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

The Last Push

We are still unloading the third moving truck. Attila stopped to eat around 3:00 p.m., and then he slept, before he works tonight. The truck must be returned mid-morning tomorrow, so we will have a very busy morning.

Terra kept some office equipment at her house for me, it would not fit into Mist Cottage. I sold it today, to a woman just opening up her own business. This meant I was out at Terra’s house, and it prompted me to go through the boxes at Terra’s. There, in the biggest box, lay my Cowichan sweater and my new winter coat. No wonder we could not find them.

Terra has a “century farmhouse”. Her house is old. She and Lares have two very active dogs. She had been confining them to specific areas of the house with baby gates. The system failed recently when one of the dogs discovered how to unlatch it. Terra got to work yesterday, and built two partial doors. She and Lares bought hardware for the doors yesterday, and today the doors were hung. Since I was out there to conduct the sale of the office equipment, I got to see the brand new doors. Terra is getting very good at woodworking.

Terra’s doors. They are like the bottom section of a stable door, and are very effective in keeping the dogs where they need to be. You can see the dogs in the bottom right image.
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7:00 p.m.

FaceTime is a wonderful thing! My two sisters and my Mom called on Sis’s iPhone, via FaceTime. I gave them all a tour of the house and yard, and we had a great time chatting. Such fun!

Attila slept for only an hour or so! He is too preoccupied with getting the truck unloaded to rest properly. I am afraid he is in for a very long night at work, and a very long morning, finishing the unloading, and returning the truck. By noon tomorrow the truck will be gone, and hopefully Attila will fall into a long, deep sleep, to begin recovering from this last push of the move.

It is at times like this that I truly miss being able to physically assist with lifting and toting. I dare not though, for all we need is for me to end up in bed with my back, needing Attila to care for me. That would not do! So I watch from the sidelines, and do every little thing I can to facilitate the process.

One of the things Attila brought is the flooring and siding we purchased years ago, for this house, and the garden shed. Now the building materials are here, in the truck, and they need to be unloaded. I think that the flooring and siding, in particular, have been on Attila’s mind. He needs to find a protected storage area for them, so that they are not damaged before we get around to the building project… that will be next year I think!

Worldly Distractions


Date: 5:00 PM EDT Sunday 4 October 2015
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.6 kPa
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: 15.9°C
Dewpoint: 5.9°C
Humidity: 51%
Wind: ENE 12 km/h


“Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, ‘I’m with you kid. Let’s go.'”
Maya Angelou
1928 – 2014