Yesterday was full of activity. Attila and I went grocery shopping, visited the dump to drop off the old broken freezer, dropped in at the bank, and made a flying visit to Terra and Lares’ place. Sunny and Sky are pink and bright eyed, and very healthy looking. They are so very different, their personalities are already quite distinct. I had a chance to feed Sunny, and to cuddle with her. There is nothing in my life so purely pleasurable as holding my grandchildren. Sky was sleeping when we arrived, but soon he was a awake and full of smiles, Lares even had him laughing out loud. Attila got a chance to feed Sky, in his own unique way, with Sky sitting upright, which looked a little bit awkward, but seemed to work very well, there was less spitting up after the meal than usual. Off we went home, as Terra and her family headed out to have the babies picture taken with Santa. Later in the evening, I received a second response to a request I had put on the internet for a VCR, as ours had died during the process of digitizing home VHS videos. I had already received a VCR from a kind person near our town, which we went to pick up yesterday. But when a second one was offered I decided that I would collect it as well, just in case the first gifted VCR quit on me before the job was finished. So off we went, it was a about a 45 minute drive, to pick up a very high quality VCR, which works really well. I give items away all the time, but this time it was my turn to be the recipient of generosity and good will.

One of the VHS tapes included a television clip of a dear friend performing on City TV Breakfast Television in Toronto, on November 12, 1991. I wonder that I had the wherewithal to actually accomplish recording the performance! At the time I was a very busy single Mom, working on my PhD, with very little free time. Those were the busiest, best, and close to the worst years of my life.

Here is Steve-Paul Simms, performing one of his own songs, on November 12, 1991, in Toronto. Since this is taped from a television program, I am not sure how long it will be allowed, but for now here it is. The commercials are there because I am busy with other things and haven’t the time to edit out the ads, the music starts around minute 3:38.

Attila is tackling the garage today, and I am cooking and baking. Already Attila has a huge pile of debris (wood debris, thanks Cathy for pointing out that this is best specified!), to be burned, we will probably try to get that transported to the Rideau Camp before it is completely snowed in, but we shall see.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 2:00 PM EST Sunday 27 November 2016
Condition: Partly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.0 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 4.4°C
Dew point: -2.2°C
Humidity: 62%
Wind: N 9 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


“The past beats inside me like a second heart.”
John Banville
1945 –
Quote from “The Sea”

Sunny October Day

Did you know that someone has invented “Mother-In-Law Day“. I did not know anything about it until I received a Happy Mother-In-Law day missive from Lares. What a surprise!

Terra stopped by today on her lunch break. She seems to be doing very well. She approves of how much unpacking and settling we have done. It is still amusing, that my daughter deems to approve of what I am doing, and choses to share that assessment with me. She does not approve of how much stuff we have, admonishing me for having too many belongings, and informing me that I do not need all of the stuff that I have. This too is still amusing. Attila and I will do as we please, she knows that.

The weather is lovely today, sunny and nippy. Attila took this opportunity to get out the extension ladder and prune the dead branches from the crabapple tree in the front yard. The seasonal yard waste pickup is this week, so we can bundle the branches, put the bundles out at the curb, and they will be taken away.

I am baking today, another fruit crisp. Yesterday I made peanut butter oatmeal cookies, and they are a big hit with Attila. He doesn’t eat a meal during the night, when he is on night shift, he does however have a few sweet things during his break, with his coffee. I love to bake, so this is working out rather well.

I like the night shift. I got a very good night’s sleep last night. I slept so well that I was still sleeping when Attila arrived home. He sleeps during the day, and it is very nice to have him here, tucked away in the bedroom, while I putter about the house.

Attila arose from his rest in the late afternoon, in plenty of time to mow the front and back lawns. After completing the back lawn he took a break, and came to grab me for a “sit” on the back porch.

It was a grand day for the end of October, and it was lovely out there, the sun shining, the light breeze blowing. The leaves are off our ash trees now, and the bare branches glittered with filaments of light, as the sun caught the hundreds of gangling spider webs woven through the branches. I am not a fan of spiders, but I have to admit, it was a beautiful sight. I haven’t noticed any increase in the number of spiders about the place, so perhaps this takes place every autumn, and we just have not been here to see it.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 4:00 PM EDT Monday 26 October 2015
Condition: Mainly Sunny
Pressure: 103.3 kPa
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: 8.4°C
Dewpoint: -0.6°C
Humidity: 53%
Wind: S 9 km/h


“The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time.”
George Bernard Shaw
1856 – 1950

Exactly! 🙂