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. ”


“Wanting to be someone you’re not is a waste of the person you are.”
Kurt Cobain
1967 – 1994

Torrential Rain

This morning we experienced torrential rains. Some of the towns in the area experienced flooding, and several mayors announced “states of emergency”. We are on relatively high ground, and have seen no sign of flooding here, thank goodness.

It has been a very quiet day here. The only excitement was the delivery of next years firewood. Now Attila has the big job of moving it all into the woodshed. That will keep him busy well into the summer. This year, we are still heating the house, this late into April. It is very unusual. The temperature is predicted to drop to -10C on Saturday night; we still need the heat!

After finishing the book I was reading, Cane River, I logged into the library once again to look for something to read. I have to admit, I am repelled by the images on most of the covers of the books on offer. One look at a flowing gown, a damsel in distress, a damsel in longing, or in an embrace, well, no thanks, on to the next book. And then there are the vampires… I did find a few likely candidates, which are now downloaded to the Kobo. I will try them one by one until I find something palatable. The ones I know I would like to read are all unavailable, I am on the waiting list for those books.

Tonight we are enjoying the fresh asparagus that came in the fresh fruit and vegetable basket. It is a real treat. Last night Attila made a stir fry with the fresh zucchini, onions and mushrooms, also a treat. I have been enjoying the bananas included with the basket. The strawberries we are saving for the weekend. Attila has declared the fresh fruit and vegetable basket a good value. They are only available once a month, so we will have to wait. We will have consumed the lot within a week or so. We eat a lot of vegetables.

We are looking forward to getting a lot done this weekend. With the snow almost gone, we can at last begin to putter around outside!

Worldly Distractions


5°C °C °F
Observed at: Muskoka Airport
Date: 5:00 PM EDT Friday 19 April 2013
Condition: Cloudy
Pressure: 99.8 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 5.0°C
Dewpoint: 2.7°C
Humidity: 85%
Wind: WSW 15 km/h


Mother to daughter:

“Philomene’s voice was low and soothing, even crooning. “I am the rock in your garden, Emily, and you are the bloom in mine…”
Cane River, by Lalita Tademy, page 296