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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If he works outdoors, then he certainly is at risk, with hail that big! Dear Universe, please let him be safe. With the nasty rash and itch from the Evil Plant, he’s had enough “adventure” for now.

Are thunderstorms like this common where you are?


This is our second round of hail. We had a hailstorm on May 21st, so if we get another one it will be the second. The largest of the hail in the May storm was about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. This is the first year we have had hail here, but it isn’t considered rare. This area has had some very spectacular storms, one of them ripped the top 30 feet off the top of a 60 foot pine tree, the 30 foot high stump still stands in the front yard.

I agree, Attila has had his fair share of physical discomfort this year, hopefully he will arrive home before the storm arrives, if it arrives. I am still hoping it will pass us by!


Having a husband who works outside, and on the ocean no less, I can sympathize! I turn into a jellyfish during a thunder & lightning storm but if Paul is out in his boat during it, it’s just too terrifying for words for me. I run and hide in the cellar stairs with the dogs just to get away from windows. We have had thunder & lightning almost every single day lately and it’s time for it to stop!


I hear you Bex! Attila works next to the water, but not on it. Working on the water definitely adds a whole new layer of concern!