There will be no new normal

RCE_5249A Song Sparrow greets the day.

Work wise things are back to where they were before. It’s almost like the virus never happened. Maybe it was a drill. Plenty of vehicles holidaying from Alberta. There is even vehicles from the United States. Odd, as I thought the borders were closed to non-essential travel. Perhaps vacationing is essential, I know it is for the well off.

Still plenty of people not going back to work as they make more on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). It doesn’t matter to me, I am not eligible. People who think these programs and health care for all is available to everyone in Canada is mistaken. I don’t want these benefits from our government. I am happy making slightly more than minimum wage. Somebody recently said to me, it’s because I refuse to accept the terms or ‘play the game’. Maybe so or I could just be fucking stupid..

I believe you don’t ask (or fight) for something that should be given, especially if promised. That’s a rule decent people adhere by. It’s the way it used to be. Dropping a deer off to people who need it. It’s not charity, nor do you need thanks, it’s what you hope would be offered if the shoe were on the other foot. Someday my health will go, I won’t be expecting help from our health care system (even though I’ve paid premiums my whole life), I won’t have the energy to fight for it, I’ll  be better served by the end of a loaded gun. I jest, but you need a mountainful of hope to get by in this day and age.


RCE_5205Wildflower by Lisa.

I planted a portion of the garden yesterday, peas, carrots, beets, lettuce a few things will have to wait until things warm up. Today I am waiting for the rain to stop to plant a couple rows of spuds.

Yesterday, was also the first day without long underwear. It seems I keep it on longer each year. Truth is a feel a little naked without it.


RCE_5255Fresh Juniper Berries. A powerful source of medicine.

It has been work and straight home these past few weeks. The snow is melting and the roads will be opening into the mountains. Fuel prices are going back up, not that they went down very much here. They should be back up to about $1.50 a litre by May long. 

15 thoughts on “There will be no new normal

  1. larrymuffin

    Juniper berries, I had a recipe and needed some, I could not find any anywhere, no one seems to know what it is which is bizarre since we make Gin on the Island. Found some finally from a friend who had bought them in Maine.


    1. underswansea

      Hi Larry, these are really good ones. My friend makes a hot sauce out of them for a local bar that has a viking theme. Lisa and I use them for tea and flavouring meat. Take care. Bob

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  2. Jim R

    Things are far from normal in our state of Iowa. The growth curve of cases and deaths is getting steeper showing no signs of getting better. Ours is one of 5 states with virus growth curves still in the positive range. Given that, our governor went to have some time with DT and tout how well she is doing managing the crisis.


  3. mountaincoward

    It’s always interesting to see what plants and birds/animals our 2 countries have in common. We have quite a bit of Juniper here in the English Lake District – lovely plant.

    I don’t think it’s stupid to ‘not play the game’ – nothing wrong with being individual for a start. Too many people make themselves part of ‘the herd’. I can’t do it myself. Of course, that means I miss out on many things too but so be it!


  4. Julie@frogpondfarm

    Wonderful photos Bob. I’ve given up growing carrots .. they never seem to come to anything, bit like my rhubarb! I don’t believe you are stupid Bob … entitled to do things your way. I too thought the borders were closed .. We are now in level 2!


    1. underswansea

      Hi Julie, I am always amazed at all the veggies and flowers you grow in your garden. Rhubarb and carrots almost grow themselves here, thats why I grow them! 🙂

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