Wednesday, January 29, 2014

January Travels

 I am adding a couple of links to my sidebar that might interest a few people. The first is of a geography game that I have been hooked on for a while.  I notice today there is 'Try the New Version Beta' in a button so this link is good for now. GeoGuessr is fabulous! If you like geography you will love it.  If you don't like geography, you probably will not. You get to drive along (or walk, as my daughter says) all over the world and try to guess where you are. There are five locations per game. To play the game is like doing a bit of armchair traveling in the most absolute way there can be without being there.

We have had an unusual winter on PEI so far. December was snowier than usual with snowstorms every week in the month. The new year brought more and more snow then a lovely 'January thaw', which Islanders welcomed like a desert's oasis.  Our thaw coincided with the time many North American friends and relatives were suffering through ice storms. We got light coatings of ice like you see below while New Brunswick next door was without electricity after many hours of freezing rain.

 Winter is not over yet.  There will certainly be more snow, and more ice and rain.  It is beneficial for our area as long as the precipitation needle does not get stuck. Our winter landscapes can certainly be beautiful though and they are wonderful to take sport in. Nothing is better than skating on a frozen pond, snowshoeing among the fox and rabbits or even walking or driving down a country road when tree branches are laden with sparkling snow.

The second link I am adding to my sidebar is The Smithsonian Institute Magazine.  I go to two different pages in it regularly so thought I would link them into one and share it here.  I am using my winter as a time for both rest and cre8ivity.  When outside chores are not the main thing on your list for the day there is time for more inner stuff. I have changed my two room studio around, storing all the beads and taking out all the glass tools. I am not rushing anything but in the painting/computer/office room which got changed around too, I had to check out the new light so have begun to do some painting. I like the new set up!

The kittens, who will soon be nine months old are enjoying winter very much. They love the snow but are not crazy about windy days.  That is usual with most cats I think. Anyway, we're all good here, tucked into winter and enjoying it so far.  Hope it is going well for any of you who happen by. Happy 2014.