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]
This morning the thermometer said -33. Yesterday morning it was -30.
Yesterday the house maintained a comfortable temperature but overnight
it lost a lot of heat. So, it is 16 C in here this morning at the core
of the house, next to the masonry heater. It is much colder at my desk.
I am not sitting at my desk.
The sun is shining and the world outside my window is beautiful, beauty
with a definite bite to it.
Attila is working this morning. I've been moving around in my small
space, attending to little tasks and working on reducing the clutter
in the small space where I exist during the winter months.
After a week spent exclusively in this small space, with occasional
company from Attila, I am beginning to succumb to cabin fever. Not
bad really, since it is the end of January. Eight weeks of winter left
to survive. Sometimes survival is all you can hope for, so I hope.
Some of the bills coming in are not going to get paid, the services
they represent will have to be abandoned. We are letting CAA go, and
the prepaid cell phone won't be updated right away. We have a few months
with the cell phone before it is deactivated, and it will still call
911, which is a vital function when driving in sparsely populated areas.
Perhaps I'll get more work before it expires. Also, our mortgage comes
up for renewal in the next few months; thank goodness for current low
I know the Canadian economy is supposed to be on the upswing, but I
don't live in that Canada, I live in a different Canada altogether.
Still, there are many in circumstances more dire than ours.
Actually, the way of things now put me in mind of Glasgow, Scotland
in 1820, as my GGG Grandfather described it; "I had to labour
sixteen or eighteen hours a-day, and could only earn about six or seven
shillings a-week... I was confined to a damp shop... after I had toiled
until I could toil no more, I would have the mortification of being
a burden... here [Canada] it is a fair prospect of independence."
Source: A Narrative of the Rise & Progress of Emigration, From
the Counties of Lanark & Renfrew, to the New Settlements in Upper
Canada, On Government Grant, Comprising the Proceedings of the Glasgow
For Directing the Affairs and Embarkation of the Societies with a Map
of the Townships, Designs for Cottages, and A Plan of the Ship Earl
of Buckinghamshire, also Interesting Letters From the Settlements,
author Robert Lamond, Secretary and Agent. 1821
Now that is a book title!
|RECIPES :: Cast
A welcome site when it is -33 C just a few yards away!
On The Screen
The Pursuit of Happiness
"'Tis easy enough to be pleasant, when life flows like a song.
But the [person] worthwhile is the one who will smile when everything
goes dead wrong."
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Pressure: 103.0 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Dew Point: -36.3°C
Wind Speed: Calm