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]
new year began well for us, as we slept in this morning
until 6:44 a.m. This statement is not entirely accurate,
I slept in until 6:44 a.m. and Attila slept in until
6:47 a.m., when Mist and I woke him, to engage him in
a conversation concerning the wisdom of building a fire.
Mist decided that
the house was simply not warm enough and jumped up on
the bed, to settle on my chest, to make her views known.
She made perfect sense to me.
This first day of 2009 I am thinking about my maternal
grandparents. I was one of the lucky children who
had quiet and relaxed times with my grandparents. I
have fond memories of sitting on Granny's kitchen-stool,
in Granny's kitchen, chattering away, asking questions
as I watched her bake pies or bread. She even had an
apron for me and let me try my hand. I have memories
spent fishing with Grandpa, learning how to bait the
hook with a worm and how to sit quietly and patiently,
listening to water lapping the sides of the boat.
I often wonder just how the family managed to give us
that quality time. Anyone could have shown us baking
or taken us fishing. Spending time with our elders must
have been something that my mother, aunts, uncles and
grandparents considered of utmost importance. My grandparents
a 7 to 8
hour drive away from where we lived. There
very little money to be had, or time to be
indulgences. Despite any impediments, the relationship
with my grandparents was actively enouraged and remained
an integral part of my life;
an experience shared by all of their
My family valued all generations; in particular the
elders were respected, for the richness of their knowledge
and experience. How lucky we were, to have learned to
The hydro crews have not reached us yet, to remove the
branch hanging on the hydro line in front of the house.
This is not an urgent situation, unless we get very
high winds again. Since the weather report includes
no mention of high winds, I think we are good until
such time as the crew arrives to remove the branch.
Attila and I are having a quiet day. I have baked a
pumpkin pie to have with our dinner. Since we overindulged
in salty foods, like nachos, last night, tonight we
are choosing a low sodium, low fat meal, enchiladas.
A bit incongrous, Mexican food with pumpkin pie for
dessert, but I have no doubt whatsoever that we will
enjoy every bite.
|RECIPES :: Cast
Mist taking a little snooze in front of the fireplace. She
is hard at work quality testing the heating system.
by Kate Wolf
On The Screen
starrring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett
By The Easy Chair
by Diana Gabaldon
"I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from
the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange,
I am ungrateful to these teachers."
(1883 - 1931)
Pressure: 102.5 kPa falling
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 64 %
Wind Chill: -16
Wind: SSE 13 km/h