Shut In

It was a fitful night, filled mostly with sleep, sleep interrupted frequently by the howl of the wind, and visits to the loo. When morning light arrived, it found me snuggled under my eiderdown, gazing out the window at the tortured trees, as the wind ripped across the landscape.

It was -5C outside the window when I finally arose.

We had hydro, all night, and it is still with us this morning. The weather today may change that.

The sand truck just passed, leaving a dark stain down the middle of the road. The truck returned, to plow the accumulated ice pellets to the side of the road. Transportation routes are passable again.

It isn’t over yet though! Today promises to bring more ice pellets and freezing rain, along with strong winds.

I am shut in, as is Attila, for the weekend. Yesterday was quite pleasant, allowing ample time to attend to reorganizing the domestic space here. There were two large unpacked heavy totes in the basement, containing my text books. Attila carried them to the main floor for me. I thought I would want to get rid of them, but alas, no. Many of them were written by friends, colleagues, some of them reference my work. There is a whole world of memories in those books, good memories, so I carefully sorted through them, organized them, and placed them on the bookshelf. Two totes down in the basement, yay!

Within a few days all of this ice will be gone. Hopefully the roads will be clear by tomorrow morning, when many people need to go back to work. For my part, I am looking forward to some weather that resembles spring, so that I can sit on the back porch, and plan activities away from the house that won’t be cancelled due to weather and road conditions.

Yesterday I spent some time in the kitchen preparing Falafels. The recipe I have is low in sodium, as I only add a pinch, rather than the recommended amount, and includes grated carrots. I love it! It was created by the cook, Maya Jagger, at the day care centre at the university, when Terra was enrolled there. The woman was one of the nicest you would ever want to meet, Terra loved her. She liked Terra. Terra has a genuine appreciation for good food, so they were bound to like one another. I bought Maya’s cookbook, and the recipe for Falafels became one of my favourite meals.

Last night I shared my creation with Attila, and we enjoyed a lovely meal together.

Netflix has done a remake of Lost In Space. I liked that program as a kid, and this new rendition is very amusing, very different, and very amusing. So far there is no gratuitous violence, or extreme intrigue, just ordinary human orneriness, with the usual undetected sociopath in the mix, there is always a sociopath, in real life as in fiction.

This morning I have baked muffins while the hydro is here, and a loaf of bread is in the machine, chugging towards a loaf.

Worldly Distractions


Light Freezing Rain
Date: 8:00 AM EDT Sunday 15 April 2018
Condition: Light Freezing Rain
Pressure: 102.8 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: -4.2°C
Dew point: -7.0°C
Humidity: 81%
Wind: NE 41 gust 58 km/h
Wind Chill: -13
Visibility: 16 km

Today: Periods of ice pellets or freezing drizzle changing to freezing rain near noon and ending late this afternoon then cloudy. Risk of freezing drizzle late this afternoon. Ice pellet amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind northeast 40 km/h gusting to 70. High minus 1.

Tonight Cloudy. Rain beginning late this evening. Risk of freezing drizzle this evening. Amount 15 mm. Wind northeast 40 km/h gusting to 70. Temperature rising to plus 2 by morning.


“When it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary not to make a decision.”
Lord Falkland (1610 – 1643)

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Bex Crowell

For some reason, we have stopped making bread in the machine. It was Paul’s bread that got made in it, but the last several loaves were less than ideal… so he has resorted to buying himself a different store-bought loaf of some 9 or 10 or more grain bread each week. He seems pleased enough with them. So the machine is on hiatus for now. After making a new loaf for him every 4 days for the past 25 or more years, it’s nice not to have to do it for now.


Weather is such a funny thing. Here, it is 80F+ yesterday and today, 10F above average. Tomorrow night, it’s to be down to 37F, 10F below average.

I hope you continue to be warm and well lit.

Thanks for the link to the Falafel recipe. I’m hoping to give it a try in the near future. At our house, I’ll have to cut way back on the cumin since the spousal unit doesn’t do “hot.”

Joan Lansberry

I would love the falafels, too, with the sauce but minus the pita! I heard an ad on the radio for that Netflix program. I’m glad to hear you found something you like there.


Spring can’t come soon enough.

I was talking to my therapist about sociopaths. They don’t make good family members.


I can’t imagine the – what to me would be the horror – of being ‘imprisoned’ in your home because of the weather.
I complain when it’s… me…too hot to go out or too wet to be out or too cold to be out…..but have never physically been unable to leave the house.
How do you cope when that happens?


Ah, the joys of country living. Been there, done that. To this day, we keep a large supply of water handy, just in case. It has been 22 years since Hurricane Fran, but we remember!

Frost warning tonight and then back to 80F on Wednesday here. What a winter/spring for all of us.

Still the Lucky few

Cold is dominating the weather picture right across Canada, and this time we here in BC are experiencing a very cold and wet spring! But thankfully no snow, I spoke with my sister in Lethbridge this morning, and she was commenting on new flakes of snow coming down! Glad that you are ready for anything!