Brrrr … Blowing a Blizzard

Mess on pavement

So before I get on to the cold white stuff I have two mysteries involving black things – and no Pup is not one of the mysteries!  Yesterday when I was out at several places there was a mess like this on the pavements.  The material appears to be some sort of  carbon falling off something that is dragging along the ground – there were four stretches similar in size to this …

The other mystery is a domestic one.  When I came home I slipped my black fingerless gloves off and put them in a pocket – I had a choice of 5 pockets with the clothes I was wearing at the time … but the gloves have disappeared without trace and I am left like some kind of idiot repeatedly checking the same five pockets because it is vexing me!  I have a resolution which keeps my hands warm but I am still mystified by the loss.

My solution was to take a pair of plan black bamboo socks that I no longer wear – I have several pairs where a hole appeared in a toe or the heel had thinned and they have a tight band on the ankle (yes I know I should have ruthlessly disposed of them but now I am glad I didn’t).  For those of you sitting giggling at me with socks on my hands I did make a couple of little adjustments!  I snipped off the toe at the seam and I snipped a small hole in the heel.  The toe is pulled on to my wrist, my thumb goes through the heel and the leg section is doubled back on my hands so they cover up to the top of my pinky fingers.  Perfect for typing and not tight round my fingers like the gloves I have lost – I am delighted and I can make some more with the other unloved socks.

Now from black to white!  Unusually it was Dog that woke me this morning having allowed me an extra hour in bed.  When I let him out there was snow – I reckon he could smell it and that’s why he was desperate to get outside.  It has gone on all day with mini blizzards blowing right at the back door and it is being brought on a cold easterly wind … Baltic Snow!

The boys have been constantly trying to get me to let them play out but it is far too cold to leave the door open for them.  So by 3 this afternoon Pup was bored … I am having  a physical rest in the hope of finally feeling better tomorrow.  I curled up on the sofa, Dog curled up next to me delighted to snuggle and Pup got up and down, up and down, tail in hot drink, tongue in hot drink, up and down … lick the new iPhone, up and down and up … for 50 minutes.  He finally curled up just in time for me to wake them for their tea!

Dogs in snow

They did get out in the snow and we did have some occasional sunshine but it never got remotely like a reasonable temperature.  Apart from that I roasted my expensive chicken and watched some video clips of the Gundogs at Crufts yesterday. A very lazy blizzardy day indeed – still work next door was at a standstill … can’t think why!

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I have an interest in how interior design and adapting a home to support living independently for longer can be complementary. The blog Life Long Design is part of an holistic plan for establishing a social enterprise which will offer the people of Tayside opportunities to explore Telecare and the wider scope of assistive technologies. Enabling individuals to make more informed and responsible choices in the care and support they need in their independent living. I am also keen to see public transport more widely adopted and sustainable rural bus services in particular supported. The Blog Travels with a Megarider shares my journey to find serenity in my life as I make that transition form employment to social entrepreneur. One of my methods in increasing serenity is to travel as many miles as I can on a fixed price bus ticket and explore my own local places of interest. Places that I used to go past and had never stopped to look at; places of peace and tranquility; places where I have had some wonderful conversations with complete strangers. I would like to share with you a response to when I described that one paragraph in an e-mail made it sound simple: "Believe me, Cathy, it does not sound simple. You are taking on an incredible challenge for all the right reasons. It is ambitious and admirable - the sort of project that can change lives, including yours." He is right it is ambitious but when did we every achieve anything by settling for the status quo and ignoring what doesn't work for people? So I would welcome your company from time to time on this journey either simply as a reader or if you are brave enough adding your own thoughts to the comments as you feel moved.

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