morning I committed an act of foolishness, and now I
am paying the price.
I have been leaving the hot water from our showers in the tub to cool, so that we can garner the maximum benefit from the heated water. The water now in the tub has cooled to room temperature, the room temperature in the bathroom. I decided to wash my feet in this water. I did not think this through. It seemed like the logical thing to do at the time. From the moment I stepped into the tub I knew it was a mistake. Ice, the water was just a bit warmer than ice.
My clean feet felt like ice blocks at the end of my legs. So I sat in front of the fireplace, drying feet extended out towards the warmth of the dying embers. It took a while, perhaps fifteen minutes, for my feet to warm. I warmed my clean socks too, then slipped my feet into the warm socks and slippers. Still, I am feeling a bit chilled and uncomfortable.
Sometimes, the easiest, most energy efficient way to get a job done, is not the best way way to get a job done. Silly me; and so ends the saga of the dirty feet.
The cold snap is slowly giving way to warmer temperatures. Last night the temperature only descended to -23.5 C. However, it will take us several days of diligent fire burning to warm the house up to a comfortable level again. While we do this I will be bundled up in layers of warm clothing, and will only expose my skin to warm water.
Last night Attila and I had a lovely, quiet time at the library. I like libraries. I like books. Attila is endlessly curious about the world. I am very much at home in libraries, having spent a significant proportion of my life happily busy within their walls.
Since I have a novel to read, I am concentrating on other types of books and magazines on our weekly visit to the library. Cookbooks that emphasize heart healthy meals and recipes, and magazines, were my focus this week. I found interesting information on domestic heating in the Yukon. They deal with much more severe weather conditions than we do, and find it necessary to maximize their domestic heating resources. Of course, most of the tips are primarily relevant to planning and building a new home. Still, the seeds of ideas can float in from anywhere.
Today I will bake a pumpkin loaf for Attila's mid-morning snacks, using some frozen pumpkin from 2003. Beef ribs and hamburger are thawing on the counter for BBQ beef ribs and Cabbage Roll Casserole, respectively. The frozen meat is only a few months old, as I am giving myself a break from inventing ways to eat geriatric frozen food. All the cooking and baking will help to warm the living area, and keep us supplied with comfort food.
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What I see from the kitchen window.
BBC Radio Scotland
By The Easy Chair
Dragonfly in Amber
by Diana Gabaldon
"We call it a Society; and go about professing openly the totalest separation, isolation. Our life is not a mutual helpfulness; but rather, cloaked under due laws-of-war, named “fair competition” and so forth, it is a mutual hostility."
Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881)
In my opinion this describes the present state of modern society; surely the species can do better than this? Some people already do.
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