Now I Believe in Spring

Taken a few days ago when Attila and I were out for a walk. The north side of the road.
Spring canadian shield

The sun shone yesterday. It is just coming up over the horizon this morning. What a buzz!

We are not quite out of the winter woods yet though. Tomorrow night’s low temperature is supposed to dip to -12C. But after that…

I took the Christmas lights down from around the windows yesterday. In the dead of winter these colourful lights are a small source of cheer and comfort. Now it is April, and the sun is so wonderful that it makes me believe in spring. Twinkling lights are not needed when the nights are not long, or dark.

Our internet connection disappeared yesterday morning. I fiddled with it for a bit, then called the help line. They fiddled with it for a bit, then admitted the problem was at their end. The call was escalated to somewhere in cyberspace, and my only option, at that point, was to wait. Service was restored sometime during the evening. So here I am.

We finally managed to make the trip to town for supplies. On the sunny side of the road, the north side where the sun shines on the rocks from across the tree-free pavement, the snow is retreating from the rock cuts. The south side of the road is still “dead of winter” white. I watched the north side of the road there and back again. It was wonderful to be out and about. And it was wonderful to arrive home from the trip in daylight! In the winter it is dark before Attila gets home from work. Arriving home in daylight is another reason to believe in spring.

Today I am going to pre-order a fresh vegetable and fruit basket, the one I described a few posts ago, from the local government. It will be interesting to see if this is worthwhile for us. Attila is a numbers guy, and he will be tallying up the contents of the basket and measuring the exact savings. There may not be any savings for us, because we shop so frugally and carefully. Still, I am hopeful.

I have a Kobo, the older original model. I love it, it was a Christmas gift from Luna and Terra and families, a much appreciated gift. I have to say that it isn’t always user friendly. Perhaps the newer versions are better. Primarily, I read books borrowed from the library. I have received gift certificates for purchasing books from Kobo, so I have a few very lovely pieces of literature that were purchased.

Both with purchases, and library loans, there have been technical difficulties. These difficulties have been resolvable; they are irritating. For instance, I borrowed a book yesterday and had to download it twice, and connect and reconnect my Kobo twice to get the book loaded onto the Kobo. Annoying!

Well, if that is my worst problem, I am leading a very lucky life.

Worldly Distractions

Weather

-8 °C
Condition: Sunny
Pressure: 102.4 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: -8.5°C
Dewpoint: -9.6°C
Humidity: 92 %
Wind: SSE 8 km/h
Wind Chill: -13

Quote

“Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed.”
Sydney Smith
1771 – 1845