Ten Things of Thankful, May 22nd.

Oh hey – another long weekend I get to enjoy! One of the many things I appreciate about no longer working in a pack house.

Happy #1)

Speaking of Pack Houses and the Vegetable Greenhouse Industry, there is a documentary out I would dearly love to see called “Migrant Dreams” by Min Sook Lee. I suspect that for a couple of months I worked with the Indonesian women featured in it.

Happy #2)

This – The shame of our disposable workers  – appeared in a Toronto paper. Even in best case scenarios, working conditions in these enormous food factories that our labor code calls “agricultural labor” are horrible. They’re horrible for all workers, not just the Temporary Foreign Workers, although they get the brunt of it. There is no limit to the hours per week worked, there are limits to break entitlements and it’s just a situation ripe for and rife with abuses by employers.

On one article I read a couple of years ago, a woman claimed that if she was provided with housing she would love to take one of those TFW positions. Little do people realize that some workers are housed in bunkhouses that are infested with bedbugs or otherwise simply not what we would consider livable. Bunkhouses are not hotel rooms, they are shared cooking and washroom facilities and rows and rows of bunk beds with only a curtain (if the worker is lucky) around the bed for privacy.

I know how badly employees in this industry are treated from personal experience, but I can’t say too much because of my current position. I want to see people fired up about how poorly our migrant workers are treated while they labor to put food on our tables, instead of blaming the migrant workers for everything they don’t have themselves. Of course I have been diligently avoiding reading the comments on these articles so I can retain some faith in our humanity.

Happy #3)

2016-05-20 20.40.14I have these Skechers shoes I bought right before I went to California. They are super comfortable – which is what I wanted – and they look as cute as sandals with capri’s and crop pants. Perfect for someone going in and out of greenhouses right?

Well as you can see, these are shoes that would look pretty stupid with socks, and after just 10 minutes of me wearing them without socks, my feet STINK so bad that I don’t even have to be sitting down to smell them. That’s right – I can smell them standing up. I wash these shoes, they come out of the washer and look great. Within an hour they’re full of foot funk again.

So I am happy they’re comfortable but wowza – there is nothing, absolutely nothing cute about the smell.

Happy #4)

Three day weekend – Whoo Hoo! Better yet? We get the off peak electricity rate for an extra day!

Happy #5)

Kathleen Wynne, our sorry excuse for a Premier, may have finally delivered the straw that broke the camel’s (or voter’s) back. Her government has proposed a plan that will see the Ontario Building Code outlawing natural gas furnaces by 2030 – it’s only 14 years away people! – and people are outraged! I’ve been aware of what they were going to do with our electricity rates since the days of Dalton McGinty, but somehow the Liberals convinced voters it wouldn’t really cost us that much and voters fell for the rainbows and unicorn glitter farts. People are finally seeing reality and it’s about time!

Happy #6)

Did I mention the 3 day weekend?

Happy #7)

I have all of my patio planters done for the summer. 2016-05-21 18.43.44 2016-05-21 18.42.37 2016-05-21 18.42.26 2016-05-21 18.42.18Now it’s on to the vegetable garden and the flower beds/landscaping.

Happy #8)

My oldest went camping for the weekend with his dad. He took his dog – Jackson with him. I love my son but sometimes when he leaves it’s like an enormous weight or a seriously black cloud has left my personal space. I will fully enjoy it while it lasts and be thankful for him when he returns.

Happy #9)

Kindle Unlimited! I’m not on good terms with my local library (something about late fines and a brand new Jeffery Deaver book my cat managed to cover in spaghetti with sauce) so this Kindle Unlimited subscription is wonderful. I’m getting way more out of that fee than I’ve ever gotten from my Netflix subscription.

Happy #10)

Realizing there are two books in the Harry Potter series that I had never read and that they are available through my Kindle Unlimited subscription!


Ten Things of Thankful

Bonus Happy #11)

It seems I buy domain names like some women buy shoes, but I’ve created a space just for my plant and garden posts. Best of both worlds because I will get to share more of what I learn and know through my job while keeping this space for the somewhat less professional things – like my experience with on-line dating that you can find here. Mind, the language is quite raw so read at your own risk.

Author: Vanessa D.

Thirteen years ago, I was newly separated with a leaky faucet. I bought a new cartridge and came home to turn off the water while asking myself "What's the worst that could happen?" and got started. The worst that has ever happened is I've accidentally reversed the hot & cold and had to turn the water back off to fix it. Since then I've taught myself how to do as much as I can, because waiting for Prince Charming is not an option. I'm not so great at relationships, but I can handle this single thing and so can you.

18 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful, May 22nd.”

    1. Well they look cute at least. I am going to have to look for some of those little socks, or just stop wearing a pair of shoes that were kind of expensive and really comfortable.

  1. Hey, Vanessa, I like your new site. We haven’t begun to plant our patio pots or anything else except the herbs I got for Mother’s Day. I like that colored leaf plant – croatan or roatan? We saved pictures of our pots from last year (we really enjoyed them) and I guess we’re late – same as spring. It’s difficult to comment on the conditions of migrant workers, it’s one of those situations where awareness is key – so many people don’t even think or know about those living conditions. Very sad in our first world nations. I bought some little sock things that go inside flats. Maybe they would help with the shoes. They sure are cute. Have a good week.
    Valerie Newman recently posted…Ten Things of Thankful-WildlifeMy Profile

    1. I did the patio pots first because of the sample plants. I didn’t set up any place for germinating seeds this year, so there was no place in the house to have them that would be safe from the cat and dogs. Pictures from previous years planters sounds like an easy way to make sure you get the same mix again.

    1. I bought those chairs last summer and the color still makes me happy.

  2. Love your list of “happy” – it’s my kind of list. 🙂 Planters, shoes, and echoes of Indonesia. And I took Friday off from work. So yes, 3 DAY WEEKEND! Aren’t those awesome!? Hehe.

  3. Have you tried Dr Scholl’s deodorizing powder or spray? Either one will fix my sketchers right up between washings. You can get either at Target or a drug store.
    I love that antique mirror frame (I think it is) on your porch.

    1. It is an old mirror frame! I bought it at a small yard sale last fall intending to turn it into a sort of memo board. I put it on the deck “just for now” but liked the way it looked so much that it’s staying there. I love the chippy paint look of it, but the paint tends to flake off, so I might search out how to make what is left of it stay where it is.

    1. I just finished the last one! I can’t believe I’ve gone so many years thinking I had the full story! On-line dating is brutal for the ego, just brutal. My experiences made it very difficult to not lump all men in one pot and make some very unkind generalizations.

  4. Hey Vanessa! Happy 3rd day off of your 3 day weekend!

    “my feet STINK so bad that I don’t even have to be sitting down to smell them.” That made me laugh 😀 There is nothing worse than foot odor especially when you’re clueless it’s even going to happen lol.
    The planters look great. Good for you doing them all at once!
    I’m with Kristi. I love the color of your adirondack chairs.

    1. Usually the slimy feel gives me a heads up I need to wait for a private moment to take those particular shoes off – thank God! Isn’t the color of those chairs such a cheerful blue? I love them on my deck, especially because it can otherwise get a bit gloomy with all the shade.

  5. I just bought my mom half-socks. she wears them in shoes so the toes and such are covered, but the backs still look bare. Clever things. I think they make toe covers, too. Stinky shoes are not fun, though, for sure.
    Love the planters and the new site!
    We are headed for a FIVE day weekend for Memorial Day, due to a floating holiday and an unused snow day. We’ll take it!
    Lisa @ The Meaning of Me recently posted…#10Thankful – FragmentedMy Profile

    1. I think a FIVE day weekend counts as vacation! Long weekends are so restful, and after two years of working at a job that required 6 days a week every week, I truly treasure even the regular two day weekends.

    1. Kindle unlimited is to books what Netflix is to movies and television shows! One monthly fee – $9.99 and you can read as many books from the unlimited catalogue as you wish. Not every author is signed up for it, but I still find plenty to read and since I average 7 to 8 books a week I think I get my money’s worth!

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