Ontario declared a State of Emergency which began at midnight last Thursday, so it came into effect Friday, January 15, 2021.
The State of Emergency has little direct impact on our way of life, as we are have chosen to err on the side of caution and have stayed home all along, since last February. There are ways it changes things for us, but they aren’t glaring. For instance, Attila has to carry a letter with him as he commutes to and from work. The employer provided this letter, that identifies him as an essential worker.
A very quiet day here at Mist Cottage. I am grateful for this quiet time, after all the drama of the political chaos experienced by our neighbours in the USA, and of the invisible threat of a tiny predatory virus.
I woke up early this morning, 5:30 a.m., and decided to get out of bed, even though morning light was still more than an hour away.
After doing all the usual things like washing my face, and brushing my teeth, I got right to it in the kitchen. First I started the base for Pumpkin Pie Squares, which needed to be baked for 15 minutes before adding the filling. Next I mixed up a loaf of bread to get Attila started off with his lunches for the next week. After adding the filling to and getting the Pumpkin Pie Squares into the oven, I started on a batch of Apple Walnut Raisin Muffins. I figured that it would be a good idea to do all the baking at one go, and only heating the oven once.
I no longer have to concentrate all of my baking on weekends. The hydro company has AT LAST instituted our tiered billing. This makes for a major improvement in my quality of life. I can bake, shower, wash laundry, vacuum, etc., anytime that the need arises. Of course I will still cluster baking projects together when it is practical, so that the oven only need be heated once. It is such a joy to be able to follow my own ebb and flow in daily activities.
As an added bonus, the cost of hydro has been reduced significantly for the duration of the State of Emergency. That is very welcome indeed. So far the winter has been very mild, which means we use a lot more electricity, since we are heating with our air source heat pump.
A phenomenon of the declared State of Emergency is that the grocery delivery schedule is suddenly booked up for a over a week in advance. The sales only last a week. So for a little while at least, food will be costing us a bit more. A small price to pay for safety we think.
Attila continues to paint the ceiling in the basement. He is working on the second coat of paint. His other project is to fix the light fixtures down there, one by one. They are truly awful. The bare light bulbs hang down so low that a person, even a short person, would hit their head on them. Attila is moving the fixtures up about 8 inches, so that I can walk under the single hanging light bulbs. I think he too can walk under the light bulbs now, but to tell the truth, I don’t really know. I must ask him! He completed fixing the second light today, but there are many more to go.
This weekend it seemed time to tackle the mail. The mail does not come directly into the house. Attila brings it into the garage, where it stays for a week or so. At least that was how it was supposed to work. Somehow that fell by the wayside. I discovered this when I found and opened a letter from the bank, that had arrived last November. There was an important deadline I missed because I did not read the letter. Oops! I got that sorted out, and decided that the rest of the mail had to come in right away.
I cleared the table, spread out the substantial pile of mail, and began to sort. It took all day Saturday to get it sorted and filed. Luckily no other deadlines had been missed. It took a lot longer because of Covid-19, as I had to frequently stop to wash my hands. When I was done I washed all the surfaces down with hot soapy water, and changed my clothes. The precautions are a lot of trouble, and I feel that they are worth the time and effort. But I do wish that we didn’t receive so much junk mail. It serves no purpose, as it goes directly into the recycling bin. It has to be handled with care as well, and that is an annoyance.
Well, that is us, carrying on as best we can, enjoying a quiet uneventful day.
Stay safe dear friends!
Date: 6:00 PM EST Sunday 17 January 2021
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 100.3 kPa
Dew point: -4.2°C
Wind: WNW 14 km/h
Wind Chill: -5
Visibility: 24 km
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