Done and Dusted

Good news about the knee! I went to see the Orthopaedic Surgeon yesterday, and since my knee seems to be doing well with my current regimen, physiotherapy and anti-inflammatory cream, that will be my last scheduled appointment. I do have arthritis in my knee, but he assesses it as at the initial stages, so that surgery is not needed, particularly since I am able to keep the pain under control. He was funny, though he didn’t mean to be. He thought I would be disappointed that surgery wasn’t needed at this time. I guess a lot of the patients that he sees want a quick fix, so he assumes that is how I felt as well. I explained to him that I felt it was good news, that I could keep going without needing surgery. Temporarily, the knee issue is done and dusted. I will need surgery down the road. He told me that the condition will flare up from time to time, and each time it does it will recover to a lower state than the last flare up, until finally I will need surgery. I am hoping that is many, many years down the road! When I consider … Continue reading


Today I took a lovely drive to the country. I had company, not happy company, but company nonetheless. This morning I moved the live trap to the back yard. I set it out in the sun where it would appear warm and inviting. In it I placed a fresh cracker, generously spread with delicious peanut butter. It worked! I looked out the window a half an hour after I had placed the live trap on the grass, and there she was, sitting in a bewildered state, and not at all hungry. I went into action immediately. I grabbed my heavy work gloves, closed up the windows, drew the curtains, exited the house, and unlocked the car. She wasn’t happy as I picked up the cage wearing my heavy gloves. She ran from one end of the cage to the other, distressed. I cooed to her, spoke reassuringly and confidently. The space prepared for the cage at the back of the car was open on all sides, and behind the seats so that the human presence would not be seen (me!), although I am sure she could sense that I was there. The cage rattled the whole time we travelled. She … Continue reading

Canning Beans

Although the weather is springlike, it is early springlike. The wind is strong and nippy, even though the sun is strong. I am still wearing a wool scarf, a wool hat, gloves, and a parka to go for my walks. It isn’t the kind of weather to sit outside and relax in the sun! So I have been turning to indoor tasks. The Chili Beans I canned over the winter were almost gone. We like our beans, and cook all sorts of dishes with them. I decided it was time to replenish the supply. Monday I canned seven litres of Chili Beans. Yesterday I canned 14 “pints” (500 ml jars) of Molasses Beans. It was the first time I had tried canning a full canner of smaller jars, which are stacked in the canner in two layers. Canning requires a lot of time on my feet. I did very well with it, but yesterday my knee began to complain, and I could feel it this morning when I swung my legs over the side of the bed to arise. Time to slow down a bit I think! I like pressure canning. It is extremely precise and time consuming, but for … Continue reading

Short and Sweet

Attila has come and gone. He arrived for supper last night, we talked till midnight, collapsed into bed, and resumed our conversation in the morning over coffee. We have a lot of weighty issues to work through together right now, and it was exhausting! We took ourselves out for Easter lunch to McDonalds, and returned to the little house to tie up as many loose ends as we could before Attila jumped into Tank and headed north for the country house. We have switched vehicles, so that I can park in the patient parking garage at the hospital where I have my appointment for my knee. Tank is too big to enter the parking garage! The “weepy we-me”s hit both of us at the same time, it was a teary farewell. We are both very tired of living apart! I need to stay at the little house for two or three more weeks, until I have all my health care appointments attended to and sorted out. Then I hope to head north to stay with Attila at the country house until the black flies begin to bite. At that point I plan on returning on my own to the little … Continue reading

Tea’s Ready

5:00 a.m., Saturday, April 4, 2015, Little House in the City At 3:00 a.m. I was wide awake, and fighting dark thoughts. It happens. The dark thoughts are real, they are relevant, it isn’t worry, it is stark reality. At 3:00 a.m. the dark thoughts seem like the only reality. And that isn’t true. It isn’t true at all. So I spent the wee hours awake, giving the dark side of reality its due, working my way towards putting it all into perspective. By first light, the job was done. It certainly helped to have Diesel cuddling up to me, as I pondered life, the universe, and everything! He is such an affectionate cat. He has taken to sleeping nose to nose with me. Most of the time I don’t mind this, but this morning he sneezed, and my face got splattered. That had me up in hurry, to wash my face! My first reaction though, was to laugh out loud. Cats do not like to be laughed at! Diesel soon recovered though, and we were best of friends again by the time my face dried. It was snowing out this morning! It won’t stick around long. The sky was … Continue reading