Today the world outside is white as white can be. Last night it snowed, and it has snowed a bit this morning as well. The plow has been through, but I have not ventured out with the shovel, not yet anyway.

I made whole wheat bread last night, and it is awful! Suitable for for building a brick wall I think, not really edible. I say this, and yet Attila carved off a few slices to take to work with him today, he will deliver a verdict this evening. No matter what his verdict is, I won’t use that recipe again! Further experimentation is required, and will be undertaken until I come up with a whole wheat loaf that I consider acceptable.

Today I’ve been busy with filing, a bit of purging, paperwork for the windows project, research for the insulation project, and just tying up loose administrative ends. I don’t like doing any of this, but I do like the feeling I get when one of these tasks is completed. That little bit of good feeling keeps me motivated to slog on with it all. It is beginning to look as if the windows and insulation projects could be done and dusted by June, which would give Attila lots of lead time to get going on the garage roof and his studio.

I am trying to learn Tai Chi here in the living room. The book is extremely helpful, in that it shows exactly what I should be doing with my feet. The placement of my feet, and how to move them, is crucial for my knees, and my primary concern at this stage of the game. It isn’t exactly the way it is being taught, but I know what I need to learn first, and that is how I am going to do it. If I don’t keep up with the beginners class, well then I don’t. I will follow along cheerfully when I attend, until it all comes together for me, at my own pace.

These aren’t the most cheerful days I’ve ever experienced! And yet, there are small parts of my day that pass peacefully, without turmoil or pain, and that is something to be grateful for.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 2:00 PM EST Tuesday 6 February 2018
Condition: Partly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.7 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: -4.2°C
Dew point: -11.9°C
Humidity: 55%
Wind: WSW 18 gust 34 km/h
Wind Chill: -10
Visibility: 24 km


“Whenever evil befalls us, we ought to ask ourselves, after the first suffering, how we can turn it into good. So shall we take occasion, from one bitter root, to raise perhaps many flowers.”
Leigh Hunt
1784 – 1859