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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The temperature is plummeting, the wind is roaring, a light snow is blowing, winter is back.

I remember as a child, pictures on our classroom calendar that depicted “March wind” and “April showers”. The March wind is busy out there today, and I admit to enjoying it. The roar and the swaying movement of the trees livens up the silent, white expanses.

Things are much worse though, for those to the south of us; where there are winter storm warnings issued, which includes lots of snow. Safe travel to anyone who must be on the roads today!

To counteract the effects of the temporary resurgence of winter, I am working on two projects simultaneously. One is genealogy, which is always interesting, at least it is to me, using the methodologies I choose to use. The other is reading a novel, Blackhouse, by Peter May. It is on the Kobo, after having downloaded it as a borrowed library book, I have six days left to finish the book, and so there is an urgency to read steadily. I am enjoying it so far, although I do not like graphic descriptions of murders and autopsies, those parts are read with dread, quickly. Modern technology has provided a bonus, Google Earth allow one to follow the story in situ, to see the streets and buildings upon which this fiction is fashioned.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

As I finished writing the paragraph above, I began to feel dizzy and nauseous. I’d been standing for about an hour, which is my daily routine, and had to hold onto the desk to keep myself from falling down. After a few minutes my head cleared. Just to make sure I called my GP’s office, was advised to drive myself, a one hour drive, to a walk-in clinic, or to emergency at the hospital; that seemed ill advised to me. The receptionist at the doctor’s office is just that, a person who answers the telephone, wise advice is not part of her skill set; we have been there before. Then I called Telehealth Ontario, who reviewed symptoms, and was advised to have an ambulance crew check me out, which I did. Then I called Attila to keep him in the loop. Then I was advised by the visiting ambulance crew to go to hospital for tests, just to be sure, so I went, in the ambulance.

I lost the day yesterday, and so there are but five days left to read the book Blackhouse!

The tests all came back normal, no problems found, to my great relief. I was back home by suppertime, feeling much better. I have a few more tests to go through, and hopefully they will all show normal results as well.

Terra called while I was away for my tests, and left a message. The storm was bad enough where she lives, that she decided to stay in town, and to spend the night at our little house in the city, which is near her workplace. She called from work, where there are no cell phones allowed, so I couldn’t call her back. I hope she spent a comfortable night!

I thanked my lucky stars that we did not get the bad snow storm that raged to the south of us last night. It has been cold here, with a little bit of snow falling, but the roads were clear and dry, and visibility was good, for my travels to town.

Since I spent yesterday having tests in hospital, and Attila worked through his lunch hour, the masonry heater was not fired at noon. We missed the third firing. By this morning the interior high temperature, near the heater, was 15C. We have some catching up to do. I wore my hoodie to bed last night, as it was getting cooler in the house by the time we sought repose for the night, despite the full fire Attila burned as soon as we arrived home from the hospital.

We are in for a cold spell, stretching into next week. One wonders, at this point, if winter will ever end. But it will, and a month from now there will be sure signs of it! As for this morning, the sun is shining!

Worldly Distractions


Date: 6:00 AM EDT Thursday 13 March 2014
Condition: Clear
Pressure: 101.4 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: -20.5°C
Dewpoint: -25.2°C
Humidity: 67%
Wind: NNW 17 km/h
Wind Chill: -30


“Make voyages! – Attempt them! – there’s nothing else…”
Tennessee Williams
1911 – 1983

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Good health, Maggie.

If we in The Big T are what you mean by ‘to the South’ we did not get too badly plastered. Looks pretty (says the townhouse condo dweller who does not have to shovel), and it’s a bit cold for a few more days, then…MAGIC!

Stay warm.


Steve Paul, glad to hear your weather was not as bad as predicted! I guess the countryside around Kingston was hit hard. I long to be “the townhouse condo dweller who does not have to shovel”, or heat with wood for that matter!

Your are right, the MAGIC is on its way!

Tom McCubbin

Hope your tests all come out good. I hate having to wait on results. April is closing in on us!


Thanks Tom, fingers crossed for good test results! We approach the Ides of March, and spring is never too far behind.

Reenie Beanie

Well, the first reaction I had when I read this post (and shame shame on me) was to burst out laughing… that after the beginning of frightful weather and then a frightful health scare, your main concern was the limited time left to read your current book! Seriously, you quack me up! But ever more seriously, I’m awaiting favorable tests results. Keep firing! xoxo

We had a slight scare with flurries yesterday and several days in the 60s and 70s.

Reenie Beanie

P.S. I originally started my post with an update of our mundane weather – I thought I’d deleted it, but obviously hadn’t. 🙂


You make me laugh too Reenie 🙂 I’ll be updating the test results, but it will take a while, I have to wear a monitoring machine for a few days, and I haven’t even got it yet, and who knows when they will call me to come and pick it up!

Your weather sounds so wonderful, I KNOW it has to be moving north, just know it.

Reenie Beanie

Hindsight, it’s almost cruel that I was boasting about our temperate weather. Best of luck with the monitoring. It’s really quite remarkable what medical technology can track. One of my children had to wear one of these a long time ago and all went well. And currently, one of my research people at Vanderbilt is wearing one. Holding good thoughts for you.