has been a day of contrast. This morning, as we sat
in front of the fire drinking our coffee, there arose
such a clatter! The noise came from the chimney, and
I immediately thought, "Oh no, a chimney fire!".
This is, of course, highly unlikely to occur with a
heater. The noise was hundreds of tiny ice pellets hitting
the metal chimney cover. The freezing rain we had been
warned to watch for was coming down.
Here is it is, later in the day, and the sun is shining brightly. How very different from this morning.
And the temperature is above freezing today. Which means the ice awning on the south side of the house hung lower and lower as the day went by, until it crashed down onto the deck, to spectacular effect. Just ask Mist about it, she must have jumped a foot into the air from a dead sleep.
Attila asked me at lunch what I had been up to. Nothing much, is what I told him. But then I thought about it. Nothing much means, in this case, washing up yesterday's dishes, baking two loaves of bread, editing a web site, responding to email messages, collecting food from the freezer and the cold room (the back kitchen) for tonight's dinner and wading through a huge email download over a dialup connection. I guess that in my personal dictionary nothing means doing the things that need doing and not coming up with anything new. I'm not being fair to myself.
Over the weekend we finally got out to the bank, grocery store and the Canadian Tire store to do a bit of shopping. I had been biding my time, waiting for an opportunity to shop for a humidifier. The house has been so dry with the very cold winter. I've been suffering nosebleeds and an incredible amount of static electricity has been making life uncomfortable. We needed a humidifier.
The price took my breath away! The most inexpensive unit I found on the shelf was over $50.00, and definitely out of our financial comfort zone. Attila however, with his usual eye for value, found an alternative, the lowly vaporizer, at $19.99. Basically just a plastic tub with a heating element and an electric cord, this is very basic technology. It has been steaming away in the corner since Sunday. The nosebleeds are gone. The static electricity is gone. The associated problems are resolved.
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This is the ice awning, just before it came down with a crash. The ice is three to four inches thick.
"Sunshine cannot bleach the snow,
Nor time unmake what poets know."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Condition: Light Rain
Pressure: 100.0 kPa
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 86 %
Wind Chill: -7
Wind: SE 15 km/h
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