Today was a provincial holiday called "Family Day". The day is intended to enable families to spend time together and bond. The holiday was first enacted in Alberta and slowly over time other provinces have followed suit. I think it is only a matter of time before the holiday becomes a national one. It has already grown from a provincial holiday for one province to a provincial holiday for 6 provinces.
It was a beautiful day today but I stayed in and made some nice soup and bannock bread. I didn't think to get photos but the food was good.
Today I did a bit of Spring cleaning though it isn't Spring yet. I've got so many small and large chores that need doing so am getting a bit of a head start. I washed one of the furniture covers for the outside patio and tidied a few things outside that were an eyesore for long. I also emptied and trashed a lot of dried goods that seem to have provided sustenance for bugs and washed out two of my (lower) kitchen cabinets.
I've never, ever had bugs in my dried goods before. Now that they have started it seems I can't get rid of them. There are two types. The first are tiny little black bugs that seem to like red lentils best (and brown rice). The second type lay a lot of eggs and once hatched they look like small moths. I first noticed the problem in some gluten free flour I'd purchased and thrown out long ago but I guess the eggs had spread. Whenever I think I've gotten rid of the bugs, I find more.
It has been a real nuisance and a waste of money. The little black critters even get into airtight containers. They are so tiny that they just crawl under the lids. I'm hopeful I got rid of them all now but somehow I think I might find a few more. Mostly everything they might be interested in has been trashed so I hope that means I've gotten rid of everything they like to eat.
I've been reading a few good books.
I'm still working on Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This book by a Nigerian author now living in USA is about a young Nigerian woman who moves to the USA. It begins with the woman getting her hair braided in a salon and flashes back to her family life and love life in Nigeria to set the backdrop of how she get to America. I'm just at the part where she is about to return to Nigeria and reunite with her first love. I'm enjoying the book very much and is the second novel I've read by this author. The first one I read was, Half a Yellow Sun.
Snow in May is a delightful little book of short stories set in the bleak landscape of Siberia, Russia. Personally, I don't really enjoy short stories. I prefer the fully developed story line that a longer book can provide. But the cover of this book appealed to me. It was only when I got it home that I discovered it wasn't a novel.
The setting for all the short stories is Magadan, an isolated fishing and mining town in northern Russia. It once was a transit center for prisoners sent to Stalin's labor camps. The young author, Kseniya Melnik, is also from Magadan and immigrated to Alaska at age fifteen. She earned an MFA from New York University and now lives in Texas.
The third book I'm reading is Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee. I'm still in early stages of the book. The protagonist, Jean Louise Finch, "Scout" has returned to Maycomb, Alabama from New York City to visit her aging father Atticus. Atticus is a long-time lawyer in Maycomb and some of you may remember him from the American classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, also written by Harper Lee. This is only her second novel and it is rumoured that she actually wrote it first but it was never published until summer of 2015. I am enjoying it so far despite some of the negative reviews it received. I was on the library's wait list for 7 months to get this book and I'll have to finish it and return it on time as there is still a significant waiting list of hopeful readers.
Tomorrow I'll be joining some elderly folks for a celebration of Chinese New Year. There will be singing, dancing and some foods that are eaten especially at Chinese New Year. It should be interesting and I'm looking forward to it.
I leave you now with a few shots I took today. We were fortunate to have a wonderful, sunny day and I believe tomorrow will be much the same. After that we expect heavy rains for the rest of the week.
|Much of the new snow that had fallen on the mountains last Friday has melted.|
This is my world this Tuesday.
I'm joining Lady Fi and others for Our World Tuesday.
Enjoy the rest of your week.