A quiet weekend at home.

My drive to work one morning in Muskoka.
My drive to work one morning in Muskoka.

THE most pleasant aspect of my jobs is the drive to work. There is always something to see that inspires awe. That every day it is something entirely different is in itself amazing. I took this photo after an overnight snow storm, this is an underrepresented portrayal of the beautiful landscape.

When I came to this portion of my journey one morning, I obeyed the sign. I stopped at the sign and jumped out of the car to take this photograph. After returning to the car and bending over to return the camera to my bag, I stood up to find the glorious light had vanished as the sun rose.

Attila and I have spent a quiet weekend at home. No shopping, no traveling, just making ourselves busy with the day-to-day that did not get done on a day-to-day basis.

Attila shoveled the snow off the deck, which was getting rather heavy since all the snow on the south side of the roof lands there. We are expecting rain this week and needed to lighten the load on the deck, as snow becomes very heavy when saturated with rain.

Attila picked up our new cooking range on Friday and one of his co-workers came over after work to help hoist the beast up the narrow stairwell. The electrical outlet was in the wrong spot for this range, so that the range could not be pushed into place between the cupboards. Today Attila cut the power to that line and moved the power outlet for the range. It is now sitting snug and secure where it should be.

The old range just was not going to go down that stairwell. So it sits on the deck, well covered with a tarp, waiting for an opportunity to lower it down with ropes. It never ceases to amaze me that the floor plan of this house is so poorly designed. We do remedy some of the bloopers as we maintain the property, but to fix them all at one go would cost a fortune. I am referring to structural adjustments rather than cosmetic changes.

I think the first non-essential project I would invest in is moving the deck so that it does not lie directly in the path of the snow as it falls from the roof. This would significantly reduce the winter shoveling chore for Attila. That would give him more time to spend with me!

We have been using the oven for the first time and the smell is objectionable. I have the air cleaner running full blast and hopefully that will remove the odor today.

I have been updating some of my websites. This is long overdue, and it feels great to get all those little-jobs-that-add-up-to-a-big-job done.

I haven’t had a chance to get back to my genealogy research. However, it is almost at the top of the to do list now.

The day was beautiful, sunshine and a playful breeze. I didn’t get out to enjoy it. I should, I know, but my heart isn’t in it. The safe areas to walk are short and it gets very dreary walking the same short route. Also, I am much happier puttering around in my head than I am wandering around in the bush.

Worldly Distractions


-6 °C
Condition: Cloudy
Pressure: 102.7 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: -5.8°C
Dewpoint: -11.5°C
Humidity: 64 %
Wind: 4 km/h


“Yet if he upbraided her in his hurry, it was to repent bitterly his temper the next instant, and to feel its effects more than she, temper being a weapon that we hold by the blade.”

The Little Minister
James M. Barrie
(also wrote Peter Pan)

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Stubblejumpin' Gal (Kate)

I too battle against finding my daily walks, always one of two routes, boring. I have to remind myself that every day is different — the light, the wind, the birds and animals I may see, and the thoughts in my head! — if only I pay attention. I can’t afford to let myself start skipping the walks, so I have to find a way to remain enthusiastic! I’ve lost a pound a month, on average, since starting the brisk 45-min walks in June, and am feeling (and looking, I think) better. It’s all about preventing heart problems, so by cracky, I get out there whether I feel like it or not. And most days I don’t feel like it. I know how you feel.


What a beautiful photo! Thanks for sharing that moment.


The photo is breath taking. I miss seeing sights like that. Thank you for sharing it.