September got away on me, no doubt about it! Here it
is October already, and time seems to be speeding up,
instead of slowing down as I had come to expect during
Today, a vacation day for Attila, he is moving the emergency supply of firewood into the lean-to at the back of the house. This is the wood we will use if our supply in the wood shed runs out before the bite of winter loosens its grip.
Me, well I've been up to all sorts today. I've baked a loaf of bread. A rack of baby back ribs are slowly roasting in foil, at a low heat, in the oven. Later today the BBQ will be fired up, the ribs seared and basted with BBQ sauce near the end of the cooking period. These ribs are a special vacation meal, we haven't actually cooked ribs before, not within our budget. But this year I saw them while in the store and just couldn't do without them. Not an economical meal, as our meals go, but we are treating ourselves in honour of our vacation.
Another project I've been working on today is washing the little travel trailer. It has been a few years and it is now black instead of cream coloured. Since we are on a well, it is not prudent to wash vehicles with tap water or with the water hose. We have a plastic garbage can that serves as a rain barrel, and this is what is used for washing the trailer. The trailer is very tall, so that to clean the roof a step ladder must be used. So up and down I go on the ladder, with my little bucket of water and my brush. Then up and down again a few times with buckets of water to rinse away the loosened dirt. It is a very slow process, this trailer washing. Good progress was being made until the wind started up. The trailer sits under two tall oak trees. The acorns are ready to fall and the wind brings them down like small stones from the sky. Not a good place to be balanced at the top of a ladder. So, for the moment this project is on hold.
September was an active month, much of my time was spent outdoors or visiting with friends and family. The twins, Imp and Elf have turned two years old. Time spent with them, although short and infrequent, is pure joy. Luna and Janus are contemplating another possible move to accommodate his career path, he will be working in Calgary, Alberta. Terra and Lares are settling into married life; they would like to buy a house, but the current economic situation makes decision making truly difficult.
My little job is winding down to almost a halt, but not quite. I'll be going in on weekends for a few hours here and there, and I do not anticipate having to be on my feet for long hours again this season. We will miss the additional income. Although it is quite a small bit of money, on our budget it makes a significant difference.
The leaves are beginning to turn colour now. On Monday we went for a road trip through back roads in the near north of Ontario. The day was sunny and the scenery was magnificent. We stopped at a roadside picnic area to eat our sandwiches and sat basking in the sun.
Yesterday we made a trip to Toronto to check the prices at a discount grocery store. That was hardly worthwhile because the food labels were almost non-existent. Because of my allergy, Attila and I don't consider food without labels to be legitimate food; unless of course it is fresh at the farm gate or garden. So that is what we did, we stopped at a small market selling local produce and enjoyed filling our basket there. Last night we enjoyed fresh beet greens, purple cauliflower and leftover turkey for dinner; delicious.
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Looking back down the road in Northern Ontario.
On The Screen
Starring Rhys Ifans
By The Easy Chair
The Golden Compass
by Philip Pullman
"Normal is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from."
Visibility 14.5 km
Humidity 65 %
Wind W 13 km/h
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