Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Monday, January 18, 2021
First, Phod would like to report mistreatment because he has had to have some cone time over the past few days. Seems his ears are bugging him and he won't stop scratching them (which is making them worse). So for periods of the day he is having cone time.
Second, we thought we would give a little Covid update. We live in the province of Quebec. The numbers here are not good. We are in a lockdown. This means only essential businesses (gas, pharmacy, food) will allow you in the store. Other businesses can do curbside pick up. Everything but gas and pharmacy have to be closed by 7:30. It is now illegal to be outside your house (with some exceptions) from 8pm to 5 am. You are allowed to take your dog for a walk, but not your husband pretending to be a dog (click HERE if you haven't heard this story). The children are still going to school.
Now I, the Lady, work in our neighbouring province Ontario. They have no curfew, but non-essential businesses are only doing curbside pick up as well. The kids are all doing online learning (no going to school). In March of 2020 when we had the first lockdown, my work was not deemed essential. However, it has since been made essential, so she can see her clients. While part of Lady would like to have a vacation, it is in the best interest of her clients to continue to access services. Autism treatment is really healthcare. So approximately 2 days a week I go and see people (I am doing a combination of telehealth and in person).
As for the vaccine, the roll out is going slow here in Canada. The belle province of Quebec is giving the 2 doses 90 days apart (which goes against all the science and has me frustrated). I expect I will have access to it maybe by the summer. I suspect the Man, given that he can work from home forever, will be one of the last people eligible. We will both go when it is our turn.
It occurred to me this morning that the worldwide deaths of about 2 million so far, would be like 2 of Ottawa (our nearest city) disappearing. It made me sad. Stay safe and healthy dear friends!
Friday, January 15, 2021
Thanks to Rosy for hosting Nature Friday.
In the summer our lake looks like this:
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Today I am thankful for birthday presents, even if Phod did not just let me have all the things.
See two crazy birds arrives and I really wanted the puffin but
Phod gabbed it.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
There has been a lot going on in the world, including a new lockdown for us. Our peeps can only leave the house between 8pm and 5am for an emergency, work, or to take us out. So I think I will just nap and get ready for my big day tomorrow!
Monday, January 11, 2021
Now that the snow has returned the peeps have decided that sometimes I can be on my tie out, not attached to anything and wander in the yard, under their very close supervision. The reason they are allowing this is because the snow makes it harder for me to run too fast and the tie out has knots and gets easily caught if I get into the bush. It is not ideal as it does slow me down and is hard to drag around. But it does give me more freedom than when I have to be attached to a person.
Overall, I give this way of spending lunch a B!
Now, if I can just figure out how to convince them to let me in the bush more!
Friday, January 8, 2021
Thanks to Rosy for hosting this hop!
If you don't follow KB Bear's blog, I highly recommend it for the dogs of course, but for her amazing wildlife pictures. It was this blog that inspired me to get our trail cam. KB has shared some amazing cat pictures and videos, Bob Cats and Mountain Lions (which are one of my very favourite animals in the world).
Not to be left out, we are going to share the cats our trail cam captured recently.
Our cats are not nearly as amazing, but they have been very helpful. When we first moved here, there were not many outdoor cats around, but in the last year, the numbers have grown. We think someone from a few streets over may have 'dumped' some here and the neighbour up the road keeps her garage door partly open for all of them. The byproduct of this for us has been a significant decrease in mice in the house. So far we have not had a mouse since October (we had 4 then - our record is 32 known mice removed from the house).
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Today I am thankful for our dear friend Aunt K, who is one of the most thoughtful gift givers I know. This year she gave me some cool new dog related things.
First up is the daily calendar. I am going to get a dog lesson every day!
Next is this lovely book. I have started reading it and it has some very inspirational stories.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Last week we shared this picture on the trail cam:
People asked what that 'sword of light' was. That is snow falling in front of a flash!
We were also asked about the most interesting animal we have caught on the camera. So far we have pictures of us, birds, cats and deer. We have not captured any other wildlife around here. We could see fox, porcupines, raccoons, skunks, ground hogs, coyotes and wolves (although we rarely see their tracks so close to the house). There have also been bear and moose spotted around us, but we haven't seen signs of either. Talking ti the neighbour on New Year's Day, he confirmed seeing a wolf not far from our house. We will have to be caredul on our walks.
The camera is currently sitting in the house. Lady is going to take it out with her when she goes snowshoeing soon, so she can see the deer tracks and set it up accordingly. Who knows what we may capture next!
Now here is a new picture of Phod - taken after the second big snowfall of the year and the first in winter (all the snow melted with all the rain and warm temperatures on Christmas).
Monday, January 4, 2021
I have a slightly embarrassing story to tell. On New Year's Day, the peeps stepped out without me for a bit. While they were out, I got really sick. I will spare you the details but imagine a lot of sick looking poop. Phod was sure we were going to be in trouble and tried to hide. When Lady and Man returned they assured us that no one was in trouble and Lady dutifully cleaned the floors.
For about the next 24 hours my tummy was not ok. I had a lot of poop (if you can call it that). At first, and through the night I had to go every 2-3 hours, but as daylight came I got up to every 4 or 5.
It is a good thing I will pretty much eat anything because all I got to eat was rice.