Spit and Polish

Attila and I are still hard at work preparing our home for new owners. Today Attila installed new light fixtures in a dimly lit stairwell, it makes a spectacular difference. He continues to tidy up the gardens, and continues to maintain the yard. I baked bread today. It has been hot, it was hot today, but we needed bread. We can find bread that I can eat, but we have to drive for over half an hour to find a store that stocks it. Nothing for it but to put the Nesco out in the porch and bake the bread outdoors. In this heat I will not use the indoor oven for any reason at all! I’ve been cleaning cobwebs in and around the screened in porch, they accumulate quickly. I also have setup a daily routine for myself, where I make the bed, wash and dry the dishes, shower, do laundry, sweep and do a quick clean in the bathrooms in the early morning. I feel I need to get these tasks done before eight in the morning, as I might be called out to work, and someone might want to look at the house before I could get … Continue reading

Moment by Moment

My journal is called Page by Page.  Right now I’m taking life Moment by Moment.  The decision to move has precipitated a vast amount of activity.  We have “decluttered” and cleaned and preened; and we are still at it. Funny old world.  As we prepare this house for new owners, I am feeling more and more attachment and affection for it.  These sentiments are not new, but they have come to the forefront now that our decision to leave has been made.  I do love this house, as I loved the little house in the City that we lived in before moving here. Tonight Attila is using his bandsaw to cut an old TV tower into sections small enough to transport to the recycling plant by car.  We inherited the TV tower, which we removed from the side of the house and stored behind the house until now. I am working at the little shop tomorrow, the third day this year.  It isn’t the happiest place this year, I suspect business is not as good as had been hoped. The heat wave broke overnight and this evening is mild, breezy and just about perfect.  The mosquitoes were decimated by the … Continue reading

Nodding Off

A brief entry is better than no entry at all, or so I tell myself. Attila and I have made the decision to move.  This is not a simple project, nor is the decision made without some regrets.  We love our home, the wildlife and the peace around us.  However, we agree that another winter in the wild is not desirable. What we have been up to is “decluttering” and doing minor repairs and inexpensive upgrades, in order to sell the property. We have decided to try to locate nearer Luna and Terra, and are actively looking for work in that area.  The physical landscape there is not as beautiful as it is here, but the human landscape is much healthier. Preparing for the move is occupying all of our free time. We are well into a heat wave at the moment, it was 32C today, in the shade, and very humid to boot.  The house was closed up against the sun, so it remained relatively comfortable.  However, it is not cooling down a lot at night, so that every morning the temperature is a little higher than the morning before.  We are to have two more days of this … Continue reading

Beginnings Without Endings

Terra’s graduation was a big event for our family, with Lares, Attila and I, Luna and Janus, Imp, Elf and Tink in attendance. Good wishes were sent from Terra and Luna’s Grandma, Aunts, Uncles and cousins. Terra accepted her Diplomas and several Awards, one of them for Excellence in her studies. Well Done Terra! And a heart felt thanks to Lares who has Terra’s back, it warms her mother’s heart. Attila and I are busy contemplating making changes in our life. We love our home, and the beautiful landscape around us, but it is remote from everyone Attila and I cherish.  We are initiating change. Yesterday was very hot and humid. Today is cool and breezy. The sun was shining this morning, but is now well hidden behind a ceiling of grey clouds. I have been applying for work this morning; it is always a dreaded activity, but it must be done. Attila has his resumes at the ready. We are tired and happy, after our weekend away celebrating Terra’s graduation. Worldly Distractions Weather 16 °C Condition:Partly Cloudy Pressure:101.4 kPa Visibility:16 km Temperature:16.0°C Dewpoint:6.5°C Humidity:53 % Wind:W 21 gust 35 km/ Quote “Faith is, at one and the same time, … Continue reading

Rain, rain, rain

This morning we awoke to heavy rain.  We are to expect thunderstorm activity this morning.  A dreary, dripping landscape stretches as far as the eye can see. Attila and I have decided to paint our main living space.  The main living space is a dark green, the colour it was the day we moved into the house.  This hasn’t been too awfully dark, because there are windows everywhere.  However, it is time to lighten things up.  Attila has cleaned the walls in preparation.  He must repair the hole in the wall, made by the previous owners for a speaker (?!?); the speaker is still there! I am trying to purge excess belongings again.  Where do they come from!  Not a question really, because I know where they come from.  They are the accumulation of decades of frugal living.  We saved everything that came our way, because we might some day need it.  And although we have needed some of the things we saved, most of the things we saved have served only as weights, physical and spiritual. This morning I have been putting up for sale the last of the accessories for the little trailer, which we lost to a … Continue reading