Sunday, January 3, 2010

real life revisited

I’ve spent the last two days trying to make some progress on a job, work that should have been done during these two plus weeks we have been here at the country house.  Well, yes, there were holidays and granchildren visits and unnecessary trips into the city because I couldn’t remember all the stuff I needed and some actual work.  And even a few days where I...gasp...relaxed without guilt!

But all that comes to a screeching halt tomorrow when we close up the house, pack the truck and head back to the city.  Ugh.  I do not want to go back.  I want my shop built and the glass we are expecting on Tuesday to be delivered here.  Here.


Winter will not let go it’s grasp.  Next Friday, the weather prognosticators predict temps in the 20s.  Maybe even another snowfall.  That will be unprecedented and I am in no mood for new winter records. I can endure cold for short periods.  I am not prepared for prolonged cold.  

We don’t currently have gas at the city house.  The gas company finally came while we have been gone and hooked our meter up to the new line and in doing so they have disconnected the house.  We have to have an ‘official’ in the house to make sure all is in good working order.  Hopefully, they can get someone out while we are ‘in residence’.

The new year generally finds me behind and this year has been no exception.  One of the many reasons I try not to plan too far into the future.  But, you know how people are, they want to pin you down.  And I like to please.

Not always a good combination.


  1. Yikes, stay warm, Ellen. Hope they get your gas turned on now!!

  2. Oh my gosh! I love the Dogwood Days and Luna Nights piece. It's gorgeous!!!

  3. Well, people pleasing is a tough business and rarely is successful. I mean, there's always someone that isn't happy no matter how selfless and valiant your attempts. Screw em. Do your best and please yourself. The rest will all fall into place.

    PS: I hope the weather calms down a little too. I'll be out your way next month and would prefer not to fly into the frozen tundra!

    Stay warm, Ellen!

  4. Don't get me started on the wonders that are the Washington Gas Company [ba***rds]. I hope you get it resolved very soon and stay warm.

    Yeah, funny thing about customers they kind of like deadlines, eh? :) I hope you get your shop opened soon and can move.

  5. Ellen! Everywhere in the world it seems the weather is causing problems! May you overcome all the obstacles.

    Just wanted to say how much I appreciate your visits and support over at mine in my bereavement. You're a great friend!

  6. Hope you have a few nice thick sweaters, just in case. I'm sitting here with my feet cold so I feel your pain.

  7. I would feel exactly the same about returning to the city! Hope your gas is restored to your house.
    Stay warm!

  8. Hope everything gets sorted soon and that the return to the city is a fun one afterall.

  9. Hope it gets sorted quickly and oh yes, it is still winter - very much so over here.

  10. Layers..... that is the trick to staying warm. It is still bitterly cold here and my thumbs are aching in protest. Hope you can manage to get caught up while you are trying to stay warm!

  11. Your cold snap has been so odd. I wish you some warm days soon.

  12. Good luck with the heating and work at your pace. You are the artist...
    Happy and warm days

  13. It's pouring down the snow here right now...and temps are expected to drop into the single digits.


    I shiver just thinking about it.



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