Black and white and grey out there this morning, with intermittent heavy snowfall.

A list of what is bright and shiny around here:

  • success in downloading library books to the Kobo!
  • success in gaining access to a respectable reference library via the Internet
  • while reading my Kobo I can pace the house, much needed exercise in isolation
  • bills are paid to date, although more whoppers on the way
  • talked to Terra about the wonderful meals she has been preparing
  • heard from Harriet, who is on the beach in Florida this week
  • applied for five jobs yesterday, without angst over results
  • reduced desk clutter and may have desk cleared by the end of the day
  • stood at the window in the sun yesterday, soaking it up

More to come! What an exciting life I lead; suits me, it does.

Since I’m working near the country house next week, Attila and I will not be able to get to our little house in the city until later in January.  Already we have a great pile of clean towels and household objects to transport on our next visit.  We will also bring along some of the flooring given to us by Harriet and Hogan, and a set of saloon doors that we hope will fit the stairs to the basement.

The stairs to the basement at the little house need to be closed to kids and cats and dogs.  The basement is not ready for prime time yet.  I’ve still to complete bleaching the dried mildew on some of the surfaces, and then need to sterilize the floors.  When I have rid the basement of all vestiges of mildew, Attila will paint the exposed overhead surfaces and the floor.  Bleaching the mildew takes time.  For that job I have to don a set of cloths and a hat set aside for that task only, and wear my breathing mask.  I like to have a good few hours to devote to the project at any one time, because a lot of time is used up gearing up.

Today I am tackling the clutter here.  Since I am not a talented “Clutter Queen”, our home is actually more fun to look at when the clutter is removed.  And after that, well after that I’ll be sitting in front of a roaring fire with a Kobo in my lap, reading, snoozing, reading…

Worldly Distractions


-8 °C
Condition: Snow
Pressure: 99.3 kPa
Visibility: 2 km
Temperature: -8.0°C
Dewpoint: -9.4°C
Humidity: 90 %
Wind: SSW 11 km/h


“…lawyers, who, like mercenaries, are profiteers of discord.”
Six Moon Dance by Sherri S. Tepper