Foggy Morning

We got some rain last night, then this morning we woke to this incredible, dense fog.

It was 10:30am when I took this photo, and it was still so foggy, I could feel it on my skin as I walked around!

So gorgeous.

The Re-Farmer

Mingling with fog

This morning was bright and sunny while I did my outside rounds, but it was fascinating to watch the fog roll in on the security camera live feed! It was like an approaching wall!

By the time my daughter and I headed out in the late morning, the highways had visibility of about a kilometer, sometimes less.

My daughter tried to get pictures for me after we left her doctor’s appointment. The camera clears it up quite a lot from what it actually was! At some points, visibility was down to maybe 200 yards. We kept driving in and out of banks of fog until we found ourselves driving in clear sunshine again – surrounded by trees thickly covered with frost!

After a quick side trip to town, we were still early enough to hit the post office before it closed. I checked tracking before we left, but my package wasn’t supposed to arrive until tomorrow, but other packages were expected – and I’m still hoping for my last little orders of seeds to come in!

No luck on the seeds, but I had a surprise along with a package for my husband.

My Mingle Masks finally came in!

Too late to use while running errands, but that’s okay. At least they’re finally in. With 10 of them, I can keep a few in my mother’s car, a few in the van, and even have some I can give my mother. Some places won’t accept them, but those are the same places that don’t recognize medical exemptions to begin with, so that won’t change for me. 😦

We shall see if I find it any easier to breathe with these compared with the shield. At the very least, I won’t have anything bumping into my shoulders are chest as I move my head around.

While at the doctor’s for my daughter, she asked me to come in with her and he took the time to ask how I was doing, too. I’ve been using the inhaler he prescribed for only 2 days, and there’s been no change (he actually seemed surprised by that). Unfortunately, using the inhaler requires first exhaling as much as possible, then inhaling powder as quickly and deeply as possible, then holding the breath for 20 seconds.

Which is a recipe to trigger my chronic cough.

I was unable to hold my breath for 20 seconds, but I did manage almost 10 before my chest exploded into a cough. 😦 My trachea still feels irritated.

I’ve got another phone appointment booked after 2 weeks of use to follow up on it. The last time an inhaler was tried on me, I didn’t last that long, but my coughing fits were much, much worse back then.

We shall see!

The Re-Farmer

Another foggy day, and Canada Post sucks

My goodness, it’s even foggier today than it was yesterday!

This is how it looked in the old hay yard, beyond the barn.

It’s enough to make a collapsing old building look all pretty and artsy! 😀

From what I’ve been told, this old log building was a house. The family that owned this property before it was purchased by a relative of my fathers had built a couple of them, before they built the one that is now part of the house we’re living in.

Can you imagine being able to just up an build yourself a new house whenever the need arose? No permits, and just using what materials you had on hand?

Of course, they also had no electricity, running water, insulation or privacy. 😀

Or space. I don’t know how many kids they had, but that little log cabin probably housed at least 6 people, if they were typical of the era. Since they built slightly bigger cabins each time, I’d guess that reflected on increases in the household! 😀

Anyhow…

When I came out to do the food and water for the outside cats, I found myself being watched.

What the camera isn’t showing is that there was fog visible around her! It was dense enough this morning, that I could actually feel it on my face as I walked around the yard. I haven’t felt that since I last lived on the coast!

This kitten is a shy one, unlike her brother, Nostrildamus. This morning, however, while she was definitely nervous, she would not leave the roof while I moved around. I think it was nice and warm on the toes! 🙂

Her mother, on the other hand…

… seemed to quite enjoy rolling in the snow!

😀

In other things…

This afternoon, my daughter and I have telephone doctor appointments, and I was thinking that I might go to the post office after that. The Mingle Masks I orders were supposed to be in by late yesterday. I checked the tracking number to see if it was in.

*sigh*

They are now saying to expect it on the 12th.

This is getting ridiculous. The post office got an electronic shipping notice on the 29th. They did not physically have the package yet, but two days later – on New Year’s Eve, no less – the package physically arrived from another province to the warehouse facilities in the city.

Since then, I’ve seen it listed as in transit with arrival dates of the 5th and the 7th.

Now, according to Canada Post, the parcel got processed just this morning.

In the city.

So how were they listing the package with these earlier expected delivery dates, when apparently they never even processed it yet?

How is it that Canada Post can get a package from one province to another in a couple of days during the holiday rush, but can’t get it from a warehouse in the city, to a post office just an hour out of the city? And now it’s going to be “in transit” for another 4 days?

They can’t blame catching up on the Christmas rush at this point!

Meanwhile, I still have two small orders of seeds from Baker Creek that got shipped before Christmas that have still not arrived. These are physically small enough that they would be regular mail, not parcels.

And no, we can’t blame the increase in the number of parcels because so many more people are ordering online while trapped at home, either. Canada Post was selectively efficient and inefficient, long before this.

The Re-Farmer

Foggy morning, and more looking ahead

It’s past 10am as I start this post, and we are still surrounded by fog!

The camera automatically cleans up images, so this photo does not reflect just how dense the fog was when I took it!

Not only does fog normally disappear quite a bit earlier than this, but it’s also pretty breezy out there. I’m used to winds and fog on the coasts. On the prairies, a stiff breeze usually blows the fog away in no time. Not today!

I just had to share this high traffic zone picture!

There are deer paths cutting through the old garden area, but most of the tracks are all long here. When we first moved here, you couldn’t walk under the spruces, because of all the overhanging branches. The deer seem to be very happy that it’s all cleaned up!

Down the middle of this area, between the spruces and the crab apple trees, we are planning to plant Korean Pine Nuts. They need to be kept shaded for their first 5 years (the transplants are typically sold at 3 years), and this location is prefect for that. We will still put covers to shade them more, but also to keep the deer from trampling them. After 5 years of being really tiny, they are supposed to have a sudden growth spurt. It would be another 5 years or so before they have edible pine nuts. We are hoping to buy them and get them started next year.

This is another high traffic zone for the deer. The open space in front, past the ring for the compost pile, is also where we plan to build the outdoor bathroom.

Not getting that started last year, as I’d hoped, may turn out to be a blessing. While taking this photo, I took a good look at the spruces in the background. There was one I had already identified as needing to be cut down, but looking more closely, there seems to be at least 6 or 7 dead spruces that we’ll need to cut down. Possibly 8 or 9, if I count the ones closer to the house (we’ll be hiring someone to take those ones down). I wouldn’t want any of them falling on our shed after we build it! Plus, if we cut them down before they fall down, the wood might still be usable for projects. Usually, by the time they fall, it’s because ants have made nests in the trunk and they are left basically hollow.

Once the dead trees and some of the underbrush (mostly spirea!) is cleared away, that is where we will be planting the mulberry tree we will be getting this spring. It will get full sun, while still being sheltered by the other trees. This is one tree we’ll have to make a point of wrapping up in the fall, for at least the first few years. A mulberry tree can start producing fruit by the second year, so that will be exciting! In the future, we plan to get a variety native to the more Eastern parts of Canada. It is becoming rare, so we will have to make sure to plant it away from any others we get, so they don’t cross pollinate. That might be 2 or 3 years from now, though.

One of the things I love about doing the morning rounds is looking at the progress made. Even though we are “behind” on getting this area in particular cleared out, it’s reached a point where it no longer seems as overwhelming, and I can get excited about the things we can do in the increasingly near future!

The Re-Farmer