Another frigid day has dawned. I am beginning to feel housebound, I think it is time for a shopping excursion, if nothing else. It will need to be in a big box store, or a mall, due to the intensity of the cold.

This much cold creates a few domestic challenges, but nothing terribly intrusive. There is a significant draft along our floors, unheated basement and single pane windows, and my ankles get cold, so I have am wearing boots as slippers. The oil furnace is providing all of the heat in the house, and the air is becoming quite dry. The humidifier is running constantly, so that I must refill it with water constantly. We are keeping an eye on our uninsulated, unheated basement, where the temperature continues to fall, we don’t want the pipes to freeze.

Posted on Facebook today:

“Fun facts:
1) 9 out of the 10 coldest places on earth today were in Canada
2) it’s been warmer at the South Pole than in #ygk this week
3) it’s warmer on some parts of Mars than in most parts of Canada right now
Actually, none of those were fun. Sorry.”

Attila worked today, and I spent a quiet day crocheting, watching a movie, and working on the jigsaw puzzle. A very peaceful day. Except for food, it was a bad food day!

I ate Cheerios for breakfast, purchased for the Grandbabies, eaten by Grandma, and I might as well have taken a vitamin pill and downed a few teaspoons of sugar, for all the nutrition provided in my bowl. It was a crap breakfast. How do people feed this stuff to their kids and call it food!

In the afternoon I broke into the homemade cherry centred chocolates, that Attila made and gave to me as a Christmas present. And as if that were not bad enough, I also broke into a box of chocolates that Luna and Janus gave us for Christmas. Then we ate a turkey dinner, which was my healthiest consumption of the day. The box of chocolates from Luna and Janus is now in Attila’s car, he will eat the rest on his breaks at work next week. The box of Cheerios is still leering at me from the top of the refrigerator, and there are only a few left of the decadent chocolates Attila made. I won’t be doing any more baking. Now all I have to do is figure out a way to take care of those odious Cheerios!

Worldly Distractions


Date: 6:00 AM EST Friday 29 December 2017
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 103.0 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: -23.6°C
Dew point: -26.8°C
Humidity: 75%
Wind: NNW 10 km/h
Wind Chill: -32
Visibility: 24 km


“We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand… and melting like a snowflake. Let us use it before it is too late.”
Marie Beyon Ray

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Lol! Sounds like my world, right now. With Christmas present goodies around, my eating is questionable at best. I also would like to get out and go shopping, specifically for things to upgrade areas of the house. Only thing is I caught a cold the other day and am not currently up to being out and about in this weather.

I do feel some vicarious accomplishment, though. I chose a new light fixture for the main house bathroom. Yesterday, DH went out and bought it, today he installed it. The light in the bathroom is now almost blindingly bright, especially compared to the old fixture where only 3 out of 6 bulbs were lighting. (The fixture was broken, not the bulbs.) DH thinks we’ll get use to the light. I seriously doubt it but I’m not sure there are LED bulbs available below 60W equivalents.


Maggie, Cheerios make great compost. πŸ™‚

Bex Crowell

You crack me up. Cheerios is crap food leering from the shelf down on you but boxes of chocolates are divine! Hahaha! You slay me! (LOL LOL). You know what you could do? Make up a big batch of homemade granola and put all the Cheerios into it, interspersed throughout the good stuff – and you won’t taste them but they’ll have been eaten and not discarded. Either that, or make greeting cards and hot-glue cheerios on the fronts in designs and then paint them pretty colors? Either way, they will have had a useful life span.

The granola that we make for Paul (and I say “we” because I’ve taught HIM how to do it – with me giving directions for every step of the way from my perch in the living room)… and it’s the best thing since sliced bread to have for breakfast! Do you have my old recipe that I’d posted somewhere? There are plenty of recipes online if you don’t.


I’m on Vancouver Island and it’s actually quite warm. You can come stay here for winter.