A Series of Wonderful Events

A cluster of wonderful things are happening for the people around me, just at the moment. Life can be like that, with the good, and the bad, a series of events can take your breath away. I’ve had both in my life, clusters of negative events, and clusters of positive events. I like the clusters of positive events the best!

Closest to home is the good news that came for Attila yesterday. Last January he applied for a better position with the company he works for. He was interviewed last month, and had to take tests after that. Yesterday he got the call, he got the job. The pay is a bit better, which is great, because at the present pay level every single penny counts, so more penny’s are most welcome. But the real bonus, the most wonderful part of the new job, is that at least for the foreseeable future Attila will be working days! Imagine that, no sleep schedules to contend with, hooray! Of course Attila will be taking on more responsibility and will have to learn yet another set of skills, but he will get into the rhythm of that within weeks. I don’t think it will take us very long to get used to the day shift, as we have been lucky enough to have worked the day shift most of our lives. Attila’s good fortune affects my life directly.

Within the family good news came last week for my sister-the-oldest-girl. Her daughter was accepted into medical school in Ontario. My niece has worked long and hard at university for the last four years to achieve this goal. My sister has worked hard to finance my niece’s education. So this is great news for their family! Now the hard work begins for my niece!

More good new within the family for my my sister-the-youngest-girl. Her youngest daughter completed her undergraduate degree. My sister has successfully seen all three of her children through to completing their university degrees.

Well, that is three, the usual cluster of events in my experience. This was a very good cluster I think, a lot of positive life changing events.

This is our first weekend of the new day shift schedule, we have both Saturday and Sunday off, and Attila does not have to sleep during the day on Sunday so that he can work Sunday night. Since the weather is cloudy, rainy, and cool, we decided to stay home at Mist Cottage and putter with domestic chores. Today Attila will be pruning trees, I will be spraying clothing with permethrin and replacing the drawer linings in Iris. We will head out to the camp for a brief visit later in the week, on a sunny day, to see what it looks like with the leaves out, determine how bad the biting bugs are, and decide what next needs doing before we take Iris out for her maiden voyage.

Another cool and rainy day here, green growing things are looking perky. I decided to move one piece of furniture in the living room to a new and better location. But, that meant that almost every other piece of furniture in the living room had to be moved too, and everything had to be cleaned. That one little decision, to move one piece of furniture, took over the whole day. Yikes, small space living is exciting!

Worldly Distractions


Date: 7:00 AM EDT Saturday 14 May 2016
Condition: Mist
Pressure: 100.6 kPa
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 6 km
Temperature: 9.9°C
Dewpoint: 8.8°C
Humidity: 93%
Wind: SSE 9 km/h


We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.
H. G. Wells
1866 – 1946

A New Job

Attila is on night shift, and sleeps during the day. This afternoon I had to wake him up to take a telephone call. He was offered a full-time, permanent job as a result of the interview he did last week.

What a relief!

We do not know very much about it yet. It is close to his present place of employment, the commute will be the same. He will be on permanent night shift, 8.5 hour shifts. His wages will be slightly higher than what he receives now, but will rise in increments over a period of two years, to a living wage. There is a benefit package, which includes a drug plan, for which he will be eligible in three months. And he starts his new job Sunday night. And that is all we know. He is very pleased.

So, although we will be surviving on a very small income for the moment, over time things will improve for us.

That’s us sorted!

Worldly Distractions


Date: 8:00 PM EST Wednesday 11 November 2015
Condition: Light Drizzle
Pressure: 101.4 kPa
Tendency: rising
Visibility: 6 km
Temperature: 9.7°C
Dewpoint: 9.1°C
Humidity: 96%
Wind: WSW 13 km/h


“The Scotch father is strongly patriarchal. The wife is in a great measure subordinate to him even in domestic matters. In England and Ireland and indeed in most other Christian countries the children take their religion and piety from their mothers; in Scotland they take them from their fathers. This is chiefly to be observed among the middle classes. You will find many Scottish households where the father is a sort of potentate in the house. He has the best room, the best chair, the best knife and fork and silver spoon. The tidbits and luxuries are reserved for him. His wife speaks to him with reverence and awe and calls him “mister” even to her own relations. When this majestic father expresses his views his wife sits mum, never daring to say a word. If he is given to religion, he will have his say in that. If he be given to whiskey toddy, he will have his say in that also. He will decide the doctrine of predestination and equally determine for himself how many tumblers are good for him after dinner. Education, I fancy, is at the bottom of this Scottish singularity. The men are better educated than the women.”
Charles Dickens quoted in the Perth Courier (Ontario) on October 4, 1867.

My first thought was “fatted calf”. I grew up with some of this energy running around unchecked, it seems to me there is far more going on here than meets Mr. Dicken’s eye.