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Sunday, 13 January 2019

A Day at Home

   Still cold (-11C when I got up this morning) but no snow so, still not wearing boots! At least it was sunny so the house warmed up a bit.

    A rather quiet morning - just some housework - then a couple of hours at demo practice in the afternoon. We have three demos coming up this week and by next weekend we will really know the dances perfectly. I think this will be my last year as a member of the demo team as I am finding it increasingly difficult to do a full program of dances. I am puffing and wheezing before we are half way through the program.

    Coverage of the Australian Open has started on TV today so I watched one of the early round matches this evening. It's daytime in Australia and extremely hot. I hope the players can survive in the heat.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Lots Accomplished

    I'd better get down what I accomplished today before I forget - it was quite a lot.

    I was on the phone to my dentist by 8:45 this morning, not for myself but to get the name of an endodontist for a friend. She needs a root canal, so that is sorted and hopefully she can get it arranged. By 9:00 I was at my Fitness class - not too many there as it was bitterly cold and you needed to be well wrapped up before setting foot out the door. I know I said I run from the car to the building when it's this cold but today I literally ran my fastest - my hair was still wet from my shower and it's a wonder it didn't freeze!

   I had a lovely long chat with Carol over coffee after our class and got the history of how she and her six sisters came to Canada from Grenada as young girls. They have all done very well for themselves and there are dozens of nieces, nephews and even grandchildren. Quite a large tribe!

   Phoned Susan for the names of the people attending the RWTO lunch on Tuesday so that I can get their name tags ready. It doesn't take long as we reuse them but is just another chore to complete. Then it was time for lunch but I just had a bowl of soup and took a sandwich to eat during pickleball. It was very busy and I had to sit out quite a bit so just stayed until 2:00 p.m. I was tired by then anyway so had a nap when I got home. Got the car gassed up on the way home and this time I remembered to wear a hat. It had warmed up a few degrees (just -6C) but it was the wind - straight from the North Pole -  that made it so bitter.

   That's about it for today - just a quiet evening in front of the TV.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

So Cold!

    Finally we have some typical winter weather. It was -7C today (-15C with the wind chill factor filtered in) and the wind was very cold and very strong. The upside was that the few flurries we have had over the last couple of days have all been blown away and I managed another day without having to wear boots!

   It is forecast to get even colder tonight but I will be staying home by the fire. Today I was just running quickly from the house to the car, to the mall and back to the house. This will continue for the next few days.

   RTO Executive meeting this morning and then Book club in the afternoon. I had packed a light lunch so didn't bother to go home in between. The meeting was pretty straightforward, finished on time and was not too tedious. We had a very lively discussion at book club - our book was "The Great Alone" by Kristin Hannah, highly recommended by all. All sorts of themes and character studies to expand on. All being retired teachers we were not at a loss for words.

   I went by the library on the way home and picked up two books and two DVDs. Unfortunately, one of the books I had ordered I had already read. But this was in fact fortunate as the books are piling up on my bedside table. Not a bad thing during this cold spell!

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

A Long Break from Blogging

   Oops! Just realized it has been a week since my last post. Last week was very quiet - just a tennis game on Thursday and dance practice on Sunday afternoon, so not much to write about. I filled my time with reading and doing a jigsaw puzzle and a few (very few!) cleaning chores.

   Activities started again this Monday with craft club in the morning, Bridge in the afternoon and social dance group in the evening. That's the way I like my days to go! Today I was trekking over to the west end of the city to attend a Burn's lunch at which we were the entertainment with some Scottish dances. It's nice that they give us lunch first. I love haggis! A quiet evening ahead, I won't need any dinner other than a bowl of my homemade soup.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

A New Year

    Despite a late night (yes, I did manage to stay up until midnight!) I had an early start and spent an hour or so over coffee and the newspaper. Then it was out for a long walk - it was sunny but cold so I wrapped up well.

   Home to tidy the house since I got the tree and all the Christmas decorations put away yesterday. After lunch and a nap I worked on my current jigsaw puzzle for a while then went to see a movie. It was "The Favourite", about Queen Anne and her court - very entertaining; I highly recommend it. On the way home at 7:00 p.m. I decided I couldn't be bothered to cook a meal so stopped off at Swiss Chalet for dinner. Unfortunately they are no longer serving the Festive Special (my favourite) but I had my usual 1/4 chicken (dark meat) and a Caesar salad. Now I am nibbling on my homemade tablet while I watch the New Year's special from Vienna - all Strauss music. The tablet is so sweet my teeth are aching!