Late Spring

After a few days of wind and rain, the sun is shining. I took the opportunity to go for a walk this afternoon, my first of the year! What a wondrous thing spring is, and it has arrived at the little house in the city. The tree in the front yard continues to be busy with jays, robins and grackles. They leave bright red droppings from the berries, which are still clinging thick in the tree. Soon the snow here will disappear completely!

This is how Attila and I both feel about the winter we just came through, and continue to experience in Muskoka:

Attila, on the other hand, has been shovelling snow off the deck today; and there is more snow predicted for next week. I hope it will be a poor offering though, and melt as it touches ground, well in our case it will touch snow, but the idea is the same. Attila has been working away on the drywall project, today he taped and finished the first mudding. Hopefully the sanding will be done by the time I return; and if it is I will begin a thorough spring cleaning!

Wiggler seems to be doing well, the results of yesterday’s blood test will affirm good health, hopefully. Terra and Lares should hear back from the vet’s office tomorrow. It is a huge expense!

I continue to do a little puttering and cleaning here at the little house in the city. It is slow going. Since there is still a significant amount of renovating to be done, it is unwise to get rid of bits and bobs that might come in handy during the process. The items I am taking for donation and recycling are almost all items donated to us, such as games, books, and things we will not use in the future. I know I could probably sell them, but I prefer to give them away. Unfortunately I am good at giving, not very talented in the taking department.

I had a nice chat with Harriet this morning, using Skype. She says there is no snow left in Niagara, so they are a little further along with spring than I am here at the little house in the city, and a LOT further along than the country house. Niagara has much to recommend it, what I miss the most is the fresh produce, the call of the cicadas on a late summer’s evening, the smell of fresh cut grass, and train whistles calling distant, muted invitations to adventure.

Worldly Distractions


Attila’s World: Country House

Date: 2:00 PM EDT Sunday 6 April 2014
Condition: Sunny
Pressure: 102.1 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 7.1°C
Dewpoint: -5.9°C
Humidity: 39%
Wind: WSW 17 gust 28 km/h

My World: Little House in the City

Date: 2:00 PM EDT Sunday 6 April 2014
Condition: Mainly Sunny
Pressure: 102.3 kPa
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: 2.6°C
Dewpoint: -1.2°C
Humidity: 76%
Wind: S 28 km/h


“Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant.”
Cary Grant
1904 – 1986

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Loved the video… some people are so talented! We have no snow. We are the chosen ones I guess… (???)


I loved the video too Bex, really that is how it is feeling at the country house! We are due for a snowstorm there Monday, 10 cm. Ouch! I won’t be heading back until the end of the week, so I will miss all the fun, but Attila will be well into it, particularly at work. Still, May is on the way…