Sunday, October 29, 2006


Here we are again - in the cold. Temperatures have dropped, the brilliant colours of early October are fading and the wind is lifting leaves off the ground, swirling them past my dining room window as I write.

It's a little brisk in my house. It's about 15 degrees Celsius - and yesterday morning it was about 10 degrees. We haven't turned on the heat yet. We're doing our best to hold out until November 1. We've done this annual "Heating hold out" for several years now. We do this, partly to save on the cost of heating our home and partly for the environment.

I am almost ashamed to admit that we have an oil burning furnace. I hate turning it on. Every time I hear it turn on, I think - "There goes $10." I'd give my eye teeth for a windmill and some solar panels. Well, not my actual teeth, but you know what I mean. If I had the $, I'd move to the country and build my own wind farm.

I wake up each morning to yet another newscast warning about the effects of Global Warming and I wonder what it's going to take to make us change. What is it going to take to make us consume less and conserve more? When are we going to open our eyes? Sure, it's cold enough now in November for me to turn on my furnace... but it won't be long before I won't have to turn it on until December.

What the heck are we doing to ourselves? It's like we're addicted to heroine and no matter how much we're hurting ourselves, we can't see the benefit of getting clean and sober.

Excuse me while I step off my soap box. I need to get another blanket.


  1. I don't know steph you are getting a little preachy for us. Luc suggests you move to Vancouver you don't have to turn on your furnace and you can hug trees. HEH HEH.....

  2. yeah, yeah. It's preachy. I know. But the newscasters are getting to me! Hug a tree! Stop driving! Eat more yogurt!


  3. Our neighbours in our last place had solar panels. After Juan, nobody on the street had power, but they at least had hot water, and were the only ones to have warm showers for the week that the power was out.