Friday, 20 January 2017

Paint Party Friday

I worked on a few pieces. We were an hour at the dentist and I was 3 hours with my client. It's fun. My photos helped me with a bit of a guide.

Hubby went first. I decided to draw. I'd brought my lovely carrying case for my drawing materials and my iPad. Jean, I love you! I'm taking it to my client's house, as well.

We had appointments for teeth cleaning. As we backed up, you can see the deer behind the car. They weren't moved by us moving.

The dude in the 2nd photo, was checking recycle bins for bottles with deposit money (i.e. liquor store bottles). Not dangerous at all, is it?

Thursday, 19 January 2017

The day before the storm

It was a beautiful day. The sun shone, the snow had melted beneath the trees, the deer were hanging out and about. Daisy and I went walkies, too. The same four turkeys seem to be coming back for more!
Amazing how, cold but with sunshine, it's glorious out there!

Between photo 1 and photo 2, the one in the lead took off flying.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Hunkering down for winter

I was upstairs watching taped movies, downstairs, JB and the three girls were watching football beside the fire.

The deer were hovering in the yard.

Tuesday afternoon, the snow began to fall. Annabelle wasn't impressed! It's rained all night on top of this and it is now ice. The bird feeders are indoors thawing on a towel.

In the meantime, in Ottawa, a double decker bus caught fire. I'm happy to have boring days!

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

"These people..."

 If more people had jobs, or a decent income, it would support the infrastructure, give people dignity, and help the economy.

This began with Smiths Falls Council turning down an opportunity to participate in a pilot project to target those living below the Low-Income Measure (LIM). Our Ontario Today radio hosted a call-in, and you know how those go!

A lot of my clients have been in Smiths Falls. The town hosts over 250 rent geared-to-income apartments. It is a tough place to find work, with the many factories that have closed up shop over the years and moved to Mexico. Smiths Falls lost 1700 jobs in a short period of time, in the 2008 recession. They've lost the Hershey plant (2008), Stanley Mechanics in 2009, etc. 

What ticked me off was the woman who was on this phone-in complaining about 'these people'. They are us. They are our neighbours, one pay check away from homelessness.

One of the councillors, Dawn Quinn - who looks to be at least my age, is against this program.
Quinn spoke from the heart about her experience as a single mother who worked to put herself through hair school and again spoke of the important role education would play in fixing a broken system where people fall through the cracks, like a man on ODSP Quinn said she visits every Christmas. The man she visits lives in a shack with a sunk in, leaking roof.
I would caution her that this was a long time ago. Things change. Society and economics are different. My kids are in their 30s, and we cannot look back. When we know more we do better. This is a good study, to examine the impact of raising the income of those who most need it.

People living below the low-income measure (LIM), collectively, are on ODSP, the working poor, the homeless, are disabled, mentally ill, stay-at-home single parents; shouldn't be spoken of collectively. There are many stories, and many situations.
What do you think?

Ontarians are asked to provide their opinion online.

Basic Income Pilot consultation

This is what the Canada child benefit provides to parents. We know, of course, how expensive it is to raise children these days.
Canada Child Benefit

Monday, 16 January 2017

Twas a happy morning!

I saw Tigger and his twin brother. His twin (still needs a name!) has shed his antlers. Tigger has not.
I can tell who is who by their behaviour. Tigger is clearly alpha. He won't tolerate any other buck feeding while he is feeding. His brother is the exception. They are the same size.

I walked some yesterday and didn't see any evidence of antlers. The coyotes pick them up, I'm sure,  which is only fair! It's a dog-eat-dog world out there. The coyotes are active. We heard them barking about a month ago in the back 40. I don't know if they caught something.

The year I found 6 antlers, they were on the ground, with a lot of blood spots, and were shaken off just after they arose, judging by the blood spatter and the deer bed locations. I think their circadian rhythms led to the drop in testosterone.

Daisy and I walked an hour in the wetland, but couldn't find any sheds. She followed me quite eagerly. It's quite frozen now.

Daisy was happier on a grassy knoll! I tried to carry her, but she got totally ticked off and jumped down.

 The photo with his tongue out is Tigger's brother.

One buck has a strange antler situation. He's broken one off, the other has some breakage, too. It flops, and I'm sure he'll be happier when this antler goes!

These first two photos are my favourite photos of Tigger and his bro, from a couple of years ago. You can see Tigger lost his first that year.
 Tigger his first year (2010). Such a character.