A Long Heat Wave

The heat wave seems to be lasting FOREVER! Another stinker of a day out there.

Attila only has one day off this weekend, today. Today is the day the last of the back wall comes out of the garage. All morning the house vibrated as he sawed off the last of the studs and sheathing and siding. By tonight new studs and sheathing and siding will be installed, and probably the new siding will be painted. Tearing out the rotting back wall wasn’t on the list of tasks for replacing the garage roof, a project that is not finished yet. Securing the back rotting wall was on the list. The way Attila figured it, it was the same amount of work to tear out and replace the wall, as it was to secure it against the weather, AND a secured wall would still be rotten and mouldy and need to be replaced. He saved himself about a week of work by skipping securing the wall, and rebuilding it now.

He is out there in the heat and humidity, working away, happily. He is experiencing intense relief, getting this nightmare project underway, and today removing the last of the rotting, mouldy wood and insulation. He is claiming his space, and as miserable as it has been; the pressure to remove the old roof and get another on to keep the rain out; the misery of removing rotting, mouldy materials; working in the extreme heat of the very long heat wave we have been experiencing… well as miserable as all that has been and still is, he comes up into the kitchen for a coffee, soaked to the skin, with a big grin on his face.

open section in back wall

The last section of the back wall to be replaced with new studs, sheathing and siding. Attila reckons that this will be closed in and painted by the end of the day.

I baked bread yesterday, on the back porch. Today, Sunday, Attila is tackling an electric-tool-intense day of work, so the one exterior electric outlet is all his. The Instant Pot, and the air source heat pump to cool the air, will allow indoor cooking in reasonable comfort. The hydro is half the price during the weekend, so this luxury isn’t going to set us back too much on our hydro bill. It is an added expense of replacing the garage roof.

Well, that’s us here at Mist Cottage. Attila renovating, me writing this, keeping the kitchen clean, planning and preparing another hot meal in the Instant Pot, paying bills, updating web sites… lots of this n’ that in my daily life. And of course, our friends, the mosquitoes (they survive hot dry weather just fine), the bumblebees (beautiful!), the goldfinches, the robins, the grackles, the cardinals, the squirrels, the chipmunks, the rabbits, and lots of life we are not really aware of that surrounds us.

I’ve tried and tried to give up thinking and writing “us”. I might just have to accept failure on this one, as long as Attila and I are living in the same dwelling. It isn’t the same “us” it was last summer, not at all, but it is an “us” of another kind.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 12:00 PM EDT Sunday 15 July 2018
Condition: Partly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.5 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 26.0°C
Dew point: 21.3°C
Humidity: 75%
Wind: S 19 km/h
Humidex: 35
Visibility: 24 km
Mainly sunny. High 30 except 26 near Lake Ontario. Humidex 38. UV index 9 or very high.


“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”
Mahatma Gandhi
1869 – 1948


1:32 p.m.

Working late into last evening, Attila’s arms gave out before he could finish installing all of the sheathing on the installed roof rafters. It was after 9:30 p.m. when he threw in the towel.

Yesterday was his big push day, and his arms bore the brunt of the big push. In the wee hours I awoke to find him up and about, the pain in his arms was sufficient to prevent him from sleeping. After taking a few Ibuprofen, waiting for 30 minutes, he returned to bed, and slept soundly through the rest of the night.

I arose as usual 5:30 a.m., and planned on awakening Attila at 8:00 a.m. However, the telephone rang at 7:30 a.m., a call from the dumpster company wanting to come and pick it up today. Well NO! Since Attila is handling the dumpster situation, I roused him to speak with the person on the telephone. They are picking the dumpster up on Monday, which is what Attila arranged with them in the first place. The woman was fairly aggressive about picking it up today, Attila wasn’t having any of it.

This morning the rest of the sheathing was installed on the installed roof rafters. If it rains, the joints of the sheathing can be closed temporarily with duct tape, which was my bright idea, Attila liked it. The taped sheathing will be far more waterproof than the old roof.

After finishing the sheathing, it was time to begin removing the last quarter of the old roof. It is early afternoon as I write this, 1:32 p.m., and Attila is hard at it with the Sawzall. He is hoping to have the rest of the old roof off by 5:00 p.m.

I have been finding anything I can to keep busy, and to keep from thinking about the roofing project. This is difficult, not impossible, but difficult. There is the constant whine of the Sawzall, buzzing its way slowly through the thick tarry layer and wooden boards. I also keep an ear open for uncomfortable noises, or silences, knowing that Attila is working all out on a roof, and on a ladder. No uncomfortable noises so far, and I don’t anticipate there will be, but my being listens carefully just in case.

There was filing to be done this morning, dishes to be washed, dried and put away, plants to water. Dinner will be cooked in the Instant Pot again, Sweet and Sour Chicken with Rice and Vegetables; I am very fond of all-in-one dishes. I’ve already been to the building centre with a list from Attila.

8:32 p.m.

Attila’s dream today, to finish demolishing the old roof by 5:00 p.m., was just that. He just brought down the last section of the old roof, just minutes ago. It was a gruelling day for him, operating the Sawzall for hours and hours, and dealing with 100 lb. sections of the old roof, which had to be taken to the dumpster. The last section of roof refused to come down. In the end, a winch was used to pull it down.

A quarter of the garage is open to the sky.

I congratulated Attila, and headed to the grocery store to buy him ice cream. That last piece was a milestone worth celebrating, the last piece of truly disgusting infrastructure was finally disconnected from Mist Cottage, and from our lives.

10:00 p.m.

After a big bowl of ice cream, Attila decided to take a bath. He has plans to go back out to the garage to work into the night, moving the last large heavy sections of the old roof into the dumpster. When that is completed, he will move as many of the water sensitive items as possible to safety under the new roof rafters and sheathing. The items that cannot be moved to the dry area of the garage will be covered with tarps.

Tomorrow, Attila will be able to start installing the remaining roof rafters, and sheathing. He might even get as far as installing the underlay and strapping for the metal roof. There is a possibility that the metal roofing might be installed on Sunday. He will be working in the rain for the next two days, but the pressure will be off once all of the rafters and sheathing have been installed.

I have pictures on the camera, but at this late hour I am not up to getting them downloaded and inserted into the entry.

I am off to my bed, Attila is soaking in the tub, most of the old garage roof is in pieces in the dumpster, all is as it should be. It was a good day.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 10:00 PM EDT Friday 22 June 2018
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.3 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 21.0°C
Dew point: 11.2°C
Humidity: 53%
Wind: ENE 10 km/h
Humidex: 23
Visibility: 24 km

Tonight Increasing cloudiness early this evening. 30 percent chance of showers overnight. Low 15.

Sat, 23 Jun Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Wind southeast 20 km/h becoming light in the afternoon. High 19. UV index 6 or high.
Night Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 16.

Sun, 24 Jun Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 21.
Night Cloudy periods with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 13.


“Little by little, one travels far.”
J. R. R. Tolkien
1892 – 1973