Cold! It was –31 C outside the kitchen window this morning. In the warmest part of the house, near the heater, it was 14 C. We knew it had been cold throughout the night, as the air around us as we emerged from underneath our warm comforter, had a real bite to it. I’ll be wearing my gloves, with the fingers cut out of them, in the house all day today!
We all three enjoyed our time sitting in front of a roaring fire this morning!
Despite being plugged in overnight, our car would not start this morning; the battery just would not provide enough power to turn the motor over. Attila called in for assistance, and just as the rescue vehicle arrived the car started! Better late than never of course.
Yesterday I worked on one of the web sites I developed for a small company. It hadn’t been updated for a while, so it was good to get the information from the owner and get things up to the minute. That took up most of my day. It was lovely, because I could work on my laptop in the chair by the window. And the sun shone brightly all day long.
We did get out on Friday evening to deposit a cheque and purchase supplies. Although the adventure lasted only a few hours, it was restorative. I feel much better for having been out and about.
This past week has offered me opportunities for growth. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it, opportunities. However, growth involves gathering information and then dealing with what it all means. Some harsh truths had to be faced in my world over the last few days; ghosts from the past to be confronted. I can say that it is better to know how things are, deal with the pain, accept the situation and move on.
It was a sleepless night, waiting for the feedback I needed to understand the nature of the situation. The next night I knew the score, felt the bite of reality, began to mourn my losses and slept soundly and deeply.
The Eight Weeks of Winter Tour de Force is going well. The yellow chrysanthemums we purchased last Friday sit by my side, brightening the room. Attila and I have chosen a CD for a “gala movie night”, as suggested by a friend, but have gone a little off the track with the concept. Instead of a movie we have ordered a set of episodes of Northern Exposure, a series we both enjoyed when it first aired on television. Watching these episodes will be accompanied by ritual, healthy snacks and drinks all round.
This morning I will work happily in the sunshine again. It is still early morning; the sun is just beginning to peek over the horizon.
The landscape today is beauty and the beast.
|RECIPES :: Cast
First Week's bounty of the "Eight Weeks of Winter Tour de Force"
composed by Steve Paul Simms
performed by Steve Paul Simms; John Jackson
On The Screen
By The Easy Chair
by Jane Rogers
"The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose."
Press 103.1 kPa / rising
Visibility 15 km
Dew Point -33.7°C
Page by Page: A Woman's Journal