Monday, December 22, 2014

Freezing rain

I am trying to figure out if I manage to schedule trips at the same time as freezing rain warnings or if the freezing rain checks my travel plans and then decides its schedule.

Last year we hauled out of Kingston in the middle of the freezing rain storm. The bus plowed through and had no issues (not even being late) but Toronto had been hit pretty badly before we arrived and the driver warned us as we were approaching TO that power was out in many areas.

The latest warning is only over Kingston because our temperature is taking too long to warm up. TO is already at 2 degrees so they will only get rain. But we are at -2 right now so the risk is all on us. Hopefully we warm up faster than predicted but we'll have to see.

I cleaned the basement this morning while James was at stickhandling camp. Need to work on packing and cleaning the bathrooms this afternoon!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Darkest day

Today I was thinking of the gloominess from "Cold Comfort Farm" :
Flora Poste:
It was winter. The grimmest hour of the darkest day of the year. The Golden Orb had almost disappeared behind the interlacing fingers of the hawthorn.

In honour of the winter solstice.

I had a student call me with some sad news today so there was certainly darkness. Looking for the sun.

I read quite a bit of my book today. In spite of having a lot to do! Will have to stay away from my book tomorrow!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A year since the fire

I meant to post this on Dec 17 on the year anniversary of the fire, in remembrance. The building has been rebuilt. Not quite as far as they were last Dec 17 but they are getting close. They have festive lights beamed on the crane at night so the building looks quite jolly.

Today I did shopping and cleaning. I need to write some Christmas cards tonight.

I started reading a fictional novel about Katherine of Aragon. By Phillipa Gregory who I have read some other books by- I think she wrote some of the books on King Henry's other wives that I have read.

James was down at market square for a few hours today helping pick up garbage at the Rogers hometown hockey special. He had a good time. He said he met Wendell Clark.

Trying to prepare for our trip but the weather is befuddling me. If the temperature is going to be above 0 I am not sure if I should wear my winter coat or my spring coat!

Friday, December 19, 2014


The week sped by as a blur!
On Monday we had our work lunch at Jack Astors and I had a divine chicken and bacon sandwich. It was very good.
I was working hard at work to try to make sure everything is ready for next term. It won't be, but I'll get as close as I can.
I also read the book "Babylon Sisters" by Pearl Cleage and found these 2 quotes that I really liked:

After one character has tried buying up property to give poor people a place to live and found in most cases they left it in disrepair and did not pay him.
"Trying to change poor people's lives is never as glamorous or inspirational as they make it when some do-gooders get the central role in a Hollywood movie"

On War and conflict:
"There are always a million answers- the generals and rebels make sure of that- but when you really think about it, there's no good reason to try to kill as many people as you can, for as long as you can, until the ones who are left surrender their lives, or their resources, or their culture, or their self-respect, or their ancestors, or their spirits, or their oil, until they get strong enough to throw you off their backs and the whole cycle starts all over again"

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Smart tortoise

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hat trick

James got a hat trick tonight. His team lost 7-9 but he was still pretty pleased.

I wrapped presents and wrote Christmas cards today but it won't really feel like Christmas until we are in St. Catharines!

fly over

See who gets this picture- I'm guessing my parents will!

The holiday Hugs event went out well. We gave out Hershey's hugs. I got paired with a lovely lady named Agatha and we worked efficiently and handed our bag out quickly. We were the first team to return. But there was no prize for that.

I got some shopping done today. I wanted to buy a new Bible and there was a Max Lucado commentary one on sale so I got that one. Very pleased and looking forward to it!

Mady is on her way to Africa- so excited for her!

I got some shopping done today and I'm going to try and get things wrapped before James gets back from hockey!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

updates and some Kim stories

There isn't a lot of information available about the Martin Place hostage taking. They don't seem to know the number of hostages, the intent or even have any contact with the gunman/gunmen. I assume they are worried about a bomb if they try to rescue the hostages. How long?

A couple of funny Kim stories. When we were in Costco and were at the checkout we decided that I would pay for both our purchases as Kim didn't have the right card. She would pay me back later. So that was all fine. Since she didn't have to be there to pay, she went off to find some boxes. I have no idea what direction she went. But then it was my turn at the register and she was gone. And she was the member so she was supposed to show her card at that time. I had a gift card I was using so I gave that to the guy instead and indicated that Kim was around somewhere. But really I had no idea where. He quickly called a manager and the manager did something on the computer and was gone and the purchases made before Kim returned. They are very efficient at Costco, let me say that. When we were leaving Kim remembered that she hadn't shown her card at the checkout and I recounted everything for her. It was pretty funny.

An other thing Kim had done recently is plan a birthday party for her Mother who turned 80 a couple of weeks ago. Kim and her sisters invited 90 people. Guess how many showed up? 0. Kim's mom wasn't surprised by the non attendance as most of her friends aren't all that mobile so at least she wasn't disappointed much.

Bridges and life

Choose bridges. Choose life.

Joanne did an incredible job at the Rustle service on "joy".
I ran some errands afterwards and then came home and took a nap!
then got up and watched Kim's service, which was mainly praying for young people.
Then found out about the situation in Martin Place in Sydney Australia. In a Lindt chocolate shop, which if I were going to take hostages, that would be the place because- yummy chocolate. Praying for a peaceful resolution for all.

Tomorrow we have a work lunch at Jack Astors and I'm volunteering at "Holiday Hugs" put on by the Queen's alumni association for students still studying for exams. I don't think actual hugs are involved, just dropping off treats. Should be a festive day anyway!