An Open Window

An Open Window

There is nothing like an open window to make a day peaceful. It doesn’t matter that in the distance there are hammers hammering, diggers digging, men shouting, radios playing, trucks on the highway humming… it doesn’t matter. What I mostly hear is the wind in the leaves, the cooing of the rock dove outside the window. The peaceful sounds are accompanied by a light breeze playing through the house, curtains billowing then resting with a sigh, and the sight of white clouds in a blue sky.

Now, all that is needed here is a night rain, long and steady, to give the gasping landscape relief.

After recently upgrading our internet connection to an unlimited account, to avoid paying for over usage, which is outrageously costly, I noticed while looking at the most recent bill, that the account number didn’t seem right. Sure enough, they changed it! But, since upgrading the account a payment had been made to the old account number. Carefully checking the previous bill, the payment had been processed as it should have been. A call to the company revealed that there was a short grace period where payments to the previous account numbers would transferred to the new account. Well, it is a good thing I noticed! There were no clues in the bill that this change had occurred, and it was not an easy catch to notice it, those long account numbers aren’t usually read. I caught it though, and updated the payment process. Dodged that bullet!

This evening a load of rotting mouldy wood was on its way to the dump. There will be a charge for this, but it was decided that even though the wood could be taken to the Rideau Camp for a camp fire, the journey with the material in the back of Tank would be extremely unpleasant, the smell is very strong. As well, there are drought conditions here, and it would be very ill advised to have a campfire, even if they are not yet banned. So the dump it was.

Whether canned goods are being processed in lower quality containers, or the can opener suddenly wore out, opening cans had become an ordeal. The final straw came about a week ago, when I suffered two deep cuts to my hands while attempting to open a can. The cuts are still not completely healed. So, after a short bit of research, a new can opener was ordered, and it arrived a few days ago. Wow, what a difference, the new can opener, a ZYLISS, works like a charm. The problem must have been with the old can opener, it had just worn out. The need to avoid canned goods due to the difficulty in opening them has ended. I feel like a new woman.

Earlier in the month the pepper mill stopped working, replaced by a Peugeot, made affordable only because it was temporarily on sale at a significant discount.

It’s the little things, the things that you interact with every day, or often, where you appreciate small but significant changes. Almost every day I use either the pepper mill, or the can opener, and every day that I do, I notice how well the new tools work.

A modest investment has provided a large amount of pleasure.

Attila and I were craving pizza last night. Nope, not gonna make pizza right now, so that craving will have be put on hold. Instead Nachos, with Guacamole on the side, were prepared and enjoyed. A quick and nutritious dinner. And tonight it is a bowl of hearty Vegetable Soup. But that pizza is still on my mind!

Worldly Distractions


Date: 1:00 PM EDT Wednesday 18 July 2018
Condition: Partly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.7 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 22.1°C
Dew point: 6.2°C
Humidity: 35%
Wind: NW 11 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


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  1. WendyNC

    Hah-it was only 86F here today and humidity was below 60%, so we felt like we got a real break in the weather. In fact, it seems we, too, are in for a cool spell. Nothing above mid-eighties for the next week–but lots of chances to get rained on, probably in the form of thunderstorms.

    Maggie, it’s good you got the new tools. Hand cuts are bad things.

  2. Wendy, glad to hear you are getting relief from the heat too! What a summer, so hot, so humid. I like the cool summers, but with the air source heat pump this hot summer isn’t all that bad here at Mist Cottage. I feel for anyone in this heat who does not have access to air conditioning.

    Hand cuts are bad things. I had to wear gloves to wash dishes for four or five days, and I don’t like that. The wounds are healed over now, so I can risk getting my hands wet again. No more cut hands with the new can opener!

  3. Teri

    Our temp is going up a bit, tomorrow. I think it’s supposed to be 26.

    My DH prefers hand can openers, too. I can’t use them due to weak wrists, so it’s the electric one for me.

  4. Teri, as long as it isn’t humid, I don’t mind temperatures in the mid 20s, and it is a bonus if the temperature falls significantly at night.

    I thought about an electric can opener, but we have so little counter space that I decided against it, at least for now. Gettin’ old, might need an electric one someday!

  5. that Zyliss can opener for $22.46 CA $ is only $14.99 right now with Prime w/free shipping. That’s a lot, either way, for a can opener. I have several, I hate opening cans. I much prefer the flip-tab cans they have come out with now on a lot of products.

  6. It is an incredibly expensive can opener Bex, too bad I missed the sale! It works very, very well, because it clamps down on the can lid, you don’t have to maintain pressure with your hands, you only need to turn the knob, and it makes a nice clean, complete cut. We have been buying canned vegetables without sodium, there is only one brand available and the cans were a complete misery to open, only partially cutting and then I needed to use a knife to pry open the the open area. No more of that now.

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