Very Strange

Just now an older man, over 70, stiff gait, came to my door, after parking his very large, very new, tan coloured SUV in my driveway. He knocked, and I got up immediately to answer the door. He had tried to open the screen door, which was locked. I hate that, people trying to open doors to houses that don’t belong to them. Anyway, he was heading back to his car lickety-split when I got the door open. He knocked and wasn’t waiting for anyone to answer the door, the first bit of strangeness.

He asked me if I was Michelle, who did hairdressing and nails. Nope. And you know what, no one on this street is Michelle who does hairdressing and nails. He said he was sorry to bother me, and then left quickly, getting in his SUV and driving away. He left our street. I got his license number, sent it to a friend to keep a record of it. Very, very strange.

Yesterday the weather was lovely, and this morning it was lovely again! The sky has clouded over now, and rain is predicted for this evening.

Wanting to spend time out of doors during these first few days of lovely weather, I got out my bucket and ladder and began the process of washing the exterior of Iris the trailer. The top of the Iris is covered in lichens, which when washed disintegrate to leave stubborn black polka dots. The sides of Iris sported significant patches of green algae. Yesterday the sides were washed with a mixture of Dawn detergent and 1/4 cup of bleach in a bucket of water. This morning the roof was tackled. The first pass was completed, removing chunks of lichen, that left behind large black dots that need a lot of scrubbing to get off. Most of the black dots were removed from perimeter of the roof that was easy to reach. The rest were scrubbed with a brush, then rinsed. It will take another few days of elbow grease to remove all of the black dots. After that task is completed, a marine wax will be applied. This whole process will take more than a week of sunny days to complete.

The lichen, (Foliose Lichen), comes from the ash tree branches, that hang high above Iris, and has been accumulating since she arrived in our driveway. Hopefully a good coating of marine wax will prevent this from happening again!

Yesterday evening I sat out on the back porch for the first time in 2018. Attila joined me and we spent a pleasant half hour soaking in the setting sun. But we were not alone. Mosquitoes! Those little biting buddies are back. Sitting out on the porch was wonderful, despite having to share it with small and sneaky companions.

After a bit of a break, dinner preparations will begin. Tonight’s meal will consist of Coconut Lime Fish, rice, and two vegetables.

Worldly Distractions

Weather

11°C
Date: 1:00 PM EDT Tuesday 24 April 2018
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.3 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 11.3°C
Dew point: 2.2°C
Humidity: 54%
Wind: SSW 18 km/h
Visibility: 24 km

Quote

“Silence is a text easy to misread.”
A. A. Attanasio

Super House Dress Woman

Some days this is as good as it gets.
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OK, today I took a bold step and answered a knock on the door in my bright yellow house dress with big colourful butterflies printed on it. It is my stay in the house comfort dress. But then there was this knock on the door, that I felt compelled to answer. I looked, well, colourful… and exotic, lets call it exotic.

Two young men stood before me with perfectly respectful expressions on their faces, and from this I knew they wanted to sell me something.

They wanted to sell me an installation of smoke alarms that call the fire department when smoke is detected. We don’t need that. We can’t afford that.

Initially I just said that we weren’t interested. The spokesman for the two persisted in his sales pitch, hopeful that engaging me in a joust of logic would result in my capitulation, as this appeared likely to him.

Finally he came to it, “May I ask why you you won’t have these smoke alarms installed?” He was clearly implying that wasn’t being logical, reasonable, that I wasn’t thinking clearly.

I came right to it, “Because I don’t want want them.” Then I stared at him. Unblinkingly. He didn’t expect that from a woman in a yellow house dress. Then he left, and his companion silently followed.

I closed the front door, looked in the mirror, and I thought to myself, “lucky thing they didn’t know I would say no before the interaction, because if they had, the looks on their faces might not have been quite so neutral.”

Some days you just have it all!

Today I was Super House Dress Woman!

Worldly Distractions

Weather

24°C
Date: 7:00 PM EDT Wednesday 29 June 2016
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.3 kPa
Tendency: rising
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: 24.0°C
Dewpoint: 13.1°C
Humidity: 50%
Wind: NW 8 km/h
Humidex: 27

Quote

“Confidence is the sexiest thing a woman can have. It’s much sexier than any body part.”
Aimee Mullins

I don’t know about this quote. I definitely DID NOT get the impression that these young men were finding my rock solid confidence in the least bit sexy. Hmm…