Thursday, January 31, 2013
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Monday, January 21, 2013
Sunday, January 20, 2013
We had some rain overnight. This morning, the forecast said clearing and colder temperatures. Sounds OK for driving. Halfway to church, which is about a 15 min drive, the snow and wind start to kick up. I almost didn't make it up a small, but steep hill, in spite of having snow tires. Oh well, by the time I will be heading home, the snow will have stopped and the plows will have cleared the roads. Two hours later, it is a full blown blizzard. Near white-out conditions. I am using the telephone polls to help me gauge where the road is. On the plus side, nobody, except the pick-up behind me, is out on the road. I'm thankful I know the road and can anticipate the hills and curves, and I am really thankful for the yellow and black hazard signs on the sharp corners. As I get closer to home , I relax a little more. If I go in the ditch, I can walk the last mile or two home. I am well equipped for a walk in the snow as my No. 1 winter driving rule is always take a warm coat, warm boots, warm hat and warm mitts, no matter how benign the weather looks. Finally, I turn unto our road and soon I'm safely parked in the driveway. A few hours later, the sun does, in fact, come out
and, although it's still windy, the snow has stopped blowing around. Another day in the life of an average Canadian.
Patterns, patterns, patterns. Wonderful, intricate patterns.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Monday, January 14, 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Monday, January 7, 2013
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Friday, January 4, 2013
Many colourful characters are described in the stories but I think the most remarkable was a woman who had 25 children. Her 25th was born very premature weighing only 1lb 10oz (the mother had a bad fall that precipitated the labour), but the mother was able to keep the baby alive by always having it snugged up to her breasts and feeding the baby drops of milk every half-hour. What love and dedication. No wonder her husband adored her.
PBS has made a TV series based on the book which I think is going to be aired this winter.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The snow muffles sounds and if you're also wearing a warm winter hat , it's very quiet outside.
When we were kids, tired from playing , we would sometimes plop down, flat on our backs, in the snow . You would sink down in the snow so that you had snow walls about a foot high around you that blocked your vision of everything except the sky above. It was so soothing, it was hard not to stay there and fall asleep.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
In the New Year I will: be bold at the beginning of the year with my resolutions, and then probably fade over time.
: not sweat the small stuff - keep the big picture in mind
: remember that it's not all about me
:listen to more music
: find new ways to share the beauty and remarkableness of nature
: listen more closely to family and friends
I hope you all have a wonderful New Year and that 2013 will be memorable for you in a good way.