Stormy Weather

Today is a day to work on the genealogy book. It is painful, trying to get the images just right. Layout is tricky business too, where to put what is crucial to a tolerable result. So far I have prepared eight images to the correct specifications. I have yet to successfully place one though, on the pages of text. Since this book will have over 130 pages of text, and more of images, it is going to take some time. Once I develop skills and know how, it should go a little faster. The learning curve is long, not steep, just long.

Another project on my list is to get FaceTime up and running. It will be used as an alternative form of communication with Attila during my solo visits to the little house in the city. We have been using Skype, but the poor quality of the connection makes it less than ideal.

One thing I would dearly like to accomplish in the next few months, is to find an honest, down to earth, reliable, reasonably priced place to take our vehicles for regular maintenance. The dealership where we bought our Matrix is an hour away, and the prices for normal maintenance are a little high. Which wouldn’t be so bad, but what truly discourages me from taking the car back to them, is that they are always trying to UPSELL. What a disgusting concept that is, upsell. What it means in most establishments is that they are trying to convince you to buy something you do not need, and probably do not want. The car dealership always finds something wrong that they pressure me to fix, or buy some kind of coverage, or, well, they just always want me to spend more, and more, and more. We need a place to take the vehicles to have regular maintenance done, and not have someone looking for that extra buck, at our expense. Maybe I’m dreaming.

Snow Squall: Well it is almost a snow squall, but not really. This is looking out towards the road, some 60 feet away, taken as I am standing at the dining room window. The trees across the road are obscured by the heavy snowfall. This is the raw material for a snow squall, this pictured snowfall. When the wind whips up the evergreen in the foreground becomes obscured from view. Visibility is good, not so good, bad, really bad, and can change from minute to minute. That is why snow squalls are so dangerous to drive in, poor visibility can descend on you within seconds.
Snow Squall: A calm moment late in the afternoon. Five inches of the stuff is sitting on the deck railings, white and fluffy and pretending innocence. It is still snowing heavily, but the wind has subsided.

Worldly Distractions


Condition: Light Snow
Pressure: 101.7 kPa
Visibility: 2 km
Temperature: -0.9°C
Dewpoint: -1.8°C
Humidity: 94%
Wind: WNW 11 km/h
Wind Chill:


“Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.”
1694 – 1778

I think this is a very good reason not to go down in it!

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