The wind is getting up, it has been intensifying as the morning as the day has gone on. It roars, and rattles the window, which has never rattled before. Why now I wonder?
I set off on my daily walk this morning in full dress. I wore a toque, a parka and gloves. I was comfortable. The wind was strong enough to push me along when it was behind me, and shove at me when it was coming at me. I didn’t mind though, because it was lovely to be outside! The grass is beginning to green. There are buds on some of the trees. The snow is gone!
The trees were waving madly at the roaring wind, pick me, pick me! Ever mindful of falling branches, I walked on the wrong side of the road to avoid passing under dead branches. Of course, even live branches blow down on days as windy as this one, but dead ones are more likely to succumb to gravity in high wind.
I don’t think they teach children how to walk along the roadsides anymore. I see so many joggers and walkers under 40, tooling along with the traffic at their back. That is such a dangerous practise! We walked along high speed highways to school when I was a kid, and we learned this poem when we first went to primary school: “Single file, Indian style, facing traffic, all the while”. It is a simple concept, walking or running or cycling towards oncoming traffic so you can see what is going on with those fast moving behemoths that could kill you instantly. To me it seems a no brainer, but to over 80% of the people I see out on the roads walking, running, or cycling, don’t seem to understand the concept. I just can’t believe they are as suicidal as they appear to me to be.
This particular issue has personal importance to me, as my eleven year old cousin was riding a bicycle along the highway, traffic at his back, when he veered slightly, and was hit and killed by a passing car. It was a tragic accident, scarring his parents, his siblings, his relatives, and the poor young woman who had the misfortune to be driving by when he veered out into the road. Had he been facing traffic he would have known that a vehicle was approaching, and might have moved out of the way.
I have been sequestered at the kitchen table for days and days. Google, in their wisdom, decided that web sites must be designed for mobiles, to be picked up by the search engine. Good grief!!! Two of my sites fell below that standard. Not this one of course, it was updated this past winter. But the other two were a much, much bigger job! They were developed in html, and would not easily adapt to mobile viewing. There was nothing for it but to redesign them from the ground up. That was time consuming enough, BUT the real challenge was the more than 400 pages in each site that had to be manually recreated for the mobile ready site, and then all the original pages had to be recorded and redirected to the new mobile pages.
The deadline is tomorrow. I did despair that I would ever get those two sites ready in time. For the last three or four nights I have dreamt about php code, server redirects, and file structures. At about 3:15 p.m. this afternoon, I dotted the last i, and crossed the last t, so to speak, and the second site “went live” with a little glitch and hitch to fix here and there.
I checked to see if google was picking up the redirects, and yes, success, google automatically takes visitors to the new pages!
I am exhausted! I am also feeling very satisfied with myself. I shouldn’t really feel this way, because I left this to the last minute. Ages ago google let everyone know this was coming, I was oblivious. Procrastination seldom pays off for me! I got it done in time!
Little House in the City
Date: 3:00 PM EDT Monday 20 April 2015
Condition: Partly Cloudy
Pressure: 100.1 kPa
Visibility: 24 km
Wind: SE 19 gust 45 km/h
Date: 6:46 AM EDT Monday 20 April 2015
Pressure: 100.0 kPa
Visibility: 5 km
Wind: ESE 48 gust 71 km/h
“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.”
1910 – 1997