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It's cold here, -11 C with a wind chill of -21 C.

Not a day to be out, which is a shame as the sun is shining and it looks beautiful out there.

So, I stay inside and pay a few bills online, including the largest of the year, the real estate property tax. It's always a relief to get that one squared away.

Now for some warmth. We had our chimney swept and fireplace patched last week. A log fire is not the most efficient way of cooling the house (a lot of heat goes right up the chinmey) but it is certainly the most pleasurable to sit by and look at.

A fresh cup of tea completes the deal. Lovely.