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]
My complaint is going straight to upper management.
This is an issue that needs to be addressed.
Friday night the temperature dipped to -17 C. Saturday
morning I killed a mosquito in the bathroom. The little
was out and ready for a satisfying meal! It isn't fair!
Saturday was sunny and beautiful. We took advantage
of the good roads to get Attila to a flu clinic, where
he got his annual flu shot. It was quick, it was easy
and it was painless. I had already had my flu shot at
my GP's office, right after my annual physical checkup.
Seems I'm in passable shape for an old girl. Hurrah!
We bought a few groceries, taking note that prices are
significantly higher than they were on our last visit
to the store. We stocked up on a few of the ingredients
brown sugar and walnuts. These items aren't on everyone's
must-have list, but they are key ingredients at our
house. We rely heavily on the sugar and the nuts to
enhance the taste and texture of the other raw ingredients
that make up the bulk of our diet. It is the little
things that make a big difference.
The drive was lovely, as there is still a lot of snow
hanging on the tree branches,even after a week. Sun
sparkled trees lined the roads, making the journey almost
Actually, the trip to the grocery store is the first
time I've stepped outside the door since a week ago Friday.
How time flies. It is so easy to fall into complete
isolation without even noticing it. Without noticing
it at first that is; after a few weeks the negative
effects of this kind of isolation start to kick in and
one does begin to notice the onset of "cabin fever".
I've finished the first draft of the genealogy
book for friends; this version will be donated
to the library.
It has been a long time in the works and I'll be
glad to get closure on it. A few more edits are
the formatting needs some tweaking as well. Then
it will be time to print.
The new food mixer is making very good bread. I do like
making two loaves at once because I only have to bake
twice a week. Attila eats a lot of bread.
I am continuing to find food in the freezer that has
been there a little too long and needs to be eaten as
soon as possible. I've been taking special care cooking
these items, as they are no longer visually appealing.
They are quite sound though, and provide us with excellent
So far I've baked half an organic chicken, it was delicious.
Also, we have had a few meals based on vegetarian burgers.
These have been quite nice baked with a very spicy BBQ
sauce and served with fresh cooked beets and carrots.
I discovered a new way to eat beets and carrots, new
to me anyway. I dip them in a hot & sweet mustard.
Wow. Zing. The best part of this is that the mustard is low
in salt and has no fat, making it an excellent alternative
to the butter and salt I would normally add to my vegetables.
Snowing this morning, Sunday, so I guess we will be
staying close to home on Attila's day off work. The
winter season has arrived.
Addendum: We do notice the economic crisis settling
over the known world. We watch, we wait, we hope...
The loss of large investments does not affect us directly,
we have no large investments to lose. We do have our
teeny, tiny bits of material wealth though and a mortgage
and debts to pay. We worry just as much as the big players
about losing everything. Most of what we hear on the
news concerns the interests of the few but powerful
"haves". There is not a lot of focus on the effects
majority of the earth's population. Since I don't think
anyone really knows how all this will affect most of
us, there may not be much to say anyway.
|RECIPES :: Cast
O' Come All Ye Faithful
rendition by Bing Crosby
By The Easy Chair
The Honk an Holler Opening Soon
by Billie Letts
"What degree of urbanization will it take before governments
realize they are not governing a vast expanse of land, but
a handful of cities."
from The Canadian Alternative: Survival, Expeditions
and Urban Change
by W. W. Bunge and R. Bordessa, page 218 (1975)
Condition: Light Snow
Pressure: 102.8 kPa
Visibility: 11.3 km
Humidity: 91 %
Wind Chill: -10
Wind: ESE 4 km/h