Thunderstorms, maybe, maybe not.

This morning we have intermittent torrential rain, thunder, and intermittent power outages. I have the fans going, attempting to bring the cooler air into the house; they will suddenly stop whirling, falling silent, only to surge back into operation when the power returns.

The sliding glass door leads to a deck, where the rain falls and splatters into the house, through the screen. It is important to try and keep this door open when trying to cool the house, but the rain is problem on the hardwood floor. Towels were arranged around the door, but were soon soaked. The solution was a cookie sheet and a plastic tray, placed in the opening. They do a fine job of deflecting the back splash.

Mist does not like this solution, as she feels that the screen at the slider is HER window to the world. The blockage is not appreciated, and she has made her perspective known, loudly. It can’t be helped though, the clutter at the door will remain until the rain subsides.

This morning Attila rummaged through the garden shed and emerged with a tube of glue. The shoe, the upper ripped away from the sole, now sits, repaired, on the screened in porch. Where, I might add, the mosquitoes were rather fierce, but are now decimated.

The bills are paid, the forms are filled in, the outgoing mail is on its way to the letterbox, the tedious administrative chores of life are temporarily completed.

This morning the genealogy project is once more underway, after a lengthy hiatus. It is time to adjust to isolation again. There is little paid work going, although a few hours of work are scheduled for the end of August. That may be the last of it, or it may not be the last of it. There is no telling. It wouldn’t be missed, working in a corporate machine is not a lot of fun, and being the “outsider”, endlessly, is very wearing. The company is gearing down, losing business and cutting back.

So, here I sit in my easy chair, keyboard on my lap, sorting through my citations, in preparation for publication. There is no hurry.

Just before lunch a storm warning for this area appeared on the Environment Canada site. We could get 90 km/hr winds, hail 2″ in diameter and 50 ml of rain in one hour. It might miss us, it might pass over us in a less intense form, if we are lucky. Attila took a short break from work to come home and move the car into a sheltered position. I spent some time assessing the yard, putting the garbage cans and blue box away in the locked shed, moving a few items to the floor of the screened in porch so they would not blow away, and bringing in the stevia plant from the deck. If we do get hail it will destroy the flower garden, and the portulaca blooming in riots in the planter on the deck.

If we do get 2″ hail, I hope Attila can find shelter quickly. Hail that large can do a lot of damage to a person. He knows it is coming, so with any luck he will be near shelter if the storm hits his workplace in full force.

The distant thunder is draws nearer, retreats into the distance, then draws nearer. The sky is darkens, lightens, the sun shines, the cloud roll in again, and so it has gone all day. The wind has picked up, tossing the leafy branches, creating a wave of movement in the tree tops. The electricity was lost, came back on, was lost again, the pattern repeating itself all through the morning hours.

The cooler has all the necessities for quick sandwiches, in the event that the power goes out for an extended period of time.

I am going to upload this entry now, in case we are without power later today.

Worldly Distractions


Condition: Cloudy
Pressure: 100.7 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 23.7°C
Dewpoint: 17.6°C
Humidity: 68%
Wind: WNW 22 gust 34 km/h
Humidex: 29

“Potential for severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening along a cold front.

This is an alert to the potential development of severe thunderstorms with large hail, damaging winds or heavy rainfall..Monitor weather conditions and listen for updated bulletins.

A cold front will cross Southern Ontario from west to east this afternoon and evening. Conditions ahead of and along the front will be favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms. Wind gusts to 90 km/h are possible with these storms, as well as hail 2 cm in diameter and heavy downpours up to 50 mm in an hour.

The front will affect Southwestern Ontario early this afternoon, the Greater Toronto area and South Central Ontario by mid afternoon, and Eastern Ontario late this afternoon and early this evening.

Environment Canada is closely monitoring this situation and will issue further watches and warnings as necessary. ”


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1967 – 1994


Hail! I heard something fall on the roof, then something else and then it thundered down, hail! The boards on the deck are just under six inches across, for reference. I have never before experienced hail of this magnitude, but have driven by banks of it on the side of the road, shortly after a hail storm. Spectacular! And a little scary.
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We had a few days off last weekend, because it was a long weekend in Canada. We decided to visit the little house in the city. When we arrived there was still light in the sky; enough light to see that the dandelions had taken over much of the front yard, and that the back yard was more like a hayfield than a lawn. It was too late in the day to have a lawn mower running, so Attila planned to begin the mowing job as early as possible the following day, Sunday. Sunday began with sunshine, but by the time it was acceptable to have power tools roaring in the neighbourhood, it had started to spit rain. Attila got the job done though.

Our neighbours, who keep a pretty close watch for goings on at our little house in the city, when we are not there, told us about the local dogs. Apparently a few of the local dogs like our back yard, a lot. Since there is no gate to the back yard, they have had free entry. The neighbours like to chase the dogs away from their yard, and ours, which we approve. We have talked about putting up a gate, but it has not made it anywhere near the top of our project list. Taking into account the neighbour’s concerns, we decided to move it on up, right to the top of the list.

Attila spent the weekend building a gate, which he finished, for the most part. It is functional, but needs a few small finishing touches, which we will take care of next time we are visiting the house. It was an unexpected expense, and an unexpected time-swallower. But it got done!

As usual, as Attila was busy with the most physical tasks, I was busy with the organizational tasks. I spent time pricing gates, ensuring that the materials were in stock and that we could afford them. I also did a significant amount of shopping for food supplies, since we had not purchased groceries for almost three weeks.

A pleasant surprise was that the rhubarb, which had died off completely last summer, has come back. At least, three of the four plants we planted have come back to life. I spent a great deal of time on those plants, watering, then putting down newspaper around them and applying mulch to keep the dandelions at bay. The dandelions have taken over a great deal of the lawn and garden.

While I was purchasing the mulch, I also bought portulaca for the front flower box and some petunias for the flower “box” on the lawn, both were on sale. I planted, watered and mulched those two front flowerbeds. The perennials in the back garden, which are there temporarily, until we get a front porch built, were drowning in dandelions and bindweed. I spent many hours removing the worst of the dandelions, pulling them and the bindweed carefully out from between the emerging perennials.

I seldom have the opportunity to work outside at the country house, the mosquitoes are just too horrific. At the little house in the city I can putter in the garden for hours and hours, and only be bothered by a few dozen mosquitoes, there are no swarms. I was enjoying myself so much that I overdid it, and after sitting down at the end of the day, I had trouble getting up again. I spent a painful night, and was extremely stiff again the next morning. I hurt even when I was not moving! Today I am feeling much better.

Equipment for making plant pots for the basil seeds.
Seed pots

Today I am going to plant some basil seeds. When I purchased them, while shopping at a garden centre with Terra, I intended to leave them with Terra, who would have plant them in her garden for us. However, I forgot to send them home with Terra, and now I have them here at the country house. I found an online video which demonstrated how to make small plant pots out of newspaper, for seed starting. I ended up using an empty toilet paper roll, a stapler and newsprint to make mine. I will plant the seeds, and care for them, until our next visit to the city house, where Terra will pick them up and take charge.

We are under a severe weather warning. It has been raining. Just after the lunch hour we received severe hail, some of it about 1 1/2 inches in diameter, perhaps larger, I was not going out to measure. It thundered onto the roof, and even shook the floor a little when it hit the deck attached to the side of the house. Attila checked the car this evening, for damage. It suffered several dents, but the paint job was not compromised, we think. It is difficult to tell the full extent of any damage because the car is covered with leaves, seeds, and twigs. When we get it all cleared away we will know better. Nothing to get upset about though.

Mist, our dear, deaf cat, slept thought the entire hail storm. She even looked offended when later she awoke, and protested that the sliding door was closed.

Hopefully that is the last we will see of this storm, but the storm watches are still in effect, and I can hear rumbling in the distance from time to time.

I am posting this entry early and hoping that no new news is generated between now and tomorrow, when I might post again!

Worldly Distractions


Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 100.9 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 17.4°C
Dewpoint: 15.9°C
Humidity: 91%
Wind: ESE 9 km/h


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Leonardo da Vinci
1452 – 1519