One thing I knew for sure was I didn’t want a female, miniature, long haired dachshund, and that’s exactly what Frieda is. When I wanted to have kids, I always wanted two girls, and instead got two boys, so life’s funny that way isn’t it? Ya just never know what’s gonna happen next.
Now, however a terrible sadness has descended as my only brother, dear Freddie, is dying, and so it’s horrible to deal with that, and especially during this corona virus business.
Frieda’s job, besides being the female namesake of Freddie, is to divert us all and bring dachshund joy into the day. So far, the diversion part is working great as she makes puddles and piles of crap anywhere and everywhere, so one is always walking around in fear.
And the joy is definitely there as she and Louie will do that adorable wrestling over the same toy where they each have an end of it and are doing a tug of war, growling. She also does cute stuff like gently bite my nose, however that’s less adorable after I’ve seen her helping herself to one of the cats’ turds.
Social distancing is all well and good, however I’ve been able t o stay current with friends by making dates to meet and walk along the Mission Creek Greenway. We walk half an hour each way, get caught up, and go home satiated.
In the last blog I’d mused perhaps I’d killed my dahlias by putting them into the greenhouse too early and indeed, maybe half of them show no signs of life. But I got a bunch more from my friend Lynne in Osoyoos and hope to have a grand showing of them this summer.
My cousin was going to come from Germany this July, and now I suppose that’s off. I can’t imagine the stress of people who’ve booked halls for weddings or family reunions. It’d be wonderful to have a crystal ball to see when all of this will finally and mercifully end.
The one positive thing about this is you can phone a friend at any time, and guess what, they’re home and are free. Though in Kelowna the weather’s very nice and I’ve been spending more time out in the yard as the sun’s lovely and rejuvenating.
We’re told to head out into the fresh air, and I think it’s good advice. Yesterday Nicky said do you hear the frogs down in the pond? He also pointed out the interesting sounds a crow was making in the tree as he worked. Nature helps at these times.
Because when you look around you see the trees don’t give a rat’s ass about covid 19, they’re sprouting leaves and blooming away. The dandelions are starting to dot the lawns, and my apricot tree has the usual sparse blooms indicating another disastrous year of apricot growing.
As we know, some things are predictable, and others aren’t, and so we have to try to be brave and roll with the punches.