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One thing makes people react and think, “I should get some cellular shades” — EXTREME temperature! HOT or COLD.

I have two internet friends – one just moved to England (from frigid Montreal); the other is in Australia. Sitting in Vermont, where the temps today hit 11-degrees Fahrenheit, with a 3 mile per hour wind (brrrr….), it is hair-raising to read about feet of snow in southern England (which rarely sees snow nowadays) and, half a world away, to hear of childhood homes endangered by bushfires and yet another summer of intense heat.

English Delights – a blog about “England, Crafts & Food” – has a number of posts about the record snowfall, including this evocative photo of Big Ben:

snowy big ben

At least here, in the “North East”, we’ve snow plows and salt-making equipment galore (our problems come in the spring…). I remember once going to a bookstore in New Hampshire. Gosh! The plows had been hard at it, for a maze comprised of 5-foot walls of solid white snow shuttled my car from town to the bookshop’s door. To this day, I’ve never seen SO MUCH SNOW packed to the sides of the road.

As for poor Australia, I cannot fathom what a bushfire must be like. AsianCorrespondent, on the other hand, has written a piece about the extreme weather conditions.


I can say, however, that my small corner of Vermont once had a catastrophic fire (a furniture factory; a total loss) in the midst of a cold winter’s day & night. The city felt deserted. Traffic was nil.

As the old commercial said, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature” – and fires, floods, or feet of snow can be so crippling. With such devastation, it is heart-rending to read of more shootings, never mind all the continuing unrest in the warring areas of the world.

When will the “madness” end??


Here in the Champlain Valley —  the area surrounding Vermont’s Lake Champlain, we’ve seen very little snow all winter long — and it’s FEBRUARY! highly unusual.

Now, logging in to WordPress, there is a blogger with pictures… of Bologna, Italy under feet of SNOW!

Anna mentions that Bologna seldom sees more than
a “couple of centimetres” of snow.

If you’re like me, you juggle what you must afford, what you want to afford and what you would like to afford. Bills come first…; home decor may be shuffled towards the bottom. But what we all look for is the quality of items that we purchase.

Quality” is an interesting word.

There’s the phrase “Quality of Life,” with all the connotations that involves for those of us sharing this planet. “Star Quality” is another phrase heard quite often, sometimes a little too often. One phrase that has rather gone out of fashion is a “Man or Woman of Quality“. “Quality Time” is a phrase that came into its own once both mother and father worked outside the home. “Quality Assurance” and “Quality Control” are two business-related phrases full of meaning and replete with newspaper stories. “Quality” can refer to a musical piece, or to how the piece is played by a given soloist, encompassing tone, phrasing, distinctiveness.

Looking up the word “Quality” in a dictionary, I spot the definition “character with respect to fineness, or grade of excellence”, i.e., in food or products.

Quality” is an attribute (another fine word!), a characteristic – innate or acquired.

There’s also — today, especially — the “quality” of the weather. After yet more snow overnight, I opened the shade beside my desk to see this bonanza of ice crystals feathering the window! As my office mate observed: People pay to have that kind of “window painting” done.

Looks just like lace, climbing upwards from the white blanketed earth…

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