The first thing I noticed, as I gazed out the living room window, sitting comfortably in my easy chair, was the flight of distant birds, silhouetted against the billowy grey, pink and blue tinted, clouds. I soared with them for a moment.

The second thing I noticed this morning, from the comfort of my chair, was the absence of flies. Every morning, until this morning, the windows I look out of have been crawling with flies, trapped between the single pane glass of the windows and the storm windows. They have been so numerous that their shadows have added much animation to the splashes of sunshine on interior of the house. I will not miss the flies. They will soon be replaced by ice, which forms on the inside of the windows in the winter, as single pane glass is prone to condensation and ice formation during the winter months. I moved the furniture, and my chair now faces different windows. Taking note of what I have written about my view and the windows since the furniture move, I was inspired again to rearrange the furniture, allowing me a view out the front window, with a clearer view of the sky, the evergreen tree, and the ash tree. I am much happier with this arrangement, despite its disadvantages!

Perhaps when Attila installs new living room windows the furniture will be rearranged once again.

Inspired by the change of scenery through the window, I checked the outdoor thermometer, attached to the outside frame of the window, and noted that it was -2C. A lovely white frost lay over the yard, and on the roofs of the neighbouring houses. A very pretty morning.

Out of curiosity I looked at the weather forecast for our former home in the country. The temperature there will drop to -18C tonight, with snowfall, while here is it predicted to fall to -10C with no snow. I am so very glad to be living at Mist Cottage, with Attila home evenings and weekends, and my thermostat at the ready!

Today I am listening to Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte, an audiobook on youtube.

Worldly Distractions


NOTE: My thermometer, at the very same time, reads -2C!
Date: 7:00 AM EST Thursday 9 November 2017
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.0 kPa
Temperature: 7.1°C
Dew point: 2.1°C
Humidity: 71%
Wind: SSW 34 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


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TopsyTurvy (Teri)

I was wondering if you had snow. When DH came home for lunch he said he’d heard your area had some snow.

Over here, it’s currently raining. It’s forecast to change to snow around 7pm. Environment Canada has been putting out weather statements warning of our potentially getting snowsqualls, with a possibility of up to 15cms (6-7 inches). Seems unlikely, but we’ll see. At least DH will already be home.

TopsyTurvy (Teri)

It just started snowing here, a little earlier than forecast. Big flat flakes coming down at a reasonable pace. Fortunately, DH just drove in.

TopsyTurvy (Teri)

Fat, not flat. Lol.! 😀


Just please keep that white stuff up in the northland, please!

Bex Crowell

Our giant oak tree at the corner of our house had NO acorns at all this year. Usually we have approximately 28, 945,621 acorns falling from that tree, onto the roof over my bed, onto the lawn making it like walking on ball bearings, onto the porch needing to be swept up each hour… but this year? Not One Acorn.

So glad the flies have gone back to Capustrano (Capastrano?) or wherever they come from!


We got about a solid inch of snow. It stayed on the roads and sidewalks until about an hour ago but is still on the grass. It’s -8C or 18F here! Crazy, after it being 70F just 3 weeks ago!