Monday, December 23, 2013

Weather Aftermath Monday

I have deliberately refrained from commenting on Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto. The police, the media, comedians, and others have done enough to make him world news. Besides, there's nothing I can add and I've been busy doing other things. Last night and today, I heard Mayor Ford speak at a news conference about the conditions in the city. I must say, I was impressed. He was articulate and organized. He was well dressed, composed and controlled. He spoke clearly and diverted questions about hydro, transit and the like to the appropriate knowledgeable people when necessary.

My friends and family have had lengthy power outages. This weather has been severe enough that some have had to leave their homes to stay warm. Others, with fireplaces are braving the cold. It certainly makes me rethink my complaints about our brief monthly power disruptions and our three hour outage on Saturday night. It's miminal in comparison to what many have endured.  My son sent me photos of massive trees on roads in Toronto. In Cobourg, we have icy, sparkling, trees lining the streets. On t.v. they have been showing limbs cracking and falling onto cars and houses in the city. We've had ice encased cars and doors. It's all relative.

The temperature is not rising anytime soon. Not much has changed. Hopefully, the people who are currently forced from their homes will be back in time for Christmas. That's my wish. Here are more photos. I actually ventured past the front door today, not far past, but past.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

World of Weird Weather

I am currently sitting around in my pajamas. Church is cancelled. Our front door is frozen shut. The tree limbs are dropping. There are power outages and lots of unhappy dogs. We are blanketed in ice.

My daughter came home Friday night and was unimpressed that I booked a hotel room at the airport. I refused to drive home. It turned out to be a good choice. We made it back here safely yesterday between storms.

Our power was out during the night and therefore we had a shaking dog and no cpaps. We are fortunate that hydro and heat are now restored. We had naps.

We are watching the news and seeing joggers in shorts running through Central Park in New York. Egypt had its first snow in over one hundred years. Tornadoes, snow, and ice are threatening throughout the U.S. and Canada. Streetcars in Toronto are cancelled because of iced wires. Bizarre.

As much as I'd like to venture out to take photos after our door thaws, I won't. I heard from a nurse friend that emergency was packed with people with broken bones. I don't need that. So, here are my pictures out the windows. Lovely, but treacherous.
Front door from inside

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Let's Slow 'Er Down...But Just a Tad

I admit I like to be busy elsewhere. I'm not one to hang around the house excessively. These past few months or more have been a bit too much even for my sensibilities. My friend mentioned my lack of blog production. "You've had no time to reflect." she stated. I realized she was correct.

Last year, I was writing one a blog a day in November. This year, I didn't complete any. On the other hand, perhaps that's a good thing. Maybe that means I've been living life more and not just sitting around writing random ramblings.

I am now home for the first time in over a month. As I look around, I see no evidence of the upcoming season. In fact, I was certain I'd cleaned up Thanksgiving d├ęcor prior to leaving and yet, I have found some out of place scarecrows and fall leaves and flowers. I have a few days to wrap my head around the idea of Christmas, wrap my paper around some pre-bought gifts and wrap the house in the splendour that is the season. This week, more visiting relatives.

The past months have included concerts, hanging with friends, Halloween, visits from relatives, visits to relatives, a cruise and more. As soon as I get my now past due December newspaper column completed and submitted, I'll try to catch my blog up on all my recent escapades. I believe the easiest way to do it will be photo diary recap. Upcoming tripadvisor reviews will also be numerous because after all, I go noplace without my notebook.