At Last!


At last we have a beautiful spring day! It is 15C out there, the sun was shining this morning, although it has disappeared now behind grey clouds, and there is a lovely breeze, as opposed to wind. Thursday and Friday were dismal indeed, cold, heavy rain, high winds… but today, beautiful!

Attila just came back from a visit to the home building center. Attila was again the only person wearing a mask when he went to the building center. People were properly lined up outside the store, two meters apart as required, allowed to enter one by one, and the cashier was behind her plexiglass wall. No one was wearing a mask, not the staff, not the customers. Except for Attila, he wears his mask, he changes and washes his clothes when he comes home. We hope for a vaccine for the coronavirus, and accept that it might never come. In the meantime we intend on enjoying what we do have, and that we are relatively safe as long as we avoid other humans.

Attila is just finishing off the last of the fiddly bits on the third wall of the basement. That makes three walls completely insulated, dry walled and painted. The fiddly bits today are the wiring, the ground rod outside needed to be replaced, so we ordered a new one, Attila went to pick it up, and now he is installing it.

The fourth wall is insulated, and has the vapour barrier installed, but it is a wall that will be challenging to finish with drywall, as the pipes, water and sewer, and the heating system, and the hot water tank, are all lined up along that wall, so it needs finicky, bit by bit, application of drywall, and in some areas wallboard because drywall is too thick. But the insulation is there, we have the benefit of that, the drywall is just the finishing touch that is missing.

At last I can sit on a chair in the basement, and begin to plan on how to arrange things, to organize things. I will take my time planning, as I don’t want to do this twice! We have waited 10 years to get to the point where we can begin to organize the basement for optimum storage and use. I feel rather stunned, and excited, that the day has finally arrived!

Last week I managed to find yeast to make my bread, and cocoa for baking, with the online order. Attila wanted to celebrate that we have chocolate, and initially thought of cookies. But I cannot eat cookies, the sugar content is far too high for me. We finally decided on a loaf of Whole Wheat Chocolate Bread (yeast bread), which is in the bread machine right now. It smells wonderful!

When I want to “deep clean” fabrics, such as dish cloths, or pot holders, I boil them for ten minutes in a big pot of water on the stove top. This morning it is pot holders in the pot. After boiling and then rinsing them, they will be popped into a load of laundry to be washed, then hung up to dry on the back porch clothesline.

The Heliopsis is coming up beside the fence, with a a Day Lily…
both transplanted from my Granny’s garden, growing with love in mine.
The Wild Geranium is up! The blooms are small and delicate,
but oh so pretty when they arrive.



Date: 1:00 PM EDT Saturday 2 May 2020
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.5 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 9.4°C
Dew point: 6.5°C
Humidity: 82%
Wind: SSW 21 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


“whoever saw old age that did not applaud the past and condemn the present?”
Michel de Montaigne
1533 – 1592

Well! The thing to applaud about the past is that we survived it; it is sure thing. The thing to condemn about the present is that we may not survive it. Age brings increasing awareness of this, and the difference between past and present becomes more poignant. There are some adroit young people who are also aware, but they are usually regarded as “pessimists”.

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Spring! Isn’t it wonderful?!! Congratulations on your basement. It must feel like your house is that much bigger, now that you have extra space to use. Kudos to Attila in taking all the precautions he takes. He’s protecting both of you.
I was thinking last night that many will probably get lax when the weather warms and case numbers decrease a bit. But the virus is still out there and will possibly come back with a vengeance in the Fall. I think the survivors in the pandemic will be those who have the fortitude to continue taking precautions. We’re used to world problems being solved, sometimes quickly. But what if they can’t develop a vaccine and this problem isn’t solved quickly? I think it would be prudent to redefine our lives in a way where we can do the things we love and enjoy, but still take precautions with our gloves and masks. Some younger people will have a terrible time adapting to that type of new normal!
Enjoy the day, my friend!

Joan Lansberry

You sure are doing EVERY thing to avoid getting the bug, so I hope and pray you’ll not get it. (I’m not quite that diligent, I’m afraid.)
But it’s strange, the people who are living like there’s no danger at all. I wish ’em “luck”…. they sure are gambling.

Yes, I’m glad you’re getting green things growing now.


I think we’re very lucky to be living in Canada, 98% of known COVID cases are mild. Only 2% are serious/critical.

Your rhubarb looks great! I always have a taste for rhubarb this time of year. We should probably get some plants, though I don’t know which yard we could plant them in right now and be sure to use it. Might want to wait, after all.


Dearest Maggie, and friends: your discussion on mending…my mother made all of our clothes, except coats, sweaters, and underwear. However, one year for Christmas, everyone received 12 pairs of panties. She had come across some nylon, and went to town…she even included all of the grandchildren! We got some really wild colors that year. Mike inherited an old sewing machine ( really old), and he will drag it out, and does quite a lot of mending. He loves the old machine. I had my first
“Outing” the past Wednesday, since March 3rd. We took all 3 dogs to the clinic for vaccinations, heart worm checks, and a year of the Heartworm preventive. We decided to use the low cost clinic this year. Our regular vet charged us over $900 last year…this year, we only paid $310. The clinic only allowed one person in at a time, required masks, and were very efficient, kind, and professional. Everyone was lined up…6 feet distance apart. We got there early, for Sr Citizen time. All 3 checked out great. I probably would not do all of the vaccinations every year, but should we ever have to board them, it is required. I would never skip the rabies…just too dangerous. Texas has opened ALOT of retail, restaurants, salons, etc. I think it is too early, but I can understand the plight of small businesses. We are supposed to hit 97 degrees tomorrow….we have completely skipped Spring. My garden helper is suppose to come the next 2 Saturdays….I can’t wait. Maggie: please send me an email so that I send you something in reply. Every time I try to email you…it doesn’t work on my end somehow. Our Bichon, Cooper, looks like a sheep dog…he has never gone this long for his grooming. They are all 3 going this coming Saturday to their beauty shop! Well, time for my reading…back to you soon. xxoo Margarett


I see that Ontario has approved the “re-opening” of a few businesses that hadn’t really closed: nurseries, garden centers, lawn care, and numerous kinds of construction. Our first step. Now, if folks just don’t get too crazy with it.

DH and I wore masks grocery shopping, yesterday. It made me feel a bit better when the odd person decided to go the wrong way down an aisle or decided to just block half an aisle as they chatted on their cell.


No, my comment was that, when confronted with someone closer than I preferred, I felt more safe because I was wearing a mask. We hadn’t had masks before this.