That's about it for our house. Either unbridled joy or crushing heartbreak await on the horizon.
No work for either of us yet, which is strange. It's not a concern financially, because of the book I completed before we moved, and the one that I'll start sooner or later. But it certainly is odd for two people who have always worked to be unemployed for so long. We are certainly enjoying it.
The CBC and the locked-out Canadian Media Guild have reached a tentative agreement, so maybe I'll soon watch interesting and informative TV news - a novelty for Americans. I used to watch CBC News on something called the International Channel on cable in New York, but the time was inconvenient, and I rarely managed to coordinate it. And yes, I promise I will watch Rick Mercer.
For what it's worth, the weather service predicts that Ontario and Quebec can expect normally cold winters, while the rest of Canada will be spared the deep freeze.
Large parts of Canada are promised an unseasonably mild winter this year, but not so Ontario and Quebec, which can expect a normal dose of cold and snow, according to Environment Canada.And in case anyone has forgotten, the U.S. is still slaughtering Iraqis. This is the never-ending war. I can only wonder when their mission will be accomplished, again.
The two central Canadian provinces are the odd men out this year in the weather agency's preliminary winter forecast that predicts most of the country will get some respite from the deep freeze.
"What we're saying is from Vancouver to Thunder Bay, Ont., that western part of Canada is looking like it'll be warmer than normal, so it's a continuation of what the fall has been like," says senior climatologist David Phillips.
"And then also pretty much the Maritimes, Gaspé and Atlantic Canada is also going to be warmer than normal.
"But in Ontario and Quebec, (the forecast) is near normal," he says.