Cold Snap

Cold. Mist sits in front of the masonry heater when the fire is burning, basking in the warmth. Mist sits in front of the masonry heater when it is not firing, yowling loudly to let us know that it is chilly in the house and a roaring fire would be appropriate. Three full fires a day are the maximum we will burn in the masonry heater, as no additional heat is to be gained by additional firings beyond three. This afternoon Attila will build a fire in the little cast iron wood stove in the basement for additional heat.

Tonight we definitely need to sleep under the eiderdown.

We decided to make a dash for the grocery store this afternoon after Attila got home from work. The drive alone took more than an hour round trip, and it took us about an hour to do our shopping. The second we arrived back Attila built a fire in the little wood stove downstairs. While we were away the indoor temperature near the masonry heater dropped two degrees centigrade, to 16C.

Dinner is already made, we are having leftovers. I pan fried haddock last night; dredged in flour and ground pepper, browned lightly in olive oil, with lots of chopped garlic. Attila feels it was the best fish dinner he has ever had. The taste was outstanding. The presentation, well as far as I’m concerned the presentation could be improved. I guess if it really bothered me, I could eat with my eyes closed.

Extreme weather, like poor health, has a way of overwhelming other aspects of every day life.

Worldly Distractions


-15 °C
Condition: Snow
Pressure: 101.2 kPa
Visibility: 2 km
Temperature: -15.0°C
Dewpoint: -16.7°C
Humidity: 87 %
Wind: NW 4 km/h
Wind Chill: -18
Tonight and Tomorrow morning:
Significant wind chill tonight into Sunday morning.
This is a warning that extreme wind chill conditions are imminent or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..Listen for updated statements.
Clearing skies with increasing northerly winds will give cold wind chill values in the minus 35 to 40 range beginning overnight and continuing into Sunday morning. People outdoors should exercise extreme caution as frostbite on exposed skin may occur in as little as ten minutes.


“The best way to keep one’s word is not to give it.”
Napoleon Bonaparte
1769 – 1821