Wednesday, March 21, 2012
But, things to do, places to go. Bustled around, got ready to take little Youbou to the vet’s for his acupuncture treatment. Yesterday’s session was short and sweet. He only needed a few needle placements. His right leg, which was once just lifeless, he dragged it around .. had progressed to the point where he was kicking like a bucking horse, it was so strong .. he did this when the vet attempted to place a needle at a specific point in his foot. These needles are so very fine, he doesn’t feel them at all.
So now our next appointment isn’t for 6 weeks. When he does have a relapse .. due to his feeling so good that he tends to run around quite a bit and he is limping a bit .. then I just massage his little back and leg and he’s much better.
We set off in the early morning .. sun was shining on our return home.
I was deciding where to start with the outside work. But, during my second cup of Yorkshire Tea .. the rains commenced.
The skies were grey .. the pounding rains kept up all day. I heard that there was snow and hail .. but couldn’t see any here, by Swan Lake.
I actually like rainy days and love the feeling of being in our nice warm home. Pots of tea. Kitty kats curled up, sleeping in their beds.
So, I started the arduous task of deciphering my hastily scribbled notes from the recent, intensive … Master Gardening Course (Gaia College, through Royal Roads). What a life changer those classes were.
As I busily typed away, I was once again back there in the classroom, totally focused on the wealth of information that was being given to us. I remembered the dark and rainy evenings, driving out to Langford. I’m not a good night driver and the roads were very dark, it was a challenge to drive slowly on those nights. But I wasn’t going to let a pouring rain stop me from attending those classes.
Names kept popping up, as references given throughout the course. Names like Forester & Environmentalist Ralph Zingaor - who used a potassium-phosphite fertilizer (which has been around for decades) to stall or reverse the symptoms of Sudden Oak Death (Phytophthora ramorum ) on trees in California. And he was not allowed to use this fertilizer and had to have it labelled as a pesticide in order to use it!! Does that make sense? no.
Here’s another one: Phil Callahan – who was the first person ever to connect the insect’s antennae frequency to plant infrared spectrum… amongst many other important discoveries: http://www.whale.to/b/callahan.htmlSo
So very much information to discover, it’s quite breathtaking.
I didn’t take pictures yesterday, there just wasn’t the opportunity, so I decided to post some pics taken a year ago. When I wandered around Beacon Hill Park .. and some eagle pics from Swan Lake.
Went shopping .. picked up some ready-made spinach/ricotta cheese lasagna roll-ups .. quite tasty and I plan to make a large batch of these. They look to be quite easy .. so I can then freeze them in meal size portions.
I got over my disappointment of not “meeting and greeting” the actor who plays “Ken” on Coronation Street. That’s life and this is a new day. But, having sat in the front row during the whole show and listening to his amusing anecdotes, DH & I enjoyed a few chuckles while watching yesterday’s show.
We viewed the little guy who plays “Simon” in a new light .. he truly is a little chatterbox and quite a smart little person in real life. “Ken” noted that he is a brilliant little actor and we totally agree with that. His facial mannerisms are spot on and he always has that mischievous glint in his eye. A sweetie, for sure.
Well… the weather today looks promising, but I can see those little grey clouds here and there!
Time to get on with this most lovely new day, I say, I say, I say! – to quote “Fred Elliott” .. a former character on CS. He’d often repeat his words and that was fun.