Saturday, November 19, 2011


It's about -20C, and midnight. My stupid dumb idiot neighbour has gone away somewhere, and left her windows open! Idiot, I know! And you know what happens next, don't you?

So the heating pipes burst and started a fountain in her apartment. Of course, because I had the misfortune to live next to her, I have been flooded. The bedroom that is against her wall is used as my storage room, piled high with boxes and boxes of yarn. A flood is not the thing I need.

So the disaster people are here, mopping up at her place and finally shut off the water. They can't get into my place because it is so crowded with "stuff". In order to clean up, I will have to move everything out, and very soon, to get it all dried up before mould sets in. This is NOT something I need right now!

So I've been mopping up the water as it is flowing into my place, trying to keep it confined to the bathroom and the bedroom. That was a joke! It looks like the flow has abated somewhat now, but it is seeping up into my stash -- I can hear it! LOL I needed to cut down, I know, but this is not the way I would have wanted to do it! As long as it is only the acrylics that are at the bottom, but I doubt it. I knew I should have put the useless things on the bottom as a cushion! Will I learn -- for the next time? I wonder.

Oh, the joys of living next door to an idiot!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

It happened!

Yesterday, about noon, I could see this wall of white coming in from the north. I was too busy to pay much attention to it. But suddenly, when I looked out, there was nothing! The building across the street was gone. It was all white. There was nothing!

The wall of white had hit us downtown. All you could see looking out any direction was faint ghost images of buildings that I knew were still out there.

Of course, we knew it was coming -- it is the middle of November after all. It was predicted that we would get some of that "s-word" stuff before Hallowe'en and it almost did. We had a faint sprinkle overnight of Oct 30 which disappeared by evening. And the weather man has been threatening us with that white stuff since the weekend. I knew that eventually he would get it right!

So here it is. Most of the time, it was coming in at us sideways. It blew through very quickly -- a matter of a few minutes -- and then was clear. Well, for a short while. Then another wall ran over us. And of course, accompanied with all this, is a very cold temperature with a good wind. Perfect.

There isn't much we can do about it anyway. Perfect weather to sit inside and knit. Or spin. Or watch movies. And I've been doing all of that. I can knit without paying much attention, and getting better at doing a few stitches just by feel. I can spin on the spindle easily enough and that is my usual fall-back activity while watching some old TV or movies; otherwise I would fall asleep! The socks are coming along, and I hope to get them completed maybe by next week. I only get a few moments a day to work on them, and they are taking far longer than I would have expected. But what else do I have to do??