott we stopped to explore a waterfront park we had never visited. It was really lovely!










Play structures for children...











An outdoor amphitheater  and stage for summer plays...











Let's leave a Brockville visit for another day, we decided . After all, the day was chilly...











One last look at Prescott's lovely downtown park before heading north to Ottawa again!

So glad we went!

Day trips offer so many gems to discover - not that far from home!





Saturday, March 28, 2020

Sunday Day Trip: Ottawa to Cardinal

Last Sunday, Terry and I went for a drive in the country for a change of scene...

We drove past farms - and saw evidence that snow was slowly melting...










We stopped at Vernon, to take pictures of this old country churchyard...











The farther south we drove, the less snow we saw...

Is it warmer here than Ottawa? I asked Terry.

They didn't get as much snow here as we did, he replied...





When we reached the St. Lawrence River, we turned west towards Cardinal...

I always find this rocky channel so interesting...

I keep meaning to read up on the history of Cardinal... Was this an early canal that pre-dated the St. Lawrence Seaway...?




The ladders going down to the canal left me wondering if people used to moor their private boats here...










Not far away, we saw a few people on the ice...

Holes had been drilled...

Were they ice-fishing...? Or cutting up the ice to make the canal passable?

Whatever they were doing, it looked dangerous to me!