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]
I have a dear friend, Annie, living in England. She says it is hot there. She and I met while living in the southern region of Ontario, where it can be very hot and humid. So, when she says it is “hot”, I know what she means.
It is hot here, and the temperature is predicted to increase through the week. Fortunately for me, the office where I work is air-conditioned. As well, we are lucky enough to have an air conditioner installed in the bedroom, to carry us through those nights when the house doesn’t cool to a bearable sleeping temperature.
I have stopped working overtime. While Attila worked this morning, I washed up two sinks full of dirty dishes, took the car in for an oil change, visited the bank to deposit a check, and faced down the crowded isles of the grocery store to bring home our weekly supplies. Oh yes, I also managed to do my weekly laundry, so that I have clean fresh cloths with which to gird my loins, as I set forth into the big wide world of work on Monday morning.
During this really hot weather I like to avoid cooking. Keeping this in mind, my grocery basket was soon filled with lots of fruits and vegetables. Today we have enjoyed a spinach and mushroom salad for lunch and a stir-fried medley of zucchini, onion, garlic and mushrooms for dinner. To prepare the stir-fry, because it is so hot, we setup the propane camp stove on a table, on the deck, well away from the house. Now we can cook outdoors without adding unwanted heat to the interior of the house.
Attila arrived home mid-afternoon and resumed work on the porch. Originally he had estimated the end of June, and then the end of July would complete it. I will be grateful if it is completed while the weather is warm enough to apply stain and paint to the structure.
I am recording, for my own posterity, a few passages that ring deep and true in my own life, from the book Animal Dreams, by Barbara Kingsolver.
“The reporter, believing I would be pleased, sent me the clipping along with a note wishing my family all the best. The breadth of his ignorance made me feel hopeless, as I’ve sometimes felt in dreams, when the muscles dissolve and escape is impossible.” Page 271
“You could probably think of a hundred little things that would have made this turn out different. But you’d be wrong. A life like your sister’s isn’t some little pony you can turn around any way you want. It’s a train. Once it gets going it’s heavier than heaven and hell put together and it runs on its own track.” Page 304
“You don’t think you’ll live past it. And you don’t, really. The person you were is gone. But the half of you that’s still alive wakes up one day and takes over again.” Page 307
”It’s hard to give much away when you’re the subject of widespread disapproval and your heart is leaking from puncture wounds.” Page 333
|RECIPES :: Cast
Footloose and fancy free.
By the Easy Chair
by Barbara Kingsolver
On the Screen
An Australian Film we LOVED. In this flick the mother dies surrounded by her loving (and very whacky) family. The mother is played by the same actress who played the mother in Muriel's Wedding.
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