Friday, March 27, 2020

Nature Friday - Our Favourite Neigbhour

At least nature doesn't have to social distance!

Thanks to Rosy and the Boyz for hosting Nature Friday! We are so enjoying seeing spring in other people's parts of the world.

This is a reminder that there is still time to enter our When will the snow be gone contest.
Details can be found HERE.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Thankful Thursday - Thanks Big Guy

Lady's bratty behaviour has been rewarded.
Her dad (aka the Big Guy) said in a group text that the books he ordered for our human cousins were to be delivered that day. The Lady said that there were no presents coming to her. Aunt C pointed out the presents weren't for her, they were for the kids. The Lady said, then Lee and Phod should be getting a package.

3 days later a parcel from Amazon arrived.

We were very excited to find 3 new toys in it.

Thanks Big Guy - Now we have new toys to rip up so Lady has more to clean to help fill her time!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Check In

Hi pals,

Like everyone else in the world, Canada is dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak. It is a scary time for many people. There is so much uncertainty. We thought we should take the time to write what is up with us.

First, we are fine and healthy. The Man works for the Federal Government making sure people get paid the government retirement pension. So from Monday-Friday, he is working on the couch. 
The Lady works in human services with individuals with autism. She is now unemployed. She has a little bit of work to do that she has been dragging out forever to keep her busy and help her transition. Given that close contact is needed to deliver therapy, it is not safe for her teams to continue at this time. Financially our peeps will be fine. They can live on the Man's pay. Lady will qualify for a special Emergency Fund Benefit in April, so that will help. They also have an emergency fund and other savings if times get tough. Things will be tight, but they know they are better off than many. 

In Canada, in the past week or so we have really gone into isolation. Basically all non-essential services (think grocery stores, pharmacies and liquor stores as essential) are closed. So only take out restaurants, no bars, clubs, casinos, pools, community centres, schools, residences, day cares, libraries etc. etc. Everyone who can work at home (including our Prime Minister who is in quarantine as his wife has COVID) are. Lady says the benefit to everything being closed is there is no place to spend the money they don't have.

Lady estimates this will be our life for at least the next 2-3 months. The Man is our designated errand runner as being at home is harder for him than Lady. Lady said they are suggesting one person in the family be the one to go out to reduce contact.

In many ways, Lady is living her best life now. She has actually noted a huge decrease in her stress. She drinks less and swears less. Yes, our Lady has realized for her, her job is more stressful than a global pandemic . . . .This has her thinking that she needs to use some of this time to figure out how to reduce the stress in her normal life, because normal life is coming back eventually. Her biggest concern is her vanity. Lady would be completely grey if she didn't get her hair done every 6 weeks. She is going to have some terrible roots when this is over (and then she might just continue to isolate herself until she can get into her hair stylist!)

Lady is also very good at amusing herself. She is doing more exercise (she is complaining a little about how she hurts), she is walking us at least 2 times a day (don't worry, we live very remotely, we rarely see anyone and if we were to, it would be very easy to social distance, we could cross the road), she is reading lots, she is working on a puzzle, she has a huge list of cleaning/organizing projects to start once the last of her work is done. What is really exciting, is she is keeping up with all of you more! She is really enjoying having time to sit and enjoy your blogs.

As for us, we are liking having the peeps home all the time. The first few days Phod was clearly creeped out by it all. Lady could tell he was stressed. But now we are in the new routine. The only problem is sometimes, it is hard for Phod to know which person to be monitoring.

So that is how we are doing here. We don't want to make this another source of COVID news, but we thought we should just do one check in now, and perhaps some little updates as time goes by. It is a huge life altering event, and we can't ignore it all.

Stay health and sane friends!

Be kind to each other!

Together (yet apart), we've got this!

Monday, March 23, 2020

Mischief Monday - A Dramatic Recreation

Please forgive the Lady's art skills, she has some extra time on her hands. 

Setting: A day from a couple weeks ago. We know it was that long because the peeps still left the house for work. 

Weather: It was really windy.

What happened: The top of a dead tree in our front yard blew off.

Phod by the front door, looking at the broken tree

Yep, they were so scared they had to pee by the pinball machine

Thank you to all who have entered our when will the snow be gone contest. If you want to enter, you still have time.  Visit our post HERE.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Nature Friday - A Contest - When Will The Snow Be Gone?

Welcome Spring and Welcome to our Annual, "When Will The Snow Be Gone?" Contest

The rules:
  • In the comments or via email (leeandphodATbellDOTnet), by March 30th at 11:59 pm, guess what day the snow will be gone from our yard. 
  • Dates can be between April 1, 2020 and June 20th, 2020.
  • One entry per blog/person.
  • Dates will be claimed on a first come bases. If your date has been taken, you can pick another date. We want everyone to be able to play!
  • A prize will be mailed to the winner (when it is safe for us to go and mail things!)
Who wins?
  • The pal with the date closest to date the last of the snow goes, without going past!
How we are defining snow gone:
  • No snow in the grass or driveway or deck part of our yard. 
  • Snow can still be bush/between trees. It is too depressing to use that as a measure! 

Want some hints:
  • We had less snow this year than previous years.
  • It has been very mild and melting has begun the past few weeks. 
  • We still have snow in the forecast.
  • You can go back through previous spring posts to see when the snow left! (Hint: May!)
In Celcius 

How will you know the progress:
  • Lady will check the yard daily! (She already does). 
  • We will post at least once a week to show you, with pictures how it is going.

Let's get started! 

This is our yard as of about 5:30 last evening, when we went for our walk to check the mail (we live in the country we only see about a dozen people from afar a year, so we are safe!)

The back deck

Looking toward the neighbours at the compost bin - yep we composted all winter

The front yard

Phod we said we weren't counting snow between trees

Coming up the driveway

Looking at the backyard

Please enter and let's all join in wishing the snow a speedy melt so we have yard to play in during social distancing!
Leave a comment or email us! 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Trouble on a Thursday

Dear pals,

The other day my Man threw my disc. I ran to the spot it was. I did my usual snow angels. Then the disc disappeared.

I searched, 

and searched,

and searched,

and searched, while my people called me and were laughing and laughing, 

but I just couldn't find it. 

I didn't want to give up and leave poor disc alone in the cold. 

After this last picture was taken, I did go up to the Man,

and he was holding my disc. I have no idea how he got it. It must be a very magical disc!