Sunday, April 21, 2013


I hung my laundry outside today.

It's possible that it's actually spring - although it was still plenty chilly when I brought the laundry in.

The rabbits seemed to agree, since two of them spent quite a while chasing each other around the back yard - with frequent breaks to nibble on the lawn.

I haven't gotten around to picking up all the trash that accumulates over the winter yet, but let's face it, sometimes that doesn't happen until July.

Last Saturday, the local Scouts delivered some mulch and compost I'd ordered, and they had to trudge through slushy snow to do so, so we've made a lot of progress in the last week.

It's about time.

Friday, April 12, 2013

I'm lucky enough to be able to work from home, so when I came down with a cold on Monday, I took advantage of it. I stayed home until Wednesday, but yesterday I really needed to go on - In part so that I actually got tired enough to sleep.

I left early to avoid traffic, and then finished my day from home.

So this morning when I woke to ice falling from the sky*, I thought I'd stay home again.

Then I realized that the odds of me going grocery shopping after work were really low if I hadn't left the house yet, and if I went to work, I could go out for lunch, so I went in to work.

It took me a while to chip the ice ** off the car, but it actually was a faster drive than usual. Driving home was fast, too.

That would be the silver lining to the "snow in the middle of April" cloud.

* not freezing rain - ice pellets.

** the freezing rain was before the ice pellets

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Not How I Like To Start My Mornings

Yesterday morning, I went out to the car and put my boxing bag and laptop bag in the car. (My gym bag was already at work since I didn't make it to the gym on Tuesday.)

I got in the car and, turned the key, and ... nothing happened.

I tried again. Still nothing. Basically, it was acting like the battery was very dead.

I popped the hood and examined the battery. It was still there.

I went in the house and called CAA, then I called work to tell my manager I wouldn't be in for a while. I couldn't work from home, because I'd left my laptop at work.

I called the garage to see if they could fit my car in. I consulted OC Transpo to see how to get from the garage to work.

I ate jelly beans and mentally rearranged my plans for the day.

After about twenty minutes, I got a call that CAA was five minutes away, so I went back out to the car.

It started.

CAA arrived and I told them it was going. I called my garage back and they suggested it might have been ever so slightly out of gear.

I went to work.

It has started without a hitch every time since then.

But I still bring my laptop home every day.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The finished to-do list

Things I've done in the last week:
  • Gone to the grocery store
  • Gone to boxing
  • Gone to the grocery store
  • Put away the rag quilt pieces
  • Put boards in the table
  • Tried to replace a lightbulb in the kitchen that's been burned out since Christmas
  • Broken a lightbulb in the kitchen
  • Gone to the grocery store
  • Replaced a lightbulb in the kitchen
  • Vacuumed
  • Mopped the floors
  • Cleaned the bathroom
  • Nagged Wanda to take all of her stuff to her room
  • Made pumpkin muffins
  • Changed salad menu to account for the fact that after three trips to the grocery store in a week, we had no oil in the house.  Well, OK, we had oil for my bike chain, but it's not really recommended for salad
  • Made salads
  • Made raspberry pie
  • Cooked a turkey
  • Made mashed potatoes
  • Cooked cabbage rolls
  • Washed dishes
  • Planned an Easter egg hunt
  • Participated in a (different) Easter egg hunt
  • Gone to the gym
  • Gone to physio
  • Bought a pair of shoes
  • Found one of my old weights for use in physio exercises
  • Done physio exercise
  • Gone to the grocery store
  • Played the wii
  • Had a lovely Easter dinner
  • Returned a pair of shoes
  • Bought another pair of shoes
 No, I haven't tried to fix the dishwasher yet.