I feel the need to record another minor milestone. The first snow appeared this morning on the mountains in front of us. Although we are sitting at temperatures of about 10C during the day, November and February are traditionally the coldest months here. One winter there was only snow on the mountains for a couple of weeks. It looks like that will not be the case this year.
An Arbutus tree came down on our upper property by the water tanks, so E bucked it up and we dropped it off the cliff this morning. Eighteen rounds of beautiful arbutus are now at the wood splitter. We have our eye on a couple of other trees which will be murdered in the next week or two but there are heavy rains predicted for the next few days so tree chopping will to have to wait until next week.
I have set aside the books my friend left me because Louise Penny has not one, but two, new books out, and I was able to get a hold of one of them, The Madness of Crowds. Everything else takes one step back in this house when I get a chance to spend some time with Inspector Gamache. Excellent timing for rain.
I will have my last newsletter finished this weekend. Then the quilting can commence! Between you and me, I will be glad to be done with the newsletter. My heart really isn’t into it any more.
I have unlinked the blog from my Instagram and Facebook accounts and deleted everyone else but my family off my Facebook account. I still might need to share pretty pictures of my granddaughter with them. Don’t be offended if I “unfriended” you, everyone is gone. The blog will be the only way to reach me or, of course, through my email or text. As you can see, the lunacy of the last six weeks has made me adjust my world. The blog, once I get it behind the subscriber wall in the new year, will finally be the place I thought it was, where I can connect with friends and write what I want without judgment. Don’t get me wrong, it will still be all about the nature channel and our life off-grid, hopefully with tons of pictures of whales and herring spawn. I am not going to suddenly start spouting political crap non-stop here, but the idea that someone would tell me that I had to delete what I wrote “or else”…. has forced me to put the blog behind a subscriber wall and I appreciate those of you who continue to follow along with me.
A nice big group of sea lions floated past the deck this morning while I was making our weekly bread. When I went out to take a picture, I realized that it was the first time this winter I could hear sea lions barking on the log booms around the corner. I really do hope, for all of our sakes, that the nature channel goes crazy with photo opportunities very soon!
It was a day with a little bit of work outside, a little bit of Louise Penny intrigue, a piece of bread fresh out of the oven along with a bowl of homemade Mulligatawny soup for dinner. I am happy to step away from my island commitments and narrow my focus on our property, our family and the journal of our life here, as long as I have my best guy by my side.
World Cup qualifying soccer is on tonight, Canucks hockey will follow later. E is happy. The wine is poured and
I am happy