Snow is very amusing.

<whinge session>

The weather report is still forecasting very cold overnight temperatures for the weekend. $%^*#$I&*  It looks like grocery shopping in the nearest town may be the only recreational activity we manage for the month of January!  I think that a trip to the little house in the city is mandatory during February, we will need to MAKE it happen despite weather conditions.

I think living in the country would be quite pleasant if one had affordable access to transportation, central heating and adequate time and funds to travel the distances required to make desirable social contact when the weather allowed.  Just a theory.

Harriet and I were talking about how difficult it must have been for rural ancestors who heated with wood stoves.  Then I realized that in those days most rural dwellings did not have indoor plumbing.  If the temperature inside the house dipped below freezing there were no pipes to freeze.  One could leave the building for extended periods of time with impunity; attending local church and social functions was viable and common.

The idea of eliminating indoor plumbing to facilitate winter travel is not appealing.

Glad to get that off my chest.

</whinge session>

Today’s to-do list is long and arduous.  Telephone calls to banks and lawyers are worse than dentist appointments to my way of thinking.  One of my favorite things about childhood was that somebody else worried about mortgage payments, taxes, car payments, insurance payments, heating bills, grocery shopping etc.  Oh, the bliss and innocence of being provided for!  Thanks Mom!

Interesting Things To Do in the Bush During the Winter

  1. Lie in the snow and stare up at the sky.
  2. Make snow angels in the snow.
  3. Get exercise by walking through deep snow.
  4. Roll down hills in the snow.
  5. Eat white snow; avoid yellow snow.
  6. Make snowmen- locally not considered sane behavior unless children are in residence.
  7. Throw a snowball at Attila – don’t try this, not a good idea, trust me.
  8. Stand at the window and watch the snow fall.
  9. Stand at the window and watch the snow sparkle in the sun.
  10. Melt snow on the wood stove for water when the power goes out and the pump doesn’t work.
  11. Clear the snow off the wood pile before bringing in the wood.
  12. Shovel the snow from the drive.
  13. Shovel the huge pile of snow from the end of the driveway when the snowplow goes by.
  14. Shovel the snow from the deck, after all the snow on the roof falls on the deck.
  15. Brush all the snow off the car, then scrape the ice off the windshield before travel.
  16. Watch the snow fall off tall tress when the wind blows.
  17. Stay home when it is cold, snows hard and the wind blows, bad roads and visibility.

I could go on.  Snow is very amusing.

It is possible my whinge delimiters were misplaced.

Worldly Distractions


-3 °C
Condition: Snow
Pressure: 100.9 kPa
Visibility: 4 km
Temperature: -3.0°C
Dewpoint: -3.3°C
Humidity: 98 %
Wind: SSE 15 km/h
Wind Chill: -8


“There must be more to life than having everything.”
Maurice Sendak (1928 – )

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I have been reading you for a while now and find your insights fantastic. I have a friend who is living in New London, Ontario. As a Yank, it is great to hear how others live and see the world.