In The Quiet Of The Night

This morning we awoke to a comfortably warm house.

Last night I sat up late, in quiet contemplation, waiting to close the damper on the masonry heater as the last blue flames flickered with heat. Attila had gone to bed early, to recharge.

The night time low was -12C, and the temperature is rising! Relief from the cold! Cold can be very domineering. Tonight it will back, down to -27C, with a stiff wind gusting to 40km/h. The windchill will be significant. We will be all charged up and ready for it!

About a foot of snow fell in the quiet of the night, stealthily, unseen. It is falling still, like a fine white mist. So pretty. But the gusts of wind drive the snow hard across the sky. The main highway is closed again due to poor visibility; for the third time this winter. Attila may not have to tote as much firewood today, but he will be very busy shovelling snow! In fact, when he arrived home from work he had to park on the road and shovel out a space to park the car at the end of the driveway. And we are going nowhere on bad roads, again!

My Mom, who grew up in a rural village just north of where we live, calls this a “good old fashioned winter.” And she would know!

On Attila’s day off tomorrow we will celebrate my late January birthday. I like to celebrate when Attila is around and about. I have requested a turkey dinner, and will bake myself a chocolate cake. I feel quite jolly to have made it this far, truly something to celebrate!

The pattern purchased for making a comfortable apron is still waiting for fabric. When we made our trip to the lab for Attila’s blood test I managed to visit Walmart. They sell fabric, in pre-cut swatches, all the wrong size for my purposes. There are no fabric shops in the town, as the only fabric store closed down about five years ago. After perusing the internet for fabric, thinking to buy fabric online, the price tags took my breath away. There were some bargains on offer from USA online stores, but shipping to Canada would be costly, and then there are all the fees associated with things coming over the border. My next thought is to eventually visit the thrift stores in search of a reasonably priced piece of fabric. That will have to wait until winter allows a bit of mobility.

The cornbread recipe has proven to be a big hit! Attila likes a slice of it, smothered with our homemade baked beans. This constitutes a complete protein meal, which he needs first thing in the morning before heading out into the arctic air. I have been enjoying a smaller slice topped with homemade applesauce for breakfast each morning. There are still some spy apples left from the half bushel I purchased in the fall. Most of them are still crisp, having been stored in the basement, our giant refrigerator. They make a lovely applesauce.

The new coffee machine is sitting downstairs ready for use. Attila has decided though, that until the frigid weather lets up, he will continue to use the old Bunn. It keeps water heated, and emanates a little bit of heat all the time. That coffee machine has heated the back room, where the laundry tubs sit, every winter since we moved into the house. It keeps that room above freezing, which amazes me, as it is usually the only source of heat in the basement! [I say usually because since the pipes froze on us this week, we have turned an electric heater on in the downstairs bathroom, the electricity will be cheaper than repairing burst pipes. Needs must.]

Worldly Distractions


-7°C [-27C predicted for tonight, what a contrast!]
Date: 11:23 AM EST Saturday 25 January 2014
Condition: Light Snow
Pressure: 98.8 kPa
Visibility: 2 km
Temperature: -6.7°C
Dewpoint: -8.4°C
Humidity: 88%
Wind: W 18 gust 34 km/h
Wind Chill: -13


“Both the cockroach and the bird would get along very well without us, although the cockroach would miss us most.”
Joseph Wood Krutch
1893 – 1970