Thursday, August 21, 2014
Early this morning, at 4:30 a.m., I arose, washed, dressed, and began packing the car for the trip home. It was still dark outside as I made my trips back and forth to the car. The morning was warm and humid, which is a big change from the cool weather we have been experiencing lately. I called Attila at 5:30, and we chatted as I ate my oatmeal and drank my coffee. Then it was time for me to get busy with the final tasks, shutting off the water supply, unplugging all the electrical cords, doing dishes, bagging the garbage to take home… I finally backed out of the driveway at 6:11 a.m., to begin the journey home to the country house.
The first two hours on the road were challenging, as a heavy fog made for poor visibility. Also, my usual exit from the highway was closed, and luckily there were signs warning of this, so that I took the exit before my usual, and drove through residential streets as a detour, until I could finally rejoin the desired route. About half way home the fog lifted, so that driving became much easier. I arrived just after 10:30 a.m.
To celebrate my arrival home, Attila came home for lunch!! Since June that has only happened once until now, this was the second time. We were very glad to see one another, and chattered the whole time we were eating our lunch.
My afternoon was spent unpacking and catching up with the mail, and the bills. Mountains of paperwork were waiting for me. It was all done and dusted before Attila got home from work.
It is peach season in Ontario, and I took advantage of that to purchase two four quart baskets of Ontario peaches. The ones I purchased were actually a product of the Growers Association that my father belonged to, and drove delivery trucks for, in the 1950s. We had a lovely dinner, Giant Oven Pancake, topped with fresh sliced peaches.
We received a flyer advertising assistive technologies, everyone got one in the mail. In it was a product I hadn’t heard about before, Zorbi. I did a bit of snooping around and found out it is the chemical sodium polyacrylate. Then I read about that chemical, that absorbs a lot of liquid, they use it in disposable diapers apparently. A lot of disposable diapers go into our landfill sites, so I wondered if that was somewhat problematic. Also, in the United States they are infusing it into farmland to retain moisture. Somehow that sounds wrong to me. So I did a search on sodium polyacrylate in landfill sites and found a pertinent scholarly thesis on SMARTTech, at Georgia Tech Library,
“Title: Potential biodegradability of sodium polyacrylate polymers in a stabilized landfill environment Author: Delphos, Paul Jeffery Type Thesis”.
I registered thinking I could read the thesis for my own edification. However, I found that this thesis was not accessible, “Access restricted to authorized Georgia Tech users only.” I wonder why? I was disappointed, the thesis sounded like it was relevant and informative, it is unfortunate that the public is prevented from reading it.
After my early morning, the long drive, and dealing with bills, I am knackered. I proofread this entry, but errors have a way of escaping behind drooping eyelids! Please excuse.
Date: 5:00 PM EDT Thursday 21 August 2014
Pressure: 101.4 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Wind: W 13 km/h
“The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.”
John Kenneth Galbraith
1908 – 2006