Here’s a cute little video taken Saturday. I didn’t plan to make a video but only tried to get a good photo. The iPhone makes short videos out of your photos unless you tell it not to. I didn’t learn how to shut that feature off until after this. Anyhow, I sort of like it.

Spring is very raw here. Deck needs paint but it’s still a bit too cold to tackle that job.

Stephen P. H. Butler Leacock – The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto – (1913) The Year Book of Canadian Art, J. M. Dent & Sons, Limited.

We have so many squirrels in Toronto. Back in the days of Stephen Leacock, I think the city used to be called The City of Squirrels, or something like that.

For those unfamiliar with Leacock, he was an internationally known Canadian humorist back when flying balloons filled the skies of Paris and other major cities.

We have a copy of his noteworthy Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town which I remember looking at as a boy.

Listening to it today reminds me of visiting my grandmother in the 1960s and early 70s, who lived in a small town in rural Ontario. Just like Leacock’s ‘Mariposa,’ the town had a strong set of distinctive characters and even a Five and Dime, which was the old-fashioned equivalent, nay forerunner to the Dollar Store.

Enjoy your Sunday folks. We need to keep smiling, even as the world seems to be crumbling around us.