Fresh Eggs & Masks

Fresh Eggs & Masks

As the sun raises over Châtellerault city hall on yet another Saturday morning, my mug of hot chocolate is throwing off steam and the blinds are still closed here in the living room. They’re mechanical blinds that go up at the flick of a switch, albeit rather noisily – so I’ll wait until I hear more stirring in the house before raising them.

I did hear the rooster crow when I opened the shutters in the kitchen, but I can’t hear him from here and even the dog is not stirring in his kennel yet – he spends nights there.

Let’s settle in for a few minutes together & I’ll tell you about the week…

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…Where to start?

On Monday, confinement restrictions will begin to be eased a bit here in France. We’ll be able to leave home without a formal justification, confirming where we live & why we’re not there.

Some kids will (in theory) head back to school although not ours… to begin with, it’s just the younger grades. Ours will continue to school from home until at least the end of May / beginning of June (but by then… what’s the point of going back really!?).

As for church services… we’ll wait at least until the beginning of June to know more… that too will continue unchanged for the moment… #Church@Home!

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“Soup to Milk” … extremes

“Soup to Milk” … extremes

* Today’s post brought to you by my mobile data *

There’s an expression in French… « soupe au lait ». It is used to describe someone (or something) that’s unpredictable, who can change moods quickly, someone of whom you want to be a bit wary. The quick explanation is that soup is hot and milk is cold… opposites… extremes.

If that expression comes to mind, it’s because Liz used it the other day to describe the weather the past few days… unpredictable. In the same day, we can have sun, showers, ominous clouds, blue sky, light breezes and heavy winds. Make no mistake, we’re well into Spring, but there are days…. It seems that our worlds, these days, is very much “soupe au lait”.

If I could draw on a somewhat related expression (about “extremes”) for the purposes of today’s post, it’d be “pleasure and pain”, for there’s been a bit of both over the past few weeks. Let’s start with the pain and work our way to the pleasure…

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Still no internet…

Still no internet…

Just a quick post to let you know that the absence of posts (#3GoodThings or otherwise) is still due to lack of internet & limited cellular data.

re. Internet Provider: let me just say that customer service standards are not the same here as they are back in Canada.

Still… lemme give you a few good things…

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GoodThings & Covid-19: #22

GoodThings & Covid-19: #22

So I’m a “day late and a dollar short” as the old expression goes.

I haven’t posted for the last few days and I don’t have it in me to try to catch up right now.

Internet has only been ‘hit n miss’ for the past week and today it’s completely ‘miss’. We’ve have zero internet all day (meaning I was unable to teach 3 classes by videoconference) and the service provider says that, in normal times, it can take 1-7 days to resolve the problem (and these are NOT normal times).

Umm… lockdown without internet could take things to a whole new level of crazy. Add to that that I’m composing this post on my phone, (hence why I’m not catching up… blogging by phone is not my cup of tea… my thumbs can’t take it!) 🙂

So… in the meantime, enjoy pictures of three good things… (1) a strawberry growing in the greenhouse (2) a pear tree in blossom in the yard and (3) home-made crocheted coasters to set coffee on… small comforts!



While your other activities are limited, read about the antics of teenagers on/around the Moncton-Buctouche Railway in the early 1920s.

Mckees Mills Railway

GoodThings & Covid-19: #21

GoodThings & Covid-19: #21

Today we got dressed for church, had music practice and worshipped… in our living room.

That’s been the pattern for the last several weeks. Strange but yet very new testament. On one hand it’s a privilege to go through this with the kids…. it gives them an example of what it’s like to live out faith when gathering AT church is not possible… and we can only gather AS the church. Oh the difference a preposition makes.

If there was ever a time when moms & dads needed to be mature enough to lead their kids… it’s now. No more relegating the task to Sunday School.

Before I start a sermon… I’d better get on to…

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GoodThings & Covid-19: #19

GoodThings & Covid-19: #19

While Coronavirus headlines have been grim in various parts of the world for weeks, there’s still been a feeling that it’s “elsewhere”. We’re not particularly hard hit in our part of France, for example (although we remain on strict lockdown like the rest of the country).

As news headlines back home in North America begin to offer up daily tallies of infections and deaths, where there may have been a sense of it being an “elsewhere” issue… it feels like that sense is fading.

All that makes it important for me to remember…

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GoodThings & Covid-19: #18

GoodThings & Covid-19: #18

French news is reporting that a shipment of facial masks, ordered by and destined for France, was redirected to the USA after US representatives on the ground paid 3-4x the previously agreed upon price, in cash, for the shipment.

As this crisis goes forward, what we’ve seen already in the form of panic buying (“Whatever I can get, great… for the next guy, too bad”) we’ll likely see more and more: “Every man for himself” … or in this case… every country.

There will be exceptions, for sure (I hope and I’m confident), but it’s all one more reason to focus on…

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GoodThings & Covid-19: #17

GoodThings & Covid-19: #17

OK, Corona got cancelled, you can return to your previously scheduled programming!

April Fools”

Is it considered poor taste to joke about that? I hope not. It is, after all, what everyone is waiting for and it IS better than putting an OXO cube or cool-aid in the shower-head nozzle after all (Now THERE’s an April fool’s prank, with credit going to Newfie friend Crystal (Huxter) Knowles – a very joke-y family).

Go ahead… try it… it could be one of someone else’s…

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