How to help Minden Ontario

Photos from the Minden Times Facebook page

Minden is one of several communities that have experienced flooding this spring. If you follow my blog, you’ve probably noticed I blog a lot about Minden, Ontario. I grew up there, and return several times a year to see family and friends. It still feels like home, and it is upsetting to be so far away from it right now. A State of Emergency was declared on April 20th, not a lot has changed since then. A lot of the town is still under water and officials from Parks Canada suggest that it will take at least a week before the water recedes.

Minden hasn’t got as much press as bigger towns experiencing flooding, but people are definitely hurting. People are angry, too. The local MP, Barry Devolin, took a week to come by to survey the damage and Parks Canada is currently on the defensive about the extent of their responsibility (i.e., they’re claiming no responsibility). Not that I’m saying Parks Canada is responsible, but I’ve never seen flooding like this in my lifetime, and this is the first spring thaw since the cuts to Parks Canada went through. Parks Canada oversees the Trent-Severn Waterway (TSW), of which the flooded Gull River is a part. Some people have suggested that the TSW is experiencing more flooding than area waterways that are not part of the TSW. I can’t say for myself, as I haven’t had the opportunity to visit Minden since the flooding started, but I can see why people are suspicious.

Regardless of whether blame can be assigned, lots of insurance policies will NOT be covering this type of flooding. Overland flooding is not often part of home insurance policies. People are finding this out the hard way and they will need help. Please consider helping. Since lots of scams pop up in the wake of disasters such as this, donations are encouraged to be made directly to the township:

Township of Minden Hills

7 Milne St.

P.O. Box 359

Minden, ON

K0M 2K0

 

Or donations can be made online with debit, credit cards, or PayPal HERE.

Please donate soon, as each dollar raised by the township will be matched by the Ontario government!

Little Updates

August, and most of July, were pretty awful. I won’t go into detail here, but a few big bombs dropped, followed by some personal and family illnesses. It wasn’t good. It still isn’t good, but it’s getting better. Or maybe I’m getting used to it. It’s hard to say. There are still things changing around here, but I feel less like the world is coming to an end.

Anyhow, with all the stress & bullshit, I’d pretty much abandoned my hobbies. It’s pretty lame, but I tend to do that, when I should be doing the complete opposite. I hardly knit anything, I ignored the blog, I stopped listening to and playing music, and I ignored a lot of my friends online and off. It wasn’t so much that I didn’t want to do these things. It was more of a lack of energy, and a general feeling of pointlessness. I’m going to make more of an effort to keep these things going when I feel awful, so I have something to fall back on. Or at least something to distract myself with. We’ll see how that goes.

We just came back from a visit to my parents’ house, and it was pretty nice. I love seeing them. I love seeing the dogs. I love seeing how things have changed or stayed the same. The weather was weird – super hot, stormy, and then super cold – but it was OK. The weather didn’t really interfere with anything we wanted to do.

I’ll leave it at that for now. I tend to see September as a fresh start, don’t you? Maybe it’s left-over from years of starting school in September, or the changing of the seasons or something. I don’t know. It just feels a bit different writing “September” in the date. It’s a nice feeling though, and I’m going to take advantage of it.

Peterborough Yarn shops

On the weekend, as I mentioned in my previous post, I hit up some of the local yarn stores while I was in Peterborough. My first “local yarn shop” in Peterborough has now shut down. Apparently, it shut down over 3 years ago… suspiciously coinciding with my own departure from Peterborough. I hope the chunk of revenue they lost when I left didn’t put them over the edge…. Anyway, I’ll miss Yarn Ewetopia. Luckily some great independent stores have taken its place.

The first one we went to was called Crop Circles, and it was more of a crafting store than a yarn store. I wasn’t too optimistic at first, but they did  have a nice little selection of yarn. The staff were attentive and friendly. I was helped by “The Yarn Whisperer” (Kathi) while I was there. She showed me this neat ribbon yarn that knits up into a wavy fishnet-ish scarf, and I ended up getting two balls of it. It’s called “Ondas” by Katia. I bought it in black, of course.

It knits up pretty strangely, but the end product is a lovely lush scarf, so I will likely stick with this one.

Then we went over to Needles in the Hay. They call it “a lovely little yarn shop” and boy, they aren’t kidding! Such a great little store. It’s in one of the historic downtown buildings, with hardwood floors, old brick walls and high ceilings. Beautiful. I wish I had taken more pictures in the store. The owner, Bridget, politely kept her distance as we “ooohed” and “awwwed” and fondled different hanks of yarn, but she was helpful whenever we needed her. We browsed the books (lots of independent and Canadian designers) and contemplated purchasing some pretty scarf kits. I definitely could have stayed for a while, but Mr. A was out wandering around Peterborough and I had to think of him.

I easily could have spent a few hundred dollars at Needles, but I tried to keep things under control. I ended up buying a skein of Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock Yarn in “Northern Lights”. That’s it getting wound into a ball on the swift in the last picture. Bridget was nice enough to give it a whirl before we left. Balls are so much easier than skeins.

I also got a ball of Schoppel Wolle’s Zauberball. I couldn’t resist. The colours are too amazing. I’m probably going to make a little scarf out of this one. Seriously, take a look at these colours…

Amazing! Photos don’t do it justice.
So, check out these great places if you’re in town. It’s little places like these that make Peterborough a fun place to explore and come back to.

Peterborough Trip

Mr. A & I took off for the weekend.

We had a mini road trip to Peterborough (Ontario) and saw a few friends and visited some old haunts. It was pretty decent, even though we didn’t get to see everyone or do everything we hoped. Pam was a good host, and we very much appreciated her letting us crash with her. We finally got together with Sam, a friend I’ve known over the internet for over 8 years, but somehow had never “met”. It was great to meet him (& his kitties) and see his wild apartment.

I plan on making a little knitting-related Peterborough post, but I’ll save that for another time.

One of the most entertaining things about the weekend was Pam’s cat, Bella.

At first she was kinda timid, I mean, look at this little cutie. But before long, she became a writhing mewing little heat-monster. Cats in heat are annoying, but can also be pretty funny. Here she is making out with one of Pam’s kitchen chairs.

Cat Bloggin’ Friday: Something’s Fishy

Darling Kiki is still doing well.

She’s had a pretty exciting week or so. We moved our fish tank (with Superfish in it) from a slightly wobbly bookshelf in the living room to Mr. A’s desk. We did this because I was having visions of the shelf collapsing and crashing into our new TV, as well as dumping Superfish on the floor with a few hundred books & dvds. We took everything off the shelf and reinforced it with some better screws.

Anyhow,  Kiki rarely noticed Superfish when his tank was on the bookshelf. Once in a while we’d find her looking up at it from the floor, but she never tried to jump up there to take a good look. She didn’t care. But now… you know where this is going… now that she can jump up on Mr. A’s desk and sit beside the fish tank, she’s obsessed.

It’s difficult to see, but in that last picture, about 3-4″ of Kiki is hanging over the edge of the desk. She hasn’t taken a tumble yet, but she’s come pretty close. I’m sure it will happen eventually. She gets mesmerized by Superfish.

In other news, we bought her a new collar, and it has little rubber ducks on it.

How freaking cute is that?

Addendum:

It should also be noted that Kiki stepped on the surge protector under my desk, right on the on/off switch, and turned off my computer right after I wrote that sentence. Thank you, WordPress backup feature. Kiki can be a real badass… sometimes.

little updates

  • Won the 50/50 draw at work last week. It was part of the current United Way campaign. It wasn’t enough to retire, but it will cover a few X-mas presents. First time I ever played, too.
  • Speaking of X-mas, I’ve started knitting a few presents already. Probably should have started a month or two ago, but I’ve had other things on the go. I’ve also started making those knitted X-mas ornaments again.
  • Went to a toddler shower & delivered the monkey toy. I think it went over quite well. I was almost sad to see him go!

  • We’ve been watching a lot of Kids in the Hall (again). This is was on the last episode we watched…