After feeling very tired all day yesterday, I slept deeply all through the night last night. What a relief!

Another lovely day here, just above freezing and the sun was shining brightly. I got out for my daily walk in the morning. The road was dry and I got away with wearing my walking shoes.

We have been waiting with bated breath to see what Attila’s pay check would bring this week, and good news, it was enough to pay all of the bills! What a relief! Both of us had been experiencing low level stress about the possible size of the pay check, relative to the bills that needed paying. This morning, after the good news, I was able to pay all of the backlogged bills. It felt very good.

We received a message from our Doctor’s office, near the country house, checking to see if I had managed to find someone to give me my flu shot. I called them back right away to give them the details. I admit that I was completely and very pleasantly surprised by their concern. To be honest, I am extremely grateful for their concern.

Attila was very keen to have Cherry Squares for his lunch, so when the hydro was a bit cheaper this afternoon, I baked up a batch. I couldn’t resist them though, and had a slice for my afternoon snack.

Attila has to go in to work an hour early tonight, to attend a seminar on the company’s benefits package. Time well spent! We are not eligible for the benefits package until well into February, so we have our fingers crossed that we won’t need any medications, or medical extras, until after he qualifies.

I had to pay cash to get my last prescriptions filled, and was charged almost $24 in additional fees to have them filled. Ouch! That was on top of the cost of the medications. That medication bill has now been paid!

I am thinking about my Mom today. Hi Mom! xoxoxo

This is our new “kitchen cabinet” that we bought on sale before Christmas. It fits perfectly into the space between the refrigerator and the range, it has a lot of storage space, a wooden countertop, is very sturdy, is easy to keep clean, and it is on wheels, so we can move it easily when it comes time to install the new floor. As you can see, it is a workshop cabinet, meant for a garage, but it works perfectly in our kitchen. Oh yes, it is also stainless steel and therefore fireproof!

Worldly Distractions


Date: 4:00 PM EST Thursday 7 January 2016
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.4 kPa
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: 1.8°C
Dewpoint: -2.0°C
Humidity: 76%
Wind: ESE 4 km/h


“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do. And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”
Dr. Seuss
1904 – 1991


  1. Bex

    Love the cabinet. I used to have one like that when I lived in an apartment that originally was a one family house but in my 2nd floor apartment, the kitchen used to be a bedroom. So all the appliances were just stuck there around the room, no counters at all! I used my cabinet with butcherblock top as a counter next to the stove. Now, thinking back to those times, I wonder how I managed with no countertops in my kitchen? Just my table! But I did.

  2. Bex, now that you mention it, it occurs to me that my Granny had no counters to speak of! She had a drying rack set up by the sink, and that space was not used for anything but draining dishes. We always used the kitchen table as a work area. I think a lot of kitchens in days gone by were like that. I remember seeing pictures of kitchens from the 20s and 30s, with only a table and a shallow shelf on the storage cupboard to work on, and wondering what that would be like. I guess I already knew 🙂

  3. Thanks Diane! Yes, feeling that the bills can be paid does wonders for one’s peace of mind, and subsequently one’s ability to rest contentedly. Barring unforeseen circumstances, within three to six months we should be in a position to begin replenishing our safety net. But for now, it feels so very good just to be keeping up!

  4. TopsyTurvy (Teri)

    Hurray for all the bills being paid! I can so relate to how important that is, as this is the first winter that DH and I will apparently be able to get by with each of his paychecks, too. *fingers crossed*

    Glad you were able to get some sleep.

    I got a recipe the other day off of Instagram for Cherry Squares. Bought DH’s favorite sour cherries last weekend and hope to make them this weekend. We’re finally running out of post-holiday chores to do, so we’ll see if I find the time.

  5. Here is hoping that you are able to get by with each of the paychecks Teri!! Life is a whole different experience when the worry about not being able to pay basic bills is eliminated.

    Attila loves cherry squares, and we use sour cherries as well. I like to get them from the farm near where I grew up, when I can get there, but it has been years since I managed to purchase any of those. Still, the ones in the store are quite nice.


    Hi Maggie,
    Happy to hear that the paycheck covered the bills. Oh, I can get very uptight about financial situations. They can be stressful.

    Congrats on the flu shot. It is nice when people care about each other.

    My medication would cost over $200 if I did not have health insurance which brings it down to less than $10! How ridiculous the Big Pharm can be. All about the money.

    Love the kitchen cab. and it fits perfectly. Meant for you. x0x0x

  7. Nora, my dream is to have a high enough income to allow us to assume we can pay all of our basic bills. You are right, financial situations can be very worrying.

    We are really looking forward to Attila’s benefit package kicking in. But we are in a gap at the moment, and I really needed enough of my medications to get get me through until the benefit package takes effect, so cash it was. I only purchased enough of the medication that I need to get me through though, pricey stuff, as you have noted!

    I love the kitchen cabinet, it is so functional!

  8. crochetlady or Lee Ann

    The cabinet looks great! Just because something is meant for one part of the house doesn’t mean you can’t use it some where else! We will be buying a “tech” shelf to use for our microwave. It is the only unit that will fit in the corner or our dining room, thereby clearing up my kitchen counter and providing needed shelving/storage. And yes it is so much easier when pay and bills line up!

  9. Lee Ann, so true, that furniture can be used anywhere in the house! Function is our priority, form is secondary, still important, but definitely secondary. We will actually look at these garage units if and when we decide to replace the current kitchen cabinets.

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