What Did You Do Today?

An interesting day! Here is what I’ve been up to.

My ankles and feet feel cold, for the first time this autumn. The temperature in the house this morning was 19C, and it seems to be going down 1C every day. Now I know at what temperature I begin to feel slightly, every so slightly, uncomfortable in the house. We are expecting our first snow flurries today, and the heating system has not yet been needed. It won’t be long now though.

Last night I slept for 7 hours, straight through. This is a relief, and is due in great part to the cooler temperature in the house. 19C is a perfect sleeping temperature for me, with percale sheets on the bed, covered by my crocheted blanket. Through the fall food preservation season the kitchen was going full blast for 14 or more hours a day, which generated a lot of heat, and kept the interior temperature in the house between 21C and 25C. It seemed ridiculous to turn on the air conditioning when it was only 10C outside, and also silly to open the windows and cool the house down when we had all that lovely heat. But it wasn’t great for sleeping.

It was time to strain the liquid from fermented Crabapples, from the fermenting crock, into a gallon glass bottle. There was about a half gallon of Apple Cider when all was said and done. The top of the glass bottle has been covered with a clean cotton rag, secured with an elastic. It has been placed in large heavy cardboard box to keep it dark. The box is on the kitchen counter so that I can check on it from time to time. The Apple Cider will sit there for three or more weeks, as it slowly converts into Apple Cider Vinegar. My fermenting skills are not well developed as yet, so I am quite pleased with this good result.

About two weeks ago I burned my finger rather badly, taking a pan of muffins out of the oven. I cleaned the burn, dressed it, and forgot about it. My hands were very busy in the kitchen, as it was still full on food preserving at that point. I think it needed more tender care than it got. I noticed last week that it was infected. I’ve since been soaking it in salt water, two or three times a day, and wear a glove on that hand when working in the kitchen where my hands are constantly getting wet. The infection is gone, but it will be another week or so I think, before the wound has actually healed to the point where I can get my hand wet again. It is so annoying!

For the last four or five years we have had no children come to the door on Halloween Eve. We stopped buying candy because we didn’t give it away, and we don’t want to eat it. This year we are not buying candy. We’ve had no children visit at all, for years. I hope that this year, when it is so dangerous for seniors to be in contact with strangers, that we don’t have children suddenly deciding to come to our door. We live in an area where the authorities have deemed the risk of Covid-19 insufficient to curtail door to door candy collecting. Personally, I think it very foolish for seniors to risk answering the door to a series of strangers, who are traveling from door to door. There will be no contact tracing possible with this scenario. I guess if I was in my 30s, and in great health, and was not in contact with anyone who was vulnerable, I would be participating without a second thought.

Missing people today. Maurice Laframboise passed away a few days ago, an old friend with whom I had recently reconnected. Another old friend, Pauline, passed away in 2007, and I just discovered this news today. I was the Maid Of Honour at her wedding, and lost touch with her after that, as our lives took different directions. Because I had not seen them is such a long time, I cannot fathom that they are gone. Their existence is just as valued now as it has been all these decades.

This is the second week that Attila has been back at work. I miss him very much indeed. Soon though, it will seem normal again. Transitions are often uncomfortable, be they welcome or no.

My newish food processor, which is under extended warranty, has a crack in the plastic bowl. I noticed it on Sunday, as I was pureeing tomatoes. Less than two years old and already falling apart! My Cuisinart is still going, with a cracked bowl that cannot be replaced, after almost 45 years of service. It was the last model made in Japan, before the company was sold. The Cuisinart lasted more years, than the months that this new food processor lasted.

Yesterday I spent four hours on the telephone.

First with the extended warranty people, who informed the that expensive extended warranty would not replace a part, but demanded I ship the entire unit and accessories to them so that they could send me a coupon for the amount it originally cost, to spend at the store where I originally bought it. I wish I had read the find print on that warranty, never again will we purchase an extended warranty from a retailer. So after a lengthy discussion with the extended warranty people, I decided to hold off on the reimbursement process until I had spoken with the manufacturer.

The first call to the manufacturer was bizarre. I kept thinking to myself that the human that I was talking to, whose name I could not understand, must be on drugs. He spoke so quickly, with such a heavy accent that I had to ask to repeat every single sentence. I had to paraphrase what he was saying to ensure I understood it. Sometimes what he said didn’t make sense. We worked through the process, eventually, but then I was disconnected, and it all fell apart. He did not call back. So frustrating. So another call was made, and this time I spoke with a woman named Adele. Adele spoke clearly, concisely, and handled the whole thing extremely well. A new food processor bowl is on the way as the unit was still under the manufacturer’s warranty. It will not arrive any time soon, but it will arrive before next autumn, when it will be needed for harvest preservation.

I did a bit of poking around the internet, looking at food processors with metal bowls. Plastic is only good for a few decades, or months as I have discovered. I found my dream food processor, which is a fantasy item, that I will never purchase. I might have bought this 40 or 50 years ago though, when I knew I could probably get decades of use out of it. It would have paid for itself eventually.

I wrote recently that my mental and physical health have improved under Pandemic conditions. And that is true. My financial health is failing, but until that affects my mental and physical health it is not as significant as one might expect.

Stay safe dear friends!

Worldly

Weather

2°C (19C in the unheated house)
Chance of Flurries
Date: 11:00 AM EDT Tuesday 27 October 2020
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.6 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: 2.0°C
Dew point: -1.6°C
Humidity: 77%
Wind: NNE 16 km/h
Visibility: 24 km

Quote

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”
Unknown

In a very strange way we are in this Pandemic together!

6 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Wow, snow flurries already?! Sure hope we don’t get any for awhile. I would like to enjoy autumn for a bit longer. Autumn I love. Winter…not so much. Glad your finger is on the mend and doesn’t require medical intervention. I always give out candy on Halloween but not this year. Our little town is allowing trick or treating but they are also having people who want to particpate, set up tables in a nearby field where children can get candy. I hope your financial situation improves soon so you won’t have to worry about that. Stay well, Maggie.

  2. It is snowing right now, as I am replying. Attila is outside with the power washer, cleaning out the inside of the rain tanks. It is a wet job on a cold and wet day. The snow is melting as it comes into contact with the ground, so it is easy to ignore it. Warmer days ahead, at least for a little bit. I am glad to hear that someone else is not giving out candy at the door this year, I was beginning to feel rather “grinchy”. Thanks re the financial situation, it will right itself in time, but I might grumble a bit as it sorts itself out. Stay safe, stay well my friend!

  3. Sandy

    Extended warranties are a scam, I think. But hooray for the manufacturer!
    In past years, children stopped trick or treating door-to-door. They would go to schools or churches for indoor trick or treating. But with the pandemic, I suspect even that will go away this year.
    It’s sad to find out about old friends who have passed on. Time goes by too quickly.

  4. Sandy, I agree about the extended warranties! Manufacturer’s warranties have always been great for me, as long as it is a company that makes high quality products.
    There have been municipal Halloween parties here for children, perhaps they don’t go door to door at all, I don’t know! They haven’t been coming here. Everything is going to be a bit different when the Pandemic subsides, some of it for the better, but most not I fear. Still, we humans are adapatable creatures, we will find a way to go forward despite of it all.
    It is so sad to find out about old friends who have passed. They are a part of my story, I am a part of their story, although that part of the story has passed, it is written in time.

  5. What did I do today? I had my hair cut! My hairdresser has been allowed to reopen.
    After 8 months of “lockdown restrictions” here in Melbourne as well as the whole of Victoria we have been given a bit more freedom’. After thinking all was well earlier in the year active cases began growing to the point that in August it was over 700 a day…….yesterday and the day before we had zero. This opening up has been planned/mapped in detail as the numbers began to fall, and if everyone plays their part we will see more and more of those restrictions lifted.
    Good on you for going the extra mile and contacting the manufacturer – so many have been stung by store warranties it’s a wonder they are still allowed to sell them. If all the harvest is home now it is time for you to rest and enjoy ‘the fruits of your labour’

  6. Cathy, I so enjoyed reading about your day! A hair cut! I think that is a measure of social health, being able to get one’s hair cut at a salon. Well done Melburnian!
    I think Australia might be one of the most effective countries in the world in dealing with Covid-19. Here in Ontario, and in Canada, the number of cases and related deaths are rising, but the restrictions are, from my perspective, very limited, so the spread continues to increase. We are still in early autumn here, just heading towards winter, which begins in late December, so I think things are going to get a lot worse here. February, March, and April will probably see a peak of infection, frightening. I hope a vaccine is truly on the horizon!
    Yes, those extended warranties are quite the scam, never again! I knew this food processor was going to get a lot of use, but really, tomatoes are such a soft vegetable that I wonder about the bowl cracking under such modest use. Still, I got an email this morning informing me that the new bowl has shipped. That was quick, it should arrive before Christmas, maybe. There is a half bushel of green Tomatoes still to ripen and can, and Cabbage to can as Coleslaw, then I think that will be the last of the harvest canning. The Coleslaw could be done immediately, the Cabbage are ready to harvest, but I have no jars at the moment. Luckily Cabbage keeps well, so I am optimistic we will eat and empty enough jars to get the job done.

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