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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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    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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    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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    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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    The Empty Dealership

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    March 23, 2020. I took the car in for servicing and a tire change today (not optional when you live in the country), working from their guest area (better wifi than I have at home). They are practicing social distancing, and sanitizing surfaces, and everything else you need to do.…
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    Corn Stubble

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    March 22, 2020. It was a cold crystal clear day, probably too cold for a ride but I did get out for 13 km in the country. Otherwise I puttered through the day on the computer writing posts and updating the quick guide. https://flic.kr/p/2iGMikc
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    Mourning Doves

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    March 21, 2020. The doves were too large for the bird feeder but since I just filled it yesterday there was plenty of food on the deck. Quiet day indoors today; too cold for cycling at -4 and windy. Maybe tomorrow. Getting my car tires changed Monday. https://flic.kr/p/2iGsYa4
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    Return of the Geese

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    March 20, 2020. We went for a milk run this morning. There was a gorgeous fog covering everything, through which the geese were returning from the south. I only had my phone; I wish I could have gone back with my camera, but there was work to do (more reviewing…
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    The Home Office

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    March 18, 2020. This is my home office, hard at work. I haven’t tidied it up for this photo; this is the working office. I’ve been focused on Covid-related e-learning support, something that is becoming my job these days. No complaints; I have a home, a job, good health, a…
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    The Railway Bridge

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    March 19, 2020. I spent the day reviewing a Covid course and working on e-learning resources. I was able to get out for another bike ride – my third of the year – a short and chilly 12 kilometers. This is when I’m really enjoying the benefits of living in…
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    Cedar Seeds

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    March 16, 2020. Spent the day working from the home office, which is where I will be based for the indefinite future. Set up an automated user-populated calendar for events helping people move online. This is cedar from the hedge beside the house. https://flic.kr/p/2iEYBWb
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    First Ride of the Year

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    March 15, 2020. It was below zero, but it was a bright sunny day, so I got out for my first bike ride of the season. :) 9.7 km doing some back roads on the gravel bike. Caught up on some email, edited the Quick Guide, made some posts. https://flic.kr/p/2iECCw8
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    Mer Bleu

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    March 12, 2020. Stopped at the Mer Bleu trail on Anderson Road on the way home from the office. Got my computer issues straightened out. Updated the quick guide. Other odds and ends. https://flic.kr/p/2iEh7qS
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    The Plague!

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    March 13, 2020. Friday. Arrived at the office only to find it was closed because we had two presumptive cases of coronavirus in the building. OK, went to do grocery shopping at Costco, and couldn’t even get in. This was the Metro in Casselman, with long lines as the survivalists…
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    Kitties

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    March 11, 2020. Charlemagne and Julia. Working from home today. Some updates to the quick guide, but I spent most of it updating my blockchain and distributed technology notes. Yes, I have too many interests. What of it? https://flic.kr/p/2iDupUi
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    Supplies

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    March 11, 2020. Finished up my quick how-to guide today and did some more work on the ethics paper. Also announced the upcoming ethics MOOC. Regular Costco run on the way home. It looks like business as usual in there. No I did not buy toilet paper. https://flic.kr/p/2iDuo8Y
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    Sublimation

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    March 10, 2020. I’ve missed a few days of daily photos – that’s what happens when I’m in the zone and busy. This was the sublimating snow on the way in to the office. I woked on my quick how-to guide for online learning. https://flic.kr/p/2iDyvxD

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