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moving box woman 12198301_sHello, friends! It’s -11 degrees Fahrenheit (-24 C) here in Calgary, with a “feels like” temp of -29 F (-34 C). You might say it’s a little chilly, but actually, I’m loving it. The air is dry and crisp, and while there’s no getting around the fact that it’s cold, it’s also so much nicer than winter in Washington DC. The weather here varies widely during this season, with some days as cold as today, and some days as warm as 35 degrees. The snow melts, it returns, melts and returns. Mostly it’s sunny (even when it’s cold). It’s a cycle I could get used to.

Our goods will be delivered (finally!) on February 4, so we’ve been stuck in executive housing for all this time. But we’ll be sprung from purgatory soon. In the meantime, I’m arranging this and that, getting all the necessary documentation, and trying to get out and explore.

The home we’re moving into is ready for us after getting a gorgeous face-lift, and the people we’ve encountered there and all over Calgary have been kind and helpful.

Overall, I feel more comfortable here, over the course of the last 3 weeks, than I ever felt in DC. This feels like home.

I hope all of you are having a splendid winter. I’ll be checking the blog for comments regularly until our goods arrive on Monday (the 4th), and then, after unpacking my computer and setting up my desk, I’ll be back with you as usual. I hope to have more guest posts on the blog this year, to break up the announcements of new books and shameless plugs to entice you to buy more. You will find my Horny Hump Day post next Wednesday (the 6th) and, hopefully, every Wednesday thereafter. I believe I have two new Journey releases in February, and Bourbon & Branch Water and Kiki’s Millionaire were in the Top 30 For the Last 30 Days, for quite a number of weeks. Thank you for supporting my endeavors.

Enjoy your sunny days and revel in the season. Feel free to leave me a comment and tell me how you’re dealing with winter wherever you live.

Thanks for reading!



  1. Nice to see a blog from you and hearing that you are settling in. As the thermometer drops or should I say plunges just keep reminding yourself – it’s a dry cold!! Somehow that’s supposed to make it feel better.

    • Thank you, Daryl. Yes, we’re finding our feet, though it will be a huge relief to finally get into our condo next week. Corporate housing sucks.

      Dry cold is better! The wet cold as well as the wet heat in DC was totally miserable. for us at least. Some people love it.

  2. Hi Patricia! Best wishes on your moving adventure. Calgary is a wonderful place. My brother moved there from California and stayed for 8 years before moving to…DC, then back to CA. I really liked visiting the area and how the city is layed out.

    • I’m a California native, Sheri, so I can relate to your brother’s experience. I really didn’t know what to expect of Calgary, but I’m happily surprised at what I’ve seen thus far. Thanks for commenting!

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