For the last two weeks I have been working flat out on an election blog for our municipality. I got involved with the local Business and Tourism Association which has an election committee and found myself very much involved in the all-candidates' meeting that the Association runs. There's quite a split in public opinion and the position of candidates here, one side being somewhat similar to the Tea Party in the States (only I guess it should be a Timmy Party here, hmm?) and the other much more "small L" liberal.
Anyway, there is a lot of controversy and the group was afraid that the all-candidates meeting might get out of hand. They decided that to keep it on a more even keel, all questions for candidates would have to be submitted in writing before the meeting got underway. And it became my job to number the questions coming in, type them onto a laptop and project each one up on a screen at the front of the hall as it was selected.
I borrowed my husband's lap-top, with its small screen and equally cramped keyboard and spent an unhappy hour hunched over it on an inadequate table, sorting and typing frantically. I would not have been finished save that the Ratepayers Association had seven pre-determined questions and dropped them into the question boxes in multiples. They would have flooded the questions if we had simply been pulling questions from the box, a somewhat sneaky ploy that is typical of how this campaign is going.
What with all of the meetings around that and the extra meetings generated by a review of the strategic plan at the Health and Community Services board of which I am past chair, I have been driving in and out of the village a lot. And looking sadly at the fall folliage and glorious fall flowers as I whip past with no time to spare. Yesterday I finally carved out some spare time on my way to physiotherapy and got some photos done for the 'fluff' prompt. And I've had a few other quick stops. Given the unusually rainy and windy September we have had and the fact that there is so much moisture that the fall colours are unusually muted, my fall haul is not as good as usual.
But, for what it's worth, here is a bit of catch-up.