Perfect Day

Another beautiful, perfect day: sunny, breezy, warm. Enjoyed by all, including the black flies. Actually, during the heat of the day the black flies aren’t out and about much. But in the morning, or late in the afternoon, they are fierce and hungry.

I received a surprise call last night asking me to work today, five whole hours, a miracle shift. I accepted immediately and enjoyed my day at work. I have another five five-hour days scheduled between now and the end of June.

My cleanup this week has left the screened in porch tidy and functional. I am sitting in it to write this entry. I can hear birds calling, and the breeze in the trees. In truth I can only hear the breeze in the trees some of the time, the seasonal people are on the move! It is Friday afternoon, so people are arriving from the city, for the weekend. I can hear the high speed traffic in the distance, growing more and more continuous as the day wears on, and it drowns out the gentler sounds of the forest. Overnight we have gone from almost complete isolation, to being surrounded by weekend vacationers. The black flies and the seasonal residents arrived at the same time this year.

We are still working on getting our firewood into the woodshed. The black flies are out, but if we work through the heat of the day, they will not bother us. So, Sunday, our “weekend” will be spent toting and stacking wood.

Tomorrow is the Memorial Service for Attila’s Stepdad. We will be thinking of him, and of Attila’s mother. We cannot travel so far to be with her, because Attila could not get enough time off work to get there and back. It would be lovely to be with Attila’s Mom at this time, and she says she understands why we cannot. We hope to have her visit with us this summer.

The leaves are beginning to unfurl! So far I can see some distance into the forest, but soon, very soon, a veil of green life will be drawn down over the landscape. Beautiful!

Ontario Barns April 21, 2013 [Taken at 90 km an hour, through a closed car window.]
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Date: 4:00 PM EDT Friday 3 May 2013
Condition: Sunny
Pressure: 102.3 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 25.7°C
Dewpoint: 2.5°C
Humidity: 22%
Wind: S 28 gust 39 km/h


“Better by far you should forget and smile than you should remember and be sad.”
Christina Rossetti
1830 – 1894


This morning we received a call from Attila’s Mom, her husband, Attila’s stepfather, passed away just after 8:00 a.m. this morning. He was not in the best of health, but still his passing is a shock. He was a gentleman, who always treated us with largess and welcome; he will be mourned and missed by his family. Safe journey and God Bless to him.

The floodwaters continue to rise, perhaps they will peak today. We remain unaffected, but others are not so lucky. At least the flooded waters near our house are lazy bodies, not fast moving rivers.

There is a steady thumping on either side of the house, as the snow comes off the roof in great plumping gobs, splattering as it hits the deck and roof of the ground floor porch. At this rate there will be nothing left of it by lunchtime.

This is a somber day.

Flood waters down the road. The road goes right to the dock, the dot in the middle.
The same scene, closer.

Worldly Distractions


Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.0 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 9.3°C
Dewpoint: -2.1°C
Humidity: 45%
Wind: SSE 24 km/h


“Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come.”
Rabindranath Tagore