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Here on the hill we were the recipients of the most beautiful snowstorm that has come around these parts in a while. The snow was wet and heavy and clung to every surface and every single stalk, bough or branch, even the tiniest. It created an amazing winter wonderland, comparable only to the very tippy-top of the ski mountains where everything contains a frosty, magical white coating. 

Winter Wonderland 

I love snow. My feeling is that winter shouldn’t exist unless there is snow on the ground. No snow and we might as well be gardening and growing things. 

With every plus, however there is a minus. With all that breathtaking clingy snow, came downed trees, some bowing so heavily under the weight of the snow that they look as if they are bent in a deep curtesy, their gentle tops almost brushing the ground below. Some branches couldn’t support all that weight and broke off, tumbling to the ground below and in many instances taking electricity lines down with them. So, while we are living in a winter wonderland, we are doing it without electricity. 

How, might you ask then am I typing this and communicating electronically with all of you? The power of the generator, I tell you. I remember when we first bought this house, I thought a generator was not necessary, but I soon learned differently. You see, here on the hill, when the power goes out, it could be out for a while. And while candles and cooking over the open flame might sound romantic and very grounding, it is – but water, in the form of a hot shower, flushing toilets and that with which to cook and drink, doesn’t happen when you are on a well and lose power unless you have a generator. The winter is a little easier to deal with than the summer, especially if the gorgeous white stuff is outside, because you can fill a pot of snow and bring it in and melt it over the wood stove, but it doesn’t work as well, or at all for that fact, in the summer, when there is no fluffy white stuff outside your door. And for those without the power of the wood stove to heat your house, it can get mighty chilly mighty fast without electricity to heat the house. 

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There are some people who embrace a lack of technology – when we are overwhelmed with our phones, ipods, laptops and gadgets, some people just chuck it all. A new game cafe with a great name, Snakes and Lattes (get the play on words with that childhood board game we all played) is opening up in Toronto. Owner Ben Castanie and his partner and girlfriend Aurelia Peynet are opening up a cafe equipped with 1,500 plus board games. The cafe is the first of its kind in Toronto, although these types of cafes are popular overseas.

For a $5 fee, a customer receives unlimited use of the board game collection during their visit at the cafe, which also serves coffee products and snacks and is awaiting a liquor license. We’ve had our fair share of rounds of Pictionary and Taboo a’la alcohol and it can be quite fun, should be interesting to see how their business works out. They offer to hook groups of people up for games where groups or teams are required. Who knows, they could be onto game dating.

In any event it should be interesting to see how long customers can last being ‘unplugged’. Not a WiFi hotspot to be found evidently.

For the entire article that ran in the Torontoist check here.

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