Catching Up

I ended up working on Sunday, Mother’s Day. It wasn’t for too long, but it meant that I didn’t get to disengage from the demands of paid labour. I did get to talk with the girls, and my Mom, and my sisters, so it was a wonderful Mother’s Day. I am looking forward to next weekend, when I hope to have a few days off. I am not working tonight, so when I got home from my full-time job I was able to sit down and put my feet up. Luxury! We had a beautiful sunny day today, warm too, or so I’m told. It is still lovely out there, even now as the evening creeps up on us. It is time to let the masonry heater discharge for the spring and summer season. With great relief, we will no longer have daily firings. Attila has been taking down small dead trees from the back of the property to keep us warm this spring, and at last his nightly forays can be abandoned. We have ordered firewood for next winter’s heat, and it will arrive after the load limits for the roads are lifted. Then the task of moving all … Continue reading

Old Gal

What a week! I worked 40 hours at my full-time job and 32 hours at my part-time job, that is 72 hours. Pretty good for an old gal like me, I reckon. I am very tired! I walked for at least four hours every day. Up steep hills on gravel, down rickety stairs to the bottom of small cliffs, and then back up again. I walked over fallen branches and through mud and water. I walked and walked and walked! Today I received my first black fly bite. The season has begun! I have a big red mark on my arm where I was bitten. Luckily it doesn’t itch, but it is ugly and will take weeks to heal and disappear. There is still some snow left on the north side of hills shaded by hemlock, and the black flies have started before we’ve seen the last of it. Tonight is the first time in a week that I have had any down time at all; unless of course I consider sleeping down time. Attila and I had wanted to visit the little house in the city today, but I worked all day. I am exhausted and have decided that … Continue reading

on the run

Yesterday was the first day I worked both the full-time and the part-time job on the same day. A bit tiring. This morning I’m writing this on the run, as I prepare to leave for work, my full-time job. Still enjoying it, very much. Henry and Em were here on Sunday to pick up some items I ordered for them. We had a nice chat, and then we found a black fly on my arm! NOOOOOO! Not yet, the last of the snow just melted. The flies aren’t thick yet though, which is a blessing. The nice thing about black flies is that if they follow you indoors they head for the windows to escape and lose all interest in biting you. Still cloudy today, rain expected. Worldly Distractions Weather 1 °C Condition: Cloudy Pressure: 102.3 kPa Visibility: 16 km Temperature: 1.0°C Dewpoint: 0.7°C Humidity: 98 % Wind: NNE 4 km/h Quote “Whenever I dwell for any length of time on my own shortcomings, they gradually begin to seem mild, harmless, rather engaging little things, not at all like the staring defects in other people’s characters.” Margaret Halsey  Note Margaret Halsey ” American writer who lived in the United Kingdom … Continue reading

Gaining Ground

I’ve reached a decision. The next time that the new-part time job drives me to distraction my one-week notice will be submitted. Long hours are one thing, gratuitous stress is quite another. One month of full-time and part-time work will bring Attila and I into a state of solvency, then we will likely be able to survive through next winter at a basic level. I will feel a lot more relaxed when a state of solvency has been reached. In the meantime I will breath deeply, pet Mist, smile at Attila and leave the rest to fate. Soon though, the tomorrows of our life, at least in the short term, will cease to loom ominous. Today I am preparing for my work week at the new full-time job. I am looking forward to the week. I have my clothing hanging in the closet ready to go; my new lunch box has its very own juice bottle, spoon, fork, snack jar, hot pad and freezer pack. I have enough gas in the car to make the journey to work on Monday morning. I’m good to go. I’ll never be prepared for the new part-time job, as a portion of the preparation … Continue reading

Penny Pinchers and Grasshoppers

Well! That was a week I wouldn’t want to experience very often, satisfying as it was! The full-time job I started last Monday is working out very well thus far, and I anticipate it will continue to be pleasantly challenging. I think I may have landed on my feet there, fingers crossed that I’m not looking at it through rose coloured glasses. The part-time job I started on Thursday is a different kettle of fish entirely. Not so keen on it, truth be told. A lot of unpaid time seems to be “suggested/implied” to get up to speed, if that continues I will just have to turn in my resignation. I am also expected to gather information during office hours, which I cannot do because I have a full-time job during the day. Neither of these expectations were revealed by the employer before I accepted the position. Pressure and stress. The other issue with this position is that the agreed upon 20 hours a week has blossomed into more than 40 hours in the first seven days. I can’t manage that many hours in a week in addition to a full-time job. I’m complaining already, it does not bode well, … Continue reading