Monday, 27 March 2017

Memo, Mail & Me: It's Monday March 27th


A big Monday wave to all & linking in with our hostess, Sian at:  From High In The Sky


A rather stressful week in & around the world.  The senseless rampage in London England is beyond explanation.  So sad.  Four precious lives lost, many hurt, thousands affected.  But as a society we get up, we grieve, we try to understand, we help, we move on with promises of making each day, each life,  count.


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The new season of Formula One (F1) has begun - it was nice to see so many positive changes that will allow  for more racing intrigue.  F1 stats say that often whoever wins the first race of the season in Melbourne Australia, wins the driver's championship.  So Sebastian Vettel you are off to a good start.  The prancing pony of Ferrari dances tonight.

 
In the mail front, The Universe delivered some very special messages for me.




Look who has come to visit me in my garden; Charlie, the squirrel & Chippy, the chipmunk.  Welcome back to the patio, I promise the snow & cold will be gone soon!




On the fun front, we saw three movies this week; Collateral Beauty, Sing & Passengers.  I liked all 3.  Collateral Beauty had an interesting story line & it wasn't hard to know the plot about 10 minutes in.  Mr Man did not like this one.  Sing is all animation & it was very light, easy & fun.  Passengers was not what I thought it was going to be, so a pleasant surprise, not too spacey or sci-fi - ish.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week.   

"Today I choose life, Every morning when I wake up, I can choose, joy, happiness ... to feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes, and choices - today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity, but embrace it." Kevyn Aucoin


Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices - today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it. Kevyn Aucoin
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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Take Three Thursday

If an effort to notice more in my life, I have decided to share what I have noticed this week in Take Three Thursday.  The idea is to take 3 photos that are linked some how; by theme, by colour, by date, by moment,  by points of view. There is no formal link in but please feel free to join in.  What have you noticed this week?
Last week Maggie joined it & you can see what she has noticed this week at:  Farmers Wife Day By Day.   This week Helena has also joined in: Helenascreativemaven

This week what I am noticing, is a number of neighbours tapping their very large & very old maple trees.  In our region most of the maple syrup is produced north west of us & mostly in the Mennonite, old order communities.  They then sell by the road side.  The first weekend in April is the region's Maple Syrup Festival, an all day Saturday event.  The entire town of Elmira closes down the main streets to make the vendors of crafts & wares much more accessible.  The fun starts at 7:00am with a pancake breakfast & pancake flipping contest.  There are horse drawn wagon rides out into the bush to see first hand the stages of tapping the trees to boiling down the sap to make syrup. 

My three photos today are of are the local neighbours' tapping buckets.

























Some fun maple syrup facts:

Eighty percent of the world's maple syrup comes from Canada; two-thirds of that world syrup is produced in our La Belle Province of Quebec!   Maple Syrup is not the same as pancake syrup, which is usually made from corn syrup!

There are three of 13 species of maple tress, native to Canada that are best for syrup;  Sugar Maples are the most commonly tapped, but Red Maples & Black Maples are also good candidates.  A maple tree needs to be at least 35-40 years old before it is big enough to tap.  It takes about 40 gallons (182 Litres) of sap to make one gallon (4.555 litres) of syrup.

Most sap harvesting is done with suction pumps,  rather than the old way of gravity, spikes & buckets.  Tubes & suction pumps are much more efficient for the syrup farms.  The sap runs best when the nights are cold & the days are warm

Some of the first written accounts of tapping the trees comes from Marc Lescarbot, a writer (& lawyer) in 1606 where he describes the first nation people collecting maple water & distilling it to make syrup.

St Jacobs, ON (another predominately Mennonite community) has a Maple Syrup Museum.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Memo, Mail & Me: It's Monday March 20th

A big Monday wave along with well wishes for our recovering hostess Sian.  Linking in at:  From High In The Sky 

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I  would like to give a big welcome shout out to Spring, who arrived in this part of the world this morning at 6:29am.  Welcome back, I have missed you & hope you can stick around for a long visit.


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Mostly what I have been dealing with on the memo & mail front is resumes (CVs) for the clinic I work at.  One of 3 students leaves at the end of this month as she has graduated & has secured a full time job at Google Canada. It sounds like a fabulous job (please take me with you ...)

We received many online applicants, so reading through these online resumes (CVs) has been consuming all of my time.  It's quite eye tiring to read on line.  I only print out those that I am actually interviewing. 

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 I have, in person, interviewed 3, telephone chatted with 3 & so far the only one that ticked 9/10 boxes decided she doesn't want part time.  Boo - she would have been perfect. My second choice said she did not think she was ready to take on such a job.   One applicant & I had an appointment set but she never showed up or called. SOOOO rude & unprofessional.  So I start again today interviewing 3 more possible candidates.  I have to pick one by Tuesday so they can start on Wednesday or Thursday of this week  for their first of 3 training sessions & be up & ready for their shift by April 4th.  

What has baffled me most is the spelling errors - "hello spell check" & inconsistent information they share, much of what they give as address & contact info is one way on the covering letter & something totally different on the resume (CV).  I would also find that not too many actually took the time to read the posting we offered. It clearly states casual part time & yet so many were taken aback when I spoke with them.  I think many applicants are only sending to fulfill their EI (employment insurance) requirements.

I will go through this again in August, when student 2 of 3 returns to school - she's going to be a para-medic.  For me, this was suppose to be only a casual temporary fill in for a previous employee but it certainly feels like I have put roots down & I am not sure how I feel about that.  But I will say no more for now.
 
The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also. Harriet Ann Jacobs
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" The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumed her loveliness, the human soul was apt to revive also."  ... Harriet Anne Jacobs

 

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Take Three Thursday

If an effort to notice more in my life, I have decided to share what I have noticed this week in Take Three Thursday.  The idea is to take 3 photos that are linked some how; by theme, by colour, by date, by moment,  by points of view. There is no formal link in but please feel free to join in.  What three have you noticed this week?

Last week Maggie joined it & you can see what she has noticed this week at:  Farmers Wife Day By Day

Late last week I noticed,  because it has been so infrequent this winter,  the intensity & brightness of a winter's day.  The sky seemed higher & brighter than I have seen in weeks.  


























Blue Skies Smiling At Me, Nothing But Blue Skies Do I See
     ... Irving Berlin

 

Monday, 13 March 2017

Memo, Mail & Me It's Monday March 13th

A gracious good morning to you & our hostess, Sian & linking in here:  From High In The Sky

Not a lot of anything new. Very sparse on all fronts.


In the receiving mail department; you show one bit of interest & ask one or two questions & suddenly you are on their mailing lists.  This is from a local "college" for learning to become a nutritional advisor.  Interesting, but not for me.  


Another interesting piece of mail was this flyer, asking me this: (I have yet to answer & oh such a glossy cover.)



And what a beautiful full moon this morning.  We are awaiting the arrival of a snow storm scheduled to arrive mid morning & it may bring with it anywhere from 10-30cm (4-12") of snow. 





Wishing everyone a wonderful week ahead.



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Thursday, 9 March 2017

Take Three Thursday

If an effort to notice more in my life, I have decided to share what I have noticed this week in Take Three Thursday.  The idea is to take 3 photos that are linked some how; by theme, by colour, by date, by moment,  by points of view. There is no formal link in but please feel free to join in.  What three have you noticed this week?


Last week Maggie joined in  & you can view her finds here: Farmers Wife Day By Day  
March can be such a dull month around here.  For me March & November share that dreary weather & look which makes it so hard to find good outdoor lighting. 

This week my threesome are seeds from last Autumn's production, still hanging on to the leafless trees, just ready to release to start a new.

The Seeds Of Potential




Happiness Held Is The Seed.  Happiness Shared Is The Flower.     ... John Harrigan

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

The Last WPSH Items

Here are the last I needed for the Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt.  Linking in with Eileen at:  WPSH

8. Seasonal Treat: this was for Valentine's Day, very yummy.  The tin foil wrap was what Sooty Paws was interested in.  Like dogs, chocolate is not good for kitties.



12. Market or Market Stall: On a new road discovery.  This lady is part of our community F/B; she sells freshly baked loaves & breads along with the sale of her free range eggs. Her banana bread is legendary, although I have not tried.
 
13. Cogs/Gears:  One of our clinic patients owns this repair garage & when I told him I needed a photo of gears or cogs, he invited me to drive out to his business & take a photo of his sign ... Tim & Amanda.



18. Tools: some of Mr Man's many tools.



21. Hygge:  At home with my kitties is one of the best places to be & during the winter add in the fireplace & I am quite content. What you do not see is my mug of hot tea & book.  Oh bliss.




Alt B: A Shadow:  This photo was taken after Ground Hog Day.




Another great list to work with.  Thank you Eileen for once organizing.  Now we wait for the SPSH.  Excitment!