Out On The Town

Out On The Town

To the south of us, on the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S., snow is falling, driving is banned in New York City, icy flood water is flowing through the streets in coastal areas. The storm is large, and very intrusive.

It is a wonder, here the sun shone all day, it was beautiful. It was cold, the wind had a real bite to it. We enjoyed the day, warm inside Mist Cottage, and warm when we bundled up to venture out for supplies.

I have been wearing my new knitted knee warmer constantly. I don’t know why it works so well. It could be that it makes my knee feel better because it was knitted just for me, by my Mom. It could be that the retained heat around my knee helps to relieve the pain of arthritis. Whatever the case may be, it works for me.

Attila and I went out on the town last night. It has been decades since we managed such a feat of leisure. We went out for dinner, at McDonalds, a restaurant that lists ALL the ingredients in their food, and offer great discount coupons from time to time. Then we headed over to the theatre to watch a movie, the tickets were inexpensive, but we felt like royalty, spending so much money on a discretionary activity. We enjoyed ourselves. We now have a familiar, pleasant outing to indulge in a few times each winter. We will be on the lookout for other outing possibilities.

Today we puttered. Several loads of laundry are festooned about the living room, drying to deliver lovely moist air. A trip to the grocery store was undertaken. I worked on the second volume of my genealogy book. This volume is much more challenging, as it includes people that I know, and will be of interest to many people who remember those described. The second volume will also include pictures and family stories, because the people are known. I am going over all the research details carefully to begin with. It is much more difficult to research more recent generations, as there are no available primary documents, much of the information has to be gathered by word of mouth.

The day flew by.

Attila is in the kitchen preparing a fish dinner. John Prine is serenading us over the computer speakers. Three loaves of freshly baked break sit on the counter, two of them destined for the freezer. It was not an exciting day, but it was a good one.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 5:00 PM EST Saturday 23 January 2016
Condition: Mainly Sunny
Pressure: 101.7 kPa
Tendency: rising
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: -8.4°C
Dewpoint: -15.7°C
Humidity: 56%
Wind: NNE 19 km/h
Wind Chill: -16


“Please accept my resignation, I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.”
Groucho Marx, What’s My Line, Mystery Guest, April 23, 1967


  1. Tell me, Maggie, when you bake a bread and freeze it, how does it stack up, taste-wise, to the freshly baked-and-eaten loaf? Does it ever taste more stale after it’s been frozen and defrosted? I’ve never frozen home made bread before.

    I had a scare this morning, my new “Esme” almost went the way of the old one! I think it was all due to an automated Windows update and I had to do a Repair to it by going back to a previous date in time… it was horrible. I wonder if this is a sign from somewhere telling me I am not compatible with modern technologies?

  2. Bex, the bread that is thawed from frozen is almost as good as the fresh for the first day, then it goes downhill more rapidly than the fresh bread. We do not use the refrigerator freezer for bread, we use the chest freezer, as it is colder and not frost free. After being frozen the bread soon becomes very crumbly, and the taste is milder as well. It is still good, but I prefer the fresh bread. However, I bake once a week, three loaves, when the hydro is much cheaper, so we tolerate the difference. The frozen bread makes great toast. When we figure out a way to use electricity when we need it, rather than when it is cheaper, I will probably bake twice a week and we will eat the bread fresh.

    Yikes, already Esme’s support network is failing her! The thing I find about technology is that it is always changing, you just get used to one thing and boom, they “improve” it so that you have to learn something completely new. My guess is that Esme has found just the right home, and that you will become adept at keeping her fit for action. I know I always go through a few weeks of adjustment when I get a new computer or device, it takes me that long to get “in sync” with the new machine. They are almost like people, it seems to me.

  3. Nora, what an awful experience! I hope you are feeling better very soon, back problems are so very painful, and affect mobility so profoundly. To have the internet down at the same time, when you could use some sort of strong distraction, is very unfortunate. Hope you are feeling better soon, and glad to see you are connected to the internet again!

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