There is an odd sweetness to the quiet days alone here at the little house in the city. Attila and I miss each other’s presence, making every interaction over the computer something we look forward to, and every chance we have to be in the same place, at the same time, a special event.
I first noticed this “odd sweetness” of distance with one of my first boyfriends, when I was thirteen years old and was obliged to spend two weeks with my family for summer vacation (oh to be able to do that again!). At that age, the boyfriend was a big deal, and after a few days away I wrote to him, describing the “bittersweet melancholy” that I felt at not being where I wanted to be. He ridiculed the use of that phrase, it was a bad relationship. But the sentiment, although completely wasted on him, was one that I have experienced off and on over the years, and I am experiencing it again right now.
If I had my preference, Attila would be here with me every day, at the little house in the city, so that we could live our quiet days together. We enjoy each other’s company, this is why we decided to share our lives. That we are apart, by this strange circumstance that we call our lives, is temporary, at least we hope it is!
Attila, at the country house, will enjoy an afternoon Christmas celebration at his workplace today. There will be copious amounts of good food, and much cheer. Since he has no allergies, he can eat anything he wants at these events, and so enjoys them very much. They are not much fun for me, so I do not feel I am missing anything, although I was kindly invited. He will work again tomorrow, and then his Christmas break will begin. Since freezing rain is in the forecast, Mist and I do not know when he will be able to join us for Christmas.
Mist and I are settling in here at the little house in the city. When Attila returns to the country house after Christmas, he will be taking Mist with him. There will not be nearly so much visiting between us for the remainder of the winter, so she will not need to make the trip again until next autumn, when we will have some vacation time once more. She settled into the little house very quickly when we arrived here, so I have my fingers crossed that she will settle quickly and comfortably when she returns to the country house. Attila is missing her!
When Attila drove down on Saturday he brought my winter work boots. I have two pairs, both safety rated, as in previous work environments I needed to wear safety boots. Both pairs are leather, and had been sitting downstairs at the country house, unused for the past five years or so. Leather does not fare well in non-ventilated areas, so they were covered by a thin layer of mould. Today I spent quite a while washing them, interior and exterior, as well as washing the laces. They are now tip top and ready to go.
To celebrate the refurbishment of my old work boots, which fit well and make for easy movement, I decided to go for a walk. Going for a walk is something I have been meaning to do since I arrived here at the little house in the city. I walked about a mile in total, which I managed without pain or incidence. When wearing “new” footwear I don’t think it wise to overdo things, and end up with blisters. The walk was a perfect length, my feet were comfortable, as was my back. These boots are good for walking.
A recent request generated from one of my web sites had me busy for a little while, setting things up. Sometimes the requests for inclusion come in frequently, and sometimes they do not. It had been a while since I had a request, so it took a little bit longer than usual to get things done, as I was relearning a few skills.
I have been thinking that recently I have taken very few pictures. I did not even take pictures during our family Christmas event. So I got the camera out and tried to persuade Mist to pose for me. It is like talking to a deaf cat, it was talking to a deaf cat! The camera, in its wisdom, kept shining a red light on my subject, before snapping the picture. Each time I pressed the button the red light came on and Mist, disgusted, looked away.
FREEZING RAIN WARNING IN EFFECT
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT IN EFFECT
Date: 4:00 PM EST Monday 22 December 2014
Condition: Partly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.3 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Wind: NE 20 gust 31 km/h
Wind Chill: -9
“Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.”
John Howard Payne
1791 – 1852