Cold! I have to admit that for the first time since moving to Mist Cottage, winter feels relentless. I think this is contextual, two years of isolation, an ongoing undiagnosed health issue, and watching helplessly as a country is violently invaded (the Ukraine by Russia), the dipping temperature seems a mere harmless manifestation of the chaos around us, but one we can safely become emotional about. And so I am emotional about the cold weather, heartily tired of it.
And of course, by this afternoon the thermometer will rise 18C to a relatively warm -1C. My emotional outlet will be no more. Then I will have to be cautious about where these emotions wander off to, and will attempt to find a healthy outlet for them. Attila says that everyone where he works seems grouchy, on edge, so it seems I am not the only person in the area needing to seek balance.
Today the container issue in the kitchen will be tackled. Containers are highly valued here. Plastic milk bags, frozen vegetable bags, fresh fruit and vegetable bags, margarine and sour cream tubs, and all manner of glass jars, are washed, dried, and stored away for future use. These item accumulate from November until June. In June the garden harvest slowly gathers steam into the summer and fall, and the majority of those containers are filled for the freezer, or with dehydrated foods, for next winter’s food supply. Come next November the cycle will begin again.
This process involves storing containers as they are emptied and cleaned. A mesh bag is kept hanging at the top of the basement stairs where the empty containers are placed. When the mesh bag is full, it is transported to the basement, where the containers are sorted and stored in totes until needed again. The mesh bag is currently bulging, and in need of attention. This is one of those jobs that is ignored until a juggling act is required to accomplish an addition. This morning, as a plastic container bounced down the basement stairs, it became apparent that it was time.
Updated on Fri, Mar 4, 7:15
FEELS LIKE -23
Wind 5 NE km/h
Humidity 71 %
Visibility 28 km
Sunrise 6:40 AM
Wind gust 7 km/h
Pressure 103.2 kPa
Ceiling 10000 m
Sunset 5:59 PM
“I’m a bit of an abstract figure that people can project their fantasies on; it’s pretty much what we all are, otherwise we wouldn’t be stars, and people wouldn’t be interested. But people project things on you that have nothing to do with what you really are, or they see a little something and then exaggerate it. And you can’t really control that.”