Too Cold for Mosquitoes!

At 2 a.m. this morning Luna arose and wakened the Grandbabies. Right now, 6:27 a.m., they are all somewhere out over the Atlantic Ocean, destination Ireland.

Luna called last night to say a last brief goodbye, as she was getting ready to sleep, if she could. They are all very excited about their upcoming residence in Ireland. They will be back in late September, or early October. This is an annual migration for them now, winters in Canada, summers in Ireland. Janus is an international airline pilot, and this is one of the perks of his job.

Here at little house in the city, I await a message from Lares, telling me that Terra has come through her surgery successfully. It isn’t a big worry, but I will breath easier when I’ve heard she is OK. Terra is going through some health related issues right now, that are life changing, but not life threatening. She handles it well most of the time, but occasionally she tires of it all, and just needs us to be patient and loving. It is easy to love Terra, she has such a big heart.

On the domestic scene, I continue to purge and organize. The house is a complete tip! I have a pile of things to go to the Goodwill, to the dump, and to the restore, piled by the front door. There are mountains of items all over the place, still needing to be sorted.

I did manage to consolidate all the toys we have here. I am loath to get rid of them, even though the Grandbabies will be soon be past finding them interesting. Right now they are all gathered into a huge tote, which takes up a lot of space.

Today I am organizing the canning equipment, and possibly the basement. Attila partially dismantled a particle board closet down in the basement, and the job needs to be finished before we move a significant portion of our belongings to the little house in the city.

Yesterday the country house had another showing. We have had no feedback on that showing yet. The realtor accidentally locked the key he had in the house, when he was busy ensuring that Mist did not get out of the house. Luckily Attila was working nearby, and was over to the house in a flash to let the realtor, and potential buyers, into the house for a viewing.

The weather has turned cooler, I have adjusted the thermostat to heat the house when the interior temperature falls below 16C. So far the system has not turned itself on, and if we get sun every day, it probably won’t. The south facing windows here let in a lot of sun, which provides a good amount of heat. In the summer, when I don’t want the heat, I close the drapes against the sun. Right now I do want the heat, so the drapes are thrown wide open.

There is something wonderful and comforting about kitchen curtains billowing in the breeze! Yesterday the weather was perfect!
2015May20 breezycurtain

I will be watering the garden every other day for the next week, as no rain is predicted. Today I would like to spray a long sleeved shirt and a pair of work trousers with the mosquito repelling mixture. It is still quite windy though, so perhaps this afternoon the wind will die down and I can get the job done. I must do it outside, and use a mask. The chemical bonds with the cloth fibres as it dries, and after that it is inert, resisting repeated washings.

This morning it is a mere 6C out there. I donned all my gear to protect myself from the mosquitoes, as I prepared to head outside and water the tomatoes and the basil. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was too cold for the mosquitoes!

Buddies! Our first Iris bloom of the season, with an unwelcome buddy by its side, the dandelion bud!
2015May20 IrisDandelion

Worldly Distractions


Date: 7:20 AM EDT Wednesday 20 May 2015
Condition: Light Rainshower [nope, no rain!]
Pressure: 101.5 kPa
Tendency: rising
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: 6.2°C
Dewpoint: 3.2°C
Humidity: 81%
Wind: NW 21 gust 34 km/h


“Seek simplicity, and distrust it.”
Alfred North Whitehead
1861 – 1947

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It sounds as if the little house in the city is becoming more and more your home, which is a good thing. I suspect Attila will be content anywhere you are that you consider home–during the few hours he’s not working!

Will Diesel be re-joining you at the little house?

Bex Crowell

Is that outside thermometer in both celcius and farenheit? I’d like to get one that is so it would be easy for me to convert quickly.

Ireland! How lucky they are! I have never been and never will go, but I’ve seen enough shows made there to feel like I have!

TopsyTurvy (Teri)

Sending Terra healing wishes from her surgery. Hope she is up and about very quickly!

Our temp made it down to 2C (36F) last night. Chilly!

That’s quite the change for Luna and family, moving countries every 6 months. I hope it doesn’t interfere with the children’s education. Then again, children have gone thru more upheaval than that and done well.

TopsyTurvy (Teri)

Glad to hear things went well and that Terra’s now heading home. Day surgery lessens the concerns, that’s for sure.

Sending you both hugs.


Open windows, yahoo!
Glad Terra is doing well. Wish her the best.

Irene Bean

Breezy kitchen curtains trigger memories for me like the slam of a screen door. Takes me back to gentler times of wonderment.


Hi Maggie,
The type of purging and organizing you are doing reminds me of a phrase a dear friend and I used when we did something similar. We called it ‘deep ecology’. Getting down to brass tacks. It feels good though. Every day you get closer to the goals of living more comfy at the little house.

Luna and Janus winter in Canada and summer in Ireland how special is that!

I am glad to know that Terra is well.

The realtor locking the key in the house…..good thing Attila was nearby. We locked the key in the home we rented in Florida the first week we had moved there. The realtor came and let us in and charged us $25!

Cooler weather there and here as well. I’m loving it.

I’m enjoying the photos that you weave into your entries. What a beautiful, sunny iris.