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


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


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

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 job a replacement pane has been ordered, and should arrive in two to three weeks, at which time they will come back and replace the glass. Other than that, not a single glitch.

The weather was cold on Tuesday, the day there were holes in the house all day long. I turned the heat off for the day. It was fortunate that all of the windows were in place and sealed by Tuesday night, which meant I could turn the heat on, and leave it on. Today I was quite comfortable, although I did keep the heat at 17C for the day, because the fellows were coming in and out of the house with great frequency.

The old window treatments don’t work well with the new windows, so a lot of thought will need to go into privacy issues, while maintaining the view.

I have killed only one ladybug today, and that ladybug may have come in with the crew, as they moved in and out of the house all day long. On the other hand, the bugs in the terrarium (the space between the single pane glass of the old living room windows, and the ill fitting storm windows) were an endless source of amusement. They crawled all over the glass, creating an ever changing “bug mobile”, that was in constant motion, as I gazed out the windows. No more! I’ll adjust.

I feel exhausted! Sharing the house with three relatively unknown males, no matter how nice they were, for two days, was not relaxing. My routines were disrupted. Also, the house is in a state of disruption, as belongings kept having to be moved around to create enough space to work on the windows. Tiny houses are work. It will take weeks to put things right again. It will be a labour of love though, as the house is one step closer to its final state. It is no longer necessary to figure future window renovations into the way things need to be organized.

Attila will now turn his attention to the garage roof project. It could not be started before the window installations were complete, and now that they are he can set his own schedule.

For almost 25 years I thought in terms of “we”, in my thinking, when I spoke, and when I wrote. I am making a concerted effort to think in terms of “me”, or in general terms. The “we” is a difficult habit to break. It is no longer agonizingly painful when I have to rephrase a sentence with a “we” in it, and eventually this will come naturally. Old dog, new trick.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 8:00 PM EDT Wednesday 21 March 2018
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.4 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: 0.1°C
Dew point: -9.7°C
Humidity: 48%
Wind: N 11 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


“There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.”
Harry S. Truman
1884 – 1972


This morning a representative from a window and door company came to do an estimate on the windows in the house. The estimate will be sent to me via email. The windows at Mist Cottage are more than 60 years old, single pane glass, and appallingly cold and difficult to maintain, I can’t even open the front bedroom window, it is so difficult to manage. The living room windows do not open at all. There is a government grant program that will help with the cost of installing new windows, and I am interested in getting this done if we can swing the expense of it. The installation would take place in April. Attila was strongly against looking into it, he balks at almost everything at first, it takes a lot of energy on my part to ride through his reactions to new ideas. Just one of his idiosyncrasies. I went ahead, despite his serious misgivings about the affordability of the project. It is in my best interest to ensure that Mist Cottage is upgraded sooner rather than later, at the least expense, with the least disruption, as a future residence for myself, and possibly Attila, or as a future investment in case I want it sold.

There is also a grant for insulation, so next week I will be getting estimates for that as well.

Attila’s project is to put a new roof on the garage, and to transform it into a workshop and art studio. I will be ensuring that the funds are available for the upgrade when he needs them, and that I do what I can to facilitate the work. The leaking garage is a crucial fix for this property, for living here long term, or for selling it in the shorter term. Either way, the garage needs fixing, and Attila wants to do it, he has a plan, and it seems to be a very good plan.

Tomorrow I go in for my x-ray. I am unclear as to why an x-ray was scheduled, rather than an ultrasound, but I will explore this when I go in to the walk-in clinic to discuss the results of the x-ray. I have the parking figured out for the CT scan later in February, and have my fingers crossed that it is relatively stress free. I must switch vehicles with Attila for the CT scan appointment, the underground parking lot has ceilings that are too low for Tank. Parking in urban areas is the most difficult aspect of these medical appointments.

Today passed peacefully enough, but as evening approached my emotions began to run away with me, this is still happening fairly regularly, but less frequently. Tears are a welcome release, I don’t try to avoid them when they come. I only let the crying last so long though, then I distract myself with a movie, or researching something interesting on the internet, or anything that gives me a little relief. Tonight I made muffins, and watched a movie on Netflix, it seems to have done the trick. I am sleeping a bit better now, around five hours every night, an improvement. Tomorrow is another day.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 7:00 AM EST Wednesday 31 January 2018
Condition: Partly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.5 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: -22.0°C
Dew point: -24.7°C
Humidity: 79%
Wind: ENE 4 km/h
Wind Chill: -26
Visibility: 24 km


“Truth is the only safe ground to stand on.”
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
1815 – 1902