There is a ten day moratorium on heavy lifting after cataract surgery but we were still busy with no heavy stuff and then carried on doing all the stuff that had to be done before winter if we went away and all the stuff if we stayed. Work starts for me later this month and could run until just before we go south or just before we find out we cant go south. All the July, August and September chores must be done. We do most leaving some minor trailer stuff and the annual chimney cleaning to fit in somewhere before winter.
Hard to think about winter when it is 33 degrees (91 on the understandable scale) in Meadow Lake on July 2nd and many days after. Hard to be thinking about being prepared for winter.
Ten days after the cataract surgery in North Battleford we drove back to North Battleford for the follow-up appointment. The doctor dent a letter to the DL people that I no longer require corrective lenses to drive. Heavy lifting restriction was lifted.
Ezekial came from Edmonton to visit his cousin, Kohen, in Meadow Lake for a few days. Aunt/mom Deborah took them wilderness camping for a few nights. I put them to work hauling the piles of wood I had gathered from the bush and putting it on the burn pile at Debbie and Ernie’s.
When we had horses we had horse flies, now we have deer so we have deer flies. They are probably the same nasty creatures. One of them bit Juanita’s ankle in two spots. Her ankle swelled and got nasty looking. What else would you expect from a nasty insect? Antibiotics helped. Eventually.
First fruits! - harvested our first eggplant (tiny but tasty)
Did on-line orientation for work
Went for Drug and Alcohol test. Was able to do this in Meadow Lake and the samples were couriered to Edmonton lab for testing.
July 22 - attend on site orientation at a fertilizer plant near Edmonton then drive home for the weekend where I did some last minute puttering and picked up a friend’s quad at the shop and carved a spot out to store it for a while.
I arrived in Edmonton the day before work started and bought some skinnier than previously owned jeans and cargo pants (Yay, keto!) and some minimalist shoes.
July 26 - Start working ten hours a day, six days a week until sometime in September. Son-in-law started there a week earlier so we car pool together. Work is a new experience with everybody masked up at all times for Covid. Lunchrooms are all partitioned off so each person has his own quarter of a picnic table, surrounded on three sides by plywood. We all wear trackers that start beeping if you are closer than two meters with anyone. The beeps get more insistent as the closeness persists. If anyone tests positive for Covid, anyone with recorded proximity of a certain duration goes for testing as well.
With way fewer than previous people per lunchroom we log a fair bit of walking just to and from breaks. Most days I walk more than 10,000 steps.
Juanita will shuttle back and forth from Meadow Lake to Edmonton for weekends with me. She brings books that have shown up from old requests at the local library. I get snippets of time in the mornings and on weekends to peck away at them.
Books of This Month
Books read this month before work started:
Airliner Down by John Etsil
Partners in Crime by Elise Sax
Jungle Up by Nick Pirog
The Power Couple by Alex Berenson
The Ghost Map (The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic and How It hanged Science, Cities, and the Modern World) by Steven Johnson
Strange Little Girl by John Dean
The Long Dead by John Dean
Cleaver Square by Daniel Campbell, Sean Campbell
People From Our Side: A Life Story with Photographs and Oral Biography by Peter Pisteolak
GI Brides – by Duncan Barrett & Nuala Calvi – Individual stories of war brides from England to America