Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:
[This is the site I visit to fantasize about
living in Toronto again, which is almost
day during the winter]
Jonathan Cainer's Zodiac Forecasts
[This is where I visit in the morning, when
I need a positive spin on things past, present
[This is where I go to see what Canadians
are up to, sometimes I even buy things from
the businesses listed there.]
Environment Canada Weather
[This is the site I visit every morning,
and before every road trip during the winter]
Summer has arrived, with a vengeance! Hot, dirty, humid air sits all around us; it actually stinks.
Yesterday the house remained relatively cool. This was achieved by keeping the windows closed, shades drawn, using a minimum number of appliances and lights, and keeping the attic hatch open. The attic hatch trick is great; it allows the truly hot air to escape upwards, where it naturally heads.
Attila, after working hard in the hot sun for most of the day, came home with a yearning for a cool, dry atmosphere. So the air conditioning is now running at 26' C, which is quite comfortable when there is no humidity in the air.
This morning Attila dropped off at the door, a flat of fresh-picked strawberries. They were beautiful and ripe, just right for jam. The rest of the morning I was happily occupied; washing, hulling and crushing berries, sterilizing jars and lids, and ladling delicious smelling strawberry jam into the waiting jars.
There are two quarts of strawberries left, after my jam-making frenzy. Since we are visiting Terra and Lares for dinner tonight, one of those quarts will find itself in Terra’s kitchen. They recently moved, and this is our first visit to their new apartment. They do not have air conditioning, and I wonder at the wisdom of choosing this week to visit. However, the hot weather could stretch out indefinitely, and I would not miss the visit for the world.
Since the hot weather arrived several days ago, the potted plants on the front porch have needed extra attention. It is rather pleasant to swan about, watering here and there, in the early morning coolness. The garden plants are beginning to look a little thirsty too, we hope the rain predicted for Thursday will arrive as scheduled. If not, we will have to perform a rescue with hose and sprinkler.
Mist has become more independent since the hot weather set in. Seldom sitting on our laps these days, she prefers to spend her time on the footstool with her current obsession, Attila’s dirty shirt.
Recently we discovered that Mist has a fetish for Attila’s dirty work shirts. She nuzzles them, rolls around on them, and waits by the laundry hamper in breathless anticipation. It is all very funny of course, because Attila works very hard, and his work shirts carry the proof. Since we put a dirty work shirt on the footstool for Mist, she spends most of her day either cuddled up to it, or protecting it.
I am feeling rather elated at the moment. While I was busy making jam this morning, I received a telephone call from the Doctor’s office offering me the opportunity to have my surgery in July, rather than in late November! I have been on the "waiting list", a cancellation came open, and now it is filled. This news was most welcome, and I made the arrangements on the spot. Now all I have to do is work hard so that my hemoglobin levels meet the minimum requirements for the anesthetic. It is a very good thing that I am fond of spinach.
With any luck, I will be able to tolerate the medications I must take between now and my surgery date; and by mid-August, I will be feeling like a million bucks!
|RECIPES :: Cast
By the Easy Chair
by Sheri S. Tepper
Wind: SW 11 km/h
Barometric: 101.8 kPa
Sunrise 5:45 AM EDT
Sunset 9:07 PM EDT