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The calendar says Spring started two weeks ago. For a few days it was warm enough that even the daffodils believed it and started sprouting. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a ruse and we were lulled into a false of gorgeous weather.
The temperatures have been near freezing and a good ten degrees below at night for the last week. It sure takes the wind out of those Spring project sails. Gardening, spring cleaning, setting up the deck usually wait until it’s consistently warm enough to melt all the ice and snow, take the plastic off the windows and be able to work outside without a parka and gloves.
Well, I had enough and started my Spring cleaning in the kitchen today. It was a small project but I enjoyed doing it and was inspired to do some everyday and by the time it’s warm enough to open the windows and doors, it’ll be done.
This is my baking cupboard. The top shelf got cleared off, cleaned up and put back much the same as it was. Originally, I had all my mixing bowls and Tupperware crammed into that small cupboard on the left – and cursed it almost daily for how awkward and inefficient it was.
Switching all that with the dry goods makes for much better use of the space. Riveting stuff, eh kids? 😀 Hey, some have their Star Trek and World of Warcraft…I’m a nerd about my cupboards. There is just something about ordering my outside that brings me peace on the inside.
I’ve also finally started the long awaited project of cataloging my book collection. I’m somewhat of an amateur bibliophile. What started with half a dozen Calvin and Hobbes treasuries has, in twenty years, grown into a collection of about 500 books of vastly varied types.
Almost all my older and rare books were purchased from thrift stores or given to me as gifts from my treasure hunter father. Many of them acquired in lots or piles, hastily shelved to be looked at later and then promptly forgotten.
Now, I’m actually getting to look at them, make notes and do research. See, nerd…me. 😀
February 25, 2016 § 2 Comments
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Right now it is -25 C with a windchill of -39 C (-13 F and -38.6 F respectively).
I actually didn’t know that C and F equalized at -40 degrees. I don’t understand it of course but I guess in any language, even a mathematical one, fuckin’ cold is just fuckin’ cold. 😀
In any case, it’s good cause to have a roaring fire or
July 23, 2015 § 2 Comments
Well, I suppose it had to happen eventually. I just thought I had a few years yet before it wouldn’t be worth it anymore.
I’m talking about my rustic camping trip on the weekend. We had a couple of nice fires, a great meal and a good sit by the lake.
But the rest, well the rest absolutely and unequivocally sucked monkey balls. Unserviced used to be an adventure now it’s just a pain in the ass. The yahoos across the lake used to be fun now they’re just fucking annoying.
We had rain most of the night Friday, even had to abandon the fire at 8:00pm and a severe thunderstorm the following night. All told, out of the 48 hours we were gone we got maybe three hours of sunshine. I also only got 7 hours sleep the entire weekend while BFF got about 24.
I was cold, I was damp, I was exhausted and I was sore from unloading and hauling all of our gear down a very long, steep, poorly maintained, hand dug staircase to the not quite level shack. I spent the entire weekend secretly dreading having to haul it all back up.
Mostly though, I was bored. (See above for how much sleep I got compared to my companion.) I had no idea just how prevalent Netflix had become in my life. Old shows, new shows, movies and documentaries…oh, how I love thee. I did bring a book and thank goodness it was decent and I almost finished it.
In the end, it seems I’ve outgrown my fondness for the rustic experience. Perhaps even outgrown my love of camping altogether. All I could think about while shivering inside my thick sweater and flannel shirt desperately trying to start a fire in a wet pit was a fancy hotel room with a kickin’ hot tub, room service and my laptop.
Nature, it’s been a blast but I think I want to start seeing other environments. Really, it’s not you, you’re awesome…it’s totally me.