Since my brother and sister-in-law are off to Hawaii this week, I’ve been going through my Maui pictures and dreaming of a tropical paradise. Maybe I should apply for a job here. I’m very well qualified. And the Pacific Ocean… just around the corner? I don’t think I could get used to to that at all! 🙂
When this is what you wake up to on a Sunday morning:
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).
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!).
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!
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.