Food, glorious food!

Sun and cold, Attila figures the two are inseparable.  It is currently -17C, with a bit of a breeze.  Could be colder, and will be tonight. I’ve spent my morning pondering wills, my own and Attila’s to be exact. I hate thinking about my own end, or Attila’s, but for the sake of other’s we need to consider these things now, while we still can. I’ll be irritable until this issue has been dealt with and can be forgotten. Since we are stuck at home this weekend, Attila decided to make our time special by cooking some of our favorite meals. On Friday night he prepared sweet and sour chicken on rice. On Saturday he prepared a pizza with all our favorite toppings. Tonight he is preparing Coquille Saint Jacques, one of my all time favorites. The chicken dish is made from a recipe I found on the Internet; it includes diced carrots and onions, vegetables! The pizza was made with a partially cooked crust I made last week. We weren’t all that pleased with the crust; the partial baking before it was frozen left it thick and lumpy and the toppings rolled off easily. The frozen pre-baked pizza dough technique needs … Continue reading

Work, winter and not much else…

Yesterday I received news that the gentleman who ran the shop where I used to work passed away.  He fell ill last summer with cancer.  He was only in his early fifties. I feel so sad for his wife, they were married less than two years ago and were so happy.  God speed my friend. Work went well all week, much to my surprise and delight.  I work tomorrow morning, and again Monday and Tuesday.  I’m pretty tired these days, the kind of tired that feels good because it is well earned. Attila and I were going to visit our little house in the city this Saturday, but the temperature is dipping so low at night, here in the country, that we need to stay close to home to keep the hearth fire burning.  Oh for central heating! One of the nice things about the cold weather is that our bedroom becomes quite cool.  Whatever the reason, we both sleep soundly when it is quite cool in the bedroom.  We have an old “eiderdown” made of synthetic fibre that I’ve had for over thirty years.  It keeps us snug and warm when the temperature in our country house dips, during … Continue reading

My life is worth more than their profits.

Here it is, Thursday already!  So far, so good at work; an unexpected and welcome turn of events.  If this continues I will have to rename my negative coworker! The job interview and test went well yesterday afternoon.  I don’t expect to hear anything back from them for weeks and weeks; better to know this will happen than to wonder.  That possibility will go on the back burner until further notice.  A response to another application I sent out was bluntly rejected.  However, the fact that feedback was offered is something to be appreciated in this day and age. It has been cold here, but not as cold as it has been in other parts of Canada.  We have snow here, but not as much snow as they have in other parts of Canada.  Attila is kept busy with splitting wood and building fires.  He is keeping Mist and I warm and comfortable.  My desk is near the outer wall of the house, well away from the masonry fireplace, so that I must bundle up well to sit for any length of time, as it is quite chilly.  I could move the furniture around, but have yet to envision a … Continue reading

A Winter Day

A.M. Another day dawns.  It is very cold at night.  Attila’s efforts last night with the fire downstairs warmed the second floor to a comfortable temperature.  Downstairs it has cooled down again, but remains above freezing. This morning Attila forgot to open the damper on the masonry fireplace, during the morning firing.  It did not become apparent until the smell came to my attention.  I think it was the lower chimney pipe super heating, probably the painted finish off-gassing.  The problem was remedied immediately when Attila opened the damper.  Luckily we opted for a partial damper, which allows some heat and gas to escape even when the damper is closed.  We have been running the air cleaners this morning.  Small things can escalate, one must be diligent.  We have been heating with this masonry heater for about six years now, in northern Ontario where it is can get very cold in the winter. It is beautifully cold.  When it is this cold, the snow glitters in the headlights, as Attila leaves for work, predawn. That’s it for the morning, off to work! P. M. For some reason I had a craving for eggs at lunch time.  So, lunch consisted of … Continue reading

Perspective

A.M. Last night, I received a missive that put my own small troubles into perspective.  A friend wrote that her husband, also a friend, has entered palliative care.  He has been battling cancer since the summer months.  Attila and I are thinking of them both. Attila and I are getting ready for work.  We have had our coffee and cuddle with Mist in front of the morning’s fire.  Time to get down to the business of breakfast, shower, making lunch, getting dressed and gathering all the paraphernalia needed for a day away from home.  Attila has cleared the snow from my car, and warmed it up for me; such a nice perk in the morning! In theory I’ll be home to watch a midday firing of the masonry heater.  This is needed as the temperature is now dipping below -15C at night on a regular basis.  Mist will be waiting for me, I know, sitting strategically in front of the fireplace with a enquiring look on her face. Morning Inspiration P.M. Cold!  The house is getting chilly.  Attila is out chopping wood to build a fire in the little wood stove downstairs, and for the third firing of the masonry … Continue reading