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]
yes, the time of year has come when
one does not navel gaze, but thermometer
It has been -20C for the last few nights,
and not much warmer during the day.
The wind has been a big contributing
factor in cooling the house down, to
below comfort level. So, Attila and
I are bundled up in multiple layers
of warm clothing. I am wearing gloves
to keep my hands from aching in the
cold, a wool hat to keep my head warm
and a down vest over my clothing to
keep the chill from my back. Sitting
for any length of time is not an option.
to keep moving. This is indoors I am
And how is Mist reacting to the current
interior ambiance of our home? She is
following me around complaining loudly.
When that fails to bring about a rise
in temperature, she seeks out Attila
and sits herself down in the middle
of whatever he is doing; sitting in
complete silence and purposeful immovability.
This morning it was 14C in the warmest
area of the house, and significantly
colder as one moved away from the fireplace.
I ran the hot water in the taps to make
sure the water lines maintain a temperature
above freezing. The weather has our
complete and undivided attention.
It is cold out there, very windy and
snowing again. The roads are still very
I wouldn't say we are cozy in here,
it is better
I think of the number of homeless people
in Canada who have to brave these temperatures
in the "great" outdoors, day
in and day out. It is unconscionable
that our leaders
allow this degree
of poverty and want to exist in our
It is difficult to focus on anything
but warmth this morning. I am optimistic
that Attila will have it warmed up in
here by this afternoon, he is hard at
work chopping wood as I write.
The challenge of keeping warm doesn't
seem so desperate right now, at the
beginning of the winter; it is almost
However, come the middle of February
one's perspective evolves, through
familiarity, that is the familiarity
Adventure is a nice place to visit,
but really, you would not want
to live there.
|RECIPES :: Cast
Cyclamen in the Cold
in the cold.
On The Screen
Too many stars to count in this one!
Still shots at the end make the movie
a Finnish term translated into English
as strength of will, determination,
perseverance, and acting rationally
in the face of adversity... sisu is
defined by a long-term element in it;
momentary courage, but the ability to
sustain an action against the odds."
And now you know why I think I'm living
with Attila the Finn! Maybe it is a
climate thing with the Finns!
Wind:NNW 30 gust 41 km/h
Wind Chill: -30