October 7th – Dimming

According to a news article on The Weather Channel, it is official.  We are not as bright as we used to be. 

According to this article,  as our oceans warm our level of cloud coverage is reduced.   As cloud coverage decreases, we do not reflect as much light to the skies as we used to.  This in turn means more sunlight reaches earth’s surface and is contributing to global warming. 

My View – I am no expert on the subject of global warming.   In Saskatchewan,  there is much denial on the subject  – especially as far as how much global warming can be attributed to humanity.    I personally believe that  global warming is  a problem and that this problem is growing exponentially.   I believe that anything that contributes to global warming creates other  issues that contribute  to global warming.   Issues that are out of our control. 

It has long been understood that humanity causes, or contributes, to global warming by carbon emissions via the burning of fossil fuels.   It may not be the only factor.  It may not even be the most significant factor.  But, it is one factor that we can address.

We are not at a place where we can end our reliance on fossil fuels. We are at a place where we can be aware of what we are doing and how we can do it better – from the recovery of fossil fuels, the processing of fossil fuels, the delivery of fossil fuels, right to the end use of fossil fuels.  That is at least an acknowledgement that there is a problem and that we can all contribute to the solution of the problem.

That is my News & Views for today.   As always, feel free to comment below.

Take care and have a great day! 💞

Survival

The Saskatchewan floods and frigid weather have passed. Most of our plants have survived so far. We will see how many make it through the hurricane strength winds today!

All of the pepper plants seem good – sweet bell, mini bell, and hot varieties. 🌶️
Kat’s Tiny Tim tomatoes and our Roma, San Marzano, Beefsteak, Better Boy and multicolor all look good. Except for one multicolor plant – I think Kat ate it. 🙄
The petunias are still small but starting to bloom 👍
The wildflowers under our bedroom window seem to be fine – a bit messy, maybe 😉
I just loved the color of these plants at the garden centre but not so sure now. Will see once they have a chance to grow a bit.

Stay safe and have a good day! 🌞

Bronchiectasis

I finally received all of my test results back and saw my specialist last week. Yea, I have bronchiectasis. (Because I couldn’t get something I can pronounce). 🤦

As diseases/conditions go, it isn’t the worst one to get. It is rather miserable since it makes it difficult to breathe, which is never fun (my bronchial tubes are swollen up from scar tissue and the like). It is chronic but can be managed with medication and exercise. I do have to go to the hospital for more testing and I am not thrilled about that. But, it is not fatal – so there is that. 😊

It is rather damp and chilly out today but I had better get out there and get walking. I have to work to get my lung function and blood oxygen level up. 🙄

Have a great day🌞

Life in the Frozen North

My poor little car is down for the count. I am not sure if this is even a thing, but it would seem my automatic steering fluid has frozen. Whatever the problem is, my power steering no longer has the power to steer.

We are lucky that we do not live in an area where we generally see hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes or the like but when our temperature drops down to the minus 40’s things tend to seize up – especially vehicles. Aluminum rims shrink and tires go flat, fluids freeze, batteries die, doors freeze shut. It is too much fun – especially when it is too bloody cold to deal with all this fun stuff.

Fortunately, I live a block away from where my workmate lives so for tomorrow we will carpool and Dan will drive his Jeep, which I usually drive when he is working. Even more fortunate, the temperature is supposed to start going up this weekend. 😊

Winter in Saskatchewan

The mercury is dropping out of the thermometer so thought I would share a few pics of our winter season. These pictures are of years gone by as we have not gotten a lot of snow yet this year. We have however had a few days where the temperature has dropped to obscene nether regions so will take any sympathy I can get.☃️

On our way home from my son’s. They were having such a blizzard when we left that Dan could not see their driveway and drove over their lawn. We couldn’t resist sending them this pic when we stopped on the way home and saw this sign.😂
My favourite – icy roads at the crack of dawn😟