Sunny Day with Snow Squalls

The New Year is upon us! Wishing everyone health, wealth of the soul, and wisdom in the New Year!

Sunshine! We see this sky, and then within ten minutes one can hardly see the trees for the falling snow. The snow squalls come fast and strong. Then they leave and this beautiful blue sky appears once more.
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We will celebrate quietly in front of the evening fire. We usually nod off before midnight.

Sunshine, how glorious is the sunshine today. The snow squalls are pretty too, we have had several of those already today; but they add to chore list, and so are not nearly as popular with us as the sunshine.

I have bounced back from my down day. Slept soundly through the night last night, and arose with enthusiasm to get going with my day. When I let myself experience my feelings, when it is time to do so, they are liberated towards a natural balance.

Looking at the old year, I am grateful for all our good fortune. Our loved ones are relatively healthy, that is first and foremost on my list of luck. Attila, Mist, and I have much good fortune. We have our health, comfortable shelter, healthy food, adequate health care, and the ability to lead active lives. My only regret is having paid any mind to negative people and circumstances they created. Having to deal with them is a part of life, but paying them mind is regrettable. Perhaps I will do better with that in 2014!

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Weather

-10°C
Date: 3:00 PM EST Tuesday 31 December 2013
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.6 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: -10.2°C
Dewpoint: -16.5°C
Humidity: 61%
Wind: NW 15 gust 28 km/h
Wind Chill: -17

Quote

“The words ‘I am…’ are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to. The thing you’re claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you.”
A. L. Kitselman

A Good Weep

Some days you just need a good weep. Today was my day.

After an almost sleepless night, I arose just as Attila was leaving for work. He let me “sleep in” until after 7 a.m., bless his soul.

There were a few issues brought to my attention yesterday. One made me feel “mad”, the others made me feel sad. Each of these issues warranted my healthy emotional response. In each and every instance, I did what I could, what I thought was right, and had to let go of the outcomes which were beyond my control. Sometimes your best is just not good enough. I feel sad when that occurs in my life.

These feelings can be quite intense, which is temporary, and part of the process of processing. Usually I soldier on, tolerating these feelings, one foot in front of the other, trusting to the unknown to take matters in a gravitational flow towards decency.

This morning though, something unusual occurred.

This past week I have been publicly voicing an opinion about a public issue that I could not ignore. My voice was deleted, in both of two instances. Computers are great for that, erasing all dissent. In one case it was to my benefit. In the other the individual sought complete control over the interaction, and destroyed input that did not align with his agenda, which was not an admirable course of action. Remarkably, his agenda involved protesting the silencing of dissenting voices!

This morning I was surprised to receive a thank-you message, from out of the blue, from someone who had seen one of my postings before it had been deleted. This individual thanked me for doing my civic duty, and alerted me to the action which was taking place to resolve the issue, action that had resulted from my posting.

The upshot of this unexpected positivity was that I sat with my head in my arms, at the dining room table, and wept. I wept until I could weep no more. Then I got up and did the dishes.

These issues are what they are, and will evolve as fate allows. I will be monitoring my actions carefully, as always, to ensure that I act from a position of integrity and respect for others. That is within my power.

The other issues are still pending. It is my hearts desire that they turn out well for the good people involved.

A Christmas tea towel hung on the window. Needs a bit of tweaking does this solution. The length and width need adjustment, the colour and design of the fabric need to be more in line with a year round theme. Yet I like this Christmas tea towel, it adds a bit of cheer.
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Sunny and cold here today! We are warm and cozy in the house, the wood for the next firing is sitting by the masonry heater. Mist is snoozing and snoring quietly in her basket. The first set of tea towels have been hung on the windows. I am contemplating fetching some of the soup bones that Terra gave us, from the freezer, to make soup. There is nothing quite like “cooking from scratch”, to keep your hands happily busy.

Now it is time to move one foot in front of the other, move towards today’s sunshine, and the things I can do something about.

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Weather

Sunny
-22°C
Date: 9:00 AM EST Monday 30 December 2013
Condition: Sunny
Pressure: 102.2 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: -22.1°C
Dewpoint: -24.5°C
Humidity: 81%
Wind: NNW 13 km/h
Wind Chill: -31

Quote

“With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow – I have still joy in the midst of these things. Riches and honors acquired by unrighteousness are to me as a floating cloud.”
Confucius
551 BC – 479 BC

Typing Error

Attila and I spent the day puttering about the house. The temperature will drop to -19C tonight, from a high today of over 5C. It will be quite a shock. We fired the masonry heater this morning, and again this afternoon, and will do one more firing before we turn in for the night. After the first fire the temperature in the room was over 29C, which is far too warm for comfort, as far as I am concerned. But we needed to build the heat to carry us through the bitterly cold night. When the second fire died down the indoor temperature was over 30C. It was time to take off all but the most essential layers of clothing.

As the evening has progressed the temperature outside has fallen to -11C, and the indoor temperature is falling as well, to 27C as I write. By morning it should be a comfortable 20C in the house.

This morning I experienced a shock. I have recovered myself now.

When I visited the weather network web site, and looked at the 14 day temperature trend, the predicted night time low for the fourteenth night was -44C. Jumping Jehosaphat Batman! That would keep Attila and I busy around the clock, keeping the pipes from freezing! I checked again this afternoon and the typing error was corrected, and now the fourteenth night shows a predicted low of -10C. Thank goodness for that!

One of the purchases I made on Saturday morning was curtain rods, inexpensive rods for the small windows at both houses. I also bought clip hooks, loops with hooks that attach to fabric, which I can clip to a tea towel or any piece cloth. Attila installed the rods this afternoon, and now the Christmas tea towels are hanging merrily in the kitchen window, where before they were taped to the glass.

The advantage to the clip hooks is that I can experiment with fabrics and colours until I find the one that suits us perfectly. The rejected tea towels can be used as… tea towels.

We are glad to be home.

2:46 p.m. With the warm temperature today, the 2 1/2 foot deep snow load began to slip from the roof. The overhang can get impressive. When it comes down it will feel like an avalanche.
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As I was sitting in my chair, happily preparing this entry for upload, a great roar and rumble preceded a tremendous crash. The picture hanging on the interior side of the exterior wall of the house bounced three inches off the wall, and back again. About a third of the snow load had just come down. One chunk of these huge ice sheets fell off the deck and landed where we usually park my car. The huge ice sheet would have done serious damage to the vehicle, but Attila had thought to move it this afternoon. If I hear that rumble when I am outside, I will run away from the house as fast as I can!

8:22 p.m. brought part of the snow load down to the deck. And it did feel like an avalanche.
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Weather

-11°C
Date: 7:39 PM EST Sunday 29 December 2013
Condition: Light Snow
Pressure: 100.6 kPa
Visibility: 10 km
Temperature: -10.9°C
Dewpoint: -12.0°C
Humidity: 92%
Wind: WNW 17 km/h
Wind Chill: -18

Quote

“The opportunity for brotherhood presents itself every time you meet a human being.”
Jane Wyman
1917 – 2007

There and Back Again

The ice storm last weekend was spectacular! Not here of course, we experienced a slight drizzle of ice that had little effect. We know about the incredible ice storm only because we drove through the aftermath on our trip down to the little house in the city.

On Christmas Eve Day we headed out in the early morning for the little house in the city. The roads were cleared by then, and the sun shone brightly. As we travelled south we entered a fairyland of glitter and sparkle. The ice was more than a inch thick on all the trees, grasses, everything! The sunlight lit up the landscape such that I have never seen before. It was a joy to behold.

We arrived safely on Christmas Eve. There was a two foot high, solid ice barrier across the end of the driveway. Attila began the long process of chipping out an opening for the car, to get the car off the road for the night. Soon Terra drove up in her car, and then Lares drove up in his van. We were delighted when they opened the back of the van to show us our Christmas present, from Terra and Lares, Luna and Janus, a hot water heater! And to make the present totally perfect, Lares proceeded to install it for us, on the spot! After the water heater was installed, Lares helped Attila remove ice from the driveway, to the point where we could park the car off the road. Then off they went to visit other relatives in the area.

We spent the rest of the evening watching A Christmas Carol, the 1951 version starring Alistair Sim. On Christmas Day we opened our presents under our tiny tree, enjoyed our morning coffee, and listened to Christmas Carols. Then we drove out to Terra and Lares place to share a wonderful breakfast with them, and Lare’s long-time friend Gamers, again enjoying the ice encased scenery during the trip. Terra’s house was beautiful. She had several small Christmas Trees that they harvested from the back bush, and a large one in the bay window at the front of the house. It was festive and warm and wonderful.

The next day Attila and I headed out to Terra and Lare’s place again. We arrived in time to prepare the dressing, dress the turkey, and get it into the oven. Then Lare’s Dad and partner arrived, and Luna and Janus and the Grandbabies arrived, with Luna’s homemade cookies. Next Lare’s Grandmother arrived with her homemade rolls and apple pie, yum!

Terra’s house became to centre of our known universe for the next three days. Terra and Lares made us all feel welcome, safe, and warm.

And we had dogs, lots of dogs. First, the resident pooch, Dash, who was very pleased and excited to see all of us. Lare’s Dad’s dog, T-Bone, a good natured Bassett Hound arrived, much to Dash’s delight; they are best friends. Luna and Janus’s dogs Benny and Bim arrived. Benny is very good natured and affectionate. Bim is older now and easily overwhelmed by commotion. There were a lot of us, and we created a lot of commotion. Bim did very well, all things considered. Lare’s Grandmother’s dog Jeannie arrived next, another relaxed and good natured dog. And we also had cats, Terra’s three cats, who were not always enthusiastic about the dogs. Adults, kids, dogs, and cats everywhere, glorious.

We spent almost all waking hours visiting with Terra and Lares, and Luna, Janus, the Grandbabies and Gamers.

What fun to spend time with the the Grandbabies, Imp, Elf, and Tink!

This morning Attila removed most of the ice that remained on the driveway at the little house in the city. It was thick. The temperature today was above freezing, which facilitated breaking the ice into small enough chunks that they could be heaved aside. Most of the ice that had clung to the trees fell this morning as well, which means that there will be no further ice damage.

While Attila shovelled, I did made a whirlwind shopping trip, visiting five different stores, list in hand. When I returned from my shopping trip the drive was cleared. Attila and I ate a quick lunch, and then began the process of loading the car for the trip back to the country house. The very last carry out to the car was with Mist in her cage.

The trip home was uneventful. The roads were wet and clear, and dry and clear in spots. We encountered a wee bit of fog close to the country house. Although we were happy with the circumstances of our journey, Mist definitely was not. She yowled, mostly at the top of her lungs, through most of the journey. That is a lot of yowling! We brought her into the house as soon as we arrived home, and within five minutes she was ensconced on Attila’s seat and sleeping peacefully. Home sweet home.

The electric heaters kept the country house cozy and warm, so we arrived to comfort. The first fire is in the masonry heater, the car is unpacked, our belongings are put away, and we are beginning to wind down and relax.

Our time away passed in the blink of an eye!

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Weather

0°C
Date: 7:00 PM EST Saturday 28 December 2013
Condition: Mist
Pressure: 101.6 kPa
Visibility: 6 km
Temperature: 0.4°C
Dewpoint: -0.5°C
Humidity: 94%
Wind: SSW 8 km/h

Quote

“It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.”
John Andrew Holmes

Merry Christmas!

Peace and Joy to you on this Christmas Morning! From our house to yours.
2013 Christmas Ice

Greetings! Wishing you all a peaceful day full of comfort and joy!

We made it! We drove to the little house on Christmas Eve day, yesterday. The ice storm provided us with fairytale beautiful scenery, it sparkled and shone! The power was on in the little house. The ice is thick at the little house. Our Christmas present from Terra and Lares, and Luna and Janus was delivered Christmas Eve, and installed by Lares. They gave us a hot water heater!!! A gift that will keep on giving for many years to come!

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Weather

Partly Cloudy
-25°C
Date:
11:00 AM EST Wednesday 25 December 2013
Condition: Partly Cloudy
Pressure: 103.5 kPa
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 19 km
Temperature: -16.4°C
Dewpoint: -19.4°C
Humidity: 78%
Wind: NE 9 km/h
Wind Chill: -31

Quote

“To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”
Calvin Coolidge