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It’s been a week

So let’s see – first ever (written) submissions made to a particular court; spent the night at my grandmother’s house probably for the first time since I was a child; had a wonderful house guest; reorganized the craft-area part of our room; also at least four loads of laundry and practised piano every day except the day I wasn’t home. Whew.

And yet I still am not sure I did everything I wanted to do. It turns out lists can be pretty helpful eh? I wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep that up on here but it seems as though it’s a big help for me so there you go. That’s the only incentive I need.

It’s a long weekend in Ontario this weekend:

I have a love/hate this with holidays that move. In this case, Victoria day is the Monday before May 25. Regardless of the actual day – which can be anywhere from the 18th to the 24th – it’s sort of known as the “May 2-4” weekend. A 2-4 being slang for a case of beer as well. And it’s kinda funny as Queen Victoria’s actual birthday was May 24th. And it’s one of only three holidays in the Federal Holidays Act.

I’m trying my best to rest this weekend. To just chill.  To eat ice cream and drink beer and knit and spend time on Monday planning out the upcoming week or two, including getting back on the keto-wagon.

Have a great weekend all!

Little bursts of productivity

cleaning – decluttering – before and after

Have you ever thought to clean something that you have never cleaned before? I mean, I’m pretty sure there is infinite number of things you can clean and maybe it’s just me but have you ever thought to clean your front door light? Obviously, if you have a front door light

We had a small local company come by and paint the window and door frames, railings and balcony pillars at the front of the house. The difference is amazing. It was getting pretty bad before:

rusty rail

eek!

And the after:

rust free! Or at least nicely painted over 😉

So, one of my thoughts for the weekend was to try and clean two random things. After all this other work at the front of the house, and buying those new LED bulbs I thought I’d ask Toby to take apart the porch light and I would clean it.

BEFORE:

I don’t think it’s ever been taken apart before and there was some doubt about our ability to re-assemble it lol

left = before / right = after cleaning with soap, water and elbow grease

With me assisting by holding the glass so it didn’t fall, Toby managed to get the lantern re-assembled!

AFTER:

So much better!

So much brighter!

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5 days of being deliberate

I mentioned earlier that I wanted to try and be more deliberate, or at least not so rudderless.

  • I’ll stop and think before I eat or drink anything.
  • I’ll focus on work at work and on home at home

I’ve been good with the big picture stuff this week: I may not always have eaten ‘well’ but when I did it was a conscious decision and not just mindless eating. And I’ve been far more productive at work this week, although it is a bit stressful right now.

  • Buy new LED lightbulbs and replace all the old outdoor light bulbs with the new LED ones; ✅
  • Send a note to someone;
  • One load of laundry – this is a never-ending chore but sometimes it gets away from me so I’m keeping it on the list for now; ✅
  • Practice piano every day;
  • Wednesday or Thursday I want to do some baking for work as a treat for a co-worker who is going on leave; ✅
  • Wednesday – take Q swimming! ✅

pool hair

  • Thursday – after-work drinks with co-workers. I am almost never able to go thanks to a busy family schedule so I am not bailing out on the one that I can get to!
  • Also a bigger goal is to declutter so – post at least 2 items for sale on facebook or kijiji (or both). Does anyone ever do well selling stuff on ebay anymore?

Mortgage renewals and leaving the baking for my co-worker to the last minute meant I couldn’t go out for after-work drinks on Thursday, so that’s a bit sad.

Kugelhopf (will be another post about this soon)

And while I did get the new LED light bulbs, I haven’t yet replaced them all. I got rid of a giant bin of duplo and some knickknacks I’ve had since highschool – think about that for a second. I’ve had those things for roughly 25 years years. Why am I holding on to things for 25 years!?!

And yea, practising just hasn’t seemed to happen this week. I really gotta get on that!

What’s gonna happen on the weekend?

I think I can stop writing out the big picture goals until either (a) they change or (b) I’ve started to ignore them.

More practical / everyday things:

  • send a note to someone
  • replace the light bulbs & figure out how to properly dispose of the old ones
  • clean 2 random things
  • pick Robin up from the airport
  • spend time with family on Sunday 🙂 this is a little out of the ordinary as we all get together at my grandmother’s house for mother’s day. It’s not a holiday our little family of three make a big deal out of but my mom loves it and her family like the tradition of getting together.

tulips at Osgoode Hall in Toronto

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Wednesday’s update – getting back into the swing of things

So here was Monday’s plan:

  • I’ll stop and think before I eat or drink anything
  • I’ll focus on work at work and on home at home

Both of these were pretty good actually. I had a hungry day on Tuesday – where I just seemed hungry all day. And that’s fine. That’s gonna happen. The important part is that I stuck to eating what I wanted to eat and didn’t use it as an excuse to eat a carton of ice cream.

  • Toby and I will hang the maps Monday or Tuesday – will [take] before and after pictures
  • I’ll write notes to two friends just to remind them they’re important to me
  • One load of laundry on Monday
  • One condo viewing on Tuesday
  • Practice piano both days

Hung the maps but forgot to take before pictures! Sent a couple of e-mails which could cover the second task but I also went out and got some note cards for sending actual mail. It bothers me a little that I won’t really remember what I wrote – I just can never seem to remember what I said. In fact, I should do up a spreadsheet so I remember who I sent things to!

Laundry ✅

Condo viewing ✅

Now, except for the piano practising that was all pretty good. But the lack of practising at all is pretty bad. I am 31 days away from my first piano exam in about 35 years….

It’s starting to look a lot like spring…finally!

So I’m going to add a day and now here’s

Wednesday to Friday, May 10 to 12

Big picture stuff stays the same for now:

  • I’ll stop and think before I eat or drink anything
  • I’ll focus on work at work and on home at home

Everyday things:

  • Buy new LED lightbulbs and replace all the old outdoor light bulbs with the new LED ones;
  • Send a note to someone;
  • One load of laundry – this is a never-ending chore but sometimes it gets away from me so I’m keeping it on the list for now;
  • Practice piano every day;
  • Wednesday or Thursday I want to do some baking for work as a treat for a co-worker who is going on leave;
  • Wednesday – take Q swimming!
  • Thursday – after-work drinks with co-workers. I am almost never able to go thanks to a busy family schedule so I am not bailing out on the one that I can get to!
  • Also a bigger goal is to declutter so – post at least 2 items for sale on facebook or kijiji (or both). Does anyone ever do well selling stuff on ebay anymore?

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Whisky Notes – Glenfarclas

One of the things I enjoy very much is whisky, check the name of this blog after all! And as part of my doing things more deliberately, I set a timer at 8:55 am this morning and I didn’t waver from work until it went off 50 minutes later. At that point, I got up and walked around the floor of our building twice and came back to spend 5 minutes checking personal e-mails.

One of them was from Glenfarclas telling me that they had updated their website. I marked it as unread and labelled it “want to follow up” and returned to it at lunch. First note, I don’t really remember the old website, so it’s sort of as a new viewer that I’m reviewing this one.

from the Glenfarclas website

So, the new website – first of all, thank you for not making me have to enter in my whole birth date. A simple Yes or No to the question “are you of legal age wherever you are in the world right now” was nice.

The first image is of a couple of rows of barrels. And the byline “Made to age” is nice. The font choice is very deliberate I am sure, ‘Made’ is block letters that look a little worn around the edges, ‘age’ in a great flowery flowy script.

The stories told on the site are lovely and the pictures are very nice. I loved learning that when John Grant’s son George died, the licence for the distillery went to George’s widow Elise. And nice to find out that there’s yet another George Grant carrying on the Glenfarcas tradition.

Glenfarclas is a speyside whisky. Speyside is an area in Scotland around the River Spey. For a Canadian connection, wikipedia tells me that Robert Simpson, who founded Simpson’s, was born there. And “Speyside” is a protected locality for whisky in the UK, much like a DOP rating for Italian cheeses – in English it’s “protected designation of origin.” Basically, the UK law sets out that a whisky cannot be labelled, or advertised, in a way that includes a protected locality or region unless the whisky is Scotch Whisky that has been distilled in that locality or region. (source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2009/2890/regulation/10/made)

The definition of “scotch whisky” in the regulation is a little over half a page!

By Drawn by User:Briangotts as Image:Scotch regions.png and converted to SVG by w:User:Interiot. – Erskine, Kevin. The Instant Expert’s Guide to Single Malt Scotch. Doceon Press, 2005.Jackson, Michael. Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch. Running Press, 2004.Wilson, Neil. The Island Whiskey Trail. Glasgow: Angel’s Share, 2003., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2498675

Anyway, it’s a speyside I spent all of the afternoon thinking about: how I would pour a drink, post a picture and some tasting notes. Only I have none! None! I must have finished it a while ago. But I already had this much of the post so there you go. You get a bit about Glenfarclas, and I add it to my list of bottles to watch out for at the LCBO.