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

Merry Christmas

Peace and happiness to all during this Holiday Season!

It is very white here, snow, snow, snow! Several feet of snow has accumulated on the ground here over the last few days, it is very beautiful. We don’t mind so much because we are not travelling, so shovelling can be done at our leisure. Attila had to shovel a pathway across the back yard to the composter, which we use all winter.

Attila and I spent a lovely Christmas Eve, enjoying our turkey dinner, watching Alistair Sim in the 1951 film A Christmas Carol. We broke open a box of chocolates, a rare indulgence for us, and overindulged in the sweet treats therein.

I was awake at 5 a.m. this morning. It was very beautiful, snow falling softly outside the window, coloured lights and muted Christmas carols where I sat warm and happy in my easy chair. It was hours before Attila arose, when we shared our gifts to one another. Every Christmas our decorations become more succinct, our gifts more functional and modest. Our real tree is a source of much pleasure, the scent of pine, the lights, even the needles that fall to the floor, we love it all.

I have been on a strict diet for about a year and a half, which has allowed me to successfully manage my blood pressure. Low sodium, low sugar, and low cholesterol is a hard combination to achieve, but all the effort has paid off. BUT this year for Christmas I purchased a box of assorted chocolates for Attila and I. We broke them open Christmas Eve, and finished them off this evening while watching It’s A Wonderful Life. It is such a decadent thing to do! I felt self-congratulatory this morning because I resisted having them for breakfast while Attila slept. They are gone now, and the indulgence will not be repeated, except perhaps next Christmas.

Who posts software updates on Christmas Day, the developer will remain unnamed, but it isn’t something I want to deal with on Christmas Day. I updated however, security updates are crucial in this day and age!

Worldly Distractions


Date: 7:19 PM EST Monday 25 December 2017
Condition: Drifting Snow
Pressure: 101.5 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: -5.7°C
Dew point: -14.6°C
Humidity: 50%
Wind: W 20 gust 36 km/h
Wind Chill: -12
Visibility: 24 km


Clarence the Anger: “Remember George, no man is a failure who has friends.”
It’s A Wonderful Life

Note: I am certain this includes all genders, and friends of all species!!!