Who Knew!

Apparently we have awakened the party animal in Mist!

Yesterday there were eighteen of us here, celebrating my Mom’s birthday and Mother’s Day (my Mom was also Grandma, and Great Grandma yesterday). Mist wandered through the crowd, garnering some small attentions here and there, the odd petting, and conversation.

When the last car drove away, after we waved goodbye, and began to prepare the house for the realtor’s next visit, that is when Mist suddenly realized that the party was over. She was inconsolable!

Mist yowled at the top of her lungs, as she visited every room in the house, searching for all of those jolly visitors. When evening fell, and we closed the sliding glass door and the blinds, she sat staring at the blinds, yowling again at the top of her lungs, waiting for that door to open once more and the for the party to continue. She wanted her people!

She yowled off and on through the night, thinking perhaps to wake our visitors from their sleep, forcing them awake, forcing them to return.

She must have exhausted herself, for this morning she is sleeping peacefully in her chair.

It rained yesterday evening, after everyone had left. Attila decided the rain provided a perfect opportunity to burn the scrap wood pile, the remains of many a project. It was ugly, and it certainly detracted from the gentle feel of the house. He stayed up until midnight, tending the fire. It rained all night, so the fire is well and truly out now.

The new stairs to the second story deck are rock solid and quite attractive. They are not yet complete, but will be soon. The spindles still need to be added, and the whole structure painted.

My arbour is on hold, as I will not work in the cold and wet, but will wait until the weather clears in a few days time.

The house was easy to prepare for the realtor, but there is more to be done! I will now focus my attentions on the screened in porch, which needs a thorough cleaning. The weeds in the yard are thriving, weed spraying is banned in Ontario, so we can’t kill them with spray. The driveway is long and there is a lot of gravel with weeds, so I am contemplating how to proceed.

Another issue that has emerged is that Tank is sporting a soft tire. It looks like a new tire is in order, perhaps more than just one new tire. We knew, when we purchased a used vehicle, that these regular maintenance issues would come up, but like everyone else, we hoped for later rather than sooner. We have to decide whether to address the issue here in the north, or to wait and address the issue at the little house in the city. We have a Costco membership, so that is a possibility. Attila has a compressor, so we can pump up the tire, and see how long it holds firm. If it softens quickly, we will need to address this issue here in the north.

Here it is, the end of the day, and the realtor did not get back to me today. Neither did he respond to my email message. Tomorrow, if I haven’t heard from him by noon, I am trying my luck with someone else. That would make two realtors who have more important things to do than list our house. Sigh

I cleaned the fireplace “clean outs” today. What a messy job, I was black up to my armpits! Charming. And it is done! Now all that is left is to clean out the ashes in the firebox, and then the masonry heater will be ready for another winter, and hopefully another owner.

The thunderstorms have come and gone, and in spite of the weather, Attila finished the spindles on one side of the stairs to the deck. Right now, since the rain has abated for the moment, he is outside fixin’ things up for the house sale.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 7:47 PM EDT Monday 11 May 2015
Condition: Mist
Pressure: 100.9 kPa
Visibility: 6 km
Temperature: 17.8°C
Dewpoint: 17.1°C
Humidity: 96%
Wind: E 8 km/h


“Wish not so much to live long as to live well.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790)

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TopsyTurvy (Teri)

Poor Mist, who knew she was a social butterfly! You’ll just have to have visitors more often so she can get her people fix, Maggie. 😉

Glad you heard back from the realtor. I hope things go smoothly with him from now on.

Joan Lansberry

Whew, glad you finally heard from the realtor.


We had a couple of cats who became more social in their most mature years. I wonder if perhaps they reach a point where they have done all the important cat aloofness thing required and can finally relax and enjoy the party.

Let’s hope for some hustle in that young man–and that his efforts result in a well-qualified buyer.


That’s funny about Mist! But sweet.

Bex Crowell

I have a great tip on how to get rid of weeds in the driveway -pour a concoction of white vinegar and water all over the weeds. Maybe go online to see the ratio… but that will gently and naturally (?) kill the roots and won’t be illegal ( I hope! )


18 people is a houseful! What a nice celebration that must have been. I’m sure Mist would agree. What an interesting reaction she had to the celebrating and people charming.

I’m happy to see that the realtor got back in touch. Hopefully all goes well.

Attila finished the stairs to the deck. One less thing to do! The house sounds lovely. Is the deck in the back?

TopsyTurvy (Teri)

Okay, that’s a scary story about the chicken man. Thank goodness that’s all there is to the story. *hug*

Love the story about your picture of your mother with all the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren! What a wonderful picture!

TopsyTurvy (Teri)

Maggie, even here on your board, it’s interesting how many of us have survived mistakes in our early relationships and turned things around to be happy in our later lives.