Furnace!

Well, it happened again.

The furnace broke down, again.

That was an hour and a half ago.

Lares is here, fixing a different part that broke down, the fan motor. Attila called Lares, after spending time trying all the things he knew to try. Lares came over straight away, needed different parts, phoned around, found them, went to pick them up, and is doing the install now.

Luckily the temperature is still relatively close to freezing, -4C, so that the house is not terribly cold, even though the furnace has been out of commission for an hour and a half. Later tonight the temperature is supposed to drop to -16C, so I am very grateful that Lares made time during his evening off to trek over here and fix our furnace!

As I am writing the furnace started up and it is working!!

Activities

I am humbled. Tai Chi is hard! I learned the first three moves, sort of, and then zoned out on the subsequent moves. Two challenges, overcoming my self-consciousness about my arm, which was the object of some curiosity by the instructors, which was not verbalized, and some curiosity by other participants, again not verbalized. This is my issue, this self-consciousness about a visible difference, there is no intolerance at the class. The other challenge is my knee, one of the moves hurts, at least the way I was doing it hurt. The lesson moved too fast for me to concentrate on how to perform the move without hurting my knee, so that was when I lost concentration on learning. I will have to go slowly, and focus on protecting my knee, above following the moves. I am determined to attend regularly, and to focus on doing my pain free best. I feel that eventually I will become comfortable with exposing the way my arm functions, in a group, no one really cares about it but me, and comfortable with slowing myself down to do only what I can do comfortably, without risking injury to my bad knee.

I think Tai Chi is a go for me. The group is pleasant, friendly, and large enough that the small cliques of familiars do not dominate the context. Most people seem to be there as individuals.

Luckily the skies were clear, and the roads bare, for my journey. It is quite an evening out, one hour to drive there, two hours at the class, then one hour to drive home, a four hour adventure. It was getting dark when I started out, it was pitch black as I returned home. It will be interesting to see how the light changes during my travels back and forth to the class.

For now, I think, my activity schedule is full enough. I need some time for the people, times, and places of these activities to become familiar. Although I will push myself to enter into new and unfamiliar social settings, it isn’t something I enjoy. I will let the dust settle on these all-new activities before considering extending my reach. I have meditation and Tai Chi, and the women’s group… and once I am more emotionally balanced I will return to the group where I cried, and see how I feel about it. All of these activities are an hour’s journey by highway, one way. At this point in my life, this is a viable situation, at least when the weather is reasonable and the roads are clear, which is much of the time.

It is becoming obvious to me that the extreme isolation, that I experienced while living at the country house, has had a quite an effect on how I feel about social situations, and not in a good way. I have work to do here!

After I arrived home last night, sitting in my easy chair relaxing, I detected a burning smell. Attila smelled it too. We went through the house, looking at everything that was plugged into an electrical outlet, investigated the refrigerator, the range, everything we could think of that involved electricity. I felt the smell was coming from the heating duct work, so Attila checked the furnace, and sure enough, something was awry with the furnace.

Attila turned off the heat. I made a telephone call to Lares, who is an HVAC person, and he talked Attila through a quick fix. That was at 11:00 p.m. last night. At 3:30 a.m. there was a definite problem with the furnace, the sound it was making was worrying. Attila got up and turned off the heat, then went back to bed. Thinking he had taken care of the issue, I went back to sleep. When I awoke at 4:30 the house had chilled to 16C and falling. When Attila arose he headed to the basement to try again, no joy. I sent a message to Lares, unwilling to telephone him at such an early hour, to let him know we were without heat. About fifteen minutes before he had to leave for work, Attila got the furnace running again. He found our two small electric heaters, and showed me how to shut down the furnace in case it malfunctioned again.

AT 7:00 a.m. the furnace was still functioning, but by 7:05 a.m. it was malfunctioning again, so I had to shut it down. Lares wrote a message to say he would drop in here on his way to work, which he did, and in about 30 minutes he had the furnace up and running! What a relief!

The plow went by and dumped a huge load of snow at the end of the driveway, about 20 minutes before Lares arrived. I was out there with my shovel, and I got it cleaned up so that Lares could park comfortably. I am a little sore now! Time for a little rest and an anti-inflammatory.

I wonder what else this day will bring!

Worldly Distractions

Weather

-10°C
Date: 5:00 AM EST Tuesday 30 January 2018
Condition: Not observed
Pressure: 101.9 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: -9.6°C
Dew point: -11.8°C
Humidity: 84%
Wind: N 20 gust 30 km/h
Wind Chill: -17

Quote

Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.
Unknown

Sunny October Day

Did you know that someone has invented “Mother-In-Law Day“. I did not know anything about it until I received a Happy Mother-In-Law day missive from Lares. What a surprise!

Terra stopped by today on her lunch break. She seems to be doing very well. She approves of how much unpacking and settling we have done. It is still amusing, that my daughter deems to approve of what I am doing, and choses to share that assessment with me. She does not approve of how much stuff we have, admonishing me for having too many belongings, and informing me that I do not need all of the stuff that I have. This too is still amusing. Attila and I will do as we please, she knows that.

The weather is lovely today, sunny and nippy. Attila took this opportunity to get out the extension ladder and prune the dead branches from the crabapple tree in the front yard. The seasonal yard waste pickup is this week, so we can bundle the branches, put the bundles out at the curb, and they will be taken away.

I am baking today, another fruit crisp. Yesterday I made peanut butter oatmeal cookies, and they are a big hit with Attila. He doesn’t eat a meal during the night, when he is on night shift, he does however have a few sweet things during his break, with his coffee. I love to bake, so this is working out rather well.

I like the night shift. I got a very good night’s sleep last night. I slept so well that I was still sleeping when Attila arrived home. He sleeps during the day, and it is very nice to have him here, tucked away in the bedroom, while I putter about the house.

Attila arose from his rest in the late afternoon, in plenty of time to mow the front and back lawns. After completing the back lawn he took a break, and came to grab me for a “sit” on the back porch.

It was a grand day for the end of October, and it was lovely out there, the sun shining, the light breeze blowing. The leaves are off our ash trees now, and the bare branches glittered with filaments of light, as the sun caught the hundreds of gangling spider webs woven through the branches. I am not a fan of spiders, but I have to admit, it was a beautiful sight. I haven’t noticed any increase in the number of spiders about the place, so perhaps this takes place every autumn, and we just have not been here to see it.

Worldly Distractions

Weather

8°C
Date: 4:00 PM EDT Monday 26 October 2015
Condition: Mainly Sunny
Pressure: 103.3 kPa
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: 8.4°C
Dewpoint: -0.6°C
Humidity: 53%
Wind: S 9 km/h

Quote

“The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time.”
George Bernard Shaw
1856 – 1950

Exactly! 🙂

Visitors

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patricks Day to all.

St. Patricks Day this year turned out to be rather special. It is March Break here in Ontario, which means that the Grandbabies had a week off school. Luna and Janus brought them all to visit their Auntie Terra and Uncle Lares for a few days. They invited me to join them visiting a sugar shack at a conservation area today, and since I always love seeing the Grandbabies, I accepted the invitation.

I drove Tank to the Conservation Area, I was taking no chances on ruining their day. If my knee gave out, I would be able to transport myself home immediately, without needing assistance or having to interrupt their outing. Elf decided he wanted to ride with me in Tank, so we spent a half an hour chatting during our trip there. It is always interesting listening to the perspective of an eight year old. We talked about many things, and he had a lot of questions. I told him what I thought, he told me what he thought, we both enjoyed ourselves!

There was a lot of walking during the outing, and I declined ascending a steep set of stairs to observe an exhibit at the top of a ridge. By that time I had walked some distance, and had been standing for over an hour. I felt it was best not to push my luck. A good time was had by all. As we prepared to leave, I invited them all for supper, and it was decided that this would be a grand idea. So the three Grandbabies hopped into Tank with me, and off we went, while the other adults headed off to do various errands before making their way to my house.

We had a great time singing as we drove back to the little house in the city. When we arrived the Grandbabies immediately found our stash of toys and got busy entertaining themselves. I headed down to the freezer and found some meat to make a spaghetti sauce. Everyone enjoyed a big spaghetti dinner, and then they all bundled themselves into their van and set off for the three hour journey home.

The only down side of the visit was that Attila was not here to see them, they asked where he was over and over again. I gave them all big hugs for him, which was fun.

Worldly Distractions

Weather

0°C
Date: 2:00 PM EDT Tuesday 17 March 2015
Condition: Mainly Sunny
Pressure: 101.2 kPa
Tendency: rising
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: 0.4°C
Dewpoint: -12.7°C
Humidity: 37%
Wind: NNW 31 gust 54 km/h

Quote

“All things great are wound up with all things little.”
L. M. Montgomery
1874 – 1942