Weekday Dinner

Weekday Dinner

It snowed last night, but this morning the sun came up and shone brightly. A brilliant morning. I have taken to taking little drives when the mood strikes me, just here and there, or anywhere, with no particular purpose or destination. I drove a bit this morning, the countryside was beautiful, glittering white frosting on the trees, crisp blue sky… lovely.

By mid-afternoon a heavy now began to fall from the sky. The weather report predicts snow off and on for the next week or so. Winter has settled in.

Attila and I had a discussion, and I will be doing the weekday cooking of dinner. This suits me fine. Attila had taken over the cooking the evening meal, decades ago, and held onto that over the years, but now finds it tedious and time consuming. During the week it will be easy for me to take the reins, and cook a meal every weekday. Tonight, we begin with spaghetti and my red pepper tomato sauce. It is interesting that the first night I cook the meal, Attila called to say he is working a few hours overtime and will be home late. The spaghetti sauce is made, the pasta can be cooked after he arrives. Two first this evening, the first evening of the new cooking schedule, and the first time Attila has worked overtime at the end of a work day, at this place of employment.

Yesterday I got a lot of my big projects as far as they could go, which means that today I am looking at other projects. I have begun again to work on the genealogy book, I have some tough decisions to make about it going forward, all to do with those pesky images, they are so painful to deal with, inserting them, placing them, referencing them… I will slog on.

One of Attila’s stated goals is to work more overtime, and on statutory holidays, so that he can take time in leu of, and so gain more time off work. He worked an overtime day between Christmas and New Years, and is working overtime this evening. He would like to work on every statutory holiday.

I am preparing myself for the intrusion of contractors, first to insulate the attic in February, then to install the new windows in April. There will temporary chaos, followed by a satisfying clean up and return to order. The work will be done quickly, inexpensively thanks to the grants, and Attila won’t have to lift a finger. Well, not entirely true, Attila needs to move two pieces of furniture out of the way on the main floor, for the window installations, and a lot of stuff out of the way in the basement for the window installations. He does have until April to accomplish this though, there is lead time.

Now, for a little Tai Chi and a walk on the elliptical machine!

Worldly Distractions


Date: 2:07 PM EST Thursday 8 February 2018
Condition: Light Snow
Pressure: 102.7 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: -9.9°C
Dew point: -11.4°C
Humidity: 89%
Wind: SSE 11 km/h
Wind Chill: -16
Visibility: 8 km


“If you live to be one hundred, you’ve got it made. Very few people die past that age.”
George Burns
1896 – 1996

Taking aim!


  1. Oh is there anything better for the mind than those little drives! Even the longer ones — something about driving (highway or country roads, in my case) is so soothing for the mind and spirit. It has something to do with widening perspective, for me. I like driving, even if it’s just driving around the nearby town with my son to kill a bit of time before dropping him off. -Kate

  2. Kate, exactly! The open road has many charms. This is a new activity for me, up until now I have waited until the task list for a given location was long enough to justify the cost of fuel… now I don’t care about the cost of fuel, and won’t care until the $ run dry.

  3. Sandy, you too, the drives are just the thing!

    The Tai Chi isn’t going along very quickly for me, I don’t think I will be keeping up with the rest at the beginner’s class. I am not discouraged though, I will keep going and continue to mimic what I can’t remember, all the while concentrating on my feet and my knees. When I have the foot placements and leg movements down, and don’t have to think about the anymore, then I’ll work on the arm movements. Then… I think with Tail Chi there is going to be a persistent “then”, lol!

  4. Sandy

    Maggie, it sounds like there are very nice people where you do Tai Chi. If you do Tai Chi your way, nobody there is going to care. The important thing is that you like it. I think Tai Chi is more about the journey than the destination 🙂

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