Winter’s Kiss

Winter has returned to kiss me goodbye. Not satisfied with the slow and gentle farewell when we parted yesterday, the season has turned to gently brush my cheek.

It was sunny and very chilly today, but the temperature did rise above freezing. As evening approached, so did the black volumes of cloud, swept in by the gusty wind.

I accomplished a lot today. I arranged to obtain a Camp Fire Permit to use at the Rideau Camp. I gave the pharmacy some lead time to check into my prescription renewal, which I will need soon. I called the car dealership where we bought our car to make sure the sales department has our new address; apparently changing the address with the service department does not change the address with the sales department. I sent the lawyer’s office information so that our real estate deal can continue smoothly, and at the same time asked a few questions about my concerns, which were completely and competently allayed. I updated the software on all of my websites. I went for my walk, and did my knee exercises. I received reading material attached to an email message. The reading is required for tomorrow’s teleconference, my volunteer work. I read the reading material. I learned how to draw lines and measure distances with Google Earth, and to remove lines as well. If I didn’t list these things, I would be sitting here thinking I had done “nothing”, when that is far from the case.

Terra announced that she is carrying a girl and boy, she is pregnant with twins.

My Sister-the-youngest-girl sent Attila and I an invitation to Easter Dinner, which is very exciting. We are waiting to see what this kiss of winter will bring, and what the roads will be like for travelling; there is freezing rain in the forecast. Fingers crossed that the weather will be good and the roads clear and dry.

It was a quiet day, one full of little bits of this and little bits of that. I love this kind of day.

Worldly Distractions

Special weather statement: …This late season winter storm is threatening to bring significant amounts of precipitation to Southern Ontario. Latest indications suggest significant snow is possible…
Date: 5:00 PM EDT Monday 21 March 2016
Condition: Not observed
Pressure: 101.1 kPa
Tendency: rising
Temperature: 4.4°C
Dewpoint: -11.2°C
Humidity: 31%
Wind: NW 18 km/h


“One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered.”
Michael J. Fox
1961 –

Here is the thing…

We awoke yesterday morning to a winter wonderland. It snowed heavily all through the day, adding to the five inches of snow received overnight. Everything was white, white, white; and still is.

Snow storm on April 15, at least six inches of snow fell! Ten years ago on this date, there was no snow anywhere on our property, even the deep snowbanks had melted away entirely. We are at least two weeks behind our time this year.
Snowstorm 15 apr 2014

Here is the thing though, we have had our trip to share Christmas with my family. It took almost till Easter to have weather fair enough for a one day travel trip, and so Christmas and Easter celebrations were somewhat combined. Attila calls it Chreaster.

And the snow, well, it is Chreaster after all, one would expect a snow storm, wouldn’t one! Sleigh bells ringing, and bunny rabbits laying eggs, we are ticking all the boxes!

And of course it went down to -13C overnight, so we needed two firings in the masonry heater to keep comfortable. It is so much easier though, than the relentless -20C to -30c temperatures we endured all through December, January, February, and March.

We had a lovely visit with family on Sunday, hosted by my youngest sister. A roast beef dinner with all the trimmings was followed by homemade Chelsea rolls and Cherry Cheesecake; you can’t say better than that. We travelled to the area the night before and stayed overnight with my middle sister, her husband, and my Mom, and had a lovely visit. This autumn I am aiming at celebrating Christmas with the family in November, in hope that we can find at least one Sunday suitable for travel before Christmas.

Out for a walk with my Mom (left) and my sister (right), heading for the beach on Lake Ontario. It was hard to keep up with these two power walkers!
MOMSIS Beach 2014

When the temperature is warm enough that we can leave the house overnight without using the electric heat, and driving is viable with clear roads and good visibility, it signals the end of our long, cold, dark winter!

Blue skies are coming our way! This week should bring temperatures above freezing, even at night.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 6:00 AM EDT Wednesday 16 April 2014
Condition: Clear
Pressure: 102.7 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: -13.1°C
Dewpoint: -14.0°C
Humidity: 93%
Wind: calm


“Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd.”
Edith Sitwell
1887 – 1964

“Being in a room with people who have no imagination is like being in a room without oxygen.”
Maggie Turner, who would rather spend time alone than run with the “wrong” crowd of somebodies.