Another Monday

What kind of a program makes statements about the human condition like, “war is the only thing we understand”. I tried watching Altered Carbon, a series on Netflix, focused on violence, portraying violence as the only way of the world. That violence exists I do not argue, but it is not all, and I doubt it ever will be. I do see though, that for some humans, it is all they see, or want to see. Why are there so many fatalistic themes in entertainment at this juncture in human history. Is someone(s) trying to bring the acceptance of violence into the lives of the young? Television and movies began to change in the 90s, when I first began to notice the theme of intolerance, contempt for others, and violence seeping into media entertainment. Now much of what is on offer on Netflix and Prime Video is either violent, or portrays ruthless ambition, almost glorifying these aspects of human nature. It is disturbing.

I guess the thinking is, what is the harm in it, it is only entertainment. Until you start thinking about the escalation of mass shootings in the US, by young people, and then it is difficult to believe there is no connection at all, between the portrayals of reality, and the reality that is developing.

I will be watching something other than Altered Carbon.

The morning began with bright sunshine streaming through the windows. Soon after daylight had established itself, the clouds rolled in. Late in the morning, snowflakes fell. There weren’t enough of them to accumulate, they all melted as soon as they reached the earth. The clouds continue to track the sky, allowing the sun to peek through from time to time.

The list of things I wanted to get done today was apparently too ambitious for reality. One of the projects involves setting up the sewing machine. Mist cottage is small, there is one table, it is the only working surface. In order to setup the sewing machine I will need to completely clear off the table. Th items on the table need to be moved. The place, where the items on the table will be moved to, needed to be cleared. And so on, and so on. After getting to the point where I could clear the table, so much time had elapsed that it seemed a waste of time to setup the sewing machine for only an hour or so. It would be better to begin again in the morning, leaving the whole day to work on the project itself.

The rest of the day consisted of small chores, like unloading the dishwasher. Who could complain about unloading a dishwasher! Not I. The dishwasher is a much appreciated appliance around here, particularly since there is very limited counter space here at Mist Cottage.

And that is Monday, as another week begins.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 2:00 PM EDT Monday 2 April 2018
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.0 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 2.0°C
Dew point: -3.7°C
Humidity: 66%
Wind: S 26 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


“If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do.”
Samuel Butler
1835 – 1902

Cafe Curtains

Well, here I am!

We arrived yesterday after dark. Attila hates driving on busy highways after dark, so he took a bit of time to unwind after we arrived.

Mouse poop everywhere! Well, that is an exaggeration, there was no mouse poop in the bedrooms, thankfully. But the kitchen counters, the bathtub, even the wax candle in the living room, all hosted small black nuggets of bad news.

Attila set a trap on Saturday night, and we caught a mouse. Attila reset the trap and put it in the same spot on Sunday night, inside the hall cupboard. The mouse clawed out the peanut butter, left a few calling cards, and escaped. I have set another trap in the cupboard for tonight. Yesterday Attila sealed around the concrete chimney with spray foam, so hopefully that is where they have been coming in, and now cannot. But I still have to catch that mouse in the cupboard!

Terra and Lares dropped by yesterday for a quick visit. They arrived shortly before Attila left for the country house, and stayed for a short time after we all waved goodbye to Attila.

After they left the house got quiet! Goodness, the contrast is striking. It is a different kind of energy, with no one in the house but me, and no one coming home to the house but me. It did not take me very long to get used to it.

Last summer the hardware to install cafe curtains was purchased. After getting out the hammer, the tape measure, a pen, and the hardware, I set about installing the curtain rods. I got the first two installed, and decided to call it a night. I was getting tired, and the installation required hammering within an inch or so of the window glass. A mistake with the hammer could be a big problem, better to quit and take it up fresh again in the morning.

Attila was to phone me on the cell phone when he arrived home at the country house, after his long drive. Time went by, more time went by, no call. I decided to give him one hour longer than I expected him to arrive, then to make a Skype call to the telephone at the country house, where I could at least leave a message. That time came, so I called. Attila answered, and said that he had been trying to call me for over an hour, but there was something wrong with the cell phone. Oh dear, I forgot to top up the pay as you go reserves and it expired. We switched to FaceTime and had a chat, then signed off for the night.

I immediately signed into my account online and topped up the cell phone. Although I got confirmation that the billing had gone through, the cell phone still wasn’t operating, so I engaged in live chat, and she fixed it right up. A quick call to Attila to let him know we were back in business, and I was done with chores for the night.

The morning began with a cup of coffee and chat with Attila over FaceTime. It was not working all that well this morning, taking a long, long time to connect, but eventually we got it going. Apparently the snow is melting fast at the country house, and there are patches of gravel showing on the driveway.

After breakfast I dragged out all my fabric totes and had a gander at what I had. I was looking for fabric, to sew cafe curtains in the living room, to give us a bit of privacy during the day. Our living room windows look out over the street, and people can see right in, just as we can see right out. I don’t mind the fish bowl effect so much when Attila is here with me, but I do mind when I am here alone.

I brought out sheer material, gingham material, and fussed with the white polo shirts that Attila brought home. None of it seemed quite right for the window. Then I remembered several white table clothes that had been purchased three years ago for $2 each. After pulling them out of a cupboard, they seemed perfect. The rest of the day was spent sewing two of the four needed panels.

They offer an unexpected advantage. The cafe curtains provide privacy at night, so people can no longer see into the bedrooms from down the street, and we can see the sky and the trees at night while maintaining our privacy.

The two cafe curtain panels, hung in the living room at the little house in the city. Privacy, and a view!
Cafecurtains litltehouse livingroom

There are two more panels to sew, which will be started tomorrow, but probably not finished. Tomorrow is the day that I pick up the new used vehicle. The dealership is picking me up in the afternoon, and will help me with get the details sorted out, at least that is what I hope they will do. I am looking forward to seeing this vehicle for the first time! And driving it for the first time!

I have decided to write about my fuel tank, because I was looking at the fuel gauge this afternoon, as I was on my way into the house from the garden, and I noticed that it is down to 3/4 of a tank. The last time I looked, it registered full. However, knowing this does me little good, because although I remember the reading, I have no idea when I observed it! So the use of 1/4 of a tank of fuel may or may not be a serious thing. But there, now I’ve written it down, with a date, and will be able to find it again when trying to assess how the heating system is working.

The heat pump has been heating the house, for the most part, as far as I know. We haven’t had a full hydro bill since the heating season started, so we don’t know if this is going to save us money or not. I am not sure yet that it is saving heating fuel. I sure hope so!

Worldly Distractions


Light Rainshower
Date: 4:00 PM EST Monday 24 November 2014
Condition: Light Rainshower
Pressure: 99.1 kPa
Tendency: falling Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: 13.4°C
Dewpoint: 9.5°C
Humidity: 77%
Wind:SSW 33 gust 44 km/h


“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”
Arthur Schopenhauer
1788 – 1860