We are getting our blizzard tonight! Nothing so serious as the conditions in Massachusetts, but wild looking nevertheless. The winds are gusting to 68 km/h, which is whipping the snow past the windows. I will be shovelling snow again tomorrow!

My birthday has come and gone. I was a bit leery about spending my birthday by myself, but my misgivings were unfounded. I had a grand day indeed. After chatting with Attila in the morning, over a cup of coffee, I read for a while, and puttered about the house. Then I put on my winter glad rags and headed off to one of the local grocery stores, the one that is a little more “up market”. I had a few things on my list, but mostly I was determined to find something special for my birthday. And that I did. I bought myself two potted plants, a red kalanchoe, and a pink and white cyclamen. Then I decided to treat myself to “junk” food for my birthday. I bought two beautiful avocados, and a bag of organic corn chips. I also splurged on a pint of fresh blueberries. I spent the rest of the day reading, watching movies, and snacking on guacamole and corn chips, and eating fresh blueberries. What decadence. I received birthday greetings from my sisters, my Mom, and friends. Terra and Lares dropped by for bit, with a chocolate bar for me, and a candle for me to blow out. Luna took a video of the Grandbabies singing Happy Birthday to me, and it was grand! I called Luna and we chatted for quite a while. Unfortunately the Grandbabies and Janus had already left to go skiing for the day, so I missed talking to them. And then of course, my day ended with a lovely FaceTime chat with Attila. It was a grand birthday!

And I made a discovery as a result of my culinary indulgences. I found out that blueberries are marvellous when sprinkled on a toast with peanut butter.

My Visitor: Diesel

Yesterday Terra and Lares arrived with Diesel, one of their three cats. Diesel is about seven or eight years old, and he is extremely affectionate and good natured. He does not like dogs, and so was staying hidden in upper floor of Terra’s house, where the dogs were not allowed to go. He was a bit lonely up there though, so Terra though that he might benefit from having some time as an “only cat”. Of course the benefits will be mutual, I will gain some much appreciated company. He took to the house immediately, exploring every nook and cranny. It is a little house, so that did not take long. Then he hid when Lares brother and brother’s girlfriend arrived to pick them up. Diesel stayed in hiding for about a half an hour, then emerged to ask for some attention. We sat on the couch, me petting, him purring. Last night he slept with me, at the foot of the bed.

Terra will miss Diesel; she loves her pets. He is only visiting, and will go home when I return to the country house in the spring or early summer.

Worldly Distractions


The Little House in the City

Date: 4:12 PM EST Thursday 29 January 2015
Condition: Light Snowshower
Pressure: 101.1 kPa
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 2 km
Temperature: -1.6°C
Dewpoint: -5.5°C
Humidity: 75%
Wind: S 47 gust 68 km/h
Wind Chill: -10

The Country House

Date: 5:48 PM EST Thursday 29 January 2015
Condition: Light Snow
Pressure: 100.7 kPa
Visibility: 5 km
Temperature: -5.2°C
Dewpoint: -5.7°C
Humidity: 96%
Wind: calm


“Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”
G. K. Chesterton
1874 – 1936

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TopsyTurvy (Teri)

I love both blueberries and peanut butter, so am making a mental note to try them together.

So glad you had a nice birthday! Happy Birthday, Maggie!

Diesel looks like a lovely cat. I have a feeling you’re going to enjoy each other’s company.

Maggie Turner

Thanks Teri for the birthday wish!

Diesel and I are getting along famously so far. He loves attention, particularly when I make eye contact with him and talk to him. Wow, a cat that listens!


Happy belated birthday! I love avocados and blueberries too. Diesel looks like he’s got his belly up, inviting petting. 🙂


Happy belated birthday!

Diesel looks like a lovely kitty. His coloring is unusual. His tummy looks as if he’d been basking on Carolina clay.

TopsyTurvy (Teri)

I had spaced the avocados until Wendy mentioned them. DH and I are major fans of guacamole and will splurge on it every few months, even in the winter. Hmmm… That might be a good choice for Superbowl Sunday…


Happy (belated) Birthday to you Maggie! xoxox

Happy about Diesel… you need a cat with you… every needs another warm soul sometimes to share space with…

You can eat corn chips? Now with all your allergies, I would never have thought that. I love them but hardly ever have them here… Paul doesn’t eat anything like that so since he does the shopping, it’s really twisting his arm to have him buy junk food of any kind. I have never seen anyone who doesn’t eat as many of the foods out there as Paul… except maybe you! I’m sure there are more… At the age of 39, when we first started dating, he’d never even had his lunch “out” at a public place… ever! Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches his entire life, made by either him or his Mum. He is still the same now… same thing every single day of his life except for dinner which is my area of duty.

Anyway, happy birthday again!

Maggie Turner

Thanks Joan! Diesel loves to be petted, he is a petting aficionado.

Maggie Turner

Wendy, now that you mention it, I see what you mean about his colouring. I see a LOT of his belly, he loves to lie on his back and be petted! One idiosyncrasy, he wants me to be looking at him when I pet him, he glances over at me to make eye contact constantly, to make sure I am paying attention to him, and only him. 🙂

Maggie Turner

Teri, guacamole is fantastic stuff! I have been making mine simply, as Attila does it, by adding salsa and sour cream to the mashed avocado, fast and delicious! The corn chips, well, they could not be considered “good” food, no matter how you look at things. As a treat though, I love them, and there are worse things.

Maggie Turner

Bex, I am really enjoying having Diesel around! He is good company, very interactive, lots of eye contact, and loves me to talk to him.

I can not have just any corn chip, I have to be careful to check the label to see what is in them. The plain ones are usually all right for me, it is the flavoured ones where I usually run into problems.

That peanut butter and jelly sandwich routine is pretty impressive! Does Paul vary the type of jelly, or has he stuck to the same one? If a person likes something, then they really like it!


Paul will vary the jelly/jam/preserves. For a very special treat he will buy those small-ish jars of Maine blueberry jam but they go fast. He normally buys either grape jam/jelly and strawberry jam or preserves. I myself love things like orange and apricot jam or preserves.