It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new.
But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.
There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
Alan Cohen
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
Groucho Marx
The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Change is Going to Come

We had more storms last night but the result this time was actually cooler temperatures !
The sky is a dramatic mix of shades of grey and the wind is blowing.
I am definitely going to be outdoors today, enjoying walking again and not feeling like fainting from the heat .. or at least melting into a little puddle on the sidewalk.

It is quiet around here these days.
In this sort of summer heat , there is not much ambition to do much other than go online and look at places where it is not so hot, read about recipes I will make in the winter, and decide what to do with the apartment.
We are doing a bit of paint touching up at the moment. Well, one of us is, the other is just full of directions and comments. But full participation is expected soon.

The bad news ( to me in a lot of ways) is that the building which is 100 years old, is about to get a much needed bath.
But this bath requires the entire building to be wrapped in blue netting. Or black.
The men work inside the netting, supposedly the people passing by on the sidewalk will be protected from Stuff that will be falling.
When they are through, which could be in 6 months, the building will look much much better, cleaner than it has looked in some 50 years, probably.
The bad part : All of my plants that get sun are on the front balconies. They must come inside.
All of the light that comes into the apartment, comes in through the front windows and french doors, they must be closed, shutters and all.
And just in case this is not depressing enough, the wonderful tree in our back garden that shades my bedroom, that houses countless doves and their babies, has apparently outgrown it's garden and has been reaching roots under the buildings behind us , causing them problems.
Our tree has to be cut down.
I am bothered when I see branches trimmed on trees in the park, this will be a terrible thing.
Not to mention, the loss of greenery outside the window , leaving us a view of another building, not even a pretty building.

So regardless of how I hang on to Things and try to keep everything serene ...Someone Else comes along and messes things up.

I would much rather create my own Changes, if you know what I mean. So perhaps, soon, a Change will come.


  1. hello friend,
    I thought of you last night, somewhere in the middle of the night I had to get up to let the dogs out,...I am so sorry...
    snd it was a beautifull full moon which I am sure you also saw.
    be good to yourself. Colette ~ Afrique du Sud
    ps I adore your music that you at share at the moment.

  2. Merci beaucoup, Collette !
    We will make our own changes !
    And yes, we saw that moon ... it seemed as if we could go out on the balcony and touch it . Amazing and beautiful.
    I am glad you like the music, I hope everyone does.
    besitos, C

  3. Hello Candice:
    We know exactly what you mean about the netting over the windows. We experienced the same when the exterior of our Budapest apartment was cleaned. It was rather like living in an aquarium for months, but it was simply wonderful when finally it came down and the light flooded in once more.

    It is very sad about the tree, but there is a season to all things....

  4. Thank you Jane & Lance for your personal experience ! Living in an aquarium would have been nice this long hot summer but in winter I imagine I will be as blue as the netting :)
    Our one hope is that since it is not a terrible tall building and only the front will be done, that it will go quickly.
    besitos !

  5. At least you can be out of the building doing your walks a lot since it's summer. Thats a long time to be under wraps though. I also hate to see trees cut down, but they can cause a dreadful amount of damage.

  6. I know what you mean. Here in Romania they keep felling trees and destroying the lush vegetation to which we got used over the decades. After reading your post I had a nightmare that they cut down 3 trees at my parents' house ( which I inherited and am remodelling now)
    Fortunately those trees are still there. All the best to you.

  7. Razmataz, I have not stopped whining about the heat so in this case, staying In the building has been my summer. We are having a heat wave, ugh!

    Anonymous, I am so glad that it was only a dream :)
    Thank you very much !


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