Home Again

I returned to the country house yesterday. The trip was pleasant, in spite of all the construction delays and the dearth of transport trucks. It is so nice to be spending time with Attila again!

Attila saw the Dermatologist today, who has provided him with multiple prescriptions, and a three week plan of action. Attila will follow the instructions to the letter. The really bright side, of the consultation, is that the plan of action includes Attila returning to work! We hope to see significant improvement. Time will tell.

Attila has accomplished much, in the way of replacing the fake wood panelling with drywall, in the hall at the country house. It is going to look great! I might even give him a hand with removing the old panelling. The drywall is too heavy for me to work with.

I had plans to apply the second coat of stain to the deck today. However, two consecutive days without precipitation are needed for the deck to dry adequately, before applying stain. It rained last night, so the project will have to wait for a combination of free time and two sunny days.

The last third of a four litre jug of maple syrup has some mold on it. After skimming off the mold, the maple syrup was heated to the point of boiling, then skimmed again. After two smaller jugs were sterilized with aqueous oxygen, the cooled maple syrup was poured into them and refrigerated.

Worldly Distractions


Condition: Sunny
Pressure: 101.0 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 22.0°C
Dewpoint: 13.8°C
Humidity: 59%
Wind: WNW 15 gust 28 km/h
Humidex: 25


“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos – the trees, the clouds, everything.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

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Fingers, toes, eyes crossed that the dermatologist’s prescriptions and plans for Attila’s hands are successful. The itching and discomfort must be intense, and not being able to work! All because of an evil plant.

I can remember only one other time when I heard of (not experienced myself, thank goodness) an evil plant causing major problems. A former roommate of mine got into weed whacking poison ivy, and had a major amount of the sap on her. She took a warm sitz bath…oh, the agony of the tender bits! She had to have major help with antihistamines and painkillers.

Here’s hoping you and Attila have a nice few days ahead at the country house. Home. What a lovely word….