This morning five inches of snow rests lightly on the deck railing. The pre-solstice snow is always beautiful to my eyes. In January I start to need snow goggles, by March I am as driven as a snowflake in a blizzard, to see the last of it. Falling on all that beautiful snow this morning . . . → Read More: Plenty
So here it is, December!
I am writing this from the little house in the city. We drove down on Friday night, got here just before midnight. Mist will spend two nights on her own. We turned on the electric heat before we left, so the temperature will not drop to freezing no . . . → Read More: Kettles and Coolers
A belated Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!
What is this thing today, Black Friday!
The names says it all to me! A day of dark doings.
We will not be saving money by spending money we do not have. Food and shelter and health care are not on sale, so there isn’t anything of . . . → Read More: Black Friday
An important survival skill, when living a life of isolation, is to structure time according to conditions. Winter, bringing dangerous driving conditions, and requiring strategies for domestic heat, alters the daily landscape. Travel becomes a complex challenge, vulnerable to unpredictable circumstance. In the winter our world shrinks, and we are made aware of the forces . . . → Read More: Winter Landscape
It has been nine days since I have left these four walls. Time passes without notice. Tonight I am restless, and awake, and I notice. How strange to think, that there are crowded streets, ceaseless lights, and bustle all over the planet, when here the white silence stretches into the black night. Even the bears . . . → Read More: Kitchen Magic
There is a lushness about a November rain, a striking, shimmering farewell of green. The last bright glimmers of life’s colour, before the white veil descends.
So it has been today.
Attila has it all! He is out there in the November rain, working, working, working. When Attila needs protective clothing for work he often . . . → Read More: November Rain
Today I find myself thinking about healthy communication and conversations I have had, or have tried to have. I like to exchange ideas with other people. I like to listen to what they think, to their opinions, and to gain insights into how they structure their realities. Curiosity is a central motivation in my interactions . . . → Read More: Leading Questions, Loaded Questions, and Fallacious Assumptions
Monday, November 18
We made it through the windy night without incident.
We made it through the windy morning without incident.
Then, shortly after 10:00 a.m. the power shut down, with a bang.
Investigation of the immediate power lines and transformer revealed no problems.
Every hour a call was made to the hydro power outage . . . → Read More: Powerless Wind
Attila and I donned our glad rags last night and headed off to our evening out at the restaurant. The experience exceeded expectations on all counts, and we both had a lovely time. Good company makes all the difference! The restaurant staff were wonderful. Attila said the food was great. We both ordered a drink, . . . → Read More: Mincemeat
A lot of people enjoy “dressing up”. I celebrate, and even envy, their joy. I would make a lousy princess; no fairy wings and crinolines for me.
We are attending a party this weekend. It is at an upscale establishment. People will be dressed up. I cannot wear my usual old and tattered and functional . . . → Read More: Dressing Up