Sunday, November 8, 2015
He was at it again! My good Samaritan neighbour from across the street cleared the driveway again this morning! I am humbled by the generosity. For the moment it has stopped snowing, and is blowing, blowing, blowing. I would get by without the assistance of the neighbour across the street, but I would be just getting by, and struggling, and managing. His assistance has made my life much, much easier!
Monday, November 9, 2015
It finally stopped snowing! The path I had shovelled out to the front steps has disappeared completely under the heavy white blanket of snow. The driveway though, is clear, thanks to our neighbour. The snow is accumulating on the flat roof of the garage, which I am finding worrisome. So much so that I moved the new lawn mower out of the garage and into the basement. If the garage collapses I don’t want the ensuing insurance paperwork to tie up our ability to mow the lawn! Attila will shovel the snow off the garage roof on his next visit, which I hope is soon!
Our savings account is small. There is just enough in it to waive the monthly fees, until now. Now the bank requires an additional $500 in the account to waive the fees. Today I plan on visiting the bank and closing the account. The money will go into a high interest (that’s a joke!) savings account at another bank, where there will be no monthly fees, or other costs. I am not looking forward to this task!
Diesel had a grand morning. I bought him a fabric mouse toy, and he spends hours every day batting it around, carrying it around in his mouth, and standing beside the furniture it has scooted under, where can’t reach it to get it out again. Luckily for him, if I see him sitting in a strange place, I know why, and fetch it out for him.
Having decided that my cyclamen was the best food ever, he was eating the blossoms, Diesel would not leave the plant alone. So, while there were still blooms left on it, I moved it to the stairwell to the basement, placed on a sturdy cardboard box to elevate it into the light. It sits behind the door to the basement, where Diesel cannot reach it. Occasionally he sits by the door and stares at me, but I heartlessly refuse to comply with his unspoken demand for my cyclamen plant.
Attila is keeping the hearth fires burning at the country house. The cold snap continues there, and he needs to get up at 4:00 a.m. every morning to start the first firing of the day in the masonry heater. He heads back to bed after it is well on its way, and arises at 6:00 a.m. to close the dampers, and call me on FaceTime. We chat for a little while, as he struggles to wake up completely, and then he is off to get ready to go to work for the day. When he gets back from work he will spend the evening chopping wood for another firing in the masonry heater, and to burn a fire for several hours in the little wood stove downstairs. Then he eats, we chat on FaceTime, he bathes, and then falls asleep. The next day he begins again. I fantasize about a job where Attila works only five days a week, and we live together in a home where the heating system and a property that requires little maintenance; the little house in the city! Attila holds the fort in the north, while I live the dream at the little house in the city. Now all we need is to get Attila south, to the land of the thermostat.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Last night Diesel had a sudden spurt of “crazy cat”. He was in the bedroom, leaping about, crouching, acting in a way I had not observed before. After checking the room, I found nothing untoward. He immediately calmed and returned to his normal behaviour, sleeping.
This morning, at first light, I threw open the curtains in the kitchen, the ones just above the kitchen sink, hanging on the window overlooking the back yard. To my great surprise there was someone staring at me! It was an owl! She/he was sitting on the post railing on the porch on the back of the house. She/he did not find me very interesting though, for soon she/he turned her/his head away and became motionless again. I wonder if she/he is hunting those horrid little mice, or perhaps chipmunks. Perhaps he/she is often here by our back porch hunting. Perhaps hunting territories have been altered by the deep snow, which has a two inch icy crust on it after the drizzle we received. Whatever the situation, this is my first encounter with an owl at the little house in the city. I think this feathered friend inspired Diesel’s “crazy cat” spell last night.
Attila is feeling the weight of the winter today! He vented a bit this morning, expressing his hatred for snow. It isn’t the cold, it is the snow. He shovels it all day, moves it around to access something, then moves it back again. I listen with great respect. It is one thing to spend long hours in the cold and snow to shovel your own driveway, maintain your own property; and it is quite another to be obliged to do these things for a wage. I hope the “cold snap” snaps soon!
Later in the morning I heard the now familiar sound of the neighbour’s snowblower. Curious, because we had not received more snowfall since he last cleared our driveway, I threw open the front curtains to have a look. This is what I saw:
Sweet potatoes make a great snack food. Boiled, mashed with olive oil, a dash of maple syrup, a pinch of salt and pepper, they are an instant food that satisfied. Two sweet potatoes are boiling in the pot on the range, and the morning snack is almost ready!
On the menu tonight is tuna noodle casserole, with vegetables on the side.
I am keeping myself very busy with my genealogy book these days. It has been on hold for quite some time, as I have searched for a good software program to prepare it for print, digital and paper. I discovered Scribus, an open source program, and it is working so well that I have been inspired to work on the book daily. The real challenge is the graphic content, it is time consuming to choose what images to include, and also to prepare the images for inclusion. I am working on page three, which includes four images! The book has 58 pages of text, the images will add quite a few pages to the final version.
The book I am working on now is the first of two. It covers the first generation that arrived in Canada in 1820, their children, and their grandchildren. The second book will cover the grandchildren of those first emigrants to Canada, and the descendants in my line, down to my Grandfather. The second book will be much longer than the first! Maybe I will pick up speed as I go along!
Little House in the City
Date: 6:00 AM EST Sunday 8 February 2015
Condition: Light Snow
Pressure: 101.4 kPa
Visibility: 10 km
Wind: NE 35 gust 48 km/h
Wind Chill: -24
Date: 6:00 AM EST Tuesday 10 February 2015
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.4 kPa
Visibility: 24 km
Wind: N 16 km/h
Wind Chill: -19
Date: 6:44 AM EST Sunday 8 February 2015
Condition: Light Snow
Pressure: 101.3 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Wind: E 11 km/h
Wind Chill: -20
Date: 6:15 AM EST Tuesday 10 February 2015
Condition: Light Snow
Pressure: 102.5 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Wind: NW 4 km/h
Wind Chill: -23
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