I had trouble finishing this last night, and so I sit before the computer this morning getting ready to upload. It is 9.5 degrees centigrade in the house, I am wearing my parka. It is -33 degrees centigrade outside my window. Beautiful it is, inviting it is not. Attila is out there now, chopping wood. I love that man.
This entry was begun, and then begun again. It is difficult to write, when one is experiencing an unhappy situation. Being without an income is an unhappy situation.
But a few days ago, our situation improved, in that Attila is now receiving Employment Insurance funds. We are no longer entirely without an income. We are still without work. The insurance approval took 53 days to be processed, but once approved the actual funds followed quickly. We bought food.
The weather has been very cold, dipping below -30 degrees at times, during the night. We have been warm, but our wood supply is dwindling rapidly. Attila thinks we have enough wood left to last the winter. I look in the woodshed and get a knot in my stomach. I hope he is right.
Optimism is beyond me, at the moment. I cannot remember every having felt so little faith in the rewards of hard work.
Yet, our days are not altogether unpleasant. We spend our mornings researching and applying for work. That is the disagreeable part of the day, as it is impossible to deny our situation during this activity. We recover our peace of mind slowly, throughout the remainder of the day. Domestic activities fill our afternoons, which we both find soothing. The evenings are a peaceful time for reading and conversation.
Mist does not care why Attila and I are both home all day. She loves it! Lots of affectionate attention and warm laps for short naps fill her days. It is cat heaven around here.
Our Christmas tree is still gracing the living room. No needles have fallen yet. The lights are colourful and cheerful, and Mist is still enjoying the garlands and ornaments. This symbol of "goodwill towards men" sits hopefully, in the corner. It will be interesting to see just how long it will take to dry out.
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Outside the kitchen window.
By the Easy Chair
by Stephen King
Wind: N 9 km/h
Barometric: 102.69 kPa
Sunrise 7:43 AM EST
Sunset 5:16 PM EST
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