We received about six inches of snow all told, yesterday and last night.
This morning the porcelain blue sky gently peeks through the white tangle of tree branches that surround the house. It is so very beautiful. Sometimes I try to capture it with my camera, but it is beyond my skills to harness the scene to a camera screen. The view from my easy chair is panoramic, windows all around, each offering unique version of perfect peace, and the fire crackles in the fireplace beside me. What a great way to start the day!
Yesterday Attila sold the little green car, to a local mechanic with his own home shop. He can easily fix the issues, and will be doing it as a personal project, so the expense of labour will not matter to him, nor will he need to work on a timeline. He has done work on the car for us in the past, and knows it well. What I love about this exchange is that the car will be refreshed, and resold to someone who needs transportation, and cannot afford much in the way transportation costs. The little green car will go to a good home. So much of the economy where we live in the country is aimed at the very affluent, so it is very satisfying to contribute the economy of down-to-earth, working people.
Today the insurance company was notified of the pending changes in vehicle ownership, documents were faxed, estimates were provided. The bank must be contacted to arrange for money transfers, and drafts. This sort of administrative slog belongs to me, Attila never has to think about it, and although I do not like doing it, I am very good at it. Attila is good at other things, things I never have to think about. It works for us.
While attending to all the administrative details of selling one vehicle, and purchasing another, I managed to make spaghetti sauce. My sauce takes all day to simmer. The cast iron dutch oven is perfect for an all day spaghetti sauce. The sauce simmers nicely all day long at the lowest heat setting on the range, and at supper time it is just a matter of cooking some pasta. We don’t need vegetables on the side, because my spaghetti sauce has lots of onions, tomatoes, carrots, and celery.
While reading an article by a neurosurgeon who deals with concussions in children, the doctor mentioned that while children are recuperating from a concussion they should rest their brains. He recommended limiting texting, computer use, and, gasp, reading, among other things. I looked up from the screen I was reading, and said to Attila, “how do you rest your brain?” He laughed at me and said, “you wouldn’t know how to do that.” He is correct, I have no idea what “rest your brain” would mean! A multitude of thoughts pass through my brain, memories, plans, formulas, insights… how do you stop thinking? Even when I am asleep I am thinking, and if I am awakened I usually am annoyed because I was partially through thinking through some kind of riddle, or mathematical problem.
It is getting colder out there!
Date: 8:00 PM EST Friday 14 November 2014
Pressure: 102.3 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Wind: NNW 9 km/h
Wind Chill: -11
“The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.”
John Kenneth Galbraith
1908 – 2006
Very few of the people I willingly spend time with find thinking painful, and most are a delightful mixture of conventional and eccentric views. Humans are amazing, when you think about it.