Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patricks Day to all.

St. Patricks Day this year turned out to be rather special. It is March Break here in Ontario, which means that the Grandbabies had a week off school. Luna and Janus brought them all to visit their Auntie Terra and Uncle Lares for a few days. They invited me to join them visiting a sugar shack at a conservation area today, and since I always love seeing the Grandbabies, I accepted the invitation.

I drove Tank to the Conservation Area, I was taking no chances on ruining their day. If my knee gave out, I would be able to transport myself home immediately, without needing assistance or having to interrupt their outing. Elf decided he wanted to ride with me in Tank, so we spent a half an hour chatting during our trip there. It is always interesting listening to the perspective of an eight year old. We talked about many things, and he had a lot of questions. I told him what I thought, he told me what he thought, we both enjoyed ourselves!

There was a lot of walking during the outing, and I declined ascending a steep set of stairs to observe an exhibit at the top of a ridge. By that time I had walked some distance, and had been standing for over an hour. I felt it was best not to push my luck. A good time was had by all. As we prepared to leave, I invited them all for supper, and it was decided that this would be a grand idea. So the three Grandbabies hopped into Tank with me, and off we went, while the other adults headed off to do various errands before making their way to my house.

We had a great time singing as we drove back to the little house in the city. When we arrived the Grandbabies immediately found our stash of toys and got busy entertaining themselves. I headed down to the freezer and found some meat to make a spaghetti sauce. Everyone enjoyed a big spaghetti dinner, and then they all bundled themselves into their van and set off for the three hour journey home.

The only down side of the visit was that Attila was not here to see them, they asked where he was over and over again. I gave them all big hugs for him, which was fun.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 2:00 PM EDT Tuesday 17 March 2015
Condition: Mainly Sunny
Pressure: 101.2 kPa
Tendency: rising
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: 0.4°C
Dewpoint: -12.7°C
Humidity: 37%
Wind: NNW 31 gust 54 km/h


“All things great are wound up with all things little.”
L. M. Montgomery
1874 – 1942

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Irene Bean

My Irish eyes are smiling for you – my heart, too. 🙂


Time with the grandbabies — can’t beat that!
And I like the refreshed look.

Bex Crowell

Never having been to Canada, I have no idea what it’s like up there. What’s Ontario like? Is it very rural or very urban? or both?

Bex Crowell

Oh no… I am glad I asked! One of my favorite things to do is to read Wikipedia pages on subjects that interest me… you are almost like Wiki-Maggie! Such good info… thank you. Tell me, did you know of Stan Rogers when he was alive? Were/are you a fan of his singing/songwriting? All these years later I still mourn his death at such a young age… I have a DVD called One Warm Line that is a sort of documentary of him and his life and it’s just fabulous, lots of up close interviews of him and also him singing some of his famous songs. He, to me, really represents the best spirit of Canada… the hard working people who keep it all running, the men and women of the land and of the sea…

TopsyTurvy (Teri)

Bex, Southern Ontario is a great deal like northern New York. It can get a lot of snow, the areas around the Great Lakes are good for vineyards and fruit trees, and lakes have been carved out by retreating glaciers.

As Maggie said, the majority of the population lives in the southern part, some of which is tucked between Detroit and Buffalo. That’s the area I live in. Maggie mentions the 401, a large highway that skirts the southern portions of Ontario. Bri tells me that the 401 is the busiest highway in North America. That might be because it’s the quickest connection between Chicago/Detroit and Boston/New York City, as well as being a major connector for the largest cities in Ontario.