Super House Dress Woman

Some days this is as good as it gets. OK, today I took a bold step and answered a knock on the door in my bright yellow house dress with big colourful butterflies printed on it. It is my stay in the house comfort dress. But then there was this knock on the door, that I felt compelled to answer. I looked, well, colourful… and exotic, lets call it exotic. Two young men stood before me with perfectly respectful expressions on their faces, and from this I knew they wanted to sell me something. They wanted to sell me an installation of smoke alarms that call the fire department when smoke is detected. We don’t need that. We can’t afford that. Initially I just said that we weren’t interested. The spokesman for the two persisted in his sales pitch, hopeful that engaging me in a joust of logic would result in my capitulation, as this appeared likely to him. Finally he came to it, “May I ask why you you won’t have these smoke alarms installed?” He was clearly implying that wasn’t being logical, reasonable, that I wasn’t thinking clearly. I came right to it, “Because I don’t want want … Continue reading

How I Intend To Handle The Coming Postal Strike

I don’t often write about larger issues. It isn’t that I don’t know they are there, I do know all too well. Occasionally the interface between the larger issue and the day-to-day actions that I take come close enough together that what I do makes a difference, and I seize those moments when they are presented to me. Hydro One has just presented me with an opportunity. Dear Hydro One Customer, Canada Post has informed Hydro One of the possibility of a service disruption on or after July 2. In order to keep your account current during this period, we’re offering the following tools to help you keep up-to-date with your bills. Sign up for epost™ – View, manage and store your bills securely online by signing up at CanadaPost.ca/HydroEbill. View your bill online – Visit HydroOne.com to view your bill and check your account balance. Sign up for Pre-Authorized Payment – Have your bill payment automatically withdrawn on the due date. Sign up at HydroOne.com. I will share my opinions about this missive. First, signing up for epost effectively removes human contact and employment from the daily functioning of the Canadian Postal Service. The Canadian Postal Service is a … Continue reading

One For The Books

Here is one for the books, or the blog. I was just sitting here at my computer working on my book, when I heard the garbage collection truck coming down the street. Normal. Then my mind wandered and I found myself thinking, “well here is another Monday morning, another week begins.” What! This is Friday, the beginning of a weekend. My week was pleasant enough that I unconsciously equated it with a weekend. This is a first. Wow, pinch me! Last Sunday night Attila loaded about a third of the combustible debris from the old garden shed into Tank, and we took it to the Rideau Camp, where I burned it to ash. Then on Wednesday, when Attila arrived home from work, we repeated the exercise, then we had two thirds of the job done. Last night Attila loaded the last of the combustibles into Tank and off we went once again, and I burned all of that to ash. The entire garden shed has been reduced to a pile of ashes. Garden Shed before. Actually, what you see in the picture is mostly the siding and the plastic roof, which we didn’t burn but will be taking to the … Continue reading

First Day of Summer

It has been an intense week! The shed project continues, slowly. Attila estimated it would take him two weekends and the week in between to complete it; not even close! The roof is on, which is an essential part of the project because it keeps things dry. But the issues with water are not all addressed. The shed sits at the back of the garage, where the water from the garage roof drains. Attila has a plan as to how to prevent that water from pouring into the shed, but I don’t know any details. Best not to get involved at this point, and I will feel relieved when that final phase of protection from the elements is completed. Then on to the walls, the door, and the window. And then there is the old shed, which sits in bits in a heap on the back lawn. Last night we packed about a third of it into Tank and headed to the Rideau Camp. There we sectioned the wood and burned it as a campfire. Two or three more trips and campfires should have the wood debris burned. The remaining materials, insulation, etc. will be bagged and taken to the … Continue reading

Shed Widow

Yesterday I had Attila fish the hoe out of the chaos of the garage, and early in the morning I was out in the fresh air attacking the weeds that threaten our beans, garlic, peppers, tomatoes, borage, and another unknown plant that Attila says he didn’t plant, but I know is’t a weed. It took several hours, and the results were very satisfying. It gave the green beans in particular a boost, as they are suddenly sending out new growth. We are heading into a moderate heat wave with high humidity, and blessedly cool nights. It isn’t my favourite kind of weather, but I am grateful for the cool nights. I have been taking my walks before 8 a.m. to catch the cooler morning temperature; yesterday I wore a sweater and regretted it. My discomfort was twofold. I was too warm in the sweater, even at 15C, and my back was bothering me. Each step I took was mildly painful, which meant I could carry on. However as the little ouches tallied up, my body began to protest, breaking into a cold sweat. I managed the entire circuit and arrived home dampish. Luckily when I stopped moving the pain stopped … Continue reading