It's been another week of weather - isn't every week you ask? Well, yes that's true, it's just been an up and down week that kiboshed some of my plans.
I started off the week in the best way, getting my second COVID vaccine. This time I didn't have to wait in the drive-through, I had an appointment for 8:30 a.m. at the mega clinic. When I arrived there were about 12-15 people waiting in line ahead of me, and although the doors were delayed in opening, I was in and out of the clinic by 9:15 or so. I stopped on the way home to pick up groceries. Once home, I received a text from the optometrist's office letting me know my new glasses were available for pick-up.
I went with some trepidation as Dr. Kelly had mentioned I might have some difficulty adjusting to the new prescription. When the tech gave the glasses to me and I slipped them on, it was like a new world opened up. I obviously didn't realize how bad my eyesight was getting. I have had absolutely no issues with stairs or focusing near or far with them. Hooray!
This time, with the COVID vaccine, I did have a sore arm. My daughter described it as someone punching you very hard in the arm and that pretty much how it felt. I was a bit tired the following day, but I think that had more to do with the general busy-ness of the two days. Tuesday I was up early in the morning, it was going to be a hot day, and got busy in the yard. I swept up pine needles and pine cones on the driveway, weeded the front area by the containers (it is xeriscaped but the weeds come in by the sidewalk and driveway), cleaned off the deck chairs and tables, and watered containers before heading inside for more housework.
Wednesday and Thursday were considerably cooler and overcast. So housework kept me busy, sweeping and washing floors, and cleaning the bedroom carpet (thank you cats...not!). I spent some time working on Ancestry as well...it's quite the rabbit hole at times.
We had a storm pass over on Thursday morning, but the sun made an appearance in the afternoon. Out I went - our spring/summer is so short I need to spend as much time as possible outdoors. Other than checking on the progress of my containers, I enjoyed just relaxing in the sun and reading. Earlier this week I finished a Sandra Brown novel Rainwater, and then I started Stranger in Paradise by Eileen Goudge. I'm almost certain I've read the latter book before as it seems familiar as I read it, but I don't remember it well enough to not find it interesting. I do recommend Rainwater - it's not the usual Sandra Brown fare, and was a very interesting story.
The storm clouds blew in again overnight Thursday into Friday morning. I was wakened a few times in the night with the sound of thunder but was far too tired to get up to watch a lightning show. When I woke at 6 a.m. it was to the sound of water running out of the downspout at the corner of the garage - the weeping tile that drains the water down to the street just couldn't keep up.It's not entirely clear in this photo but the eavestrough wasn't able to keep up either. It's pouring down onto the edge of the spruce tree, and then running down the driveway to the street. At noon we'd had close to 2 inches of rain in less than 24 hours. That is close to average monthly rainfall for June in the city. We can certainly use it as it's been so dry here but I'm sure the farmers and gardeners wish it would have come in smaller increments.
This photo was taken mid-morning Friday, and the amount of standing water in my backyard is gone now at midday Saturday. I thought this was bad until I looked over to the backyards of my two neighbours to the west. The furthest of the yards looked to have a large pond forming. They have a fire pit and it was surrounded by water. My next door neighbour told me today about a dozen years ago everyone along the street had to trench their back yards because one neighbour was getting flooded every year. I'm thinking we may be close to needing some remediation again.
After the heavy rain, the creek is beginning to fill up. (That's a wee duckling swimming and perhaps it's father sitting on the bank).
This little one wasn't the least bit shy. It hopped right out of the water and came onto the path were I was standing. I can see the feathers are starting to come in. Amazing how quickly they grow up!
There were two pelicans flying over the creek (I took photos but they weren't worth sharing) and two at the pond. This one was feeding at the far end of the pond.