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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary > Tuesday 4th May.
« on: Yesterday at 13:09 »
Lovely that you had such close encounters with nature Diana. Sounds really enviable.
Well done with all the clearing and recycling, great job. Your new office will be very posh I am sure.

Thank you, MH, I have more to do in the office, but I figure if I take one step at a time it will get done.  Problem now is our lockdown, I want to call Habitat for Humanity to pick up the unwanted furniture and rug (I bought a lovely IKEA rug, Pennsylvania Dutch design with a black background, about 6 years ago - It’s just a magnet for dog hairs), but as we are in lockdown, doubt if they are doing this.
Had a close encounter with nature this a.m., took dog out, he was leashed, long, he was having a very intense sniff around one area of yard, I wandered over and could see a large calling card of some critter - most likely a raccoon, too large for anything else.  Ick.  I left the plastic marker for OH to pick up later 😁.  Not the encounter with nature I enjoy!

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary > Tuesday 4th May.
« on: Yesterday at 00:56 »
Roobarb, groundhogs are about the size of a cat but more rounded.  This one was small, I am guessing a year old?  Beavers are a bit bigger and have that flat tail they can hit on the water.  The groundhog tail is not very long or flat.  The park is wonderful, am not sure if the Parks department relocates skunks.  There must be rabbits there, too, haven’t seen any recently, just a large one in the backyard the other day.
The Groundhog Day observance was brought to NA with German settlers, but don’t know what creature they had in mind, none in Germany.  Just looked it up - badgers.
Yes, every penny spent on that silly dog has been worth it, I was just kidding, but I do think vets overcharge!

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary > Tuesday 4th May.
« on: Wednesday 05 May 21 22:10 BST (UK)  »
I cleaned my microwave this morning too!  I also emptied the cutlery and kitchen gadget drawers and cleaned them along with the plastic liners.  Did a laundry and dishwasher load, stopped short at giving the dog a bath.  He has to have one soon, will be going to vet for his annual money grab, oops, I mean check-up!  I wonder how much we have spent on this little beast, a small fortune. 
Yesterday I cleaned out a bunch of genealogy mags, all British, earliest about 1997, latest 2018. There are about 130 in all, and I have kept another dozen or so to read again.  I offered them to a family history friend, her roots are entirely English - she said yes, but she doesn’t know how many I actually have.  We are going to phone chat tomorrow, so I will let her know.
Have also been cleaning up in my office.  I plan to buy a new computer desk and get rid of a lot of stuff.  It must be spring, cause I hate cleaning and sorting! 
The weather here is coolish, about 9 today.  We finally got some rain they had been forecasting for a few days.  Says it will not go much above 16 or so for the next two weeks.  Good.
Went for a walk in the park a couple of hours ago, OH went on his merry way, walks faster than I do (long legs) and I had my hiking sticks.  I headed back to the car on a man-made path, saw two geese a few yards away, drinking from a large puddle, 6 goslings with them!  They blended in with the water and were dirty but still very cute in their clumsiness.  The parents didn’t seem to mind me, but honked and chased off another goose.
I then went up the slope where they have planted yet-to-bloom flowers and there are a couple of benches so I sat down and saw a couple of chipmunks running around, then a grey squirrel came up to me at the end of the bench and I thought for sure he was going to jump up and sit next to me.  I talked to him and he stayed for quite a while.  Then a groundhog came along, got very close to my feet and sniffed my hiking sticks. Looked like a young one. Wish I had my phone with me, but if I’d tried to take a picture they prob have run off.  They are usually very shy.
We are still in lockdown.  Next big excitement is grocery pick up on Friday.

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The Common Room / Re: Baptism of older person
« on: Sunday 02 May 21 00:59 BST (UK)  »
My Quaker ancestor was baptized in the C of E church the same day she married her husband, my other ancestor.  They married in the parish church.  This was in Hornby, Lancashire, don’t have the date at hand, but ca mid -1760s.  She was a young adult.

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary > Tuesday 27th April
« on: Friday 30 April 21 00:47 BST (UK)  »
We don’t really do anything connected to Victoria on Victoria Day, sometimes someone in the media will talk about her.  It’s really just a day off for everyone and considered the start of summer and of planting safely.
Good news here today, vaccinations will be opened up to all adults in Ontario within four weeks, my son might get in earlier than his older sisters as he can’t work from home. Am very happy about this! 
Annette, the photo of the babies is beautiful!
Caroline, the book about Alice is very interesting.  I realized that I’ve had it since 2013 and it was time to read it.  Prince Philip turned out very well, considering his unsettled childhood

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary > Tuesday 27th April
« on: Wednesday 28 April 21 22:48 BST (UK)  »
Enjoy reading everyone’s posts and feel sad for things that are not going well for some and good news for others. As a dog lover, Viktoria, really hope you get that puppy!
Weather has been up and down, typical April, warmish yesterday and today, they keep saying a thunder storm is coming, has not materialized.  It will be cooler, mid teens, upper teens for the next while.  In this area, though, you are better to bet they will get the forecast wrong!
Have been doing some online work lately, left me a bit frazzled.  Some of it is tedious, never easy to get through.
A couple of weeks ago I recounted here how we lost a set of keys (but recovered them thanks to a kind person) in the park, well today we went to a different section and walked by a picnic table, there was a set of about 8 keys sitting there! No one in sight.  No car fob, so couldn’t match them to any cars in the sparsely populated  parking lot (but the whole park has at least 6 lots) so we left them there.  I returned sooner than OH as he does a longer walk, they were still there.  I sat and guarded them for a while but in the end just left them.  You’d think there were would be a central lost and found but there isn’t as far as I know. I hope the owner did return and get them.  In warmer months and non Covid times, that area of the park would be busy, as there is a mini children’s amusement park and a train they can ride around on.
Am reading a biography about Alice, Prince Philip’s mother, by Hugo Vickers. Very interesting, but my, those royal families of Europe are confusing.  The Queen and Prince Philip were related through the Danes as well as Queen V., which I did not recognize.  Do you know we celebrate her, Victoria, on Victoria Day in May.  Considered the first day of summer.  Of course in Quebec they call it something else. That’s okay, I can criticize my home province.
Been watching David Attenborough’s show, World Of Colour, I believe it’s called.  Love it.  Started watching Belonging with Brenda Blethyn and Kevin Whateley, big fan of both, but KW character is just an awful human being.
Not a lot going on, did have a nice chat with my son, he is a real joker and always gets me laughing.  Was reminding me of some of his childhood nonsense.  Then he went off to walk in the woods with his partner and scared her with bear stories...am sure she has him figured out by now, though!  I always told him he cried wolf too often : ).

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The Lighter Side / Re: Keeping it in the Family
« on: Wednesday 28 April 21 00:57 BST (UK)  »
I too have 3 brothers who married 3 sisters.  The 1921 census will help me untangle whose children are whose!
I also have a stepmother who married a stepson just before he went off to WWI.  She was never married to the father, but did have 5 children with him, and is listed as his wife on the 1911.  She had no children with John Jr.  When the woman died, the informant, a daughter from the group of 5 listed her as the widow of John Sr. not John Jr.
John Sr also had an earlier marriage that ended in divorce, and 5 children.  Also a son John there! A second marriage produced 2, including John Jr. the Second.
What a tangled web...

Brothers marrying sisters can help with the tree, however the amount of namesake children two brothers can have, such as if 2 brothers have 2 daughters, they are given the same first name, same for sons, or even if there are 3 or 4 brothers, you have 4 sons all called Thomas Hamilton or Anne Hamilton, a very tangled web.

You are right! I will have to have a look at this family, but the children were born in the early 20th century, when the naming patterns were less rigid.

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The Lighter Side / Re: Keeping it in the Family
« on: Tuesday 27 April 21 21:37 BST (UK)  »
I too have 3 brothers who married 3 sisters.  The 1921 census will help me untangle whose children are whose!
I also have a stepmother who married a stepson just before he went off to WWI.  She was never married to the father, but did have 5 children with him, and is listed as his wife on the 1911.  She had no children with John Jr.  When the woman died, the informant, a daughter from the group of 5 listed her as the widow of John Sr. not John Jr.
John Sr also had an earlier marriage that ended in divorce, and 5 children.  Also a son John there! A second marriage produced 2, including John Jr. the Second.
What a tangled web...

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary > Thursday 22nd April
« on: Friday 23 April 21 22:03 BST (UK)  »
Love reading everyone’s posts.
We returned to winter for a few days with a few cms accumulation of snow and cold temps.  We set a new record for this area yesterday, during the wee hours it went down to -7 c.  People were warned to protect their plants, but personally I think if they are foolish enough to plant before May.... it did look odd seeing daffodils and the newly emerging tulips peeking through the snow, not to mention the dandelions!
Was tired due to Covid vaccine (AZ) until today.  Nothing I couldn’t cope with, but I did notice I felt like I had had “late nights and cheap ices” as my great-aunt from England used to say!  Did have a “jolly good” sleep last night so feel normal today. 
We are still in lockdown and Ontario’s premier is under attack for all the flip flops and errors he has made since this started.  He is now in isolation as a staff member tested positive.  He started to break down as he addressed the province yesterday (outside), apologizing for making such a hash of it.  He is definitely in over his head, like a lot of them.  Wouldn’t want their jobs!
Yesterday was the anniversary of the day we met so I baked a cake and OH iced it.  If a cake can be heaven, it is.  I have frozen the rest so we are not overly tempted.
Dog was naughty yesterday - he took a piece of red pepper right off my plate!  I don’t remember him ever boldly grabbing something right in front of us.  We had picked up a fancy restaurant pizza and I guess he decided he wanted in on the party.  Stupidly (blame it on whatever) I left my plate on a side table, turned my back and he helped himself to a couple of small crusts.  Did he get a scolding!  This is not like him at all.  I was worried about his digestive system but he’s right as rain, much to my disgust...but I am sure indigestion has taught few dogs any lessons at all 😁.
Went for a walk in our municipal park today, it is huge, but I don’t think I have ever seen any litter there.  I am so glad people respect it.  I have never heard of teenagers having parties there, either.  I know before Covid there were volunteers that would clean, and the Parks people come to do maintenance,  and we are very lucky that it is well taken care of.
Think I saw a female downy woodpecker at the park.  They make a heck of a noise drumming for such as lol bird.


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