Spring at Last

Spring has arrived in full force! The leaves have burst out over the last week or so and are growing larger and larger, day by day. There are wonderful smells in the forest, as green things spring to life. The wild cherry blossoms have a particularly lovely scent. The black flies are atrocious and the mosquitoes thick and hungry.

On Saturday last I was out on my temporary part-time job and walked about 30 km or perhaps more. It was a beautiful day, sun shining, warm… I was drenched in deet to protect myself from the hordes of black flies and mosquitoes. I completed my list of things I was instructed to do, in ten and a three quarter hours of constant walking, no breaks, 15 minutes for lunch. I was exhausted. Enough was enough. I resigned the next morning.

So, now I have one full-time job and one part-time job. Quite enough!

Life has been busy, with work, but we have also enjoyed a few visits with people we love to see and spend time with. After ending my short relationship with the people at the temporary part-time job, Attila and I headed over to Harriet and Hogan’s cottage to enjoy a beautiful day with them. Helena, her daughter and daughter’s boy friend were there, as well as a good friend of Hogan’s. We enjoyed an excellent meal, all seated in a row on the beach, feet in the water, watching the sun set slowly in the west. Perfect! Later Helena and I enjoyed a few games of cards with Helena’s daughter and daughter’s boyfriend, good fun!

Last night Attila and I headed to Toronto to attend the CD release of Restless Wind, songs written and performed by Derek Currie. We also caught performances by Steve Paul Simms and Sam Larkin and many others. It was great! I’ve been listening to Derek’s CD all evening. We left Toronto around midnight and arrived home sometime after 2 a.m. Attila was at work by 7 a.m. this morning and I was out of the house and on the road by 7:05 a.m. We are both a little “punky” today! I drank coffee with my lunch, which I never do, but when needs must exceptions are made. I was concerned that I would fall asleep on the drive home. No worries there, I’m still wide awake and it is after 9:30 p.m. now!

Worldly Distractions


9 °C
Condition: Mist
Pressure: 101.2 kPa
Visibility: 10 km
Temperature: 9.0°C
Dewpoint: 8.4°C
Humidity: 96 %
Wind: 13 km/h


“Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.”
Sir Arthur Eddington
1882 – 1944


Sir Arthur Eddington

“British astrophysicist of the early 20th century. The Eddington limit, the natural limit to the luminosity of stars, or the radiation generated by accretion onto a compact object, is named in his honour.
He is famous for his work regarding the Theory of Relativity. Eddington wrote a number of articles which announced and explained Einstein’s theory of general relativity to the English-speaking world. World War I severed many lines of scientific communication and new developments in German science were not well known in England. He also conducted an expedition to observe the Solar eclipse of 29 May 1919 that provided one of the earliest confirmations of relativity, and he became known for his popular expositions and interpretations of the theory…

The mind-stuff of the world is, of course, something more general than our individual conscious minds…. The mind-stuff is not spread in space and time; these are part of the cyclic scheme ultimately derived out of it…. It is necessary to keep reminding ourselves that all knowledge of our environment from which the world of physics is constructed, has entered in the form of messages transmitted along the nerves to the seat of consciousness…. Consciousness is not sharply defined, but fades into subconsciousness; and beyond that we must postulate something indefinite but yet continuous with our mental nature…. It is difficult for the matter-of-fact physicist to accept the view that the substratum of everything is of mental character. But no one can deny that mind is the first and most direct thing in our experience, and all else is remote inference.”
—Eddington, The Nature of the Physical World, 276-81.”
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Eddington

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I’m trying to imagine what kind of job makes you walk 30 km with only one short break. At any rate, it makes perfect sense to let them find someone else to do it. You’ve got more than enough on your plate.


Ah yes, the breaks. Since I had three jobs, and so little time, I took no breaks so as to accomplish the required agenda within the time frame given. Really, if I’d had just two jobs, I could have taken breaks anytime I would have liked. The temporary part-time job was full gratuitous deadlines, glad I’m not jumping through those silly hoops anymore.