When we moved to Mist Cottage, just over three years ago, we were overwhelmed by possessions. What comfortably furnished an 1800 square foot home did not fit comfortably into an already fully furnished 640 square foot home. Boxes were stacked to the ceiling, and tunnels through them led to the kitchen, the bathroom and the beds.
We have come a long way since that week of moving our household. Much was given to Terra and Lares, a custom-made pine dining set, an antique oak dresser… Much was given to the local Women’s Shelter, and Men’s Shelter, dishes, two television sets, clothing and much, much more… Some things were given away via kijiji. Other items were sold via kijiji. I discovered I do not like selling via kijiji, finding a meeting place to exchange money for items, or having people pick things up at the house… nope, I don’t like that much.
Because Mist Cottage was already a fully functioning home, fully furnished, supplied with food, and the necessities of day-to-day life, we had duplicates of just about everything. Three years later we are just about through either using the duplicates (e.g. two jars of mustard), or finding a new home for one of the two items.
The second phase of moving in is just beginning. There was a missing link when we arrived three years ago, the garage. It leaked, badly, so that things that would normally be stored there were stacked in the basement. Attila replaced the garage roof with a spiffy new metal roof, which does not leak. The garage is now dry. Attila is slowly going through items, sorting and deciding what can go where. It is going to take a good long time for that project to be finished.
Other things crop up that get in the way of the garage organization being tackled full steam ahead. For instance, Thanksgiving weekend saw Attila working on some of the last touches on the bathroom renovation, which began in 2013, five years ago, so it is time! The work that was holding him up was drywall mudding and painting, which needed an open window and the furnace shut down. At last, the time and the opportunity to work on the bathroom occurred this past weekend. Now all that remains is the last piece of baseboard… it was cut and ready in 2013, but has since gone missing. Attila says he is looking for it… I think I might have push a bit on this last bit, perhaps go out and buy additional baseboard to get the job done.
On my end, the freezer situation is being taken in hand. It is a slow process, defrosting, cleaning, and organizing freezers. I keep running into vintage food, and attempting to cook it as soon as I discover it. Since the Thanksgiving turkey dinner will provide leftovers until the weekend, there is no need to cook meals. This week the vintage food found in the freezer cannot be made into meals. What to do!
Several bags of fruit did not weather the move well. They had thawed slightly and then iced badly over the last three years. There was one bag of chopped strawberries, and one bag of diced rhubarb. After removing the ice, into the pot they went, combined with sugar, and were stewed together to make stewed rhubarb and strawberries. The mixture, when cooked, filled two and half mason jars. The two full jars were canned in the steam canner, for 15 minutes. The half mason jar went into the refrigerator, to enjoy for the rest of the week.
Date: 2:00 PM EDT Wednesday 10 October 2018
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.3 kPa
Dew point: 19.4°C
Wind: SSW 9 km/h
Visibility: 24 km
The weather is crazy! Yesterday the humidex was well over 30C, and today it was just a high. The air conditioning is turned on, to reduce the humidity in the house, in October! The garden likes this weather, more tomatoes, peppers, and beans coming on.
“The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.”
George Bernard Shaw
1856 – 1950