Taking It Easy

Arriving back at the country house seems to have been perfectly timed. The weather is perfect, the bugs are sparse, and the projects are slowing down.

I had a rough night last night, sleeping only four hours. Most of the night I battled the pain and nausea, comfortable in one position for only a few minutes. The nausea, which began last night as we were leaving Harriet’s cottage, is less pronounced tonight. It feels a bit like having the flu. I had two short but sweet naps today, which refreshed me quite a bit.

I took no painkillers today, I am saving them for bedtime! I hope to sleep through the night tonight.

My God, how did I care for a newborn infant while coping with this kind of an injury!!! I think I will put it down to youth.

Unfortunately, we have to forgo an outing we enjoy, because I am simply not up for another car trip. There is an annual pie social, one that my Granny was involved with when I was little. We go every year, but the event is tonight, and I can’t tolerate the car ride, so no pie for us! Of course, that really means no pie for Attila, because with my allergy I don’t eat out.

Tonight, instead of eating pie, Attila is up on the metal roof, on the second storey of the house, adding a few snow braces. It is a good time to be working on the roof, it is dry for one thing, and I am here for another, so if Attila were to run into any issues I would be able to assist, or call for immediate help. He wears all the recommended safety gear for these little projects in the sky.

I spent the day updating the operating systems on all the computers, performing routine maintenance, and updating the software packages we use most often. I also finished the research on the last of those twenty nine relatives from the USA.

Attila worked late, so when he arrived home we took our dinner out onto the screened in porch, enjoying the breezes and the last of the day’s sunshine as we ate.

How did July arrive without notice?

Worldly Distractions


Date: 8:00 PM EDT Thursday 2 July 2015
Condition: Sunny
Pressure: 101.5 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 18.2°C
Dewpoint: 7.4°C
Humidity: 49%
Wind: WNW 9 km/h


“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.”
James Joyce
1882 – 1941

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Hi Maggie,
You’re taking it easy but you sound nicely occupied as well. I hope you find better rest tonight. My hubby became so constipated after a surgery from pain pills he was in tears. I’d never seen him in so much pain. I don’t often take pain pills but when I do I chase them with psyillum husks and water for bulking. Hope that’s not too much info! I am just concerned that where your injury is and any additional pressure could cause more pain.

Sorry that you will miss the annual pie social. I know that you look forward to that.

A screened in porch! Oh, my, what I wouldn’t give for that. Nice the both of you can sit out there eat in peace ad enjoy the breeze.

Yes, how did July sneak up on us so quickly? Anything though that gets me closer to fall is welcome. I do not care for summers unless I am near the water.

Reenie Beanie

A good friend of mine who travels the world with her husband (they team as writer/photographer in travel articles) recently broke her wrist in back spit Europe. She’s back in the states and is wearing a cast, but apparently something is awry and she’s scheduled for surgery. Instead of some airy-fairy-unicorn comment, I simply wrote, “That sucks.” I same the same to you, dear friend.

I didn’t realize you had a screened porch. I’ve enjoyed mine so much this summer – rain or shine.

Streaming healing thoughts your way. Love.

TopsyTurvy (Teri)

Color me jelly (jealous). I would love to have a screened back deck or porch! Thank goodness since we’re about 10 ft off the ground we don’t get as many bugs as we could. And the worst ones are tiny little things that I fear would make it through any normal screen material.

Enjoy your evenings outdoors!


I dream of a screened-in anything! Porch, deck, patio, veranda … someday, someday!