Beginnings Without Endings

Terra’s graduation was a big event for our family, with Lares, Attila and I, Luna and Janus, Imp, Elf and Tink in attendance. Good wishes were sent from Terra and Luna’s Grandma, Aunts, Uncles and cousins. Terra accepted her Diplomas and several Awards, one of them for Excellence in her studies. Well Done Terra! And a heart felt thanks to Lares who has Terra’s back, it warms her mother’s heart.

Attila and I are busy contemplating making changes in our life. We love our home, and the beautiful landscape around us, but it is remote from everyone Attila and I cherish.  We are initiating change.

Yesterday was very hot and humid. Today is cool and breezy. The sun was shining this morning, but is now well hidden behind a ceiling of grey clouds.

I have been applying for work this morning; it is always a dreaded activity, but it must be done. Attila has his resumes at the ready.

We are tired and happy, after our weekend away celebrating Terra’s graduation.

Worldly Distractions

Weather

16 °C
Condition:Partly Cloudy
Pressure:101.4 kPa
Visibility:16 km
Temperature:16.0°C
Dewpoint:6.5°C
Humidity:53 %
Wind:W 21 gust 35 km/

Quote

“Faith is, at one and the same time, absolutely necessary and altogether impossible.”
Stanislaw Lem
(1921 – 2006)

Rain, rain, rain

Wetland View: Our Backyard

Wetland View: Our Backyard

This morning we awoke to heavy rain.  We are to expect thunderstorm activity this morning.  A dreary, dripping landscape stretches as far as the eye can see.

Attila and I have decided to paint our main living space.  The main living space is a dark green, the colour it was the day we moved into the house.  This hasn’t been too awfully dark, because there are windows everywhere.  However, it is time to lighten things up.  Attila has cleaned the walls in preparation.  He must repair the hole in the wall, made by the previous owners for a speaker (?!?); the speaker is still there!

I am trying to purge excess belongings again.  Where do they come from!  Not a question really, because I know where they come from.  They are the accumulation of decades of frugal living.  We saved everything that came our way, because we might some day need it.  And although we have needed some of the things we saved, most of the things we saved have served only as weights, physical and spiritual.

This morning I have been putting up for sale the last of the accessories for the little trailer, which we lost to a fallen tree.  I anticipate that these will sell easily, as they are in excellent condition and the trailer was a vintage model owned by many collectors.  Next on my list is the our bass guitar, which is a Hagstrom Mk 11.  I haven’t yet figured out how to price it, as buying and selling isn’t usually one of my interests.  I think you get the picture, we have a lot of stuff.  We are people of endless curiosity, with a lot of interests.

Hopefully, if I slowly divest our premises of unused belongings, on a daily basis, the change will gradually become noticeable and the atmosphere lighter.  I know change is on its way, I guess this is my effort to have some input into how the world around me evolves.

Worldly Distractions

Weather

17 °C
Light Rainshower
Pressure:101.2 kPa
Visibility:15 km
Temperature:17.0°C
Dewpoint:16.4°C
Humidity:96 %
Wind:S 11 km/h

Quote

“I dwell in possibility…”
Emily Dickinson
(1830 – 1886)

Earth Quake

Rubber Boots and Geraniums

Yesterday, as Attila was walking through the kitchen towards the stove, pots began to rattle.  I thought it was just Attila’s heavy foot on the kitchen floor.  But no, when I glanced up at him he was not moving.  We looked at each other, puzzled.  Perhaps large trucks at the construction site a few doors down the road?  Perhaps.  The rattling continued for almost a minute, then ceased.  We shrugged and carried on with our lunch preparations.

Later in the afternoon Terra called to see if I had noticed the earth quake.  Aha!  So that is what made the pots rattle!

The visitor who tore open our garbage, and distributed it across the public roadway yesterday, may have been a raven.  I had seen a bear the day before, and Attila had spotted a large raven perched high on a tree just down the road, the morning of the incident.  Either way, we need a second garbage can to deter our visitors.

A quiet day, with intermittent torrential rain and sunshine. My geranium is moved indoors for the duration of the stormy weather, just in case we get hail. I’ve been wearing Attila’s rubber boots in my forays outdoors, even though they are much too big for me. I like clomping around in them, it delights my sense of the ridiculous.

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Quote

To the soul, there is hardly anything more healing than friendship.
Thomas Moore
(1779 – 1852)

Weather

20 °C
Condition:Stormy
Pressure:100.7 kPa
Visibility:16 km
Temperature:20.0°C
Dewpoint:18.3°C
Humidity:90 %
Wind:W 13 km/h
Humidex:26

Earthquake Details

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 17:41:41 UTC
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 01:41:41 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
45.904°N, 75.497°W
Depth
16.4 km (10.2 miles) set by location program
Region
ONTARIO-QUEBEC BORDER REGION, CANADA
Distances
43 km (27 miles) N (352°) from Cumberland, Ontario, Canada
48 km (30 miles) NNE (15°) from Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
54 km (34 miles) NNE (21°) from Hull, Quebec, Canada
56 km (35 miles) NNE (16°) from OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada
Location Uncertainty
Error estimate not available
Parameters
NST=355, Nph=354, Dmin=153.9 km, Rmss=0 sec, Gp= 25°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=A
Source
Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Baby Bear

Yesterday at breakfast I glanced out the front window at our driveway.  Sauntering across the road was a young bear, who moved slowly through the wooded area next to the driveway and then headed off into the wild.

Terra Graduation 2010

Terra Graduation 2010

I think that bear paid another visit this morning.  I did not observe the visitor, but our garbage bag was ripped wide open.  What a mess.  It was mostly coffee grounds, so I have to wonder just what the attraction was!

I put on Attila’s rubber boots and a head net to protect myself from the voracious mosquitoes.  Out I went, broom and dustpan in hand, to sweep up the mess into another garbage bag, which I set out for the the garbage collector.

There have been several bear attacks this spring, one involved a pedestrian and the other a cyclist.  I don’t believe our bear was involved, as it occurred some distance from our place.  It is something to consider though, when puttering about outside.  I make loud noises when I venture out the door, so as not to take any visitors by surprise.  Bears hate surprises.

Terra writes her final exam today.  She has excellent marks, so there is no real worry about the outcome.  Still, it will be nice for her to have the whole experience under her belt, done and dusted.  It has been a good experience, and she has achieved her goals with hard work and good humour.  She has found her niche, as she not only enjoys her new career path, she excels at it.  She has already found a job, as I think I mentioned, which is a great relief to both her and Lares.  They can move on now, to the next goal, then the next, and so on.

Luna continues to hold central command of her busy household.  The twins are three and a going concern.  Tink, the baby, is sitting on her own and on the verge of mobility.  Life will change then!  Luna continues to take wonderful pictures of her children, special gifts for their future and a real pleasure for virtual grandparents like us.

Things are very quiet here.  The economic activity that usually flows in the summer is off to a very slow start.  The streets are empty and the retailers are waiting anxiously to see if the season’s business improves.  Perhaps when school is out things will brighten for them.  However, this is the slowest June we have observed since moving here.

Attila and I attended a free fiddle performance last night.  What fun!  I’m not passionately fond of the music they played, but I can say that both Attila and I enjoyed ourselves immensely.  Everyone on stage and off were friendly.  All of the performers came from the communities that my Grandparents lived in during their youth and after they were married.  One of the performers is my second cousin once removed, but we have not yet met.  The wonders of a genealogy database!  Other’s might also be related, but I didn’t catch everyone’s name.  Perhaps another time.

After the performance there was much greeting and hugging by the audience and the performers.  Attila and I were unknown to both groups.  I watched for an opportunity to introduce myself, none arose.  Perhaps another time.

On the drive home a dense fog hung low over the landscape, it was quite beautiful.  Luckily the fog hovered well above the roads, so that visibility remained excellent.

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Quote

“He who lives without folly isn’t so wise as he thinks.”
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(1613 – 1680)

Weather

21 °C
Condition:Mainly Sunny
Pressure:101.3 kPa
Visibility:11 km
Temperature:21.0°C
Dewpoint:18.2°C
Humidity:84 %
Wind:SE 9 km/h
Humidex:27
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Continuity

One of the things I like least about using WordPress is that you need to update it periodically.  I ALWAYS fail the first time round.  Always.  This time I tried the automatic update feature, because it seemed as if it would be simpler.  Ahem.  Not in my capable hands it wasn’t!  “An Automated WordPress update has failed to complete – please attempt the update again now.”

Swiss Chard and Foot

Swiss Chard and Foot

The trouble now is that when it failed, and I watched it fail, I decided to go ahead and do the update manually.  That worked, a little time consuming, but it worked.  Now all I have to do is figure out how to let my installation of WordPress in on the update, because it hasn’t figured out that the whole event is over, over and done with.

We are having a beautiful day!  Our robins are chirping happily in the trees just over the railings of the deck.  I call them our robins because they were born here, under the deck flooring.  The deck extends from the second story of the house, so it is high and dry and a perfect spot for nesting.  All spring we watched the robins build the nest and proceed to lay and hatch the eggs.  The three chicks grew very quickly and have now flown into the forest beside the deck; which is home sweet home to them.  One our robins is very precocious, hopping across the deck and attempting to pluck my geranium buds before they could bloom.  I gave him a loud round of applause, which he did not appreciate one bit.  He flew away in a huff.

Bits of work are filtering in, thank goodness.  I am beginning to forget how to do large segments of the job, because my work assignments are brief and very spread out. Thank goodness I made the time to write notes!

My sleeping patterns have been disrupted lately, for some mysterious reason.  I drop off into a sound sleep without any trouble, but come 4:00 a.m. I’m wide awake and raring to go.  There is no place to go at 4:00 a.m..  Sometimes, if I have a short afternoon nap I can break this unpleasant pattern.  Here I am though, wide awake and typing like there is no tomorrow!

Terra is almost finished her course, and has sent some beautiful graduation photos.  She has a look in her eyes that I haven’t seen before, and wonderful it is to see.  That sense of accomplishment that one derives from achieving a goal, a difficult goal, shines bright in her face.  Luna had that same look about her when she gave birth to the twins.  Different daughters, different dreams, different strengths… all wonderful.

This afternoon Terra called to say that she has been offered a position at the placement facility where she has been training, and will begin work right after graduation. Well done Terra!

Luna brought her camera to the family gathering (four generations attended) that we held early in May.  Luna takes wonderful pictures.  Today, with Janus home to help with the kids, Luna found time to upload some of those pictures to our family web site.  I created a web site for our family to share information, news and photos.  We have pictures of six generations of our family.  I’ve known and loved five of those generations.  My Mom has known and loved all six of those generations.  We are all sharing pictures that we have, so that it doesn’t really matter who has possession of the originals, we all get to enjoy them.

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Quote
“I’m not sure I want popular opinion on my side — I’ve noticed those with the most opinions often have the fewest facts.”
Bethania McKenstry (whoever she is!)

Weather
26 °C
Condition:Sunny
Pressure:101.6 kPa
Visibility:16 km
Temperature:26.0°C
Dewpoint:11.6°C
Humidity:40 %
Wind:SSW 24 km/h