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Prepare Your Home
The first step to staying warm when cold weather hits is to get your home ready for winter. Start by closing off rooms you don't use and putting magnetic covers over the heat registers in closed off rooms. This keeps heated air only in the rooms you use. Weather strip and seal your windows, and lay rugs on wood and tile floors. Make sure windows that get direct sunlight are draft-free so you can keep curtains open to let in as much of its warmth as possible.Use Your Kitchen's Heat
Bake a pie or slow-roast some meat, and let the warm and scented air circulate around... (more)
As I sit by the wood stove, with the wind howling all around our old house, I am toasty warm. However our water pipes to the upstairs shower, toilet and laundry room have frozen for the fifth time this year. This has rarely happened in previous years. The temperature is -27 C with the wind chill. So naturally I want to talk about the weather like the good Canadian that I am because it is a proven fact that discussing the weather is a national pastime. This sort of Canadian discussion is typically a combination of complaining and bragging all rolled into one rant!(more)
We stood outside the buildings of Rockefeller Center admiring a large water fountain—an Atlas of bronze—and an enormously huge Christmas tree (the biggest I’d ever seen), all lit up and dazzling! The night was windy and freezing cold, enough to quite chill you to the bone. The cold that night was also record-setting, and it made the whole experience of visiting New York, well, down-right frightening. I wanted to cry out to my husband and say, “Can we please go home now, back to sunny, warmer California?” I couldn’t feel my fingers or toes or nose. Heck, I didn’t even know if I was breathing!... (more)
PauseThis is a meditation with images, not words. Picture this scene: the first sprinkling of snow brightens the ground with a brilliant pure, white coating. Looking at the scene outside my windows is a perfect way to prepare my heart for Advent. Agitation slips away and peace flows into me. A gift from God, pure and simple as I wait for the Christ child to be born anew within me.
PrayCreate in me a pure heart, oh God
And deliver a right spirit within me.
PonderGod has given me a gift. I have solitary moments for the first time in 32... (more)
...my being… it lives in me.
I believe each month possesses its own music; its own rhythm, just as each soul possesses the corresponding tempo and measure. And the illusion of a mystical place of spiritual repose, the stillness, peace, refreshment, delight… and where would I go and what would I see and do when freedom be no more?
Summers are but an abrupt epiphany here—so like life itself; brief and snappy, and what is the gain of bringing up to mind the fruitless days of winter when dancing in summer’s midst?
Fear… it is that ancient fear of losing Paradise.(more)
...it came, silent, and soft, and slow. Big fluffy flakes danced and meandered about the garden in the form of tiny delicate clouds; like a veil from heaven, it rested in the atmosphere for just a fleeting moment before it got swallowed up by the invisible spirits of the ground. And Father Winter too—it blew and whispered enchanting words to my ears with unexpected surprises…
From where I was standing, in my kitchen, a larger shadow crossed my field of vision over the garden. I am acquainted with these swift shadows of winter. I know them by name, and silently in my... (more)
The winter is the time To rest and replenish My soul to prepareFor the intensity of springtime.
The winter is my time to be quietAnd listen to my soul.To hear it's quakening.To be mindful of it's fears.To forgive foibles.To welcome it's hopes with open joy.
The winter is time to go outsideAnd find that patch of undisturbed snow.Once finding it, Lie down facing the clouds.
Spreading my arms Like the wings of an eagleMoving them back and forth.
Then it is time to stand upAnd look down At my angel.
Winter is the timeTo take time to take timeTo have a little fun... (more)
... listening to whispers.Crackling of new fallen leaves being trampled under my feet on a September morn.
Whispering wind whistling through pine boughs in the trees as I walked thru the forest as a youth.
Crunch - Crunch - Crunch of new footsteps inthe new fallen snow on a cold crisp winterymorn as I walked ot school.
Drumming of rain drops falling on the tin roofon a rainy spring morning.
Gurgling water rushing over the rocks and tree branchesin the stream near our farm in Upper Michigan.
Warm gentle breezes that brush across my face on alazy summer ... (more)
she wraps her arms around me
I feel her warm sun beam on my skin
her rays kiss my face
and I feel somehow safe
I am not longer afraid of winter
turning me blue
or making me stay indoors
and giving me the flu
no, not anymore
summer is here
she whispers gently into my ear
with her soft breeze
telling me secrets
which no one else can hear
she is my friend
I can always depend on her
to come and take winter away
and give me sunny days
summer also... (more)
With the nights drawing in earlier and the ice starting to appear, you need hearty warm food to keep you going.
Here is a casserole recipe that will warm and it cost less than a fiver. And its so easy to make that santa wont need any help at all from his elves.
Winter Warming Casserole
500g Casserole Beef
1 x Packet of a Casserole Vegetable Mix
5 x Medium Sized New Potatoes
1 tsp Thyme
Salt & Pepper
½ tsp Chilli Flakes
2 x Beef Stock Cubes
In a casserole pan, lightly fry the beef in a... (more)
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