Tai Chi

I am going to try Tai Chi, as Sandra suggested in her comment on my last post. I’ve tried it before. Once, twenty years ago, with Attila, at a community centre. I didn’t care for it, as the instructor was obviously disturbed by the limitations of my arm, and he centred me out in front of the class. It was not a good fit. I also tried to attend a year or so ago, and was given inaccurate information that saw me sitting in an empty parking lot of a church, wondering where everybody was, I was in the wrong place and never did figure out where it was held. I am determined this time though, to ignore the less than diplomatic reactions of those who find difference unsettling, to get to the right place at the right time, and to take my time and learn Tai Chi as I can do it. I can take beginner’s classes three time a week, if I so choose, but I probably won’t go that often. I won’t be good at it, but that really doesn’t matter to me at all. There is pleasure in excellence, and there is pleasure in participation, both or either are fine with me.

I missed the open house yesterday, so I wrote the Tai Chi organization an email and received a response this morning. I can register at the first class, a flat rate that allows me to attend any class offered, whenever I choose to attend, which is perfect, particularly with the vagaries of winter driving. I will attend my first class tomorrow, as long as the roads are OK. The forecast is good.

All of these activities are more than 40 km away, so there will be a lot of travelling, and some expense for fuel and vehicle. Thank goodness I have a vehicle, and so far, the funds to pay for transportation. I will do what I can, when I can, for as long as I can.

Today I took it upon myself to rearrange the furniture in the living room, to suit my own flow. Attila does not use the living room much, so really, my own flow is all that needs to be accommodated. Luckily most of the furniture is easy to move around, and I like the new arrangement very much. My easy chair still catches the morning sun, and provides me with a view of tree branches, sky and cloud. My Hoya now sits in the corner by the windows, catching more light than it is used to, it sat there once before and loved it. The iMac now occupies a high shelf, it is so streamlined that it fits easily, the keyboard and mouse on the shelf below, just the right height to be used standing. It is still quite a challenge to place the elliptical machine gracefully in this tiny room, it is worth the space it takes up though, as I use it regularly. Sometimes an outward change is needed to represent all the inward changes that are going on, an externalization of process.

The day is sunny and mild. Terra and Lares stopped by with Sunny and Sky, just for a ten minute visit, we stayed out in the front yard where the kids could wander and explore. My new neighbour’s dog was quite excited by the kids, so the neighbours, who moved in yesterday, came out to see to the puppy, and introductions were made. They seems like a nice young couple, very young, but polite and personable. Their puppy is very rambunctious, and seems very friendly. I am glad someone is in the house again. The former owners, with the two little boys, almost gutted the place to renovate, and then left it undone. The new owners are under a timeline to finish the renovations for the mortgage and insurance people, I am rooting for them!

Worldly Distractions


Date: 12:00 PM EST Sunday 28 January 2018
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.5 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: 2.8°C
Dew point: -1.1°C
Humidity: 76%
Wind: WSW 14 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


“All things are difficult before they are easy.”
Dr. Thomas Fuller
1654 – 1734


The first thing I noticed, as I gazed out the living room window, sitting comfortably in my easy chair, was the flight of distant birds, silhouetted against the billowy grey, pink and blue tinted, clouds. I soared with them for a moment.

The second thing I noticed this morning, from the comfort of my chair, was the absence of flies. Every morning, until this morning, the windows I look out of have been crawling with flies, trapped between the single pane glass of the windows and the storm windows. They have been so numerous that their shadows have added much animation to the splashes of sunshine on interior of the house. I will not miss the flies. They will soon be replaced by ice, which forms on the inside of the windows in the winter, as single pane glass is prone to condensation and ice formation during the winter months. I moved the furniture, and my chair now faces different windows. Taking note of what I have written about my view and the windows since the furniture move, I was inspired again to rearrange the furniture, allowing me a view out the front window, with a clearer view of the sky, the evergreen tree, and the ash tree. I am much happier with this arrangement, despite its disadvantages!

Perhaps when Attila installs new living room windows the furniture will be rearranged once again.

Inspired by the change of scenery through the window, I checked the outdoor thermometer, attached to the outside frame of the window, and noted that it was -2C. A lovely white frost lay over the yard, and on the roofs of the neighbouring houses. A very pretty morning.

Out of curiosity I looked at the weather forecast for our former home in the country. The temperature there will drop to -18C tonight, with snowfall, while here is it predicted to fall to -10C with no snow. I am so very glad to be living at Mist Cottage, with Attila home evenings and weekends, and my thermostat at the ready!

Today I am listening to Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte, an audiobook on youtube.

Worldly Distractions


NOTE: My thermometer, at the very same time, reads -2C!
Date: 7:00 AM EST Thursday 9 November 2017
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.0 kPa
Temperature: 7.1°C
Dew point: 2.1°C
Humidity: 71%
Wind: SSW 34 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


“If grass can grow through cement, love can find you at every time in your life.”
1946 –