Moving through time slowly.

Attila and I enjoyed the month of September, in which we went on a working holiday at the little house and then returned to work and chores at the country house. I’ve spent much of the last two weeks catching up with paying bills and working through all the paperwork generated by our two weeks of work at the little house.  That was one expensive holiday.  Also, there was a very high pile of bills and documents waiting for my attention when I arrived home, and they have taken up almost all of my free time since.  I have almost caught up with all these fiddly bits! Our next project at the little house is to get the furnace working.  Cold weather is on the way!  The furnace needs a bit of attention, even though it is only a few years old.  Actually, it is the duct work  that needs all the attention.  Previous renovators installed a new bathroom floor, which completely covered the heating vent.  One has to wonder what they were thinking.  We will have to cut through the floor in the bathroom to release the heat into the room.  Also, the cold air return was almost completely blocked … Continue reading

Catching our breath…

Attila and I are catching our breath.  We took our vacation over the first two weeks of September.  It was a working vacation.  The day we left two Realtors took prospective buyers through our country house, the second one came in after we left for our little house in the city.  It was extremely hectic, trying to plan, pack, load the car, prepare Mist for her maiden voyage to the little house and make sure all would be secure while we were away. Mist HATES car rides, and she spent a great part of the journey verbalizing her opinions.  However, within five minutes of arriving at the little house, she was sprawled out on our bed and making herself right at home.  She loves the little house! Our first task was to try and evict the chipmunks.  It took three days, but we managed to block their entry and keep them from reentering the building.  The dumpster arrived in our driveway on Tuesday morning of the first week, it was 20 feet long and 8 feet wide.  Attila spent Tuesday gutting the basement.  What a job!  He removed drywall, studs, vapour barrier, insulation, doors, closets, ceiling boards, all stained with … Continue reading

Critters!

I am working four days this week!  Today is my one day off and Attila has left me with a list of places to call; I am on a verbal information gathering expedition.  I must call metal roofing manufacturers and retailers for prices and delivery schedules.  I must call waste management firms for prices and delivery schedules for dumpsters.  I must call asphalt shingle retailers for prices and delivery schedules.  We are going to be roofing very soon!  We have our fingers crossed for fair weather! A big project, in terms of time and money.  It has to be done. We will need a dumpster to discard the three layers of shingles that already exist on the roof.  We will be adding all kinds of other building materials to the dumpster.  Old carpeting (mildewed and disgusting), the existing deck boards (particle board!  A silly, silly, silly choice!), drywall, insulation and wood panelling, boards and who knows what else, will go into that dumpster. The little house has a distinctive odour, very unpleasant.  We’ve wondered about the source.  Part of it is the mildewed carpet which will go into the dumptster, part of it dampness from a water problem in the … Continue reading

The leaves are turning!

Looking out the window this morning a bit of colour caught my eye. Up until today the view has been green, green, green. This morning a bit of yellow and red have stolen into the landscape. Autumn is on its way. It was raining again this morning, but not cold, or even terribly humid. I have only had to water my deck garden a few times this summer, the rain has arrived consistently to do the job. I’m not sure I’d go to the trouble again. Although we will harvest enough tomatoes, basil and zucchini to justify the initial cost of putting in the garden, it doesn’t yield enough to provide for more than few light meals. I am hoping that we can put in a more substantial garden at the little house, where bears aren’t an issue. I’ve two days off this week. I’ll spend my time preparing for our next excursion to the little house. The list of things to take with us gets longer and longer. Anything we take in the car during these visits will not need to be transported by moving van in the future. Some things are making the trip back and forth, like … Continue reading

Working, working, working…

Attila and I decided to stay in our country home this weekend.  We both worked a six day week and although Attila does this week after week, I am not accustomed to so much consecutive work.  I am surprised that I am not worn down, not at all.  I feel quite energetic and a little restless; I’m looking forward to our next visit to the little house! After preparing bread dough a few weeks ago, a portion of it went into the freezer to be used as pizza dough.  This morning that dough was removed from the freezer and placed in the refrigerator and tonight it was topped with all our favorite pizza toppings.  We haven’t made pizza since last June, so this is a rare treat. However, my timing was off, the dough was frozen after the second rise and didn’t rise at all when baked. The meal was flavourful, but the texture of the dough was disappointing. My deck garden is an interesting project.  The tomatoes are coming along moderately, with a few cherry tomatoes already ripened.  The swiss chard is a complete failure, about three inches high and going nowhere.  The basil is limping along, there will … Continue reading