Things I do to distract myself while doing the dishes

I don’t like doing dishes.  Tonight, while I was standing in the kitchen doing dishes, I happened to turn around and saw a pretty nice sunset developing outside my living room window.  So, I dried my hands, grabbed my cameras (I’m trying out a new one), opened my balcony door (it was about -16 at the time) and started snapping pictures.  Once my feet got too cold, I closed the door and noticed there was nice light and cool shadows on my bookshelf, so I took a few more pictures.  I went back to doing the dishes, but the light was changing quickly, so I dried my hands again, opened the door, and snapped a few more.  I repeated this ritual a couple of more times, until finally the sun set, my sock-less feet were turning blue and the water in the sink was cold.

Soon it will be warm enough to stand on my balcony in bare feet, right? (Update on Friday….with the windchill, it is going to feel like -50 later this evening.  Bare feet will have to wait!)

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hoar frost and an elephant

I love hoar frost.  I think there is nothing prettier on a frigidly cold January day than a bright blue sky and hoar frost on the trees.  We are well into March and still experiencing frigidly cold mornings and hoar frost on the trees.  As I write this, the wind is gusting, the sky is grey, and more snow is forecast for this evening. Yay.  One of the things I wanted to accomplish this winter was to practise taking pictures of hoar frost. I did do that, but never really got the shots I wanted as it was often too cold to spend the time getting it just right (frozen fingers and a frozen camera!) or I didn’t have my camera with me.  Oh well, there is always next winter to get it right (or maybe this winter really will never end and I’ll have more time to practise yet!).

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I took this picture of Rusty, the Library Elephant, on my lunch break on Sunday from the 2nd floor of the Library.  I thought he looked sad.  He was likely cold and tired of winter. Just like all of us on the prairies.  I’ve been listening to a radio station from Maui on my computer at work just to get that tropical feeling since there was no winter holiday for me this year.  And it helps!

Rusty the library elephant