Cold Snap

It is 6:30 a.m., I’ve been up and about for several hours. Attila left for work half an hour ago. It is a lovely time of day, at this time of year. The coloured lights on the Christmas Tree cast twinkling colour on the tinsel, as the forced air heating sets the airwaves in motion on either side of the room. My old hand made lamp casts a soft light from the far corner. It is warm inside these walls, and very cold just a few feet away, beyond the border of shelter.

The light is beginning to creep into the sky. My coffee cup sits empty beside me. Soon it will be time to rise from this comfortable chair, to prepare breakfast, and then to begin the day’s activities. I linger in the soft light, just a little while longer.

Attila and I are continuing to “try”, a complex shared activity that seems to be progressing slowly but surely (I think!).

Here I am writing again as the day begins to close. It is very cold outside, but Mist Cottage is warm and cozy, thanks to our most marvellous thermostat. My day passed quietly, crochet hook in hand, sitting in the warm sun, comfortable in my easy chair. Yesterday shovelling snow was my exercise for the day, today it was the elliptical machine for thirty minutes. I have slowly worked my way up to a half an hour on the machine, having started at fifteen minutes. So far it is very easy on my arthritic knees.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 6:00 AM EST Wednesday 13 December 2017
Condition: Light Snow
Pressure: 100.1 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: -12.6°C
Dew point: -16.9°C
Humidity: 71%
Wind: NW 21 km/h
Wind Chill: -21
Visibility: 19 km


“Every individual has a place to fill in the world and is important in some respect whether he chooses to be so or not.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne
1804 – 1864

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Stubblejumpers Cafe

Sounds like a perfect day. -Kate


It *is* very cold outside, and we’re getting more snow. I don’t think this set will be reaching you, as we seem to be on the northern most edge. Fortunately, by the time we leave tomorrow at 5AM, the snow is supposed to have completely left our travel route. Thank goodness.

I’m glad to hear the elliptical is working for you. Do you have a problem with your knee going out, Maggie? I’m trying to determine if an elliptical might work for me, though I do have a balance issue that might be problematic.


It sounds like a wonderful day! Like Teri, I sometimes lose my balance, so I have an ancient Nordic Trak that I use. I can hold on to the bar lol.

Bex Crowell

Your descriptions are just right, and as I was reading today’s, I was thinking of Attila – and how he would describe his early morning hours if he were writing a blog such as this? What would he have described? Happiness at the charms of the season? Does he like the changing seasons and all the work they require? He’s a worker-bee for sure, but when a body retires, as I have now for a few years, it’s easier to find the loveliness in a life than it is when you are working/working/working all the hours of the day. Does he plan to retire anytime soon? Will he be happy with free hours to pursue his interests as he wishes rather than going off to work? It’s a lucky man or woman who works at a job they adore, but that really doesn’t apply to most of the population, I think. We work in order to survive. I don’t know why I am off on this tangent? Most of our snow is gone, only stubborn patches here and there remain.