Thursday, January 30, 2014
I decided to sign up for basic Human Physiology. I haven't done any Biology since high school so I'm sure most of it will seem new to me. I started Lesson 1 yesterday and was pleased that the video streamed well (our computer connection often doesn't stream properly) and I could open the text files.
Feels good. Last year, I did some accounting courses which were also fun.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
One package is an interesting tomato variety Ildi which produces large pendulous bunches of small yellow tomatoes. Another package is an heirloom tomato variety Super Marmande which is very popular in Europe. We shall see if the summer is hot and sunny enough for that to produce fruit here. Other seeds of interest are a melon cross- Galia F1 Hybrid (honey dew and cantaloupe), Basil lime, and leeks.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Friday, January 24, 2014
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
My husband and I have been doing Lumosity brain games since last summer, and finding the games really do perk up your brain. You have to pay a subscription fee but I think you get your money's worth. Lumosity is using data from the members' games to do research into cognitive function . The games are classified into 5 groups: memory, flexibility, speed , problem solving, and attention. Memory games focus on visual memory; flexibility games exercise task switching and vocabulary; speed games test reaction to visual cues; problem solving games are mostly mathematical computation; and attention games sharpen peripheral vision or keeping track of multiple moving objects. All the games have a sliding difficult scale so that as you master one level the game becomes more difficult. You get a score for each game and overall averages for the games. If you are competitive, you can compare your scores with the average of the other members. Both my husband and I have notice an improvement in our alertness and our brains just feel fitter. A good antidote to the short days of winter.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Different textures of lines.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Friday, January 10, 2014
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Today, the squirrels aren't around much and still none in the feeder. And the birds are still content.
I attached some smaller cut water bottles to the top of the suet feeder and I'll see how that goes. Last year, the squirrels would stick their little paws through the holes of the suet holder and scoop it out. It would be gone in no time. I'm not kidding myself that this is a lasting solution to the squirrel problem as they are such clever fellows, but for now I'm pleased to see the birds eating the seed.
Friday, January 3, 2014
In the soft, dark earth
The seed breathes, lets out a little sigh.
Damp and warm, it swells with hope
And stretches out a shoot.
Sun-unfurling arms welcome air and space
Inspiring and exhaling green.
Soon up blow little emerald balloons
Exploding, burst colour and fragrance.
Into the soft, dark earth
A seed nestles, lets out a little sigh.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
I always feel most Canadian when winter is well upon us , and it has got me thinking about some Canadian ways of speaking. For instance, you go down east, out west, up north and, simply, south.
Now, east usually means the Maritime provinces, west means the Prairies and British Columbia, north means anything north of the 401 highway that connects Montreal and Toronto (often ski country), and south usually means Cuba or Florida.
If you live in Ontario or Quebec, skating on The Canal means skating on the several kilometer long skateway in Ottawa (a great outing). Winterlude is a winter festival that takes place in Ottawa in early February that features ice sculptures and ice slides, and entertainment, and all kinds of other winter games and fun. Carnaval takes place in Quebec City and features Bonhomme Carnaval, a man dressed up as a big snowman. Again, lots of wintery amusements. Quebec City also has an ice hotel where you can actually sleep and eat in a giant ice building - be sure to wear your woolies.
Some Canadian vocabulary:
tuque: necessary knitted woolen cap aka ski hat
double-double: coffee with two cream and two sugar, usually at Tim Horton's, our ubiqitous
poutine: particularly in Quebec - French fries( I guess that's another Canadianism. It means deep-fried potato sticks) with gravy and cheese curds. Are cheese curds also primarily a Canadian thing? Not sure. Anyway, hot poutine is very yummy, if not very healthy.
two-four: a case of 24 beer
loonie: one dollar coin that has a loon on it.
twoonie: two dollar coin that has a polar bear on it. Should be a beary, but that doesn't go very
well with loonie. Nobody ever calls them one or two dollar coins.
toboggan: a wooden sled that is several narrow boards joined together and curved up at the front.
No runners. When well waxed, it can take you for a very wild ride down a hill.
I really like having two very distinct seasons (snowy, snowless) because it's almost like living in two different countries depending on the time of year.