Not much goes to waste on Prince Edward Island. In January, Christmas trees disappear from curb side as the city collects and chips them for compost. They are also used to fortify sand dunes along the beaches of the National Park and watershed conservation groups use them to fortify river banks.
Islanders have an option to donate their trees to goat farmers around the island. Who knew goats love to eat trees? Every year we see photos of tree-eating goats enjoying the remains of the festive trees dropped off by island residents. If we cut trees, I am glad we use them as we do.
It’s leftover day. My husband and I have a pattern of life like most seniors. He makes breakfast since he is up early. We have our main meal at lunch time, which I usually make, though he assists often. Supper is simple, toast, cereal, soup, whatever is around. We each get our own. We rarely eat a big meal in the evening and feel best on an empty stomach overnight. Leftover day means no morning meal prep or rush to exercise. Yay!
The Rad bikes we bought last year wait patiently in the garage for spring. These days, our recumbent bike keeps our legs moving and we plan a yoga regime to help with balance. We want to be ready for the bikes at the first opportunity.
To improve our biking experience we bought bike racks last year from Rad. We plan to load our backpacks on the bikes for picnics on the trail. Neither of us is able to carry the packs on our backs. When the racks arrived, they didn’t fit the bikes. My husband broke one trying to make it fit. Of course he contacted Rad and the company, aware of the problem by then, refunded our money. They also promised to replace them, free of charge, when they received the new ones.
Recently, the new racks arrived and though it took two of us to attach them to the bikes, we managed. Now more than ever, we want to ride, take our lunch and complete the Tip to Tip and Return ride of the Confederation Trail on Prince Edward Island within a year of having our bikes. Even if Covid continues, as long as our health is good, we should be able to complete it. We can’t wait.
Our nine year old granddaughter came from school talking about the poem, “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman. Her teacher played for the class Amanda’s reading of her poem from the U. S. presidential inauguration ceremony. She had the students react to what they heard. The class loved Amanda’s delivery and the message behind the poem. She is a great role model for young people throughout the world. Our nine year old certainly thought so.
And finally, things you never wanted to know about kale...I read about people leaving kale in the garden over winter to freeze and pick and decided to try it. I was doubtful! However the kale survives in the back yard vegetable path despite the freezing and all variety of weather. There are times it is covered with piles of snow. Strangely enough, I like the kale better than the summer harvest because it’s not as tough. That Russian kale would be one of the last living things left on a desolate planet!