When this is what you wake up to on a Sunday morning:
City of Regina
6:13 AM CST Sunday 26 January 2014
Blowing snow warning for
City of Regina continued
A strong Arctic cold front has pushed across Southern Saskatchewan this morning. This front is ushering in strong northerly winds gusting to 70 or 80 km/h producing extensive poor visibilities in blowing snow today over open areas.
Conditions will start to improve this afternoon into this evening as the winds gradually decrease. However much colder air will be flooding in with temperatures in the minus twenties this afternoon and wind chill values approaching minus 40.
The only thing to do is make coffee and read a good book. These are my choices:
My choice will likely be I Am Malala since I snagged it off the Pop Picks display at work the other day and has a shorter loan (otherwise I would have waited a very long time for it, I think there are close to 200 holds on it and I was near the bottom).
A good book is a good book, wherever you are reading it, but a good book enjoyed while sitting outside is one of my favourite things. These are pics taken during a trip to Cypress Hills this past summer when I was taking a break from reading at our campsite. The book I was reading was “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion.
The view while reading at the campsite
This is probably the third time I’ve posted a picture of this mug. I must drink my coffee from this mug on a camping trip.
Pretty flower discovered while walking to the bathroom… 🙂
“A story is not like a road to follow … it’s more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling where you like and discovering how the room and corridors relate to each other, how the world outside is altered by being viewed from these windows. And you, the visitor, the reader, are altered as well by being in this enclosed space, whether it is ample and easy or full of crooked turns, or sparsely or opulently furnished. You can go back again and again, and the house, the story, always contains more than you saw the last time.”
― Alice Munro
I worked the weekend, so I’m off today and thought I would tackle some spring cleaning projects (ie. organizing my storage closet where everything I didn’t know what to do with this winter ended up). My reward for my efforts was enjoying afternoon coffee on my balcony where I get full afternoon sun. (I took this picture with my iPhone)
Spring has truly arrived, the snow has melted, there was minimal flooding in the city (although other areas of the province haven’t been as lucky), and now it’s time to enjoy being outside again. (I’m thinking if next winter is like this past winter, I’m going to need an outdoor activity so I don’t go stir crazy! Maybe skating, even though I’m sure I haven’t been on a pair of skates since I was 15!) Hopefully this weekend, I’ll plant the rest of my flowers.
These are some of the books I’ve accumulated in my office this week. I definitely won’t read them all this weekend, but it’s a sampling of some of my current interests – reading about the northern rainforest in preparation for my dream trip in late spring/early summer, looking for recipes for a nice Saturday night supper, getting ideas for what to bring to a lunch potluck at work next week, reading about photography, and a few other odds and ends. I’ve been reading mostly non-fiction lately, but had a go at Alice Munro’s latest book of short stories just after Christmas. By the time I got into it had to be returned to the library because there were several holds on it. Alice Munro is one of my favourite authors and I hope to read a few of the stories this weekend.
I have a vacation coming up in a week or so and am starting to collect books in my office to take on the trip. I’ll likely end up taking three or four after reading a few pages of each to make sure I like them enough to pack in my suitcase!
I have a cold. It’s your regular, run of the mill cold – itchy watery eyes, runny nose, aches, pains and fever and no energy. I’m feeling pretty miserable right now. To make matters worse I can’t sleep because new windows are getting installed on the floor below me so there has been some sawing and lots of hammering, all the usual construction noises. Great. (I’m actually typing this with my eyes closed right now because my eyes are watering!). Fun times at my place today! I picked up my camera and took a few pictures of the things that I have tried to distract myself with to deal with my miserableness (because I think the cold itself just has to run its course).
These are some of the books I’ve collected in my office. Since I work in a library, it’s very easy to grab a book any time… and I do that often!