Sun!

Yesterday the weather was miserable. It rained all day and it was cold to boot.

This morning the sun rose and shines still. Although it is still sweater weather, it is beginning to warm.

We visited Terra and Lares on Monday evening for a few hours, to share time with our Grandbabies Sunny and Sky, it was their first birthday. They are both doing very well, happy and healthy, and still a bit small for their age. Sunny, the girl, is a going concern, very active and engaged with the world around her. Sky, the boy, is laid back and mellow, and quick to grin, and oh what a smile. Sunny is almost walking, holding on to a push wagon for now, but not for long. Sky has no interest in standing, and is crawling when he sees something he wants to play with. They are so much fun! I lay on the floor with them the whole time we were there, they crawled around me, on me, and over me, what fun! It was a treat at the close of a dreary day.

Terra tells me that Luna, Janus and their Grandbabies are staying in Paris at the moment. Luna is not one to keep up contact, so Terra was very pleased to have received a video from Sunny and Sky’s cousins in Paris, singing happy birthday to them. I have been sending messages to the Grandbabies in Europe, and even received a reply the first week, but have not heard from any of them since, and don’t expect to. I continue to send messages though, just in case they read them.

Today I am busy crocheting a second cotton beanie to use while working in the bush, at the Rideau Camp. The first cotton beanie, a green and white cap, was great for keeping my hair out of my eyes, and for keeping the mosquitoes from biting my head. The yellow jackets thought I was a flower, and kept buzzing my head in confusion. I would stand very still and allow their winged investigations, as they would soon loose interest and move on. It is important not to frighten them, for then they might sting. The second cotton beanie is a brown and white one, and it remains to be seen if it will attract the wildlife.

I’ve just come out onto the back porch to sit in the sun for a while. The birds are singing all around, one little fellow is sitting on the fence near me, so only my fingers are moving so as not to frighten him away. There are insects flying to and fro, which is probably part of the reason there are so many birds about. In the garden five yellow and purple irises are blooming, as are the pink wild geraniums. Two columbine plants seeded themselves at the bottom of the the back step, and have put out profuse blooms. The clematis has climbed the fence, and it growing its way across the fence railing, it will be very pretty when it blooms. I can see the wild grape growing up the center of the Mugo Pine, again, every other year I make an attempt to kill it, and every other year it comes back again.

The laundry I hung up on Monday afternoon, when it was raining, is finally dry, and ready to be folded and put away.

The neighbour who backs onto our back yard has had magnificent children’s playground equipment set up for their only child, a daughter. She has just become a teenager, started high school, and they have now erected a basketball net on a stand on the driveway. Over the weekend the playground was dismantled, and sold segments of it were carted away to be reconstructed in other back yards, played on by other happy children. Some bits are still there, but they will soon be gone, as the landscaper who cares for their yard will soon be there to mow their large lawn, and keep everything looking manicured for them.

Our garden is doing well, but we still have not got our beans and squash planted! Our garlic, given to us by my Mom and Sister-The-Middle-Girl, is doing very well, as are the onions. Attila loves to garden, it relaxes him. I am different, to me the garden is work, and I think that comes of growing up on a farm, and working as a farm labourer during my teenage years; too much time spent stooped on the ground in the hot sun, or on ladders in trees on still humid days. I am very grateful that Attila finds it relaxing!!

It looks like we are in for some milder weather, at last!

Worldly Distractions

Weather

15°C
Date: 12:00 PM EDT Wednesday 7 June 2017
Condition: Mainly Sunny
Pressure: 101.9 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: 14.9°C
Dew point: 10.7°C
Humidity: 75%
Wind: S 17 km/h
Visibility: 24 km

Quote

“Thank God men cannot as yet fly and lay waste the sky as well as the earth!”
Henry David Thoreau
1817 – 1862

Maybe the past truly was the good old days.

Visitor

We are getting our blizzard tonight! Nothing so serious as the conditions in Massachusetts, but wild looking nevertheless. The winds are gusting to 68 km/h, which is whipping the snow past the windows. I will be shovelling snow again tomorrow!

My birthday has come and gone. I was a bit leery about spending my birthday by myself, but my misgivings were unfounded. I had a grand day indeed. After chatting with Attila in the morning, over a cup of coffee, I read for a while, and puttered about the house. Then I put on my winter glad rags and headed off to one of the local grocery stores, the one that is a little more “up market”. I had a few things on my list, but mostly I was determined to find something special for my birthday. And that I did. I bought myself two potted plants, a red kalanchoe, and a pink and white cyclamen. Then I decided to treat myself to “junk” food for my birthday. I bought two beautiful avocados, and a bag of organic corn chips. I also splurged on a pint of fresh blueberries. I spent the rest of the day reading, watching movies, and snacking on guacamole and corn chips, and eating fresh blueberries. What decadence. I received birthday greetings from my sisters, my Mom, and friends. Terra and Lares dropped by for bit, with a chocolate bar for me, and a candle for me to blow out. Luna took a video of the Grandbabies singing Happy Birthday to me, and it was grand! I called Luna and we chatted for quite a while. Unfortunately the Grandbabies and Janus had already left to go skiing for the day, so I missed talking to them. And then of course, my day ended with a lovely FaceTime chat with Attila. It was a grand birthday!

And I made a discovery as a result of my culinary indulgences. I found out that blueberries are marvellous when sprinkled on a toast with peanut butter.

My Visitor: Diesel
Diesel

Yesterday Terra and Lares arrived with Diesel, one of their three cats. Diesel is about seven or eight years old, and he is extremely affectionate and good natured. He does not like dogs, and so was staying hidden in upper floor of Terra’s house, where the dogs were not allowed to go. He was a bit lonely up there though, so Terra though that he might benefit from having some time as an “only cat”. Of course the benefits will be mutual, I will gain some much appreciated company. He took to the house immediately, exploring every nook and cranny. It is a little house, so that did not take long. Then he hid when Lares brother and brother’s girlfriend arrived to pick them up. Diesel stayed in hiding for about a half an hour, then emerged to ask for some attention. We sat on the couch, me petting, him purring. Last night he slept with me, at the foot of the bed.

Terra will miss Diesel; she loves her pets. He is only visiting, and will go home when I return to the country house in the spring or early summer.

Worldly Distractions

Weather

The Little House in the City

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT IN EFFECT – snow and high winds
-2°C
Date: 4:12 PM EST Thursday 29 January 2015
Condition: Light Snowshower
Pressure: 101.1 kPa
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 2 km
Temperature: -1.6°C
Dewpoint: -5.5°C
Humidity: 75%
Wind: S 47 gust 68 km/h
Wind Chill: -10

The Country House

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT IN EFFECT – freezing drizzle
-5°C
Date: 5:48 PM EST Thursday 29 January 2015
Condition: Light Snow
Pressure: 100.7 kPa
Visibility: 5 km
Temperature: -5.2°C
Dewpoint: -5.7°C
Humidity: 96%
Wind: calm

Quote

“Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”
G. K. Chesterton
1874 – 1936