"Improvise, adapt and overcome", a fetching quote which I've always admired. Clint Eastwood made it popular in the movie Heartbreak Ridge and it speaks of possibilities, particularly how we can apply it to our own lives.
A few readers are friends on FaceBook; the social media platform that can be helpful to learn of family, friends and church news. It can also be a frustrating exercise in exasperation.
It's happened before - someone replicating my FB account but the grandchildren took care of that and I never saw the 'fake' page. Last week a couple of people messaged me to say it had happened (again) and so this time I searched for my replication and was disappointed that someone would go to the trouble of impersonating me, a grandmother.
After reporting said person's impersonation to FB, I have to admit they were on the ball and had the page removed within an hour or so. This is when I decided to improvise and replace a profile photo of myself with my Avatar from Bitmoji. If you haven't tried this app, it's a lot of fun as you make an Avatar to look like yourself. Haha, mine even has wrinkles. (note: only for ios systems)
Before the whole thing was cleared up though, the impersonator contacted a few friends with political or other ulterior motives, one being my pastor. He knew it wasn't me right away as I would never address him by his first name. Pastor C asked the fake me pertinent questions and received dodgy answers after which he typed HACKER! I was shown the conversation at church on his phone. A tad embarrassing but that concern has been adapted and overcome.
Here is the second issue that required my attention. I was walking past the large kitchen window that faces the backyard and saw something disappearing into the pond.
Yikes.... this is where FB comes in handy with knowledgeable gardening associates and wildlife enthusiasts. Identified as a mink which are known to inhabit the areas around our inland lake but obviously travel within subdivisions in search of food. Google helped with their diet of fish, frogs, squirrels and birds so we assume all 40 plus of our goldfish are now gone. Maybe the frogs that hibernate in the mud at the bottom of the pond too. What action should we take?
Lets go back to last summer when I realized there were too many goldfish in our size of pond (like rabbits they multiply quickly) and would have to remove some - but what to do with them? I didn't to anything and now...problem overcome. However, a note to self.... be careful what you wish for and perhaps improvise something to discourage the return of the mink?
Sometimes it is hard to honour the commitment to have a certified wildlife habitat which means ALL wildlife and to let nature take its course. By eating our pond inhabitants maybe the babies of this mink will have a chance at life... Previously a blue heron and kingfisher have also eaten from our pond.
Life hasn't been all challenges, above I went for high tea with a friend. I didn't realize my glasses had picked up the sunlight from the window and were dark but I had asked a fellow if he would take a shot with my phone and I wasn't about to ask for a retake. There's something special about having dainty sandwiches, scones, petite sweets and drinking tea from a teacup while having good conversation.
Spring is in the air and a pair of cardinals have been in the backyard every day, staking out their territory and eating from the feeders. Imagine the improvising and adaptation birds and wildlife have to make to overcome losing their natural habitat. With the return of quite a few foxes to our area members of the community have said they've taken to building dens in backyards, having learned to coexist with humans. I hope the backyard habitat we've created will be found suitable as it would be fun to see little foxes scampering about.
I'll leave you with a small countertop spring display I put together which now sits on the windowsill over the sink. The hyacinth has opened to perfume the air, the weather has warmed and it feels like spring has finally arrived.
Take time for tea!