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A little chilly in here, plus NOMAD

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I feel like all my posts are about the weather, but it's been rather extreme this winter! Even the locals say so. We're in the midst of what is supposed to be the worst storm of the season. Everything in town was canceled today. We are starting to lose it in here! The wind swirled and the snow rolled past and we played board games and some of the kids watched The Wizard of Oz (they had never seen it, and thought it was...er, rather strange and melodramatic). And more baking. I hope we fit through the door once spring comes, but there is literally nothing else to do. And now tonight it's supposed to be 23 below zero, wind chills to -50. AND if that's not enough, a main gas pipe that brings us most of our heating gas ruptured up in Canada yesterday, and the power company is asking everyone to set their thermostats as low as possible to make sure everyone has at least some heat. We haven't set it quite as low as they'd like (55-60) because it's already only 61 at waist height, and it's significantly colder on the floor. I don't want the pipes to freeze. But man, talk about bad timing!

We've sure been doing a lot of reading, though. I stayed up late the other night to read RJ Anderson's latest faery book, NOMAD. It was lovely. (It follows Ivy, who's a piskey, banished from her home and still trying to convince her people that the cave they live in is slowly poisoning them. Meanwhile, she's in exile with Martin, half-faery and half-spriggen, who would like to find his own people. But it's she, not Martin, who keeps having dreams about a spriggen boy from hundreds of years ago...) One thing I think Rebecca does especially well is writing deep emotion for characters who hold their feelings in tight reserve. Trust me, that is NOT an easy thing to do! The only frustrating thing is that after book 2, the rest of the series isn't available in the US, so I've had to order from Amazon UK. But at least that works.

Now the difficult task of getting a bunch of kids in bed for school tomorrow (if we have it) who aren't tired because all they've done is sit and eat cookies all day... Wish me luck!

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robinellen
Jan. 27th, 2014 02:55 am (UTC)
Wow...your weather really does sound extreme -- makes me wonder why anyone would live even further north! Totally agree about eating when it's cold. Otherwise, it just seems so dreary and even colder. I'll be hoping it warms up there soon!
olmue
Jan. 27th, 2014 03:13 am (UTC)
I know! There's a whole COUNTRY north of us. How do they do it??!!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 27th, 2014 03:32 am (UTC)
Rose, I don't think my kids have ever watched Wizard (they've read the book though). We just introduced them to Mystery Science Theater ... and it struck too close to home :) A friend of mine lived up in the Northern territories of Canada and I'm just in awe of her. They had electricity and everything, but still, not the kind of place you can be outside in the winter. Just bundling up the kids to get some fresh air took an hour! Sending you warm thoughts from SC. Vijaya
olmue
Jan. 27th, 2014 01:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that sounds a whole lot like where we live. How did people decide to live in a place like this? I mean, at least we have insulation and central heating. But what would possess someone living in a lean-to that this would be a good place to build a town?? They must have been tough people!!
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