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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Hope Springs Eternal?

It's almost the end of February and not a spring-like forecast in sight. It seems like since they came up with the name "Polar Vortex" Mother Nature was so pleased she's letting it stick around a little longer. I haven't ridden or even seen my horse in over a month. I have settled into my mid-winter funk and have no intention of getting out of it until the thermometer reads well above zero (Celsius, that is). A couple of weeks ago I did hear a cardinal calling one morning and my heart leapt but the poor old thing must have retreated back into our cedar hedge because I haven't heard a peep since. Georgian Bay has been frozen solid for the first time since we moved here and although it opened because of the winds the other day it is ice-covered again this morning. I have also had to keep the house show-ready every week as we still haven't sold after six months on the market.  My Other Half is away for two weeks at a boat show and I think it is because he was around for most of January that I am finding it so hard to cope without him, of course the boys schedules are crazy and I spend far too much time driving back and forth to the ski hill which is resulting in a formidable gas bill. My Dad, as usual, has stepped in to help out and I will get a break on Thursday night and Friday when I am at our ski club's Ladies Day.

But I have been having a tough time coming up with good things to think about lately (especially as Downton Abbey has finished for another season) and have even tried writing them down when I do but it hasn't helped much. So this is what I have come up with thus far:

  • We all are in bed by 9:30pm most nights, that means lights out for the 11, 13 and 15 year old as well as my Other Half and I pretty much all at the same time. No. 2 Son always pushes it and wants to watch TV or read and now that we have finally weaned them off of us lying with them every night he can read a little after we shut our door. I used to consider myself a night owl but maybe that was only in relation to the morning person I sleep with. Now if I am up past ten I am a basket case in the morning. I really do believe that every hour before midnight counts as double. Boring but hopefully rather virtuous.

  • I have pretty much given up drinking as the combination of staying up late and having even two glasses of wine is lethal. Also, we have entered the era of having to drive our teenagers to and from movies and parties at all hours, although last weekend No. 1 Son took a cab home at midnight which, while costly, was worth me not having to get out of bed to retrieve him. I also have lost all my sense of taste since getting sick over a month ago so I can't even enjoy a good red anymore. Unfortunately this hasn't carried over into eating as I keep cooking things like rice pudding or chocolate chip cookies to see if I can taste them. I have also stopped drinking coffee and now am a green tea granny. Again, it was the fact that after getting sick I suddenly couldn't stand the taste of coffee but I still miss it.

  • We have been consistent in one area with the boys - all screens stay on the kitchen counter at night. No one, including myself and my OH have their phones in our rooms at night. Again, No. 2 is the hardest to police and No. 1 does have his computer in his room but he is so tired at the end of a day of training, dry land and classes that he can barely keep his eyes open and is often the first to put himself to bed.

  • I cook and we eat homemade meals 90% of the time and when we do go out it is to places that don't serve prepackaged meals. Our only fast food foray might be to Tim Horton's as a last resort. The boys, for the most part (No. 2 is again the challenge, no surprise) make healthy snacks after school and pack their own lunches every morning. We go through more eggs, bacon and tuna than is prescribed in the food pyramid but I make complete dinners and always have cut up veggies on the table. They all complain from time to time but I refuse to act as short order cook and prepare separate meals according to their whims. I am also forcing encouraging them to cook more things other than just breakfast or Kraft Dinner on their own.
So that's it, my list of good things for now. There are plenty of other things I would like to be able to add such as less yelling by everyone on the house, getting more exercise and finding something that excites me outside of the house. In the meantime I am spending too much time on line and watching reruns of the Gilmore Girls. 


  1. Hello Cid,

    Well, we have to say that if we were snowed in like you for so long we should be absolutely gaga by now. We are truly impressed that you are managing to keep even a semblance of a sense of humour about it all.

    Even after this short time of knowing you, albeit virtually, we think that we should rather like the challenge of Son number 2. He seems just the kind of wayward type whom we seem to attract. Indeed, our own resident Mad Boy, a pianist at the Music Academy in Budapest, presents daily challenges to what used to be a peaceful and orderly household. Still, who wants peaceful and orderly........?

    It is, we are sure, just a tad depressing that you remain in readiness for a move but no purchaser ventures forth. However, we do wonder how anyone would reach you........snow plough.......sled pulled by huskies? We do so hope that a buyer comes soon and that you can then move on. It will happen. It will be fun. Now repeat several times.....before a nice cup of hot milk and bed!

    Red wine for us.......

    1. Jane & Lance,

      Yes, it would seems that part of the problem of finding a buyer for our house is accessibility although the boys have done their bit by shovelling the walk semi-regularly. Funnily enough we have had an increase in showings probably due to the fact that people come to our little corner of the world to ski and it has even been too cold for that so, instead, they seem to like to house hunt. All fine and well, except that keeping the house tidy with three boys and a dog is a struggle at the best of times. Perhaps I should include the boys in the offer to keep up with the non-stop shovelling required.

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  3. Yes, we're having similar weather here. The morning started at 0F and won't make it to 0C. Impressive list! I do feel better for getting to bed at 9:30 but I rarely have the self discipline to do so. Also life. Last night at that time we were driving back home from the winter sports award ceremony at my daughter's school. She doesn't have her license yet either. I'm pleased to see that you've connected with the Hattatts (above)!

    1. Making lists seems to be the one thing I can do right now and another thing I should add is that I made my eldest promise to get his learner's permit by my birthday in April. It takes eight months after that to be able to drive on your own and I am desperate that he can by next winter. My Other Half will be at the Maine Boat Builders Show in Portland next week without me but we might be down your way if No. 2 makes it to the CanAms at Sugarloaf at the end of March. Fingers crossed. Thank you for introducing me to the Hattatts, their comments have made my month!

  4. Wow Nice job, but ha this is probably too late for you to see huh


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