Not long, just two months and they will be here again. In the meanwhile just be patient.FOTD 16th January 2021: Japanese Cherry Blossom
They all seem to be quite snug. I have never seen a bird shiver, although perhaps it is because they are eating, so they have no time to think about the cold weather.FOWC with Fandango: Snug
There is not very much of this happening since a year in our town. This was a demonstration to protect our environment, but no-one thinks of the environment protection now. You keep out of the environment as much as possible, there might be some unwanted germs floating in the air. Our daily life is different. Take a walk though the town and you will be lucky to see people. Those that you see are wearing masks. I have not been in town since two weeks. I stay at home and do things I though I would never do.
I have re-organised my complete kitchen. I have the time and discovered some really good plastic boxes in the store that you can close air tight (ordered one by one online). I have them everywhere. One each for my four types of flour (yes I am now baking my own bread now and again), two types of sugar according to the type of cake I am baking and various snacks and other ingredients for cooking. My machines are now visible and ready to use: no good putting them in a cupboard out of sight, I am now using them more. I mix, grate and jucify, they are all there to be used and not to search for. It has taken 50-60 years to do it, but I now have time. I sit at home and pass my time with practicing logistics. We were always advised to have a store of necessary ingredients at home in the case of war, or other unforeseen emergencies. Now the emergency is there in the shape of microbes hiding somewhere and floating perhaps in the air you breathe. However, keep away from other people, wash your hands and everything is under control. The stuff that science fiction films are made of has arrived. Now the great vacination programme is beginning.
And so I am now baking my own bread, learning to make mayonnaise myself (not yet, but getting there) am having everything delivered from the local store and it works: at least it does in our country. Perhaps other countries are not so well organised, but we have a population of just eight million (not counting the almost one million cows – I have not yet learned how to milk one), so it seems to work.
Dissent has now become superfluous, it is now every man/woman for him-herself, so let’s do it.RDP Saturday: Dissent
The morning after the big snow is looking wonderful but just do not go out in it. This morning I filled up the bird food. When I filled up the water bowl my fingers were sticking to the metal of the bowl. We had -10°C outside and that is cold. I was actually thinking about breaking out again into town, but decided it is too early. I need warmer temperatures.
Our covid statistics seem to be getting less, although no reason for jubilation. It is still hovering around, but luckily our area is one of the less affected.
At the moment I seem to be getting bird visitors of all sorts.
Yesterday was another day at home. I got my delivery of food to see me through the week-end. It was time again to order for next week, so I made myself comfortable with my iPad and did the necessary. I do not like to wait too long otherwise it might be that my preferred delivery slot for Monday morning is already gone. I was surprised to see that the delivery of 10-11 pm. was already occupied, so I hurried to get my order finished and got 11-12 delivery. Actually it makes no great difference as I am already covered for Monday, but I like to get it dealt with.
Today I am planning to have another attempt at baking a bread. I am cooking chilli con carne this evening and we like to eat it with enough bread. Some like to have it with rice, but not our taste so much.
Otherwise I really have little happening here at the moment and just watch the snow falling now and again.
I had a little excitement this morning. I opened the window to put something outside on the porch and in ran one of my visiting cats. She was so quick and disappeared in the apartment, so I spent the next few minutes searching for her. She eventually appeared and I managed to get her into the kitchen where she disappeared out of the window back to the garden. That was probably my excitement for the day.
And now I am left to wish everyone a good week-end, take it easy and do you best to avoid Mr. Covid. I must now get on with this and that.