This morning I am watching videos on Youtube. I do this occasionally, usually watching videos related to domestic projects I am either working on, or thinking about. It is amazing what people find film worthy!

The young woman this morning was waxing enthusiastic about her butcher block counter tops. She was demonstrating her once a month routine of removing all of the items from the countertops, cleaning the surface, sanding off the stains from coffee or items set on the countertop, then oiling the countertop, then returning all of the items to the countertop.

“Once a month,” I thought to myself.

“Never,” I exclaimed to myself.

I’ll keep my 60+ year old laminate countertops, with all the gouge marks, that I cleaned once with bleach when we bought the place in 2010. I like wood, yes I do, but it wouldn’t look very nice after a month, and I wouldn’t be inclined to change that.

When I bought the little house in the city, before we moved to the country house, the range was old and tired. The woman, from whom I bought the house, was very considerate, and I appreciated that. She left detailed instructions, and a can of spray paint, to be used to repaint the range top every month. Never happened. The range was used until it could not be reasonably repaired, and then it was replaced, having received no new coats of paint.

When I think of acquiring items to have in my home, I always choose from easy care solutions, because I know I’ll not be spending any more time than absolutely necessary spiffing things up. Around Mist Cottage, renovations, and all items purchased, have to stand the test of time (a relative term in this case, my timeline is one lifetime, and I am on the downward side of that equation).

Bunny May 2018 Bunny. There are four of these little guys visiting our garden. They no longer enter the fenced in area of the yard, but the garden lies outside of that. Attila is planning on building a small chicken wire fence around the green beans he plans on planting. The Bunnies love our yard. I didn’t know they ate dandelions! They do, after the flowers have gone to seed, they will snip off the stem and chew them from the bottom up, with one bite to finish off fluff at the end of the stem. There are dandelion free areas in the yard, now I know why!

Worldly Distractions


Date: 8:00 AM EDT Tuesday 29 May 2018
Condition: Sunny
Pressure: 101.7 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: 20.4°C
Dew point: 15.9°C
Humidity: 75%
Wind: NNE 19 gust 32 km/h
Humidex: 25
Visibility: 24 km


“If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking.”
Lyndon B. Johnson
1908 – 1973

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Stubblejumpers Cafe

We have a yellow sea of dandelions in our yard, so I should welcome the rabbits, and I do, but suppose they will also tackle my flowers, which will be sad. I’ll have to comfort myself by saying there is “Enough for all.”

Like you, I expect things like stoves and countertops to serve me, and not the other way around. I don’t expect them to look like new forever, and I’m not going to tippytoe around being careful how I open and close cupboard doors and drawers, for instance. I live with someone whose attitude is that you “kid glove” everything and then somehow it won’t show any wear and tear. Not me. I’m the bull in the china shop.


TopsyTurvy (Teri)

We bought this house 7 years ago. The range died within the week. We had very little money and after doing some searching we bought a used range from a lady who advertised on Kijiji as she was having her kitchen remodeled. The only thing wrong with it was the timer didn’t work. We paid $25 for the range and it’s still going strong 7 years later.

Wish our bunnies would eat up our dandelions, but the school across the street has so many dandelions that the bunnies must be stuffed full every day.

Bex Crowell

We have a new family of bunnies here. Paul found the nest of tiny babies when out working on his traps in the back. We’ve watch as Mum and Dad Buns go out eating the grass and now baby buns go out a certain distance too to munch. I didn’t know the loved dandelions either but it explains why we have very few of them here!

Joan Lansberry

I agree with you, I’m not about to spend overmuch time on maintenance, either. For the same reason, life is just too short.
Adorable little dandelion eater, there! 😀