It's Saskatchewan, it's winter, and it's cold. -26C this morning with wind chills of -32C and this is simply one more day in a stretch of three or four weeks of bitterly cold weather. We've had a couple of breaks, a day or so where the temps reach highs in the minus single digits. Those days feel almost balmy.
But as much as I complain about our weather, I'll take the cold over the storm that is currently hammering central and Atlantic Canada. Although the Canadian news service isn't covering it, I assume parts of the U.S. are also affected. According to the article, there are numerous power outages, and many won't have power again for 72 hours. I can't imagine being without electricity for that long in the winter and at Christmas it would be even worse.
Kim, if you are reading this (and I hope you have power so you can), I hope you and the boys came through the storm unscathed. Stay safe and warm!
It's a busy week at work and at home, mostly due to my own procrastination. I started my annual Christmas letters before I went to Saskatoon. I finally got them done on Thursday, cards written and mailed yesterday. What should have taken a few hours I managed to complete in days. I finished the Christmas shopping last weekend and even though I've got most everything wrapped there are still a couple left to go. That's what Christmas eve is for, right?
Last Monday evening, I had Deniece and Denephew visit while their parents went to a Christmas dinner. I made dinner for us, we watched a movie and just hung out.
Deniece saw me pick up the camera and got out of range...little minx, while her brother tried to get his hand up. Love the head band - it's mine but I never thought he'd put it on!
Yesterday I made a trip to the grocery store to make sure we had everything we need for Christmas. Not surprisingly it was the mall parking lot and the store were busy. I was in line behind a couple, the wife wandered off to get something while the husband unloaded the cart. I was amazed as I watched him place the items on the checkout conveyor in no particular order. When I was a kid, my mom taught us to put the heaviest items on first so they can loaded in the bottom of the cart, on down to the lightest items (eggs, bread, etc.) so they don't get broken or squashed. I always assumed everyone did that but apparently not.
When it was my turn I sorted the items, then watched in amazement as the clerk bagged the items, putting the cleaning supplies in with the meat, and cans into the bag containing bread. I didn't say anything though I probably ought to, instead I spent time sorting and repacking the bags in the trunk of the car. I have to wonder, is this a lost art? Do you sort your groceries by weight...or am I an oddball?
Today I've been cleaning house, vacuuming, cleaning cat litter, washing floors, while my daughter does laundry and some baking. But she's run out of canola oil for her carrot cake muffins...I love carrot cake muffins so I'm off to Walmart to pick up a few items I forget or couldn't get yesterday. I expect it will be crazy busy...wish me luck.
Have a wonderful Sunday, everyone!