The Fit

Yesterday was eventful.  My official request for relocation has been submitted to my supervisor.  I have asked to be relocated to an office where I have worked occasionally and enjoyed every minute spent on the premises.  This may be employment suicide, I’m not sure.  I feel anxious about change.  The hours are fewer, the drive is longer, the work is the same.  There is no more hope at the new location of regular hours than there is at the old location.  The attraction of the new location is the the fit; it is a better fit for me.  I felt there was nothing for it but to dive into the change and hope for the best.  The whole process may take months and months. Where did the morning go! Attila has come and gone at lunch and my perception is that the day has barely started. Lets see, shower, dishes, call to lawyer, lengthy job application that included an hour and a half online test, email, call to bank… It all makes sense now. My birthday is in January. There is a downside to this. Our biggest whopping bills come in December and January, no frivolities. My birthday comes at … Continue reading

Snow is very amusing.

<whinge session> The weather report is still forecasting very cold overnight temperatures for the weekend. $%^*#$I&*  It looks like grocery shopping in the nearest town may be the only recreational activity we manage for the month of January!  I think that a trip to the little house in the city is mandatory during February, we will need to MAKE it happen despite weather conditions. I think living in the country would be quite pleasant if one had affordable access to transportation, central heating and adequate time and funds to travel the distances required to make desirable social contact when the weather allowed.  Just a theory. Harriet and I were talking about how difficult it must have been for rural ancestors who heated with wood stoves.  Then I realized that in those days most rural dwellings did not have indoor plumbing.  If the temperature inside the house dipped below freezing there were no pipes to freeze.  One could leave the building for extended periods of time with impunity; attending local church and social functions was viable and common. The idea of eliminating indoor plumbing to facilitate winter travel is not appealing. Glad to get that off my chest. </whinge session> Today’s … Continue reading

Tens of thousands of people…

I woke up stiff this morning.  It does not happen all that often, but this morning I could barely make it into and out of the easy chair in front of the fire.  Nothing for it but to stand up and do some stretching exercises and take some painkillers before breakfast!  A half hour later things felt much better; ready for a morning of hard physical labour. The ball-bearings in my pull out keyboard tray are not just falling out, they are flying out and ricocheting off me, the lamp and the filing cabinet.  At first Attila and I thought they were being fired by the ceiling fan, which would have been very bad news indeed because it would have to be replaced.  However, the pull out try for the keyboard is not something we would bother to replace.  In fact, the desk here is far too large and cumbersome for the space we live in and if it had to be replaced neither Attila or I would grieve the loss.  I anticipate that the keyboard tray will function indefinitely without it’s ball-bearings. The weather report for the week indicates that there is another cold snap coming next weekend.  That would … Continue reading

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