Fort Rouge community correspondent
Dan Sylvestre is a community correspondent for Fort Rouge.
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’Tis the season to be ______ ?
Obviously, the blank should read “jolly” but if you’re have lost someone special in your life, the holiday season can be a time of sadness. My heart goes out to all those who wish they could be a little jollier at this time of year.
That said, if you need some cheering up during the holiday season, what better reason than to spoil yourself a little. Maybe it’s time to buy yourself a giant TV or make financial plans for that family vacation you’ve been putting off?
If you are looking for some holiday happiness, I recommend that you spend your time with whatever activity that warms your heart and just dive right in.
You know what’s on my mind right now? Well, it’s not the coffee in my kitchen, it’s the dead mice in my garage!
I’ve got a small wood shop, approximately 200 square-feet, attached to the back of my garage and in the corner is an old pull-out couch where my older dog likes to chill. It’s the perfect scene as she sleeps there, and I putter in the shop on these beautiful summer days. Although the summer has been great, mother nature is already letting us know that winter is around the corner and instinctively, creatures are looking for a cosy place to set up for the long winter months ahead.
The other day “man’s best friend’’ was frantically chasing something near a box of bark I had been too lazy to throw out. After some quick investigation I heard squeaking coming from the box and as I lifted the pieces of wood from atop the pile, my mind spasmed slightly; I discovered a newborn litter of mice. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a tree-hugging animal lover as much as I can be, but when it comes to mice in my house (or wood shop) that’s where I draw the line; these creatures are nothing more than a nuisance in the home. The next few moments are a bit foggy as my mind raced in a state of panic on how to best rid myself of these unwanted guests.
My first instinct was to burn the box, in classic pyromaniac form. I even had the can of gas out in the middle of the yard ready to go; until the dog got into the box again and one of these little mice was lying helplessly on the grass. With his little eyes closed to the world a new notion came over me: “I don’t need to burn these guys to death, I just need to get them as far away from my house as possible.” I proceeded to march the box of mice some 500 feet or so down to the forest near the river where I left them to have nature take its course.
Driving to work down Dunkirk Drive recently, I abruptly turned my head when I saw two polar bears fighting in someone’s front yard.
These snow sculptures, along with another couple of polar bears, are a great example of someone taking advantage of the beautiful weather and keeping busy during this COVID-19 pandemic.
There are several videos online on snow sculpting; even on how to build an igloo, which could also be a lot of fun.
It’s easy to just turn on Netflix and melt into the couch, but with this incredible winter weather, what better thing to do than enjoy the outdoors.
This has been a strange and frustrating year. And I think English singer Robbie Williams says it best in his song Can’t Stop Christmas.
I first heard this song just the other day and had to share it, as I’m sure many of you are feeling the same as me. I hope you enjoy the lyrics and can still have an enjoyable holiday season despite the shape our world is in these days.
You can find Can’t Stop Christmas on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/BW4nXP9N7Fg
Take care everyone. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
“The times they are a-changin’.”
Never have Bob Dylan’s lyrics from 1964 meant so much to me. The variation of change brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic is significantly different depending on where you are but it is now impossible to avoid it.
Small country stores have lenient guidelines when it comes to masks and sanitization and many people outside Winnipeg are not wearing masks but in the city it is a different story; basically everyone sports a facial covering and some may even give you a death stare if you aren’t wearing yours.
On a recent Friday night, there was a grand total of eight people in the movie theatre, including my wife and me.