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    Charlemagne

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    April 24, 2020. lean and lanky, Charlemagne overflows out of the picture frame. More ethical codes today, plus a meeting. It looks like the weather is finally turning. Also, broke a filling on a tooth. Life today is filled with small stories like these. https://flic.kr/p/2iU1y3b
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    New Slippers

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    April 23, 2020. My slippers were the first major casualty of the quarantine. These are Costco slippers. They’re actually soft shoes, and should last longer than my leather moccasins. Work today was focused on my ethics paper again – the review of ethics codes that never ends. https://flic.kr/p/2iU31mC
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    Kitty Teeth

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    April 22, 2020. This was actually late last night but I wanted to share it. We have kittens just coming of age and need to schedule The Operation for them. The vet needed to be sure they were old enough, so she asked us to send a photo of their…
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    Hanging Base

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    April 20, 2020. This is an image from No Man’s Sky, where I built this hanging base this evening; my ‘exotic’ class ship is doing a fly-by.During the day was some project work plus newsletter posts. I was sleepy all day because I accidentally took some no-doze type medicine just…
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    Kitties at Play

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    April 19, 2020. I spent most of the day working on my ethics paper – lots of progress today. Cold, windy and rainy outside. Meanwhile our kittens are maturing too quickly – they need The Operation but we’re having trouble finding a vet who will do it. So we’re treated…
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    The Big Blue Sky

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    April 18, 2020. The sky was the star today, a brilliant blue with enough cloud to make it interesting. This is a turkey vulture in the sky over a farm just west of Casselman, taken on my 27k bike ride on the gravel bike. Other than that, we went for…
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    Mourning Dove

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    April 15, 2020. Yes, it’s another bird from our back yard, but with the weather bringing snow there’s no getting out for a bike ride for a few days. I spent a bit of time on the ethics paper as well as the usual curation and collecting of links. https://flic.kr/p/2iR5rD6
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    Snow Squall

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    April 16, 2020. We took a quick trip into Costco over the lunch hour, and as I waited in the car and Andrea went in I got to watch a mid-April snow squall roll through. More stuff on the ethics paper today, especially in the section on care. Big highlight…
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    Kitty Barrier

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    April 14, 2020. As you can see there’s quite a drop behind the stair rail. Now add racing kittens on a slippery floor, and you have a hazard. Rather than waiting for one of them to fall (could be as much as 15 feet) we’ve woven a kitty barrier all…
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    Rewiring

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    April 13, 2020. I’ve given up on the idea that Bell will ever give me decent internet, and ordered cable internet (100 gown, 10 up) from a local provider. But they’re not sending people into homes to set it up, so I have to figure out the wiring for myself.…
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    Female Cardinal

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    April 12, 2020. The grackles descended on the feeder again today but the other birds held their own, including this female cardinal (her mate was not far away). I spent the day on my ethics paper, which has been sadly neglected over the last few weeks. Oh yea, and I…
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    TP in Good Supply

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    April 11, 2020. We did a Costco run today. I’m pleased to report that there was a plentiful supply of toilet paper in stock (if you look you can see some in the photo). Andrea wore her home-made plaid face-mask into the store and I waited in the car (when…
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    Charlemagne and Me

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    April 10, 2020. Another cold and rainy day spent indoors with Andrea and the cats. This is Charlemagne enjoying naptime. I added some material to my ethics paper/book and did some newsletter posts and otherwise had a quiet day. https://flic.kr/p/2iP3zyV
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    Creek

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    April 7, 2020. I got out for a 29 km ride this afternoon. It’s probably the last nice ride for a bit as the weather is turning – maybe even some snow for the long weekend. Two meetings today, one blog post written, and the usual editing for the Quick…
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    High Falls

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    April 6, 2020. It was nice and almost warm out today, so I got out for a nice 22 km ride over lunch. This is a view of High Falls with Casselman in the background. Today was spent updating online research, adding to the ethics document, and writing newsletter posts.…
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    Not Having It!

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    April 5, 2020. Today was a generally wet day outside, so I stayed in and worked on newsletter posts for most of the day and wrote an article. The kittens, meanwhile, have been romping through the household, causing Lexi to express her, um, displeasure at their antics. https://flic.kr/p/2iMHpgt
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    Fenceline

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    April 4, 2020. I actually did some work on the ethics paper today! I also got out for a 30km bike ride. This is a photo from that ride, seen from a dirt road I don’t usually ride (but which is fine for the gravel bike). I also added a…
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    Costco

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    April 3, 2020. Our weekly trip to the Costco was a lot slower this time as they’ve implemented social distancing measures inside the store. Other than that today was a slowish day as I updated the newsletter, looked at the ethics paper a bit (first time in a while!) and…
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    Blackbird

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    March 31, 2020. Today was a day of four meetings, all on Zoom. Also a day of full sump pump operations. I’m feeling the effects of social distancing. But I’m still doing better than most, a fact not lost on me. https://flic.kr/p/2iLJMyz
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    Brown-Headed Cowbird

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    April 2, 2020. My main accomplishment today was completing my timesheets. No, that’s not true, I also took this photo of a female brown-headed cowbird (the male was on the other side of the feeder). Otherwise, I did some work on the Quick Guide and events calendar, along with the…
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    Milkweed

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    April 1, 2020. It was a nice day today but I was tired and it was a bit cool so there was no chance for a bike ride. So I stayed inside and worked all day from morning till evening, playing No Man’s Sky after supper. https://flic.kr/p/2iLHAHY
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    Sump

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    March 30, 2020. A sump is a hole in a basement to catch water. You use a sump pump to remove that water. When the sump pump fails, you get basement water. When it happens during a pandemic, nobody responds to your calls. This little Canadian Tire replacement burned out…
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    Whissell Creek

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    March 27, 2020. I took a short lunch-hour ride to St.Albert and back; this is Whissell Creek where it crosses Guerin Road just north of St. Albert. Spent some time this morning documenting my Covid-related work for the purpose of obtaining proper time codes; spent the afternoon doing said work.…
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    Feeding

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    March 28, 2020. First thing this morning we took the kittens for their booster shots. Then I cleaned out the bird feeder and stocked it up again. Also, we went into the city for prescriptions. Also, went to the Pet Valu for kitten toys and scratch pads. And we went…
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    Home Depot

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    March 16. 2019. Logged on this morning to a ‘president needs this by noon’ moment. A few meetings and it’s all sorted with a good result. I like that we can deliver on a dime when we need to. Took a quick run into the Home Depot for furnace filters…
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    Eagle

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    March 25, 2020. I took this mid-afternoon by the Nation River just outside Casselman on lunch-hour bike ride. Until this point I was planning to talk about the tens of thousands of geese I saw along the way. https://flic.kr/p/2iHJxJ8
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    Bird in a Bush

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    March 24, 2020. It just figures that the day I removed the snow tires it snowed all day. This is the day after, with the bird feeder newly popular again. Another day spent working at home (is there any other kind?) – three meetings, and more Covid course review work.…

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