Now that the new windows are installed, and the furniture has been rearranged, I am moving on to organize all the stuff that was stored in the furniture. This is a job of monumental proportions, in terms of my time, and the challenge to find a place for everything I want to keep.
Attila is spending a lot of time getting the basement organized, in preparation for the upcoming garage roof project.
It is Good Friday, a statutory holiday in Ontario, which means there are three consecutive days to work on these projects, where I can make changes that involve heavy lifting, because Attila will help with that if called upon. My first project for the weekend is to apply adhesive backed window film to the window panes of the garage door window. The door is question is the “man door” into the garage, not the big garage door, the windows in it are painted over and let no light in. I have wanted to do this since 2010, when Mist Cottage was purchased! First though, the glass and the door must be cleaned, and THAT is a daunting task, it is one very filthy door!
Attila is cooking a turkey dinner today, which we will both enjoy. On the weekends his cooking efforts are usually focused on foods I cannot or will not eat. So a weekend turkey dinner is a treat from my point of view, because I will be eating it too.
I continue to do the cooking during the week, a light task, as it turns out. After moving out on my own as a teenager, and until I met Attila, I did all the food preparation. Planning and preparing meals is a familiar and pleasant part of the day.
It has been raining for the last few days, and the temperature has risen above freezing each day; the result is that the landscape is tinged with a hint of green. The birds are plentiful, as our trees offer shelter for those displaced by the destruction of the wetland forest at the end of the street. Since the new windows were installed, I have to step out of doors to hear the birds singing! At least, I will have to step out of doors to hear the concert, until the warm weather arrives and the windows can be opened.
My knee and my back have been rather troublesome the last few weeks, which meant that last week I did not attend Tai Chi. The week before last I stayed home while the new windows were being installed. That is quite a long break from Tai Chi. This learning process is going slowly. But that is what suits me, to attend when I can, and not worry about it when something else comes up. Ideally Tai Chi was to be something I could attend and participate in whenever it suited me. I used to watch groups of people doing Tai Chi together on Saturday mornings in the local parks, and always wished back then, that I had time for such things. I am a long way from achieving that goal, as I am a shockingly slow learner. I am surprised by how slow I am to pick this up, as I used to be quite athletic in my youth, and picked things up quickly. Apparently that skill has rusted a bit from disuse.
I have been using my elliptical machine though, as I can manage it without having to overcome much in the way of inertia. I watch half hour sitcom episodes while I walk on the elliptical machine, the time passes more easily that way. My favourite form of recreation is going for walks, and soon the weather will be perfect for it.
Date: 1:00 PM EDT Friday 30 March 2018
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.3 kPa
Dew point: 2.0°C
Wind: NW 23 gust 33 km/h
Visibility: 24 km
“I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position.”
1835 – 1910
LOL, no danger here! No offers.
I really want to try tai chi but I would barely make one class a week and I know you need to practice a lot to get anywhere. I’m jealous of women my age who don’t have to work and can do a lot of things that I only dream about doing. As it stands now, I financially won’t be able to retire until I’m 73. Not joking. Oh, well.
I hope your turkey was delicious! If you are like me, it’s all about the mashed potatoes. And gravy. The gravy!
Birdie, I think that I might learn much faster if I could attend several classes a week, but the cost is daunting, due to transportation costs, so once a week is my limit. I think most of us are living in less than optimal circumstances, although there are a lot of images around showing us what we are missing. At my phase of life, it is all the images of the good life in retirement, kayaking, wintering in the south, travel… not happening in my life, and not for the majority either. Funny thing though, the people I meet that I like the most are the ones who are meeting the challenges in their lives, learning and loving through the experiences.
Retirement seems to be quite a different phenomena for different people. I have no pension of my own, my only income is a small government pension, which is below the level where I would need to pay income tax. So I sympathize with the stresses of retirement!
The turkey was delicious! I love the mashed potatoes and gravy! My big weakness is the dressing, I love turkey dressing. But it is all good! Tonight I cooked a sweet potato, and mashed it with a little maple syrup and some butter, oh my!
I’m glad the turkey was tasty. The sweet potato sounds yummy, too. Before Julia got sick, only she did the cooking. Now that I had a chance to do for myself and learn, I do some, too. We have some delicious meals!
Joan, I love sweet potato! Since I have been limiting my sugar, my taste buds have adjusted, and the sweet potato with that little bit of maple syrup in it tastes very, very sweet. I am a sweet tooth, so I am glad my taste buds have adjusted!
I have always liked cooking, and loved to bake. After doing it all my life, I was very thankful that Attila took over the bulk of the job, for the last 25 years. The break was long enough that I am enjoying it again with my original enthusiasm. It is never too late to learn. With cooking there is always something new to learn.