Friday, September 12, 2014

By the Numbers

I love "By the Numbers" posts, I don't know why I don't do them more often....

  • this is post #853
  • I have been home and living more gratefully in London for 30 days - PEI seems like a distant sweet dream
  • speaking of that Crofters Lane is up for sale for $10,000 more than what I originally paid for it
  • 7 - the number of days til I begin winging it across the big pond!!!
  • 6 -the number of flights I'll be on in total
  • 144 - the number of kms I'll be walking through the Cotswolds
  • +8c - the temperature in London!!
  • +19c - the temperature in the Cotswolds right now!
  • 5 - the number of times I've turned on the furnace this morning and heard nothing!! sigh....
  • 32 - the number of gigs in my new camera memory card = 1,000s of photos!!
  • 8:02am - the time I got up today...somehow I slept through my first alarm at 7:00am
  • 24 - how old my daughter will be on Sunday!
  • 20 - how old our cat is
  • 0 - the number of times I've dreamed about school since my "night before the first day of school dream"  :)
  • 1 -the number of Council of Canadians meetings I've gone to (first one last night!)
  • 2 - the number of times I've exercised in the last week - BOOOOOOOOO!!!
  • $350 - the amount of money I've spent this week on trip-related stuff & some groceries

Dear Diary: 
Went to my first meeting of the Council of Canadians last night - they are a politically active group that protest government bills that adversely affect the environment. My concerns relate to global warming and the loss of animal/bird habitats plus I'm going to join Julie in her efforts to rid London of plastic bottles of water.

Tomorrow I'm getting together with my brother, my sister-in-law and some cousins for a mini reunion in Aylmer. And then on Sunday I have a major hike - fast paced and a longer distance than usual. Today I'm thinking about going to the fair. A good old Canadian band "Glass Tiger" is playing. Several acts have been rained out this week but no rain today! 

But first I have to google "furnace won't start" to see if there's anything I can do before calling in the experts. Rats. Well, at least it's not snowing. Grrrrrrrrrr! That also means I'm going to have to clear the clutter out of the furnace room:(

Finished the book Kim gave me by Alistair MacLeod. WOW. Sometimes my brain gets stuck in the past - Kim and I have talked about that as it's a common trait in the family - we are a sentimental soppy bunch (most of us, not all). Anyway the book he gives me is about the MacDonald family who settled on Cape Breton Island back in the 1700's and their lives until the present. Talking about living in the past! My take away from this book is that remembering the past is important, an oral tradition that has been a way of connecting the many generations of a family and I shouldn't feel badly about "what was". "What was" informs the present. 

Many characters have the same name over the generations: Alexander MacDonald - there are about 10 Alexander MacDonalds over the many generations. One "live" Alexander even takes the place of an Alexander who dies. There are many messages in this book which I will go into more here. Kim knows how to pick a book that supports and helps to explain the way I am feeling. I have great brothers. And sisters. Family.

Now off to google :(


  1. It's COLD there in London! I hope you can figure out your furnace really quick (and with the least damage)

  2. Good luck with your furnace! And I can relate to clearing out crap so the furnace guy can get to the thing... After a while I reason that I'm sure they've seen worse...

  3. livingrichonthecheapSeptember 12, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    I saw Glass Tiger In Calgary in 1986 at Calloway Park (amusement park). It was pouring rain that day too! :) Have a wonderful hike/weekend!

  4. your trip!! i had almost forgot. Have an absolutely fantastic time. and take loads of photos to share you lucky lady

  5. Laura / No More SpendingSeptember 13, 2014 at 3:43 AM

    Oh no about the furnace! I hope you can get it working!
    We're having lovely mild weather here in the UK....I hope it lasts for you :)

  6. Yes, I've been told the weather has been good- I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it stays that way!

  7. You can count on me taking LOTS of photos Marguerite! Hopefully the gardens will still be blooming!

  8. I think 1986 was the last time they were in London too!

  9. I gotta say I'm a little worried about the furnace. Hopefully it's something simple!

  10. It's freezing Lena! Just a week ago it was broiling hot and humid!!

  11. I have one more number for you: 16 - the number of days until I get to meet you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xx

  12. All your numbers are positive(well mostly, let's not talk about the furnace)!!!! Yay!


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