For weeks now, I've been saying I'll believe it's spring when I see a daffodil. And I wanted daffodils.
And for weeks now it's been cold, sometimes bitterly so, with rain and wind and snow and generally unseasonable chilliness. On Tuesday there was a dog dish one of the local shops had put out on the sidewalk for the refreshment of passing pooches. It was frozen solid still in the early afternoon.
Today started out chilly and grey, but the predicted rain didn't come and by mid-afternoon it was sunny and getting warm. I went for a walk with Beulah. On our way back to her car, I commented on how the garden on the corner of the street was usually really nice in May.
And then I saw it. A bit of yellow. "Daffodils!" I squeaked. And took a photo.
So now it's really spring, and I am happy.
When I got up this morning, I looked at my computer to see what the temperature was. It said the low today was 4o, the high 7o, and the current temperature 0. What I am I make of that?
I dressed warmly, but I think it was well over 5o: dank and damp, but not so cold. It had been raining, but was dry for the moment. I took pictures that just reek of rainy days in November. Here is the bicycle of the day:
Met a cute dog at the bookstore today - a border terrier named Oscar.
This was on the way to my friend Lisa's place. We had a mostly-vegan dinner in their garden, then went indoors to play Boggle and Quick Word. Margot won.
It was Lisa's birthday, and I gave her three books: a travel guide to Istanbul (with maps), The Chocolate Lover's Diet, and Into the Fire by Suzanne Brockmann. I feel it my duty to keep her supplied with light reading.
A wonderful thing happened today. I was helping my friend Pim take her dresser to the basement, when she decided she didn't need the shelving in her bedroom. Now, it happens that the shelving was made from the hutch that went with the desk that she had already passed on to me, so... so now I have a bigger, better computer desk.
After feeling physically good and energetic all week, I slept badly last night - waking up with allergy symptoms - then slept late and felt exhausted all day. Huh. I liked last week better.
Anyway, did the following:
- Breakfast at IKEA. Delish. And except for a few pieces of extremely delicious potato, it accorded with my Eat By Design plans.
- Watched last week's episode of Lost Girl. More Bo/Lauren romance! Not sure what I think about that; or at last, the show seems to imply that happy polyamory isn't what's about to happen, and I like Bo's relationship with Dyson too much to want her to pursue the romance with Lauren. Hmm.
- Went to IKEA with Pim and masseru, because she needed shelving for her CDs. IKEA is having a huge sale because they are about to move to their newly build, much large building - the largest in Canada, they say. Opening on December 7.
I bought a lamp for $3.99, and a light bulb for it for $4.99. Also a duvet cover, battries, and Kristian Regale to drink with my friends this afternoon. I had hoped it was something lunacy_gal could drink; and I'm happy to say, it was.
After we got home masseru realized she'd failed to buy the DC shelving. I guess a return visit is in order.
- Did more research on items in The Game of Kings, but didn't actually work on the web page.
- When we got home, I met Pim's new little hamster, Boo. Whom I call Little Boo. Cute little thing, with a cage like a palace - coloured turrets and tunnels and wheels. Amamzing how mobile her whiskers are.
- Tasia, funkym3485, and lunacy_gal came over to my place and we watched three episodes of The Game of Thrones - #5, 6 and 7. Enjoyed it mightily once more.
- I cooked a pork loin roast. Mmmm.
- Went up to masseru's place and watched this week's episode of Castle, the one with Elvis impersonators. Cool.
I got up at eight and managed to do a load of laundry, all my exercises, and set up the dishwasher before meeting Pim and maaseru for breakfast at Tim Horton's. Then I wrote many more Christmas cards and mailed them, before going to Michael's for stocking stuffers and to Future Shop for a few other presents.
Then we went back to my place, where Marion and Vicky joined us for dinner. I showed them my Coba pictures, and we watched DVDs and exchanged Christmas presents. They gave me a lovely little silver-coloured bird that delightfully matches the bird in a snow-globe that I already have on the mantlepiece.
( The bird... )
It also reminds me of the Christmas cards Jenny gave me in Avebury, with a picture of an English robin.
We had a good talk about the season coming up at Stratford, which looks terrific.
This morning as I waited for Gord to so kindly come and pick me up to drive me to work, I had my camera with me, and used it to take a few pictures of the snow that had fallen. The snow was just stopping falling; the sun had just come up. It was cold, but pretty.
1. ( Looking across the street )
2. ( My Neighbour Walks her Dog )
3. ( Cosy and warm inside the Lobby )
I wanted to take other pictures as well - especially of the beautiful lights at Confederation Square - but there's something about snow and wintry weather that makes a person hesitate to take off her gloves and get out her camera. One of these days, I will.
I have a favourite place in Ottawa. I call it the Frog Pond; it's the ornamental gardens at the Central Experimental Farm, just across from the Arboretum. I used to go there on picnics as a kid, tiptoeing up to see the top of the sundial, and always admiring the bronze frogs in the pond, elegantly shooting fountains of water out of their mouths. I see that it is officially called "The Macoun Garden and Pond". Who knew?
I went there last week to take a few November pictures. Even managed to get some sunlight. I couldn't take photos of the bronze frogs, sadly. They've gone indoors for the winter.
1. ( The Sun Dial )
2. ( Ground Cover in Many Colours )
3. ( Red Tree )
4. ( Looking Across the Frog Pond )
5. ( A Touch of the Neo-Classical )
6. ( The Frog Pond )
7. ( Gazebo and Tree )