Lots of Good Luck

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The temperature is plummeting, the wind is roaring, a light snow is blowing, winter is back.

I remember as a child, pictures on our classroom calendar that depicted “March wind” and “April showers”. The March wind is busy out there today, and I admit to enjoying it. The roar and the swaying movement of the trees livens up the silent, white expanses.

Things are much worse though, for those to the south of us; where there are winter storm warnings issued, which includes lots of snow. Safe travel to anyone who must be on the roads today!

To counteract the effects of the temporary resurgence of winter, I am working on two projects simultaneously. One is genealogy, which is always interesting, at least it is to me, using the methodologies I choose to use. The other is reading a novel, Blackhouse, by Peter May. It is on the Kobo, after having downloaded it as a borrowed library book, I have six days left to finish the book, and so there is an urgency to read steadily. I am enjoying it so far, although I do not like graphic descriptions of murders and autopsies, those parts are read with dread, quickly. Modern technology has provided a bonus, Google Earth allow one to follow the story in situ, to see the streets and buildings upon which this fiction is fashioned.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

As I finished writing the paragraph above, I began to feel dizzy and nauseous. I’d been standing for about an hour, which is my daily routine, and had to hold onto the desk to keep myself from falling down. After a few minutes my head cleared. Just to make sure I called my GP’s office, was advised to drive myself, a one hour drive, to a walk-in clinic, or to emergency at the hospital; that seemed ill advised to me. The receptionist at the doctor’s office is just that, a person who answers the telephone, wise advice is not part of her skill set; we have been there before. Then I called Telehealth Ontario, who reviewed symptoms, and was advised to have an ambulance crew check me out, which I did. Then I called Attila to keep him in the loop. Then I was advised by the visiting ambulance crew to go to hospital for tests, just to be sure, so I went, in the ambulance.

I lost the day yesterday, and so there are but five days left to read the book Blackhouse!

The tests all came back normal, no problems found, to my great relief. I was back home by suppertime, feeling much better. I have a few more tests to go through, and hopefully they will all show normal results as well.

Terra called while I was away for my tests, and left a message. The storm was bad enough where she lives, that she decided to stay in town, and to spend the night at our little house in the city, which is near her workplace. She called from work, where there are no cell phones allowed, so I couldn’t call her back. I hope she spent a comfortable night!

I thanked my lucky stars that we did not get the bad snow storm that raged to the south of us last night. It has been cold here, with a little bit of snow falling, but the roads were clear and dry, and visibility was good, for my travels to town.

Since I spent yesterday having tests in hospital, and Attila worked through his lunch hour, the masonry heater was not fired at noon. We missed the third firing. By this morning the interior high temperature, near the heater, was 15C. We have some catching up to do. I wore my hoodie to bed last night, as it was getting cooler in the house by the time we sought repose for the night, despite the full fire Attila burned as soon as we arrived home from the hospital.

We are in for a cold spell, stretching into next week. One wonders, at this point, if winter will ever end. But it will, and a month from now there will be sure signs of it! As for this morning, the sun is shining!

Worldly Distractions


Date: 6:00 AM EDT Thursday 13 March 2014
Condition: Clear
Pressure: 101.4 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: -20.5°C
Dewpoint: -25.2°C
Humidity: 67%
Wind: NNW 17 km/h
Wind Chill: -30


“Make voyages! – Attempt them! – there’s nothing else…”
Tennessee Williams
1911 – 1983

Flu Two

I am sitting in my easy chair, surrounded by kleenex, glasses of water and the thermometer.

I managed to sleep for five consecutive hours last night and feel much better for it. However, my temperature was higher this morning than it was yesterday, 39. The nausea, nasty cough and headache persist. I have no appetite and even water tastes disgusting. Misery!

My energy level is zero. When I have a fever it is wise not to pursue technical interests, even transcribing genealogical data becomes difficult to accomplish with accuracy. I’d be bored but feeling terrible is taking up all of my time!

I want to be free of this by Christmas!

Worldly Distractions


-2 °C
Condition: Sunny
Pressure: 101.3 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: -1.8°C
Dewpoint: -3.4°C
Humidity: 89 %
Wind: NW 9 km/h
Wind Chill: -5


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead
1901 – 1978