Friday, September 15, 2017
Tomorrow the weather is supposed to turn hot, and stay that way for a week or so. Go figure, the nicest weather we had on our vacation was the the first day and the last day. The first day led to false hope, the last day let us know what we had missed.
Two projects are consuming the day here at Mist Cottage. The current antivirus software will not work on three computers. There are three computers here that need protection. The current antivirus software license expires in the next few months. A new antivirus software that will protect three computers for one price was purchased this morning, Bitdefender Antivirus. So far it has found viruses and trojans that Intego antivirus software had ignored, probably because they are Windows based viruses and trojans. Since files are sometimes shared with others, all three computers were cleaned of the Windows viruses and trojans. Installing the new software, scanning, and cleaning up all three computers took all morning.
The second task was inspired by a link Kate put on her blog, regarding cleaning dishcloths properly. The web site recommended boiling dishcloths for five minutes to kill all bacteria. Almost all of the dishcloths, and facecloths, are now adequately boiled. They will be laundered, hung out to dry, and then we shall see how effective this boiling method is for destinkifying the fabric.
Wouldn’t it be great if boiling politicians could destinkify politics! It doesn’t work though, similar techniques have been tried throughout history, and the majority of politicians still stink.
Note: My new not-a-real-word of the day, destinkify/ing, I like it!
Sunday, September 10, 2017
The morning of the last day of our vacation dawned with a cloudless sky, it was the nicest weather we have had over the last nine days. The predicted low temperature, of our last night here at the Rideau Camp, was 3C, which was not very warm. We were comfortable last night until bedtime, wearing sweaters and jackets, then retired to sleep under a combination of comforters and wool blankets with the blinds at the windows closed tight to retain as much heat as possible. We awoke to a very chilly room, after having slept soundly through the night. The temperature in Grace The Trailer this morning at 6:30 a.m. was 12C (54F)). We have slept at the country house, that first autumn when we had no heat, at 5C (41F), and found that to be too chilly for comfort, without wearing toques while we slept.
This morning I dressed hurriedly, checked the thermostat, then switched on the heat. We have a propane furnace, which requires electricity to run, which is supplied by the attached battery, or an attached generator. The generator is not left out overnight, because it should not be out in inclement weather, and because theft is always a possibility. This morning the only option was to use the battery to run the furnace. Within ten minutes Grace The Trailer was feeling a lot more comfortable.
Attila has spread almost all of the crushed stone, and it has been quite a job! He used a shovel and a wheel barrow. I would have felt it hard labour to spend my time shovelling and pushing wheel barrows full of crushed stone, but he feels differently about it… he feels he has had a very relaxing vacation.
My time was spent sitting in the sun when it peeked out from behind the clouds, a rare event, reading my book, and working to transcribe the material obtained at the Middleville Museum into my database on the computer.
One of the things that has been interesting is how bad the mosquitoes are this September. Last September there were no mosquitoes here at the Rideau Camp, but this year they abound, a small and sneaky strain of them. This has made sitting out of doors on cloudy days unpleasant. When the sun shines they retreat into the shadows, and one can sit out and enjoy the outdoors… only three days have offered weather suitable for relief from the mosquitoes, the Saturday we arrived, yesterday when it was quite chilly, and today. The weather is magnificent today.
Yesterday was the last full day of our vacation, and the second day of sunny weather. We went for a picnic at a park in a local village, then visited the library. On Friday we visited the Township office to obtain a copy of our tax bill, so that a library card could be obtained. I had forgotten to bring a copy of our tax bill with us. The library near the township office issued me a library card. The libraries are staffed by lovely people, pleasant and helpful. A library card provides me with access to the library WiFi system. I borrowed a book on Friday, on the history of the area, and returned it yesterday at a connected library in another local village, where we had our picnic. Being at the Rideau Camp during the week allows us to explore the local area, and to start making connections with the surrounding infrastructures.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Cloudless sky and very cold in the morning, but no frost. A day that warmed with the sun.
Date: 2:00 PM EDT Friday 15 September 2017
Pressure: 101.9 kPa
Dew point: 19.5°C
Wind: SSE 14 km/h
Visibility: 8 km
“Now I must close this rambling account of your mother’s people around here, forgive my blunders and bad writing, and write soon and let us know how you all are. I hope your talk of coming to see us will prove true. We will all be glad to see you.”
A letter written in 1888, from my GGG Uncle Peter in Middleville, Ontario, to his niece Rowena, my first cousin four times removed, in the USA, either in Champion, New York, or Clyde, Ohio, I am not sure of the date that Rowena moved from New York to Ohio.
Unfortunately, we both suffered the poorer weather while we were away. I’m hoping the warmth will hold another 10 days or so, so when we are at the cottage next weekend we have some better weather.
I’m surprised you had mosquitoes after those chilly nights. The chill nights were enough to end our mosquito problems – well, until it rained, and then it started up again.
We also had to turn on the heat while we were away. I have a feeling the cottage is going to need some blown in foam insulation, as the temperature seems to fall much too easily indoors.
Teri, the weather report for this weekend, and the following weekend predict sun and warmth, fingers crossed!
We were shocked at the mosquitoes, and disappointed. They are not fond of sunshine, but we had little of that.
Insulation makes a big difference for holding onto heat in a building! Our little trailer Iris doesn’t hold the heat well, there is very little insulation. Grace The Trailer though has moderate inslualtion and holds on to the heat very well. I found insulation not too bad to install, it is opening up walls to get it in there that takes all the time. The attic is a much eaiser job though.
Probably the best quote of the year:
“Wouldn’t it be great if boiling politicians could destinkify politics! It doesn’t work though, similar techniques have been tried throughout history, and the majority of politicians still stink.” ~ Maggie Turner ~!
I’ll put the pot on to boil….
LOL, thanks Bex. My black humour at work again. 🙂
A boiling pot in every house… could be a movement!
Lol! That boiling pot idea for politicians gives new meaning to the quote “A chicken in every pot!” 😉
Maggie, it sounds like you’ve done blown in insuation before. Could you tell me about it? We have vinyl siding on the house, so were thinking about removing the siding to have the siding blown in.
“A chicken in every pot!” Hilarious Teri! 🙂
We have not used blown in insulation, but batts. Our insulation was installed from the interior, in between the studs on the walls, after removing the drywall. In the ceiling we dragged the bats through the ceiling entry (a rectangular hole in the ceiling, and simply laid them out on the floor of the attic, pretty simple. I don’t know about blowing insulation in from the interior. Putting in new drywall is a a lot of work, but it is fireproof, so if you have panelling in the interior it might be worth replacing it with drywall, and if you are doing that putting in bats would work well.
Another thing to consider is vapour barrier, walls need it on the inside. Mist Cottage has inadequate vapour barrier, which can cause mold and mildrew issues. When we tore out the interior walls in the dining area of the kitchen we installed vapour barrier before putting on the drywall.
The vapour barrier would be my main concern, and if that is OK, then you are OK for blowing in insulation. This site gives you an overview of types of roofs and how to insulate: http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/efficiency/housing/home-improvements/keeping-the-heat-in/roofs-and-attics/15637
Ah, I see. Thanks for the info!
We’re actually looking at working from the outside, as the interior drywall is in good shape. We do need to take a look in the attic, though. We have no idea what kind of insulation is up there.