Tuesday, November 23, 2010

THAT WAS A FIRST

We've lived on our boat for 12 years, and been in the Victoria Harbour for 6-1/2 of them. Yesterday, and through the night was the worst wind/snow storm we've had since we've been in Victoria. And check this out, a first for the Wind Walker:
Those are icicles outside my salon window. Can I just register my surprise -- and displeasure -- one more time? Those are ICICLES hanging off my boat. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined ever seeing that! But it made it to -5C last night, and with the windchill, almost -20, apparently (that would be -4 Fahrenheit, by the way).

People often ask us, when they find out we live aboard, 'but aren't you cold?' Well, we're usually warmer than most folks, given that we have less than 300 sq ft to heat ... but the exception is when it goes below zero and gets windy at the same time. This is, after all, an old wooden boat, so she gets drafty.

That's how it was yesterday, and in spite of having a wood stove and two heaters on, I went to bed cold. (So in light of yesterday's gratitude challenge I thanked the universe for making me appreciate the warmth of my bed, and said a little extra prayer for all those folks who don't have one...)

I'm not particularly domestic (stop laughing, those of you who know me), but yesterday I made cabbage rolls for the first time in my life, that's how traumatized I was. :) And knit an entire pair of plain black merino fingerless gloves.

Today I'll be braving the elements and going OUT in it. At least the wind has calmed down ... but it's still ccccold out there.

Today's Gratitude Challenge:
Take five minutes to write about how grateful you are for all of the wonderful things that you currently have in your life. Don’t long for what you don’t possess — instead, take stock of all the blessings you already enjoy.

Okaaay ... haven't I been doing this all week?  :-)

2 comments:

0521kt said...

It's very very cold up here as well. Still no snow, though. But really cold!! Aren't we lucky we're knitters?!

-kate

Betsy said...

It's very cold here in Spokane too. I just snow-blowed 8 inches of snow from the driveway and 4 yesterday. Forecast of -14 F tonight. BRRRRR! Is it really Thanksgiving or is it Christmas and I missed a month?