Sunny and Chilly

Friday already! And the sun is shining. A good day.

This morning it is chilly out there, 3C. In here though, in this cozy little house, the temperature is still 21.5C. How great is that! And the heat has been turned off since the first of May, so this little box that I call home is doing a great job maintaining a comfortable temperature, regardless of what is going on outside.

I will admit to giving it a little bit of help. Our back porch gets the afternoon sun. It can get pretty hot out there in the late afternoon, and Wednesday afternoon the temperature was over 30C. I opened the windows onto the porch and let the hot air seep into the house, raising the interior temperature to 22.5C. The weather people predicted the temperature drop, so it seemed logical to add a little heat to carry us through the short bout of cool weather that was on its way.

Tai Chi class is winding down for me, and will definitely not be considered again any time soon. In the end, it was an effort to talk myself into making the long drive. Life is short. I want to look forward to my days, as much as possible. So back to the drawing board, I am perusing social activities that might interest me. For now I am just looking, because they all cost money, and most of them require expensive transportation. The transportation is the bigger expense. Right now the budget is gearing up to tackle the expense of the new roof on the garage. It is looming large.

The garage roof project is crucial for several reasons. First, and most important, livability of the house will be improved, almost beyond recognition. Attila will have his studio space, and a workshop where the workshop materials and tools can be stored. The workshop materials and tools will be moved out the basement. The basement will be reorganized. Things that are merely stored in the main living space will be moved to the basement. The living space will be reorganized. Dominoes! The second reason is that the value of the house for resale will be greatly enhanced. A leaking garage is ugly, stinky, useless, and makes the house undesirable to potential buyers. It isn’t that I plan on selling the house, but the terrible, terrible mistake was a wake up call, I should be ready for anything.

The film “Loving Vincent” was very interesting. As I watched it I began to feel the oppressive nature of the social expectations surrounding his life, not just his family’s expectations, but those of the communities where he sought to work and reside. I was disappointed that Don McLean’s version of the song Vincent was not used for the film, instead it was sung by Lianne La Havas, which was lovely, but not the hauntingly beautiful rendition that is Don McLean’s.

Well, time to mosey into the kitchen and look for something to eat for breakfast. Then on to the elliptical machine, and perhaps a wee bit of solitary Tai Chi. I love mornings!

The Marten Hotel On High The Martin Hotel on high, fully raised on the pedestal. It was more work than Attila bargained for, getting that heavy birdhouse back to that height, but by the time darkness fell last night, it was done.

Worldly Distractions

Weather

3°C
Date: 6:00 AM EDT Friday 11 May 2018
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.0 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: 3.2°C
Dew point: -3.1°C
Humidity: 64%
Wind: NNW 7 km/h
Visibility: 24 km

Quote

“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.”
Thomas A. Edison
1847 – 1931

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6 Responses to Sunny and Chilly

  1. Cathy says:

    And so your day begins- just as mine is as I’m reading your post. Almost 9.30am here and at the moment it looks like sunny day ahead of us. The past couple of days have been miserable to say the leadt. The rain we longed for arrived…..in torrential style….accompanied by cold (to us) temps. District envy at you having your windows open – will take 30c any day over the single digits we had yesterday.
    From the sound of it you’ve got your head screwed on the right way now and are looking at things logistically now and not quite so emotionally as before. Don’t fret over not going to tai chi classes there are loads of videos on line…..if you have enough whatever it is you get from your ISP to watch them. Bird watching will be a good past-time and there’s always your crochet……oh yes you’ll also have all that furniture removal/ rearranging to keep you busy as well

    Take care
    Cathy

  2. Will we ever see a picture of your house from the front (outside)? -Kate

  3. Cathy, we are moving towards spring, and you are moving towards winter, mind boggling really, when I think about it. Cold rain is so dreary! It was cool all day here, and tonight, I sat on the back porch in my parka, and eventually felt chilled and came indoors.

    The Tai Chi videos are great, I have a few bookmarked. You are right, pragmatism is kicking in, and it is a relief that the emotional intensity is dailing down. The bird watching is incredible this year, probably because they destroyed a natural habitat less than a block away, and the birds need to relocate. We have seen a lot of new-to-us species, including striking red cardinals and bright yellow goldfinches. I am managing to keep busy, doing things I enjoy!

  4. Ah now Kate, that is a question. There is/was, can’t be sure, a stalker situation in my life, so I probably won’t be posting a picture of Mist Cottage, although I would love to do that, I truly would!

  5. The bird hotel looks great. I imagine there will be many happy tenants. I loved the movie “Loving Vincent”. I recognized a couple of the actors from Poldark! I hope the rest of your weekend is pleasant.

  6. Thanks Joan, the bird hotel is showing its age, but functionally it is sound. I think the wee birds that were waiting for it have already settled on somewhere else for their nests, I’ll be watching! “Loving Vincent” was visually very interesting, and I liked how they approached the story, beginning after his death and working back in time. Wishing you a lovely weekend.