Hibernation Over

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Well, here I am sitting in the kitchen at the little house in the city! I drove down on my own this morning, leaving just after Attila left for work, and arriving 4 hours and 15 minutes after launch.

I love it here! And I do not mind being alone, not one bit. What I do mind is not being able to spend time with Attila. It is all true, all at the same time. The thing is, Attila’s hours are long again, the “summer schedule” has started, so he won’t be home at the country house as much now. Spending many hours alone at home is basically the same, whether I do it in the city, or do it in country.

What a beautiful sight, as I drove into the driveway at the little house in the city; grass! It is brown, there are a lot of dead branches all over the place, it is a mess. But is is DIRT, and GRASS, not snow!!!

The first thing I did upon arrival was to turn on the utilities in the house, then unload the car, then pour myself a cold glass of water, and then eat a bowl of cereal. To my dismay, just before sitting down to eat, my nose started to bleed. Hey, this is not supposed to happen in a house with central heating! Must be a carry over from this mornings firing of the masonry heater, before I left the country house.

Next on my list was to lie on the floor and poke around underneath the old refrigerator that broke down. Last autumn Attila and Lares gave the coils and innards a good cleaning, and it needed it badly. It has not been plugged in since. Even though they cleaned it thoroughly, I managed to get another cup of lint out of it, with my fingers and the vacuum cleaner.

I plugged the refrigerator into the wall receptacle. The interior lights worked, the thermostat was turned on. The lights were on, the motor ran, there was no cold air, not in the freezer, not in the refrigeration compartment. I waited, several hours, to see if it just needed a bit of time. Apparently not, no cold air, none at all. I unplugged it. This is not a surprise, we expected that this old refrigerator was done.

I have the cooler, and a functioning chest freezer, so I am sorted for refrigeration for the moment. I can make ice, and keep things cold in the cooler for daily use.

One of the adjustments I must make, when alone at the little house in the city, is planning and preparing my own food, for every meal. Attila loves to cook, and likes his own cooking best, so that he does a lot of the cooking when we are together. A bowl of cereal is fine for a quick fill up after a long drive, but what is needed this evening is a healthy meal!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Like a bear, I am emerging from my winter “slumber”, or stupor. My winter hibernation is over.

The last 24 hours have been relatively eventful.

Wednesday evening Terra and Lares visited, Lares installed a new hot water heater, as the original new one was leaking. Lares and Terra worked as a team and took the old non-functioning refrigerator out to the curb. Lares also placed the leaking hot water heater by the curb, and dragged the old bathtub, that we removed during the bathroom renovation, to the curb. He called a fellow he knows who collects metal and scrap, and arranged for him to come take the items. The fellow came this morning, Friday, and removed every last item we had left out. That is such a relief!

Yesterday Terra drove to leave her car here, then I drove us to the city to look at refrigerators. I had planned on buying the cheapest refrigerator I could find, but ended up paying about $150 more than I had planned to get a better designed unit, and a five year warranty. The new refrigerator will be delivered at the end of next week; I am fine using the cooler till then. I always feel a little nervous when I have to spend that much money, it feels like walking on a high wire, without a net. I am sure all will be well though, as I always get that feeling when big purchases need to be made. The feeling passes as soon as the bill has been paid in full.

Thursday evening was also quite eventful, as Wiggler, Terra and Lares new puppy, a Chocolate Lab, got into rat poison, while they were visiting relatives. Luckily Lares discovered her in the act, Terra knew how to induce vomiting, and did so straightaway. They were at the Vet’s almost immediately after that, where Wiggler experienced anaphylactic shock, as a result of the Vitamin K she was given by the Vet. They got the allergic reaction under control, thank goodness. Then Wiggler was given charcoal, to clean out any poison remaining in her intestinal tract. She vomited that up twice. She is doing fairly well, the Vet says she should be OK, and she goes back for a checkup tomorrow. They all had a rough night! Terra and I texted throughout, and I was exhausted by the experience!

I have slept well since I arrived at the little house in the city, which is something I cannot rely on, or take for granted; so I am grateful.

This morning the removal person came while I was working on Terra’s sewing machine. She dropped it off when she visited yesterday. I began around 7:00 a.m., and I wasn’t optimistic about being able to do anything with it. When I plugged it in, it was completely jammed. So I unplugged it and began maintenance. I tore it apart, and removed a bit of lint, but not too much. I oiled the inner workings, and kept at it, making slow progress in freeing up the seized mechanisms. Eventually though, I achieved some mechanical movement, and then slowly worked through oiling all the mechanisms. By 10:30 a.m. the machine was purring along, sewing perfect stitches. It is a nice machine, so I am very glad that I could get it working. It is an older Necchi, with a lot of nice features, some of which my sewing machine does not have. I just might need to borrow this machine at some point!

I even managed to read the local recycling schedule, and get our recycling out to the curb in time for it to be picked up.

Worldly Distractions

Weather

Attila’s World, the Country House:

-2°C
Date: 1:00 PM EDT Wednesday 2 April 2014
Condition: Cloudy
Pressure: 102.0 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: -2.1°C
Dewpoint: -6.7°C
Humidity: 71%
Wind: W 26 gust 39 km/h
Wind Chill: -9

2°C
Date: 12:11 PM EDT Friday 4 April 2014
Condition: Cloudy
Pressure: 100.6 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 1.5°C
Dewpoint: -1.0°C
Humidity: 84%
Wind: ESE 28 gust 45 km/h

My World, the Little House in the City:

3°C
Date: 1:00 PM EDT Wednesday 2 April 2014
Condition: Cloudy
Pressure: 101.9 kPa
Tendency: rising
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: 2.7°C
Dewpoint: -2.4°C
Humidity: 69%
Wind: SW 25 gust 34 km/h

3°C
Date: 12:00 PM EDT Friday 4 April 2014
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.1 kPa
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: 3.4°C
Dewpoint: -3.2°C
Humidity: 62%
Wind: ENE 23 km/h

Quote

“I’m all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let’s start with typewriters.”
Solomon Short

The Quotebook Of Solomon Short

The Quotebook of Solomon Short is a collection of quotes from David Gerrold’s epic series of The War Against The Chtorr.

Domestic

The new refrigerator seems to be working well so far, which is overnight, things are cold and the items in the freezer are frozen. It makes some noise, but less than the old model, so it is an improvement. Being energy star compliant, it uses a third less electricity annually, which might help marginally on the hydro bills.

Frankly, when a refrigerator saves $30.00 annually on a hydro bill, it isn’t going to make much difference to us or the environment. In my opinion most of the power guzzling is done by industry and commerce, so they are the ones that really need to look at trimming their carbon footprints. The residents of the whole township here could save 200 KWh a year on hydro, and it would still pale by comparison, if one industry in the township cut their consumption significantly. It seems to me the powers that be would have us believe we are doing something significant, when in fact we are not. I am sure that when we save energy we are facilitating conservation, but I doubt domestic use represents any significant electricity usage. I think these programs are a placebo, seeking to make the general populace feel as if they have agency. Just saying.

Today my to do list included a call to Ontario Hydro to see if we can have the old refrigerator picked up. Apparently not, it isn’t old enough, it has to be 20 years old, but it was built in 1995. It is too young for the program. The next call was to the local landfill, who will accept the old refrigerator for a fee of $23.00. We will need to borrow a truck to get it there, which can be tricky, but I think Attila will manage it. I will have to keep reminding him though, it won’t be high on his to do list. I would do it, but I do not have access to a truck, and even if I did, it would be a tough go getting that refrigerator in and out of the truck by myself.

The house is a tip! It is time to get all domestic. The next few days will be spent cleaning and organizing. Attila will be working on the drywall, ensuring that all the areas within child-reach are covered with drywall. Luna, Janus, and the Grandbabies will be visiting soon.

My recovery from the colonoscopy preparation is moving along nicely. I am still very queasy in my stomach. The older I get, the longer my stomach stays upset after an “event”, such as violent vomiting. The five failed and one successful punctures, for the IV’s I received in hospital emergency and day surgery, are still bruised and sore. I tire easily. It could be a lot worse. I am keeping an eye out for signs of kidney damage, a rare side effect of sodium phosphate. I am in the highter risk category, due to my age and a medication that I take daily. The warnings say this side effect could show up as much a three months after ingesting sodium phosphate.

I am getting plenty of sleep, eating well and drinking a lot of fluids. There isn’t much more I can do, nature takes its own time.

I commented on my last entry that I am now researching colon hydrotherapy for the bowel cleansing process, for my next colonoscopy in five years time. I am surprised that the medical establishment has not embraced this gentler, non-medicinal technique to cleanse a bowel, particularly for those of us who react strongly to the chemicals used for the process. It wasn’t mentioned in the instructions from the specialist. It isn’t performed by doctors here in Ontario, but at spa’s. That makes it hit or miss in my opinion. There are no rigorous standards of care to ensure the procedure is done correctly, or even safely. I will proceed very cautiously with this, but I will investigate the options thoroughly. There must be a private clinic somewhere within driving distance, where they can perform this adequately and safely.

Attila and I are having dinner with Harriet and Hogan this evening. Harriet prepares lovely, allergen free meals, so the food is something to look forward to! It will be lovely to visit them at the cottage, which is small, simple, homey; an extremely pleasant place to be.

Worldly Distractions

Weather

24°C
Date: 4:00 PM EDT Friday 9 August 2013
Condition: Sunny
Pressure: 101.2 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 24.3°C
Dewpoint: 11.5°C
Humidity: 44%
Wind: WSW 13 km/h
Humidex: 26

Quote

“Dare to be yourself.”
Andre Gide
1869 – 1951