The Ditch

Attila came, and Attila went. He spends less than 24 hours here at the little house in the city, on these whirlwind visits. We celebrated his birthday together, while he was here, because it came and went while we were apart. He sure was a sight for sore eyes!

We spent most of our waking hours chatting. I think we both feel discouraged that there have been no offers on the country house. Our plans seem ditched. We discussed Plan XXXX, because we don’t want to spend the entire winter apart again, not if we can help it. We are looking into adding propane heat at the country house, so that the house can be left for longer periods of time during the winter. The electric heat is so expensive that one or two days is all we can afford to use it, and only just. We are starting to plan now, because we really do want to alter the way we are living apart.

Unfortunately Canada Day, a statutory holiday in Canada, falls on a Wednesday, so it will not provide Attila with two consecutive days off work. Sad, but that is the way our cookie crumbles. The company he works for is maintaining their new policy of only Sunday’s off from April to September, and the rest of the year only a few weekends off work.

During Attila’s visit he mowed the ditch, even though it was raining heavily. I can not mow the ditch, it is too steep for me.

The other little project we took on was to move the two clothes cupboards out of the back bedroom and into the living room. We could now do this because Terra and Lares came last week and picked up the antique dresser we were saving for them.

Soon, when I am more recovered from my tumble, I will move all the “stuff” stored in the back bedroom, and begin to gut the room. The drywall needs to be removed, as does the insulation. Attila will replace the window during his vacation time, we have already purchased the “new” used window. With the room gutted I can work on checking the wiring, insulating, applying a vapour barrier, drywalling, and then painting the back bedroom. Hopefully by next Christmas that room will be renovated and ready to have some of the furniture we plan on keeping moved into it. It is a plan. That would leave only two rooms left to renovate at the little house in the city, the front bedroom and the living room. These are more expensive projects because we will have to purchase new windows at custom prices, as they are a very odd size.

Mewe was tough today, for both of us. Last time Attila left it wasn’t too bad, this time it was rough, go figure.

With my tailbone fracture, it will be a little while before I will be up to sitting behind a steering wheel for five hours, to make the trek home to the country house.

There are eleven families left on the list to research, while I have access to USA records. Of course these are the families from only one family line, there may be more in other family lines, that remains to be seen. After these eleven family histories have been recorded and referenced, future research requiring access to USA records will be carefully listed, and another month’s service will be purchased. Sheesh, I thought I was almost ready to publish!

Worldly Distractions


Date: 4:00 PM EDT Sunday 28 June 2015
Condition: Light Drizzle
Pressure: 100.6 kPa
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 4 km
Temperature: 15.5°C
Dewpoint: 14.9°C
Humidity: 96%
Wind: NE 18 gust 29 km/h


“Forever is composed of nows.”
Emily Dickinson
1830 – 1886

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Joan Lansberry

I hope you will soon be surprised with a house offer. Genealogy can get really complicated, after a few levels deep, it’s like you’re related to everybody. Hugs!

Bex Crowell

(((hug-hug-hug-hug!))) I need a few of those myself! Taking care of a man with a head problem is so difficult and when he is not sympathetic to you (the nurse/me) it is even worse. I have to keep telling myself he’s not himself… it’s the injury… it’s the meds… it’s not his fault… but it’s still hard.

I wish your house would sell too so you can move to your next chapter of life… here’s some more (((hugs))) for ya!


Please remind us: what is the square footage of the little house in the city?

It hadn’t occurred to me till you mentioned putting in propane that the masonry (am I spelling that right?) heater may be the dealbreaker for many potential buyers. How many would be willing to deal with it? I wonder.


Hi Maggie,
A whirlwind visit well, I’ll say! It must have felt like a dream except for the MeWe part. I’m wondering how Attila does it. He seems like a man od steel. I hope you get a bite on the country house soon. I’m starting to miss Attila!

You mentioned that you and Attila mostly chatted but it seemed to me you got a lot done too. You also have quite a few projects lined up. How are you feeling?

You’re moving right along with research! From 27 to 11 …wow.

I don’t want to miss out on this Hug Parade so here are a few for you too H-U-G-S!

Reenie Beanie

Am thinking of you. So much going on in your life! Sending mighty hopes that a buyer for the country home comes along. Your injury sounds HORRIBLE. First thing that came to my mind was, “Not fair. Leave my Maggie alone!”


TopsyTurvy (Teri)

I’m glad Attila had a chance to come visit you. I wish he could stay longer. Will he have 2 days off for the August holiday? I hope so.

Please house, please sell so Maggie and Attila don’t have to move onto Plan XXXX!