One For The Books

Here is one for the books, or the blog. I was just sitting here at my computer working on my book, when I heard the garbage collection truck coming down the street. Normal. Then my mind wandered and I found myself thinking, “well here is another Monday morning, another week begins.” What! This is Friday, the beginning of a weekend. My week was pleasant enough that I unconsciously equated it with a weekend. This is a first. Wow, pinch me!

Last Sunday night Attila loaded about a third of the combustible debris from the old garden shed into Tank, and we took it to the Rideau Camp, where I burned it to ash. Then on Wednesday, when Attila arrived home from work, we repeated the exercise, then we had two thirds of the job done. Last night Attila loaded the last of the combustibles into Tank and off we went once again, and I burned all of that to ash. The entire garden shed has been reduced to a pile of ashes.

Garden Shed before. Actually, what you see in the picture is mostly the siding and the plastic roof, which we didn’t burn but will be taking to the landfill site. It was the wood holding all this together that we carted out to the Camp to burn.
Shed June Reno 1
Garden Shed after.
Garden shed in ashes

My Mom is doing very well. Mom likes hot weather, so the now that the summer has arrived she is in her element! I am missing her!

Sunny and Sky, the preemie Grandbabies, are doing well. Terra is looking very happy.

This weekend we will be focused on moving the shed project along. This morning, after I hung a load of laundry on the clothes line in the back porch, I took a tote and filled it with wood chips that were left after Attila hauled away all the combustible wood from the former garden shed. It was quite a mess, which took about an hour of bending down to the grass to pick out the bits and pieces. My back told me in no uncertain terms that that was enough of that for the day, so I will postpone hoeing the garden until early tomorrow morning. When it is hot, I try to go for my daily walk and do any outdoor tasks before 9 a.m. when the temperature begins to ascend.

Tonight, well tonight our big excitement is making croutons. We can turn on the oven and the air conditioning at the same time, when the hydro is half price after 7 p.m.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 1:00 PM EDT Friday 24 June 2016
Condition: Mainly Sunny
Pressure: 102.0 kPa
Tendency: rising
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: 21.1°C
Dewpoint: 13.2°C
Humidity: 60%
Wind: SSE 13 km/h
Humidex: 24
Sunny. High 27 except 21 near Lake Ontario. Humidex 30. UV index 8 or very high.
Clear. Low 12.
Sat, 25 Jun Mainly sunny. High 28 except 22 near Lake Ontario. Humidex 31.
Night Clear. Low 14.


“It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
J. K. Rowling

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Glad to hear that your week has been so comfortable that you thought it was Monday. Wishing you many more weeks like that.

Had to smile at the idea of hot weather. With all the threat of it, we haven’t really seen it except for a few weeks ago. Our a/c almost never turns on. Today, it never turned on. And when we went outside to sit on our deck after dinner it was already cool enough that I felt the need to change out of shorts and a tank top and into long pants and long sleeves. (I keep hoping it will really warm up in the house and dress accordingly but it never seems to warm up.)

Glad to hear that Sunny and Sky are doing well. They should be about at the age where the doctors would be more comfortable if they’d been delivered now, aren’t they? (Hope that made sense.)

Have a fun weekend!

Bex Crowell

I have to say, Maggie, that you and Attila put most of the world to shame…. the stuff you accomplish each and every day/week/month just blows my socks off. Love the photo of the remains of the shed.. you could have called this entry “The Remains of the Day…”


It’s been lovely and cool-ish here on the east coast of New England these last few days. I love weather where I need to put my socks on in the morning.

Bex Crowell

I am alleric to the sun. I wasn’t always, but now if my skin is exposed to direct sunlight, I get blisters that don’t go away for many days and I have to use aloe gel to help heal them. Bummer to wear long sleeves and long pants always in the hot summer.

TopsyTurvy (Teri)

Well, we did indeed get real heat today, enough that we’re delaying our trip to the local international festival until the the temps start falling a little closer to evening.

Still the Lucky Few

Bex, if I ever write a book, I would love to come up with a title as good as ‘Remains of the Day’. Instant word imagery! I love the hot weather, and can gladly report that it has finally arrived to the Pacific Northwest!


I just re-read my old journal from the time Emil was in NICU; I had misremembered the first time the doctors and nurses had let me take him out of the isolette! I’d said the babe looked at me and promptly fell asleep, but no! The first time, he stared at me with great interest the entire time I held him; it was every time after that, that he fell asleep instantly when I held him.

Has Terra been able to hold her babies yet?