Brief Visit

I’ve been waiting for the dust to settle, for life to coalesce into some kind of routine, or at the very least to make a little bit of sense. It isn’t happening. Not now. Probably not anytime soon.

Working full time is very interesting. I like the people I work with. I like the work. I am still learning, and making lots of mistakes. I’m told that once I know what I’m doing I will be bored. I don’t think so. You see, it isn’t procedures and computer programs that I find particularly challenging, those are things you learn and eventually navigate mindlessly. What I find endlessly fascinating are people and how they interact with each other and the world around them. There is no shortage of people power where I work. I shan’t be bored.

Last Saturday Attila and I headed down to our little house in the city. It rained again. Attila cut the lawn again. Attila raked up clods of wet grass cuttings again. I went shopping!

I first went to Canadian Tire and used the gift card that Attila got for Christmas to purchase potting plants for the front planters. Our little house is old. In the front yard we have two charming up-cycled old tire planters. These tires were craftily cut so that little bits curl around the top edges. One of the planters has a post with electrical wiring in it. When the tree branch came down in the wind storm this spring, it fell directly on this planter, knocked the pole slantwise and dug up the planter a bit. Attila managed to bundle all the wood from the fallen branch, for curbside collection, and to section the rest into logs which we will bring home for firewood. Apple wood burns hot and long, great for the dead-of-winter burnings.

The other planter just sits aimlessly out in the middle of the front lawn.

Both planters were filled with weeds. After using a spade to turn over the soil, I spent several hours removing all the weeds and prepared the soil for planting. Petunias. I planted petunias. Not exciting, but hopefully they will fare well without much attention.

After leaving Canadian Tire I drove to WalMart. I drove into a parking lot filled with motorcycles. I drove in, and I drove out. I was very afraid I’d hit one of those motorcycles, they were everywhere. Next I tried the Home Hardware nursery. They didn’t have flats of tomato plants, but the friendly woman who worked there gave me a tip on a nursery just outside of town where I could find them. So I headed up the highway to find a delightful nursery filled with a huge variety of very healthy plants. I bought 16 tomato plants, 12 zucchini plants and twelve portulaca plants.

Attila dug up a little plot in the back yard and planted the tomatoes and zucchini. I dug up the little garden at the side of the drive, that gets full sun all day, and planted the portulaca plants there.

Terra and Lares stopped by to see us on Saturday night for a short while, and then again on Sunday after Terra got home from work. It was great to see them.

We left at sunset for the long drive home; and back to another work week.

Here it is Thursday, the time has flown.

My Internet connection is suffering some sort of summer stroke. For days now the signal has been week and intermittent. I find it very aggravating, but soon lose interest and wander away from the computer to do other things.

Worldly Distractions


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“The first time I see a jogger smiling, I’ll consider it.”
Joan Rivers
1935 –

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Heh! Love that quote!


Kate, it might be synchronicity that I bumped into that quote after reading about your healthy walking regime!