In just one week…

In just one week, this week will be over.  Obvious isn’t it.  And oddly comforting as I face a week in a workplace filled with severe mood swings and roller coaster demands and criticisms.  Just how often I’ll be able to write something speakable in my journal remains to be seen.  However, a week from Monday I plan on getting back into my own life and out of survival mode!  In just one week, this week will be over.

A quiet day here, lovely!  Attila is keeping the house warm and toasty, despite the -17C temperature at night.  The bedrooms are cool and extremely comfortable for sleeping under the eiderdown.

Mist is very contented, sleeping curled in her wicker basket beside the masonry heater.  Occasionally she wanders over to sit in my lap, or Attila’s lap.  Then over to her food bowl for a little snack before she returns to the hard work of napping in her basket.

Attila prepared a pork rib roast for dinner, with roast potatoes, carrots, onions and squash.  Delicious!  My cooking effort of the day went into making dough for three pizza’s; the dough is prepared in my Bosch mixer, left to rise, punched down and formed onto three pizza pans, partially prebaked and then frozen for instant pizza’s later in the week.  A little pick me up for me in time of need!

The Kobo is in constant use!  I putter, cook, perform tasks on the computer and take little breaks throughout the day, to sit with my good book.  Works for me.  It will also help this week to be engrossed in a good book; it will distract me from the challenges I face at work and help me avoid obsessing about things I cannot change in the short term.

I have recently opened up the comment function of this journal.  I think that now comments can be made without logging in or registering; although I could be wrong, not having tried it out.

Worldly Distractions


-12 °C
Condition: Clear
Pressure: 102.6 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: -12.0°C
Dewpoint: -13.6°C
Humidity: 88 %
Wind: WNW 9 km/h
Wind Chill: -17


“Live always in the best company when you read.”
Sydney Smith
1771 – 1845

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Well here’s checking it out!


Maggie, I’m wishing you serenity in the coming week.

Inspired by you, I might have to have a go at that pizza thing. Care to share the crust recipe?


Hi Maggie
Still an active and avid reader of your blog. Very much
enjoying your more frequent posts lately. Love hearing about your adventures with the “little house in the city”.

For soothing ruffled feathers (or psyches – if that term can be used in the plural) I always turn to Jane Austen. If you’re a fan (as I am)a few pages of Persuasion or Sense & Sensibility never fails to calm. Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse also does it for me.


Hello Sandra
Oh the joys of literature! My Kobo came with several of Jane Austen’s novels already installed and waiting just for me. When I left the academy, after a decade of reading almost exclusively male authored material, I spent several years reading exclusively female authored material, Jane Austen was one of my first.


I hope your work week proceeds quickly and smoothly. I’m glad you’re enjoying the reading.