A Quiet Day

A new day has dawned, sunshine prevails. It was cold last night, and the morning fire is a welcome ritual. Mist supervises, sitting beside me as I place the firewood in the fireplace, watching me carefully until the fire is lit, the door is closed, and the flames begin to blaze. Then she wanders off . . . → Read More: A Quiet Day

Baker’s Yeast

Occasionally, just occasionally, I become aware of how restricted my life has really become. Sure, intellectually I know it is restricted, and as a rule I just get on with things. But I seldom feel it. I seldom know it in my bones, in my cells.

My allergy is a game changer. It reaches into . . . → Read More: Baker’s Yeast

Luna’s New House

Monday, October 21

On Saturday afternoon I built the last of the curing burns in the masonry heater. Then I closed the dampers, and Attila and I headed out for a visit with Luna and Janus and the Grandbabies.

Luna and Janus moved last week, to their dream house. They bought a 1908 vintage home, . . . → Read More: Luna’s New House

We are in hot water!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Funny when I think about it, when I was a kid, receiving at Christmas was all I thought about. It was magical, the thought that an entity existing in the “outside” world would be kind or generous in any way, Santa Clause was a myth with a heart. It wasn’t that . . . → Read More: We are in hot water!

Common Sense

I find it challenging to time my meals around medications that must be taken with a meal. Unfortunately, the first dose of the antibiotic given to me in the hospital was taken after midnight. I am usually sleeping at that time of the night. It is a minor inconvenience, but I notice it because I . . . → Read More: Common Sense

Curing the Masonry Heater

We had a busy weekend at the little house in the city. On the drive there, on Saturday, I began to feel ill. I did not feel any better when we arrived at the little house. I knew what was wrong with me, it was an infection, and that I would need antibiotics, but I . . . → Read More: Curing the Masonry Heater


Today’s forecast at the country house, that would be October 10, 2014:

“Partly cloudy. 60 percent chance of rain showers changing to 60 percent chance of wet flurries before morning. Low plus 1.”

Wet flurries, no! Too soon, too early, not yet… oh well.

Hopefully this lot will melt on contact.

I arrived home yesterday . . . → Read More: No!

End of the Visit

Here it is, my last full day at the little house in the city, for this visit. There is so much to do!

After chatting with Attila, enjoying my morning coffee and slice of breakfast apple crisp, I began bottling yesterday’s cooked and cooled tomatoes. I labelled the jars and found room for them in . . . → Read More: End of the Visit

Pork n Beans Two

Monday, October 6, 2014

A quiet day has sped by, once again. After chatting with Attila, I enjoyed a cup of coffee and some apple crisp for breakfast. Then I headed down to the basement to turn off the dehumidifier, and flip the breaker off for the hot water heater. The price of hydro goes . . . → Read More: Pork n Beans Two

The First Time ‘Round

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The clouds were rolling by today, white and grey and dark, billowing along at a great pace. It was 8C outside this morning. The wind was brisk. The rain came, and then it went, and then it came back again. Some of it was misty, and some of it was thick. . . . → Read More: The First Time ‘Round