Sometimes you just have to laugh at yourself.
Tank, the big vehicle, sits in the driveway, unused unless I take a notion to go somewhere. Sometimes I do go somewhere, but mostly, I don’t. Why? It isn’t my lifestyle.
My ideal is to live where I can walk to shopping, to entertainment, to work (retired now, no longer relevant). That is not possible, the cost of living in a vibrant urban centre is beyond my means. Well, it is beyond the means of most Canadians, so that makes me a part of the majority on that issue. My ideal is not attainable.
What to do when your dream can’t come true, and you know it, and you decide to not beat your head against multiple brick walls to try and attain the unattainable… got lemons, making lemonade.
What has been attainable is this very small house, that was in disgusting condition, that I bought with Attila. Since 2010, when it was purchased, every spare minute and penny has gone into making it a viable home. It was not livable when we purchased it, which is why it sat empty for years until we came along. It isn’t in my ideal neighbourhood. The urban area here is anything but vibrant and varied, but it is in a quiet, respectful, and pretty neighbourhood. It isn’t walking distance to anyplace I would like to go, a walk will always consist of parading myself up and down fussy, stuffy, uninteresting residential streets, leaving the house to circle around, and come back to the the very same place.
So, why do I like it here? The appeal, the desirable that has been attained, is Mist Cottage itself. It is a space where Attila and I spend most of our time, money, and expend most of our energy. It is the place where I experience my joys and sorrows, it is a familiar friend. I think Mist Cottage likes me, and I think it likes Attila too. I like Mist Cottage, and I think Attila likes it too.
Oh yes, back to Tank, I was talking about Tank. Although it is vital that Tank sits in the driveway so that I have the choice to go somewhere, I seldom find myself wanting to go somewhere.
Tank is not in the driveway today. The car went into the garage yesterday, for regular maintenance. Tank transported Attila to work this morning, gone for the day.
What day did I decide to go to the store? What day did I get dressed to go out, gather my things together for an outing? Today of course!! So I laughed at myself, of all the days to decide on an outing, I chose the day that there is no vehicle in the driveway. No vehicle, no outing.
Laughing the whole time, I took off the clothes I had chosen for the outing, hung them up, and donned my usual working garb. Today was a day to spend at Mist Cottage. There was no disappointment, tomorrow is another day, my destination was not time dependent, the planned outing could be made any day… if I feel like it.
I have begun checking out the camping gear. The lanterns and battery operated fan were dragged out of storage. Batteries were checked, some replaced and tested, and all stored in the bin that goes back and forth to the camp. Extra rechargeable batteries were charged and placed in the travel bin. Trailer bedding spent the winter at Mist Cottage, it was brought out, aired, and then packed.
I plan on bringing a spray bottle of permethrin solution to the Rideau Camp. I am going to try spraying it around areas where the ants come in, to see if it will deter them. In my dreams it would also deter the mice, but that isn’t very likely.
Looking at the weather forecast for today, 33C with high humidity expected, perhaps it is just as well that I stay happily and comfortably here at Mist Cottage. Better weather is on the way (my definition of better of course) for the end of the week, much cooler.
I have made a discovery! When a very aggressive person invited himself to my home recently, I turned the table and invited myself to his, suggesting materials he could prepare for my visit. I haven’t heard from him since. I will probably not hear from him again. The lesson for me here is that when someone is exhibiting merely annoying aggressive and/or intrusive behaviour, it might work to turn the table on them. As with anything, my mileage may vary.
This evening I tried a new dinner recipe in the Instant Pot, One Pot Spaghetti. The taste was lovely, I made up the ingredient list myself, for the sauce. The sauce, although it tasted great, was very watery, and I do not like watery foods, so I was disappointed. Attila loved it! I will experiment with this one until we both love it.
What an entry! Could it be more scattered! Well, that is what I am like most of the time, a little of this, a little of that, and at the end of the day it all adds up to whole lot of pleasantness.
Date: 10:00 AM EDT Wednesday 4 July 2018
Condition: Partly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.7 kPa
Dew point: 19.3°C
Wind: SSE 9 km/h
Visibility: 24 km
Sunny. High 33 except 28 near Lake Ontario. Humidex 39. UV index 9 or very high.
“The idea of perfect closes your mind to new standards. When you drive hard toward one ideal, you miss opportunities and paths, not to mention hurting your confidence. Believe in your potential and then go out and explore it; don’t limit it.”
John Eliot, Ph.D.
I absolutely love being at home. My son and I were using our typical gallows humour when watching the news tonight and learned about a needless death at a local park. “All the more reason to stay home. You can’t die falling off a cliff and have 2 more people die trying to save you.” Yes. It was completely inappropriate and I will probably die falling down the stairs now.
I am glad aggressive person is going to leave you alone now. We have a neighbour that likes to drop by and though I like her I don’t like the dropping by unannounced when she gets bored. She is the extreme end of extroverted and spends a lot of time telling me that I need to get out more. I go to Tai Chi twice a week and my weight loss group and a woman’s support group. I don’t need to go out and it pisses me off that she feels entitled to tell me I should. I am not kidding. This woman come and goes at least 5 times a day. I know this because I do f-all and watch her coming and going. When we first moved in we thought she was dealing drugs.
I made spaghetti in our Instant Pot. The sauce was good but the pasta was all glommed together. I will stick to making the sauce in my extra large cast iron pan.
Good for you with giving that guy a taste of his own medicine!
I agree that you can’t take yourself too seriously, I regularly laugh at things I find myself doing. Laughter is good for the soul.
Birdie, isn’t it lovely when home is a safe haven!
People dropping in, I can’t really fathom it. Our daughters do it, but I am comfortable with that, always glad to see them… but they don’t do it often, it could get old. Dropping in and giving unsolicited advice… you are a saint!
I am going to keep trying with the spaghetti until it comes out the way I want it to. The spaghetti noodles I broke in three, then dropped them into the pot in a pinwheel fashion, they didn’t clump. Attila wants the dish with penne or macaroni instead though, much easier, so next time it is macaroni instead.
Teri, who would have thought that turning the tables would be so effective! I was worried he wanted to visit with me, but in reality all he wanted was to intrude on my personal space.
Yes, best not to take yourself too seriously. Laughter takes the edges off a situation, it is a form of self acceptance.
A tip for watery sauce in the iPot: Once it’s done, and you’ve removed the lid, put a regular pot cover (I have a glass iPot lid especially for the mini 3 qt), and press the button called “Saute” and let it sit there sauteing for a few minutes more, stirring now and then. That will evaporate any of the latent liquid that you don’t want and condense it into a thicker sauce.
Oh, sorry, I meant DO NOT PUT A LID ON IT! (DUH!) Sorry. If you put a lid on it, the liquid won’t evaporate! My brain is not in gear yet Maggie!
Bex, what a great idea! I knew what you meant, about the lid. When I took the lid off and saw it was watery, Attila, hungry, said no, don’t wait, lets eat it now, it smells great! So we ate it runny, he had two helpings. I ate the wee bit of leftovers for breakfast this morning.