Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:
[This is the site I visit to fantasize about
living in Toronto again, which is almost
day during the winter]
Jonathan Cainer's Zodiac Forecasts
[This is where I visit in the morning, when
I need a positive spin on things past, present
[This is where I go to see what Canadians
are up to, sometimes I even buy things from
the businesses listed there.]
Environment Canada Weather
[This is the site I visit every morning,
and before every road trip during the winter]
The air is scented with life! My windows
are thrown open and the fragrance of
growing things drifts around me, sweet
in the air. Bliss.
Waking up in the morning is always a
good thing. It isn't always pleasant,
some days are better than others, but
it is always welcome.
I have no work scheduled, none at all.
I"ve decided that the best course
of action is to meditate and ask the
universe to at least allow me to stop
worrying about all those bill payments
that may or may not be made in the future.
I've tried, really tried to work. My
efforts have proved ineffective for
decades; ever since I left the academy.
It isn't for lack of trying, or lack
of education, experience and qualifications
that I have found no
of income. I don't know if it is a sign
of the times or a sign of being a woman
of a certain age. Impossible to tell.
However, whatever the reasons, they
are completely beyond my control. Apparently
I have retired without a pension. Don't
be envious, anyone can do this.
The leaves have unfurled on the trees,
and the shade of the forest canopy deepens
day by day. In our small flower garden
we have periwinkle and narcissus and
daffodils and tulips. We have had mostly
sunshiny days this spring, with enough
rain to keep things growing and green.
Attila continues to build a fire in
the masonry heater every third day.
We do not need the heat at this point,
but the masonry heater must be kept
charged in case we need it again during
May. By the end of May we will cease
to fire it.
The genealogy project has slowed down.
Most of the truly difficult work has
been accomplished. The basic family
configurations have been recorded, some
of the mysteries solved and now what
remains is to confirm, in as much as
is possible, the data with Census and
Vital Records. This is slow work, as
one follows the myriad of root tendrils
that have been laid down in North American
soil by generation after generation
My favorite part of the whole process
is discovering the people who lived
in my Grandparents community. Many of
the names are familiar, many of the
people a part of my childhood memories.
I love to connect people to my experiences
and the stories I heard as a child.
We have planned a family get together
for the weekend. My Mom, siblings, children
and their husbands, nephews and partners,
nieces and partners, grandchildren,
grandnephew and grandniece plan on joining
us. The family is traveling substantial
distances to get here, from all over
Ontario. I love having a house full
of people, all the better that they
are people I love!
Attila and I have enjoyed planning
the food for the event. I have my chemical
allergy, Mom is lactose intolerant,
Imp gags on things like raisins.
It takes some care to plan a meal
all. We have planned enough variety
so as to accommodate all sorts of dietary
restrictions and choices.
We are spring cleaning. Slowly reorganizing
our belongings, discarding some things
(not many things!) and bringing other
things out for use during the snowless
I am hoping to manage a small vegetable
garden on the deck this summer, it is
the only sunny spot on the property
as we live in the forest. The other
issue with a ground level garden is
the animal population, there isn't much
one can grow that does not attract local
The days are passing by peaceably and
|RECIPES :: Cast
Petals with fingers that beckon into the
back to the center of beauty, the mother.
Who Knows Where the Time Goes
On The Screen
Jeeves and Wooster
Starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie
By The Easy Chair
Pigs in Heaven
by Barbara Kingsolver
"We must let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the one that is waiting for
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