Tuesday, January 16, 2007

plugged in

The weather has been frigid in Saskatchewan for most of the last week. The windchill temperatures were often in the minus 40's. That's degrees Celsius but, if I remember correctly, it's almost the same on the Fahrenheit scale. For those of you who live in warmer climates, we have engine block heaters on our vehicles that can be plugged in so that cars will start in the cold. Sometimes even the block heaters can't help an older car when it's really cold but most of the time it works.

It's not unusual to see the occasional vehicle driving along trailing a bright orange electrical cord when the driver has forgotten to unplug it before driving away. Most of us have made this mistake at least once but still snicker when we see someone else doing it. However, my friend (to save her the embarrassment, I'll call her R - she has recently become a Knitter) took this one step further. She parks on the street in front of her home so the electrical cord has to trail from the house across the front yard to the street. To tidy things up, her husband wrapped the cord around the home security sign stuck into the lawn. Well, the sign now has to be replaced. It seems that R drove off not only with the bright orange electrical cord but also with the sign caught in its web bouncing along behind her. I wish I'd been there with the camera.

On a more sober note, I hope that all goes well for my uncle's double-bypass surgery tomorrow. We'll be sending lots of good thoughts your way, Earl and Robin!

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