Welcome March

Welcome March

Very good news for the first day of March. Today was my Mom’s last treatment. Well done Mom, and congratulations!

The temperature plummeted last night, and it is back to winter weather we go again. Hopefully this week’s storms will be winter’s last blast. I am hoping that we don’t get too much snow, so that we can get the driveway well cleared to welcome Iris home on the weekend, also hoping for good driving conditions over the weekend so that there are no postponements.

Lately I have been watching cinema out of New Zealand, and enjoying the very different perspective. I particularly liked “An Angel At My Table”, a Jane Campion film based on the autobiographies of Janet Frame, poet and author. I think what I found refreshing, is that someone outside the “provincial” elite was recognized based on merit alone; it reminds me that in Canada we did have Margaret Laurence, once upon a time, long ago.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 5:00 AM EST Tuesday 1 March 2016
Condition: Not observed
Pressure: 102.4 kPa
Tendency: rising
Temperature: -12.2°C
Dewpoint: -16.6°C
Humidity: 70%
Wind: NNW 7 km/h
Wind Chill: -17


“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
106 BC – 43 BC


  1. Yes Wendy, with any luck the whole experience will be relegated to distant memory for Mom! She will be recovering from the treatment for a month or so, and have her energy back as the weather begins to improve, just in time for spring.

  2. Diane, Margaret Laurence is my favourite author of all time. It isn’t just the music of her words that attracts me, but the breadth of her humanity that warms my soul. On the male side of things, to my utmost surprise, Michael Ondaatje writes to the heart of things. I am surprised because I can usually smell the apologist class assumptions so prominent in Canadian literature, and Mr. Ondaatje hales from an extremely affluent and privileged background. He manages to rise above all that, which sets his talent apart.

    Mom is already beginning to bounce back. She expects to be quite tired for the next few weeks, as her body works hard to recover. So far so good, she looks pink and rosy and beautiful.

  3. So glad about your Mom.

    We are in mourning here over the loss yesterday of our beloved Kip, our younger collie dog. He would have been 9 in April. He developed osteosarcoma (bone cancer) and about a month ago was diagnosed. He was given 3-5 months but it was very aggressive and only 1 more month was all we had to love him. It is so damn hard to say goodbye.

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