Lazy Day

Attila and I had a “lazy” Sunday. Attila slept in until 6:30 a.m., then we sat together over breakfast and coffee. The morning routine of dishes, bed making, and cleaning, for a possible house showing, took a few hours. Attila moved on to install and paint the rest of the trim in the hallway, where he had installed new drywall. I baked bread, and began to purge the contents of the hutch, no more maybe-I-will-use-this-someday items will be kept.

The day was sunny and warm, and the bugs were basking in luxurious joy, waiting for a feast, which would be us.

Lists are being made, a multitude of lists. A new list was started; items to be taken in a rented van, to the little house in the city. The first van load is fully spoken for already. We will transport items we do not use at all, and the hutch and buffet, which I had custom made when Luna was a toddler, and Terra was a hope. The hutch and buffet are perfect fit for Terra and Lares’ house, where it will reside in future, so it will stay in the family and will be put to good use. I plan on having quite a few excellent meals sitting at that table, in the future. It is far too large for an apartment, and far too large for the little house in the city.

This morning the sun is again shining, and the leaves have unfolded to enfold us in a green cocoon of privacy, so thought I. In the winter is comforting to see the lights in the neighbours windows, but in the warm weather, not so much.

Today I discovered that I do not care for people driving slowly by my house, staring at it, sometimes even stopping to stare at it. It is a necessary element to selling a property, people want to look at it to see if they are interested! Today, two different vehicles drove slowly by the house, down the road, turned around, and drove slowly by the house again. Both vehicles came back hours later to do the viewing thing for a second time. By the eighth pass I had developed a dislike for people driving by my house and staring at it! They might have been first time viewers, or then again, they may all be family members of the person who has conditionally offered to purchase the house. Although all this attention is to be expected, I don’t have to like it, but I do have to tolerate it with good grace.

A bright idea was researched today. It would be great if one internet account serviced our country house which will eventually be our apartment, our little house in the city, and even our camp. Rogers has a service that would work in this way. For just $585 dollars a month plus 13% tax, a portable modem would work at all locations. The sales representative was enthusiastic about this potential sale; I was not. Yet another bright idea bites the dust in the light of day.

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“Let us, then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labour and to wait.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882)

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Five Hundred and Eighty Five Dollars — a MONTH? Am I missing something? Isn’t that a bit high? I guess you must have thought so too…no? I mean multiply $585 x 12 and it’s…$7,020 a year. (I have a little online calculator on my desktop—) Wow. I have no idea how money in Canada compares to the States… are salaries much higher? Are expenses all higher? If anyone wanted $585 a month from me, I’d expect to be paying a mortgage on a nice boat or a small home! Not a modem… Oh Maggie, tell me it ain’t so!

Much luck with a smooth house sale… and away from prying eyes real soon…xxxx

Reenie Beanie

I’m anxiously awaiting your response to Bex. My jaw flew open when I saw $585.

Other than that heart-stopper, it sounds like you are literally moving right along!


Yes Bex, you read correctly, $585 a month PLUS 13% tax, that would add up to about $660 a month in total. She didn’t “bat an eye” when I pointed out the total cost… who buys this stuff anyway!!!!

The Canadian dollar is very close to US dollar, no big difference… and incomes, lower I would say, here in Canada, because our income taxes are very, very high, and we pay 13% tax on almost all purchases, which is double taxing. A lot of people in Canada, and their numbers are increasing all the time, live on about $600 a month. Disparity is rampant. I guess the clerk is used to those who have more than their fair share of Canada’s wealth, throwing money away on services like these.

Thanks for the good luck charm Bex, it will be another few weeks before the we know if the conditions of the sale are met… and if they are, well, hopefully the vehicular viewings will decrease, perhaps even disappear!


Yes Reenie, $585 a month is a jaw-dropper! I imagine that billing system has ensnared many an unwary customer, as she began with telling me the basic charge, a mere $85 a month, but was not going to elaborate on the “little extras”, which brought the bill up to $585. The devil is indeed in the details!

Our present plans cost next to nothing by comparison, and I was hoping to reduce our costs… that didn’t work out very well! LOL


Wow. Just wow. If there’s cellular service available, it might be worth looking into the cost of using your phone as a “when you need it” connection or getting a “hot spot” for as-needed service if you have to look to a different provider. I don’t have a clue whether even that would be cost-effective, but it might be an option.


Wow is a good word for it Wendy. Luckily it isn’t the only option and most of the other options are priced “for the rest of us”.

There is DSL available at both the country and the city house, and it costs about $50 per month, per residence, which adds up to $100 and includes the tax. That is what we are using now, and that is what we are sticking with! So we are OK.

I must be living in some kind of fantasy world, thinking that combining the service for both residences, with one service, would save money!!! Call me a dreamer!

Tom McCubbin

Your lazy Sundays are much busier than my most energetic days. Getting out of bed at 6:30 AM doesn’t sound too lazy.


It is the farm girl in me Tom, first 15 years of my life I arose at first light, to bird song. I have always loved early morning, the best time of day in my little world. Attila grew up in an urban setting, no farm chores waiting through the night for him to wake up. But now, between having to be at work by 6:30 a.m. six days a week, and having to be up by 5:00 a.m. in the winter to set the daily fire so that we have heat, he has become an early bird as well. The flip side of rising early, is wearing out early, we turn in early too. I do wonder what it will be like when we have a thermostat…