Thursday 31 December 2020

The Door Into Summer

One winter shortly before the Six Weeks War my tomcat, Petronius the Arbiter, and I lived in an old farmhouse in Connecticut. [...] The lack of plumbing made the rent low and what had been the dining room had a good north light for my drafting board.

The drawback was that the place had eleven doors to the outside.

[...] I have spent too much of my life opening doors for cats—I once calculated that, since the dawn of civilization, nine hundred and seventy-eight man-centuries have been used up that way. I could show you figures.

Pete usually used his own door except when he could bully me into opening a people door for him, which he preferred. But he would not use his door when there was snow on the ground.

While still a kitten, all fluff and buzzes, Pete had worked out a simple philosophy. I was in charge of quarters, rations, and weather; he was in charge of everything else. But he held me especially responsible for weather. Connecticut winters are good only for Christmas cards; regularly that winter Pete would check his own door, refuse to go out it because of that unpleasant white stuff beyond it (he was no fool), then badger me to open a people door.

He had a fixed conviction that at least one of them must lead into summer weather. Each time this meant that I had to go around with him to each of eleven doors, hold it open while he satisfied himself that it was winter out that way, too, then go on to the next door, while his criticisms of my mismanagement grew more bitter with each disappointment.

Then he would stay indoors until hydraulic pressure utterly forced him outside. [...]

But he never gave up his search for the Door into Summer.

- Robert A. Heinlein
          "The Door Into Summer"

I read this book many times in my younger days. I always loved this bit of writing. As we look back 2020 has been, to put it tactfully, an interesting year. May your 2021 be better and may you all find your door into summer.

2020 Retrospective

Random photos that I picked from over the year. 

In no particular order.

This is the most I have posted in a year end post.

Retrospective - Outside and In - Part 2

Often an annual retrospective is a random collection of favourite photos taken throughout the year, which is a fine idea . . . a recollection of the past. But this year I wanted to try something different and more thematic.

What I decided upon was a collection of photos of churches that I had the opportunity to see both outside and inside . . . none of which have been posted previously. So, while the photos here represent memories for me, they will be a new experience for the viewers. Enjoy the new memories!

The two photos above are:
Grace Lutheran Church
Zorra, Saskatchewan
January 5, 2020

Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church
Tway, Saskatchewan
August 5, 2020

Elk Hill Church
Elk Hill, Saskatchewan
August 7, 2020

Saint Athanasius Roman Catholic Church
Perigord, Saskatchewan
March 18, 2020

Thingvalla Icelandic Lutheran Church
Churchbridge, Saskatchewan
October 10, 2020

Saint Charles Roman Catholic Parish
Coderre, Saskatchewan
November 3, 2020

Bethania Lutheran Church
Northern Light, Saskatchewan
August 5, 2020

Haglof Community Church
Elfros, Saskatchewan
March 20, 2020

Castleton United Church
Saltcoats, Saskatchewan
October 10, 2020

Mariahilf Catholic Chapel
Killaly, Saskatchewan
October 8, 2020

Part 1 of this post can be seen here:

All the best in 2021!