18th January 2018

Tracing the site lines

Overnight, we received the first true taste of winter weather. The schools were delayed by an hour, but our lane was blown clean by daylight. Outside, a true “snowshoe paradise”, if anyone wondered. I had to get the shovel and remove a solid 30 cm from the deck; an excuse for exercise, and a bet against anything else coming down, wet or otherwise. The weight. Always about the weight.

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12th January 2018

Part of the parental checklist

My job as a parent isn’t done yet. Not only do I have a long-term agreement to pamper the family dog, but I have to take care of the seasonal stuff. Just today, after reading weather forecasts from across the sphere of activity, I decided to send out personalized warnings about an impending snow storm; above all, to dress warmly and stock up on potato chips. MY parents never did that for me, but maybe I was better trained about the risks inherent in getting “storm-stayed”. As well, I had to check the car (here) to see if there were lights on inside. Now, that’s not exactly a tick on the parental checklist, but if any of the kids were living here I’d feel an obligation to verify the status of any car they drove. Part of the total care package.

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10th January 2018

Out for a drive

Here, it’s winter time. When looking out the window isn’t enough. Today, I decided to go for a drive. During a storm.

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3rd January 2018

With all the comforts of home

You want to know what is better than spending the day in your car? Getting to your destination!

I’m home, after a fortnight away. Happily. I don’t have that lust to voyage that so many brag about. Perhaps it’s genetic. Anyhow, when the car pulled up in our driveway, and I went inside with the first load of luggage, I was a “happy camper”; no tent involved. We stayed in three different provinces, tasted food and cold temperatures in five. Managed to get where we wanted to be without major incidents of “lost in the woods”. Kept the feet dry.

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1st January 2018

In the absence of anything

Still too cold for anything fun, says me. The ice wind has been present for the whole of this trip. Now stretching into two weeks, or a whole new year if you prefer. I miss my infloor heating.

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25th December 2017

Here for the meal

Yesterday we partied. Today we eat (ate). Headed back to the big house around noon, and spent the afternoon preparing supper for a possible thirty faces. Haven’t seen the official count, but that sounds about right.

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24th December 2017

No congestion

The last day before the Big Holiday. Had to get out and do some last minute shopping (to be fair, the ONLY shopping on my list). To my surprise, no congestion. Anywheres. In, around, out; all on my list found and purchased. Where is the stress in that?

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18th December 2017

Upped the meds

Still early in the day (supper yet to come) but I’m in a preemptive mode. This cold is degenerating, so I’ve upped the meds. Moved past the simple pill to tried-and-true bluish Benylin. Sleep will follow.

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17th December 2017

Getting the steam “up”

I don’t dance. Heck, with this current cold (that is bound to enter my lungs, it seems) I hardly sing. Missed a big “do” last evening, with a live cover band and everything, and I swear, I am the better for it. Let this pass, before they quarantine me on the outside step of a hospital.

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16th December 2017

Limits to my dialogue

Hard to believe that we’re down to “the last weekend before the holidays”. What happened? Did I buy a calendar with less than the standard quota of pages?

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