Tipping The Balance

The new garage roof is doing its job, keeping the garage dry! The project isn’t finished yet, but it is beginning to wind down. Last night Attila puttered instead of building. He spent his evening putting away tools, organizing materials, watering the garden, and just generally taking stock of what still needs to be done.

My attention is drifting away from the project. I am still cooking and making sure that everything on the domestic front runs smoothly enough, so that Attila is completely free of the day-to-day tasks that keep a home comfortable and functioning. But I am ceasing to watch, listen, keep a third eye focused on what he is doing. He is no longer working on ladders and on heights, which is a big relief to both of us. My mind is beginning to wander back into my own interests, welcome back me.

Yesterday the bills for the project arrived in the mailbox. Yikes! After careful navigation, I rearranged the financial structure to pay those bills. It will be close to Christmas before Peter is repaid by Paul, but it should all proceed smoothly provided belts are tightened, and discretionary spending avoided.

What a season, new windows, new attic insulation, and a new garage roof! These renovations were all expensive, by our standards, and vital to the integrity of Mist Cottage. Attila and I both agree, it is so much more like a home than a science project now, the balance has been tipped!

We are slipping towards what life will be like, Attila to his garden and studio, me to my research, web, and domestic projects.

Today seems much worse, weather wise, than yesterday. It was already 22C when I looked at the thermometer outside the kitchen window early this morning. I am very fortunate that I can stay comfortably busy inside Mist Cottage, at a temperature of 23C, with relatively low humidity. I will be glad when this heat wave subsides, but it won’t be today.

We picked up the car at the garage yesterday, but were unable to pay the bill because the owner was just locking everything up when we arrived, he had an appointment to get to. Today I paid a visit to the garage to pay the bill. Afterwards I went to the dollar store to look for materials to deter the rabbits from eating the beans and peas. I bought some bamboo trellises, and laid them along the outside of the fence, maybe that will discourage the furry fellas.

The air quality is very low today, breathing the cloying air is unpleasant. It was quite a relief to arrive home and walk into a lovely 23C environment, where the air is relatively fresh and easier to breath.

Attila was just too tired, and too hot, to work on the garage tonight. Best to rest, I say. With a humidex of 43C or 109F, it is best not to push, working all day in a hot factory was pushing pretty hard already. Heaven only knows how hot it was in there!

Time for another experiment in the Instant Pot. A recipe found on the internet, for Spicy Orange Chicken baked in the oven, sounded very appealing. Could it be adapted to the Instant Pot? There was only one way to find out, try it! And so a new recipe was born, Spicy Orange Chicken With Rice & Vegetables. It was a big hit with Attila, and I loved it too! Of course, writing it all down for oneself sometimes means ingredients are forgotten, or instructions seem vague to others, so feedback on the new recipe is welcome.

Well, I hope everyone who lives in heat wave affected areas is staying cool and healthy! And that everyone is comfortable in their circumstances!

Worldly Distractions

Weather

Another stinker of a day!!!

HEAT WARNING

23°C
Date: 7:00 AM EDT Thursday 5 July 2018
Condition: Partly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.3 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: 23.2°C
Dew point: 22.3°C
Humidity: 94%
Wind: S 11 km/h
Humidex: 33
Visibility: 24 km
dateDetailed Forecast
Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 34 except 28 near Lake Ontario. Humidex 43 (109.4F). UV index 10 or very high.

Quote

“Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack.”
Henry Miller
1891 – 1980

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8 Responses to Tipping The Balance

  1. Birdie says:

    Have you see the temperatures in Québéc? Yikes!

    I cooked a whole chicken in my Instant Pot. It wasn’t as good as the rotisserie but it was super tender.

  2. Birdie, the temperature here was the same as what was reported in Quebec, yikes indeed! I remember a heat wave in France that killed many, many senior citizens, living in apartments without air conditioning. Scary stuff the heat, and apartments without air conditioning are not habitable in this kind of heat, that is a fact.

    I have the little 3 quart Instant Pot, a chicken wouldn’t fit into it. I find myself wondering about the 8 quart model, thinking, but right now, the belts are tightened and the need is not great, 🙂 Maybe next Christmas!

  3. Teri says:

    We passed through the thunderstorms on our way to the cottage. The temp dropped almost immediately. It was 22C at 10 going to a low of 17. Friday’s high is supposed to be 23.

    Have a nice weekend.

  4. The link you gave to the recipe is one that requires a log in???? It says “admin” in it, so I think this is a link where you create the file??? (I’m still the old note pad html-er.)

    Stay cool out there!

  5. Teri, the heat persisted here well into the night, it was still hot and humid outside when I went to bed last night. This morning, ahhh, 22C and not nearly so humid, relief!

    Have a great weekend at your cottage, hope you get your gravel and fireplace done so you can enjoy it.

  6. Joan, my bad, I think i fixed it, should be working as it should now. Was logged in as admin when I created the page and copied and pasted the URL, must remember not to do create links that way.

    This morning it isn’t nearly so hot, 23C, and not so humid, a lovely day. Keep cool down there in the south!

  7. Thanks for fixing the URL. Today, the car thermometer read 122F (50C). It’s predicted to be not quite so evil hot tomorrow! Have a good weekend!

  8. Joan! 50C, I can hardly fathom it. Take care of yourselves in that evil heat. I hope cooler temperatures arrive for the weekend and that you have a good one!