The sun shone, the wind roared, and the temperature soared. 14C!
Yesterday the sun was a celebration of warmth.
Yesterday was heavenly. I sat on the back porch for hours on end, taking in the fresh air, watching the great melt. The morning began with a yard full white with snow, inches deep. Slowly the snow began hug the earth more closely, turning brown in patches, transforming into shining liquid, then to sparkling light as it began to flow. There must have been insects awakening on the white crystalizing surfaces, as small birds hopped about pecking at the seemingly pure white expanse.
The first Robin of the spring was seen, two of them actually, hopping about on the brown exposed grass atop the hugelkultur garden bed.
Attila took the opportunity of fine weather to dig drainage channels through the ice and snow at the edge of the driveway. The roads department paved our road years ago, and graded it so that ALL of the water running off the street is channeled down our driveway. Sometimes we have two or more inches of standing water on our driveway, during winter thaws, which turns to glare ice. Engineering at its worst. It is a relief that has now drained.
Today it is 2C, cloudy, above freezing. The snow melts slowly now. It is not a day to be sitting out on the back porch. Yesterday was our day of respite from winter, and welcome it was.
The weather report for the next two weeks offers no hope of another balmy sunny day such as yesterday. But it does offer the pleasant prospect that the temperature will seldom dip below -7C. This is relevant at Mist Cottage because our heating system switches to the ground source heat pump as the temperature rises to or above -7. So the oil furnace will not be heating the house. Why do I care so much? The oil furnace heat is dry, dry, dry, so it is a struggle to keep the relative humidity in the house above 20%. The air source heat pump does not dry the air, so the humidity can easily stay above 30% without remediation. I will be able to wash and store away all the towels, that were soaked and hung about the house to hydrate the air. The crock pot that has been used as humidifier will be cleaned and put away until next winter. The constant routine of soaking and hanging towels will not be missed.
I have three medical tests booked late this month, and another next month. Hopefully there will be a diagnosis, and resolution in the months to come. I have had to increase the dosage of the painkillers, the condition is getting worse, not better. And so I wait.
Updated on Mon, Mar 7, 10:05 AM
FEELS LIKE 1
Rain and snow mixed
Wind 4 SE km/h
Humidity 83 %
Visibility 19 km
Sunrise 6:35 AM
Wind gust 6 km/h
Pressure 100.9 kPa
Ceiling 2700 m Sunset
"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade." Charles Dickens 1812 - 1870 I admire few people. Mr. Dickens is on my list. I love his use of language. He managed to remain creative while writing social commentary, all the while maintaining compassion, kindness, and profitable business skills. You don't see that often. There are many talented writers and artists who balance business skills with creativity. There are many talented writers and artists who create social commentary with honed business skills. But oh so few talented creative people are intrinsically kind and compassionate while exercising these talents. Dickens loved people, not society.
Hellebores poking up -my first spring signs!
Joannie, wonderful! Nothing coming up here, there was snow deep over everything until yesterday. Your weather usually finds us a few days later, so may your first signs of spring will find their way here in a few days! Fingers crossed.
Glad you were able to enjoy a bit of warmer weather. It got up into th e 70s here and I opened up windows and doors and even ran my air conditioner. Felt wonderful to be able to get some fresh air in the house. I also found two crocuses in my front yard! Fingers crossed that you get a diagnosis on your health issue and that it can be easily resolved. Stay safe!
Eileen, crocuses, how wonderful! And those warm temperatures! We are a few weeks away from such experiences, but it won’t be long now. Thank you for your kind wishes! Stay safe, Love Maggie
I hope your health condition is something manageable. Sorry to hear you’re having to take more medication!
I couldn’t get up our road after work today; it has blown in with snow. It was a perfect opportunity to back up and go visit Scott’s mom till he got back from town. I left the car there and we drove to our place in the half-ton – which also gave us more than one tense moment. I’m kinda jealous of your stay-at-home life right now because tomorrow is another day at the office — if I can get there. One earlier patch as I made my way toward home after work was pretty white-knuckly — I made it through by good fortune alone, though feeling like a stock-car racer. Scott has had to turn around and go back to his mom’s to put out bedding for cattle for the night, and my fingers are crossed he gets there and back without getting stuck.
Here’s hoping your spring comes soon and your body starts cooperating with you.
Kate, yikes! I do not envy you having to travel when the weather and roads are tricky!! When we lived at the country house I had quite a few white-knuckly (great phrase!) journeys. The worst was heading out one morning to attend a meeting, driving down the highway wondering at the complete absence of other vehicles, only to find out later that the two hour white-out ride was on a road that was actually closed. How every official block missed me I will never know. It was a horrific journey, lasted two hours. The thing was, they had cancelled the meeting, but hadn’t bothered to let me know (small meeting of five people, had my number and could have called). Since the roads were closed there was no going home again. So the chair of the meeting called around and found a kind soul who let me sleep in their spare room for the night, lovely lady. I am so grateful to have this stay-at-home-life, and I do worry about Attila out there on the roads when the weather is acting up. Glad you are home safe now, and I hope Scott gets home safely tonight. I hope your weather and roads are better tomorrow! I agree wholeheartedly, hoping that spring will come soon! Thank you for the good wishes.
What a beautiful description of the snow melting away! We had a couple of days of warmer weather (60’s F). I opened up the patio door and kitchen window. The cat was ecstatic with the outdoor smells. I haven’t seen any flowers yet. I’m glad you have medical appointments all set. Hopefully they’ll give you a diagnosis and treatment quickly.
I’m glad your weather is more bearable. I pray that the doctors have wisdom and can easily figure out what’s the matter and that it’s fixable. I too am having something troubling. They’ve already tried three medicines and I likely still have it (UTI). I see the doctor this Friday.
Thank you Sandy. How wonderful to share open doors and windows with your cat, a true aficionado of spring scents.
I will be glad to get the results of all these tests, in hopes that they can rule out the less desirable possibilities. Waiting is difficult, under the circumstances, but I know I am not the only one in Ontario waiting, lots of people are in more pain than I am, and are experiencing the same difficulties in getting a diagnosis.
I am on the surgeon’s list as well, who knows how long that will take. Before the pandemic it took at least a few months to hear back from a surgeon’s office, it has only been two months now, so I have my fingers crossed it won’t take that much longer.
Joan, I think we have seen the back of the frigid weather, although Saturday night is predicted to go down to -12C, it is only one night that it dips that low. The daytime temperature now hovers around freezing, which is lovely really. Thank you for your prayers, they are much appreciated. I am sorry to hear about the UTI, that can be very painful. i hope your visit to the doctor provides you with advice that will resolve the issue!
We definitely have signs of spring here: robins, tundra swans, geese heading north. Oh, and some of the trees are starting to look “furry”.
I like to look at the US NOAA weather pages. They’re calling for 50 to 60F (10 to 16C) next Wed and Thurs. It’s a little early to be sure of that forecast but I’m hopeful.
Sorry you’re hurting, Maggie, but I’m glad you have meds to help you along.
Teri, our trees are not furry yet, but I think it won’t be long now. The geese too are flying overhead, lovely to see them again. It sounds like spring is truly on the way where you live.
I hope they are right about the temperature on Wednesday and Thursday! Thanks for the good wishes, the pain killers work for the most part, at least I am managing to stay out of the emergency department. I don’t like taking pain medication, I don’t think it is good for my health, but I think the pain is worse for my health, so I take the meds and hope for a diagnosis and remedy.