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]
was Attila's day off work and it snowed all day and
into the night. He spent the entire day shoveling.
deck is now cleared of the snow from
the last big
snow storm; just in time to receive another load from
the deep supply accumulating once again on the roof.
This morning dawned sunny and very cold. The sun is welcome,
very welcome. The cold not so much, as Attila is out there
working with a wind chill factor of -31 C. More snow expected
tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday, Christmas Eve day,
it will be
If one entirely abandons any thoughts of leaving the property,
life flows very easily. But isolation says no, there will
be no comfortable flow of time without human contact. A harsh
task master, is isolation.
Luckily Attila will be home for a few extra days over the
holidays. He may just catch up with the shoveling and be
able to play a game or two of scrabble.
I was thinking this morning, about my increased interest
in cooking, baking and "comfort food", during the
winter months of isolation. The enhanced interest in food
is probably a direct result
of "cabin fever" related stress.
The best solution is to take direct steps
to alleviate the "cabin fever", instead of trying
to control the stress it creates with food. Ah, but there
is the rub,
just what is that elusive strategy that will succeed in alleviating
"cabin fever". Still looking.
Today I tried a new recipe, Crispy Cinnamon Garbanzo Beans.
Although quite edible, it is a recipe that will not be prepared
a second time. However, I may try something similar with
Today's bread in on the hearth, slowly rising. It may reach
a reasonable volume, but I am not optimistic. Attila declares
almost every loaf delicious, so I feel free to continue
experimenting with recipes and techniques.
Later today I hope to try out a recipe for Christmas Bread.
I love Christmas Bread, filled with candied fruit.
|RECIPES :: Cast
A welcome sunny morning!
BBC Radio Scotland
By The Easy Chair
by Diana Gabaldon
"Under the model that the research team has proposed, glucocorticoids
would both prompt vigilance to threats and send a signal
to the brain of a chronically stressed animal to seek high-energy
From Comfort-food cravings may be body’s attempt
to put brake on chronic stress
Source: Jennifer O'Brien, September 10, 2003, University of California, San
Pressure: 101.1 kPa rising
Visibility: 12.9 km
Humidity: 86 %
Wind Chill: -27
Wind: NW 13 km/h