Happy Easter

I hope everyone is having a peaceful and enjoyable Easter Weekend! And that April Fool’s day hasn’t been unkind to you. And that the full moon is not disrupting any aspects of your life! What a weekend! I am happy to report a quiet weekend here at Mist Cottage. It is cold outside, so I am spending the weekend organizing stuff, after the big furniture moving extravaganza. Attila spent Friday preparing a turkey dinner and puttering with his garage project. On Saturday he kindly created a wall rack for me in my room, to hang my clothes, and today he has kindly built an enclosure at the top of my closet, which was just an open space that allowed a lot of dust to settle, no more. Diane, of Still The Lucky Few, posted a link to a personality test, which looked like fun, so I tried it. It seemed pretty accurate to me, and right in line with any formal testing I’ve been exposed to. The category I fit into is the INTJ, Introvert, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging. The descriptions pretty accurately describe me, although I will say that age has provided me with the experience needed to appreciate the … Continue reading

Garage Door

Now that the new windows are installed, and the furniture has been rearranged, I am moving on to organize all the stuff that was stored in the furniture. This is a job of monumental proportions, in terms of my time, and the challenge to find a place for everything I want to keep. Attila is spending a lot of time getting the basement organized, in preparation for the upcoming garage roof project. It is Good Friday, a statutory holiday in Ontario, which means there are three consecutive days to work on these projects, where I can make changes that involve heavy lifting, because Attila will help with that if called upon. My first project for the weekend is to apply adhesive backed window film to the window panes of the garage door window. The door is question is the “man door” into the garage, not the big garage door, the windows in it are painted over and let no light in. I have wanted to do this since 2010, when Mist Cottage was purchased! First though, the glass and the door must be cleaned, and THAT is a daunting task, it is one very filthy door! Attila is cooking a … Continue reading

Good Tired

Today the sun shone brightly all day long. It lifts my spirits, a day so full of sunshine! Attila and I have been making plans to rearrange the house, what little of it there is, to accommodate our new living arrangement. Furniture needed to be moved, belongings needed to be sorted, and everything needed to be reorganized. Saturday morning we began the odyssey. Attila did most of the heavy lifting, I was in constant motion moving things around, which was vital, to make enough space available to actually move an object. Things are packed very tightly in this little house. Sunday morning was a day of the same, constant motion. By Sunday night the beds were where they needed to be, which was the goal for the weekend, sound sleep is needed during the work week. Today I was busy all day long organizing, and the job is far from complete. I am tired, physically tired, and it feels right. A big part of this realigned living arrangement is books. Thousands of books. Books to be moved, stacked, reshelved, and reorganized. The books are all back on the shelves, but not on the shelves where I want them to reside. … Continue reading

Window Treatments

It looks lovely outside. Through these beautiful windows the sunny outside world seems beckoning. When I ventured out into the yard a few minutes ago though, it was chilly, very chilly. It is more like a lovely winter’s day, than a spring day. The new windows are amazing! I love them, literally. It is surprising how much one can appreciate, even love, an inanimate object. I would love to open these new windows! That will have to wait for spring-like weather to arrive; it isn’t anywhere to be seen in the local two week weather forecast. I purchased three inexpensive tension curtain rods, two for the living room windows, and one or the front bedroom window. The front bedroom has been a storage room since 2010. Its time has come. The window treatment was one cafe curtain, dark green check, and one shower curtain, mauve flowered. This arrangement has provided privacy, as well as a jarring visual effect. This morning I used the tension rod to hang the shower curtain over the window once again. The cafe curtain is going into retirement. I am still thinking through this window treatment. The basement window treatment is currently newspaper taped to the … Continue reading

I Can See Clearly Now

Tuesday and Wednesday were completely consumed by the window installations. By Tuesday at quitting time, the crew had all of the new windows in place, and sealed for the night. In just two days there are ALL new windows, completely and beautifully installed, here at Mist Cottage! This job would have taken Attila years to do by himself. The crew was great, the three young fellows were consistently pleasant, and respectful of my home, and my personal space. It wasn’t easy being respectful of my personal space, because the house is so small that no matter what window they were working on, they could see almost every inch of the interior of the house, but they managed it. The crew wasn’t just pleasant, they were really good at what they were doing. The installation was done very professionally, the old windows removed from the house, and the property, the window openings completely stripped, new framing installed, then the new windows, carefully insulated, carefully and beautifully trimmed, both the interior and the exterior. The only issue was that one of the living room windows has a cracked pane of glass, it arrived that way from the factory. Rather than delay the … Continue reading