Rain, rain, rain

This morning we awoke to heavy rain.  We are to expect thunderstorm activity this morning.  A dreary, dripping landscape stretches as far as the eye can see. Attila and I have decided to paint our main living space.  The main living space is a dark green, the colour it was the day we moved into the house.  This hasn’t been too awfully dark, because there are windows everywhere.  However, it is time to lighten things up.  Attila has cleaned the walls in preparation.  He must repair the hole in the wall, made by the previous owners for a speaker (?!?); the speaker is still there! I am trying to purge excess belongings again.  Where do they come from!  Not a question really, because I know where they come from.  They are the accumulation of decades of frugal living.  We saved everything that came our way, because we might some day need it.  And although we have needed some of the things we saved, most of the things we saved have served only as weights, physical and spiritual. This morning I have been putting up for sale the last of the accessories for the little trailer, which we lost to a … Continue reading

Earth Quake

Yesterday, as Attila was walking through the kitchen towards the stove, pots began to rattle.  I thought it was just Attila’s heavy foot on the kitchen floor.  But no, when I glanced up at him he was not moving.  We looked at each other, puzzled.  Perhaps large trucks at the construction site a few doors down the road?  Perhaps.  The rattling continued for almost a minute, then ceased.  We shrugged and carried on with our lunch preparations. Later in the afternoon Terra called to see if I had noticed the earth quake.  Aha!  So that is what made the pots rattle! The visitor who tore open our garbage, and distributed it across the public roadway yesterday, may have been a raven.  I had seen a bear the day before, and Attila had spotted a large raven perched high on a tree just down the road, the morning of the incident.  Either way, we need a second garbage can to deter our visitors. A quiet day, with intermittent torrential rain and sunshine. My geranium is moved indoors for the duration of the stormy weather, just in case we get hail. I’ve been wearing Attila’s rubber boots in my forays outdoors, even … Continue reading

Baby Bear

Yesterday at breakfast I glanced out the front window at our driveway.  Sauntering across the road was a young bear, who moved slowly through the wooded area next to the driveway and then headed off into the wild. I think that bear paid another visit this morning.  I did not observe the visitor, but our garbage bag was ripped wide open.  What a mess.  It was mostly coffee grounds, so I have to wonder just what the attraction was! I put on Attila’s rubber boots and a head net to protect myself from the voracious mosquitoes.  Out I went, broom and dustpan in hand, to sweep up the mess into another garbage bag, which I set out for the the garbage collector. There have been several bear attacks this spring, one involved a pedestrian and the other a cyclist.  I don’t believe our bear was involved, as it occurred some distance from our place.  It is something to consider though, when puttering about outside.  I make loud noises when I venture out the door, so as not to take any visitors by surprise.  Bears hate surprises. Terra writes her final exam today.  She has excellent marks, so there is no … Continue reading

Continuity

One of the things I like least about using WordPress is that you need to update it periodically.  I ALWAYS fail the first time round.  Always.  This time I tried the automatic update feature, because it seemed as if it would be simpler.  Ahem.  Not in my capable hands it wasn’t!  “An Automated WordPress update has failed to complete – please attempt the update again now.” The trouble now is that when it failed, and I watched it fail, I decided to go ahead and do the update manually.  That worked, a little time consuming, but it worked.  Now all I have to do is figure out how to let my installation of WordPress in on the update, because it hasn’t figured out that the whole event is over, over and done with. We are having a beautiful day!  Our robins are chirping happily in the trees just over the railings of the deck.  I call them our robins because they were born here, under the deck flooring.  The deck extends from the second story of the house, so it is high and dry and a perfect spot for nesting.  All spring we watched the robins build the nest and … Continue reading

Contemplating Change

The summer season is not yet in full swing, as far a seasonal residents are concerned. Although there is talk in the media of an economic recovery in Canada, all we can see from our little perch is that the wealthy continue to build monuments to their own comfort, and there is a LOT of activity in that sector of the economy, while everyone else cuts back trying to survive the times. The corporation where I am on six-day-a-week call, is busy cutting positions and hours.  This creates tension in the work force.  I am really noticing it, being at the very bottom of the pecking order.  A call came in on Tuesday afternoon, asking me to work for 3 hours on Wednesday morning.  I accepted.  My fellow worker spent the first two hours trying to persuade me to find another job, within the corporation of course.  Then she went for lunch.  All this pressure was exerted under the guise of “looking out for me”.  Transparent.  No one looks out for anyone but themselves, in the culture this organization has created. She didn’t give up until I grumbled about my lack of hours and stated that I was looking for … Continue reading