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.

Ontario Wetland

Ontario Wetland

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 something else.  She wants me out of there because there aren’t enough hours for both of us, well, there aren’t even enough hours for one of us.  I blame the corporation and the union, but I don’t blame her.  The employees at the corporation are being squeezed, and they react.  I react.

This morning it is quite cool and the sun is shining.  We have had a lot of rain lately, so our little winged friends are numerous and hungry.  The weather report predicts a high of 27C today.  Hot weather diminishes the mosquito population.  Relief.

The house needs a good dusting and straightening, which it will get today. I’ve made a good start this morning and will divide my time between the keyboard and the chores.

The scent of change is in the air.  The thing about change is that you never really know where it will take you.  I’m not sure what it is I’m detecting, on an organic level, but it does seem positive.  Of course, I find all change frightening, exhilarating and exhausting.  Whatever it is though, there is nothing for it but to follow my nose and hope for the best.

Worldly Distractions

Quote
“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.”
Aesop
(620 BC – 560 BC)

Weather
16 °C
Condition:Sunny
Pressure:101.8 kPa
Visibility:16 km
Temperature:16.0°C
Dewpoint:11.0°C
Humidity:72 %
Wind:NNW 21 km/h

Curious George

9:00 a.m.

Learning something new is always of interest to an information pack-rat, which might describe me.  I’m off this morning to the first (and probably final) session of training on my own time and at my own expense.  I will confess that the primary reason I’ve not called them to cancel is that I wonder what the job entails.  Always intrigued by new learning opportunities, I just have to find out what it is all about.  I don’t trust assumptions, so I’ll suspend disbelief for the morning and see what I find.

And thinking of exploration, Attila and I have decided to go on a road tour late in the autumn. We will pack a tent and some sleeping bags, load up our cooler and our propane stove and head out.  I’ll take a break from waiting for calls to work, and Attila will take a break from his six day a week grind.  This is the plan.  Now that we have a plan we can safely assume that fate will step in to show us who is in charge of the universe; not us I think.

Attila finished the under-the-stair-landing project, so the closet contents can be returned to their proper place.  Yesterday Attila also painted one quarter of the soffit and fascia. Rather than climb to the top of a ladder to the top of the second story of the house, Attila bought an extension pole and created two attachments in addition to the roller attachment that came with the pole.  One attachment was made from a roller attachment, a BBQ scraper and duct tape; this he used to remove the flaking paint before priming.  The other attachment Attila created was made from a roller attachment, a paint brush and duct tape; he used this to paint the small spaces that could not be reached with a roller attachment.  Very ingenious and it worked very well indeed.

I’ve been busy with the transition of this site to a WordPress format.  I’ll leave it in its present state for now, see how it works before putting any more time into it.

6:00 p.m.

The training session confirmed that the corporation is not willing to provide adequate recompense for the work they want done, at least in my opinion.  Too bad, because I really enjoyed the work today, and really liked the woman I would have been working with.  If I didn’t need to pay bills and support myself, if I only needed to while away my hours, I definitely would have enjoyed spending time at this job.  I turned it down.

I received a letter about the resume I dropped off the other day.  They are going to call me to setup an interview in the next few weeks.  Maybe this interview is just another learning experience, or maybe it will offer more, we shall see.

We are having a quick spaghetti supper before Attila gets out his extension pole and paint brush again.  The soffit and fascia already look better and the job is only partially completed!

Worldly Distractions

Quote

“I have you and even if we never meet or ever see each other, we have left our thumbprints in the thick, moist clay of each other’s lives.”
Hugh Elliott

Weather
20C
Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.6 kPa
Visibility:16 km
Temperature:20°C
Dewpoint:11.8°C
Humidity:59%
Wind:N 13  km/h

Adjusting My Set

I’m on my way!

Iris in June

Iris in the June Garden

I’ve added a few of my own graphics to the site design and am now beginning to experiment with submitting entries.  The archives will remain on my static web site, as will my recipes, list of people I refer to (Cast), poetry and photography: all listed in the column to the right of this entry, under Favorites.

I’ll be testing these functions and pondering on the boring details of how to get things done; at least for a while.

Yesterday, before the rain started, I took a little tour of the garden. From a distance, this iris is hardly noticed.  How glad I was to have taken a closer look!

Attila works today, we are both working next Saturday.  I don’t mind working on a Saturday when Attila is working on Saturday, why not!  However, when Attila has one of his few two-day weekends I intend to be here at home with him.  I think his next weekend off is in August, and we are both looking forward to it.

We are in need of supplies, so a jaunt to the grocery store is in order at some point this weekend. We can drive 35 km to a centre with a few retail outlets, or drive 60 km to a centre with all the retail outlets we need to visit.  Those are our choices.  In our part of the country shops and services are few and far between, so one must make an outing of every shopping trip, and make sure to make a list and attain everything on it.

Of course there are shops in the local village, closer to our home.  These shops are meant to serve the seasonal residents and the prices are well beyond our means.  We don’t actually need to buy the most expensive cuts of meat available in Canada, or “exotic” foods like fresh salmon, smoked trout and imported cheeses.  The market is small in this little village, for tough cuts of meat (the ones we can afford) or sale items such as you see in chain grocery stores.  The difference in the price of a bag of milk, between our little local grocery and the nearest chain store 35 km away, is enough to pay for the fuel to travel 35 km times two.

In the summer this outing to purchase food and supplies is a source of pleasure.  In the winter it is another matter altogether.

Yesterday, despite my better judgement, I delivered a resume to a local business advertising for an office manager.  Sigh.  I want to give up, but something in me just keeps on trying to survive!  It will only take one tiny bit of good luck, just one thin wafer of good fortune, to put us back on our feet. Funny old world!

Worldly Distractions

On The Screen

Antonia’s Line

The DVD was defective, so we watched this video in two parts.  The first part we watched via the DVD player on the television set.  Then we watched the remainer of the movie on my computer, because the computer software was able to detect and skip the damaged area of the DVD.

Quote

“Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don’t need to be done.”

Andy Rooney 1919-

Weather

14C
Condition:Cloudy
Pressure:101.6 kPa
Visibility:16 km
Temperature:14.0°C
Dewpoint:13.0°C
Humidity:94 %
Wind:ESE 11 km/h