1. Downes

    Not Having It!

    by

    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
  2. Downes

    Fenceline

    by

    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…
  3. Downes

    Costco

    by

    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…
  4. Downes

    Brown-Headed Cowbird

    by

    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…
  5. Downes

    Blackbird

    by

    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
  6. Downes

    Milkweed

    by

    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
  7. Downes

    Sump

    by

    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…
  8. Downes

    Whissell Creek

    by

    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.…
  9. Downes

    Feeding

    by

    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…
  10. Downes

    Home Depot

    by

    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…
  11. Downes

    Eagle

    by

    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
  12. Downes

    Bird in a Bush

    by

    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.…
  13. Downes

    The Empty Dealership

    by

    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.…
  14. Downes

    Corn Stubble

    by

    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
  15. Downes

    Mourning Doves

    by

    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
  16. Downes

    Return of the Geese

    by

    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…
  17. Downes

    The Home Office

    by

    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…
  18. Downes

    The Railway Bridge

    by

    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…
  19. Downes

    Cedar Seeds

    by

    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
  20. Downes

    First Ride of the Year

    by

    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
  21. Downes

    The Plague!

    by

    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…
  22. Downes

    Mer Bleu

    by

    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

ds106 in[SPIRE]