You can't complain about Quebec in the autumn: about the weather anyway.
There was a protest in town because Hydro Quebec wants to raise costs 5 percent. To justify this, they claim that Ontario Hydro is much more expensive and New York Hydro double the price.
Sure, but it's OUR Hydro and low hydro is the one perk of living here.
Taxes are way lower in Ontario and New York.
In Ontario and New York they don't have as many houses ENTIRELY run by electricity just because it is cheaper.
Like our house.
Here's the USED Hot tub my husband got and fixed and it's ready to be hooked up.
He has always wanted to buy a hot tub for me.. he thinks it will save on hot water. I take so many hot baths in the winter. I doubt it.
Especially since we are in the process of renovating our bathroom and my husband found a second hand jacuzzi that is MUCH bigger than the old bathtub.
I love this bath.
The electrician came by and it's going to cost about 1,000 to hook up the tubs and the generator we bought two years ago..in case of a power failure, but we couldn't find an electrician who would do the work.. They don't like little jobs apparently.
We bought the generator during Hurrican Sandy, or the week before when I saw the storm bearing down on New York and the models said it would hit Burlington Vermont.
"That's us," I told my husband and we aren't prepared, even after the ice storm of 1998...
Well, we had an old generator, but it wore out from DISUSE "We're going to freeze in the dark," I complained.
And I have two dogs and two cats.
So we went out and bought a generator and cleaned our fireplaces in case of emergency.
(In our district we can own a woodstove, but they are forbidden in the city, making citizens ever more reliant on electricity for heat )
Last year we did lose our electricity in the depths of February, only for a day. I huddled downstairs with a propane heater and a propane light for a few hours. It wasn't fun.
The cats were not happy. But the electricity soon came back.
We lost our power, too, on July 19 at 4.00 this summer.
There was a huge storm that downed trees in Montreal. Someone I know in the North End got pinned under a tree for a couple of hours.
As it happens, that was the exact hour of the wedding Rehearsal Dinner we were hosting for my son's wedding.
All my decorations blew away. But I saw it coming on the radar.
The guests all huddled in the dark in our dining room where
I put candles in champagne glasses and my husband got out the generator out and plugged it in through the kitchen to keep the food in the fridge from going bad.
It all turned out OK. The huge storm blew out the hot wet weather and the next afternoon was lovely for the wedding.
That's what counted.
Here I am playing tennis yesterday afternoon. I have this urge to take advantage of every beautiful day remaining.
I've written a lot about Public baths on this blog.
Montreal had about 20 public baths in 1910. They were there to wash the industrial masses. England had had them since the 1850's. They copied the Romans.
Most Montrealers didn't have baths, and the Protestants thought, no BELIEVED, that Cleanliness was next to Godliness. And they didn't want boys bathing naked in the St. Lawrence River...
Read Milk and Water.
The Art Deco Entrance to Les Bains Genereux, opened in 1927, the era of my play Milk and Water.