Minus 13 Does Feel Warmer Than Minus 21

Yesterday, it warmed up to a nice blissful minus 13, and I thought I must be nuts, for thinking that? It felt warm. when you break it down in pure Mathematical terms, minus 13 is warmer, but still in day to day terms, still way below freezing. Yes, it was that cold here in Thornhill, BC. When I was driving to work, I still saw people walking to their destinations, walking in the middle of the road because the local government does not conditioner sidewalks a priority. So, they walk in the middle of the roads where is had been cleared. So as a driver, you need to be on your toes, at 5:00am.

 

SO Friday morning rolls by, I’m on my way to work, The wind is just screaming in from the North, and I look at the temperature read out on my car’s dashboard: Minus 13C. And yes, it felt warmer, or I getting use to the cold. The day before Thornhill was reaching minus 23C for a daytime high, but the sky was super clear out. An Arctic High.

It has been that cold here for the last week, as the Arctic outflow weather systems roll on by. Plus we did get a huge dump of snow, nearly 60cm ( a week ago) before it. Today, we have a mini storm that is giving us a few CM of snow, but the Temperature reached minus 8C (damn tropical compared to minus 21C.)

 

First Winter Storm of 2020 in Thornhill, BC.

Well, it was just a matter of time of when it would come and pay us a visit. Mother Nature gave her Wrath and full fury, last night in the Skeena Valley with at least 30cm of powder snow, and wild wind. I sat helpless wondering if I was going to get home without getting stuck in the snow, in my car. Looking back, I did make it with little troubles. Except for the very last final 3 meters. when I saw that a 2 meter high snow bank had formed from the North wind. I got out the shovel and a way I went.

After the shoveling and being soaked from playing in the snow, I gave up and  went inside, giving up on all the things I had planned for the Friday night. This was going to be a stay-at-home night.

The weather prognosticators say that the second half of the storm will reach us tonight, giving us another 20cm of the white stuff, followed with more winds from the North. Oh goodie gum drops, something to look forward too.

UPDATE – JAN 6, 2020. The secdon half of the storm did dump upon us, but a mere 27cm. however, none of the roads in Lower Thornhill, BC were plowed. I guess we did not pay the Regional District enough tax money for this vital service?

I must to give credit to my car, and the snow tires I have on it. I own a 2014 Ford Focus, with Arctic Claws tires, and they work awesome in the this type of weather. I would be still getting home is it was not for those tires.

OK, back to shoveling and moving the white stuff.

Seeing 2020 In the New Year Now!

We stayed at home last night, listened to the fire works go off, and went to bed. That was it, nice and simple. Not too much excitement, just behaved ourselves.  It paid off, today, as we were ready to start the day running, and Holiday that has no religious connections Canada, just a good time to spend with family and friends. Now we can write little “’20s” on our work spaces and documents, better than the Old “’19s.” This is better for me at my work. So, Happy New Year everyone!

Recapping last year. It sucked. It was a rough year for me. Myered with health and work issues, it was not a happy year for me at all–glad it is behind me now. I seem to be all fixed now. Now it is just keeping me from getting broken again, like not having another heart attack–those are nasty.

Last night we sat my place, on the love seat, and binged watched Netflix, “The Witcher” (2019), Then, “The Gift (2019),” also on Netflix. At the stroke of midnight, Suzette put on some silly “2020” glasses, and and we took photos of ourselves, posing with “2020 Glasses”on,  she bough from the Dollar Store. It was fun.

Suzette will NOT do the Polar bear swim this year. She’ll watch, but not partake in it. I feel the same way too. I like being warm and snuggled with warmth. So, no swimming this year on the ice and snow.

Happy New Year, Everyone! Be good and safe, for the next twelve months.

My Man Cave

Yes, I’m officially moved in, unpacked, put-away, and cleaned up. I have my very own home with my Man Cave. It is awesome that I’m in my own home. Just me. It is a feeling that I have not experienced in so long, I miss the freedom. my own space. Now I have to deal with the needy Governments and leaches that want my money for their own. OH the joys. Hey if I’m going to pay you these taxes against my Will, then I better value for my bucks.

The first thing I did was install my own security system. The RCMP are far from perfect around here when it comes to Crime. B&E are common here as many are low income. But with good deterrence systems, they generally keep  away. Though I have seen some drive bys, where the potential thieves scope out homes to pillage.

But anyway, this morning was my first morning that get to appreciate my new home. I watched the Sun rise from my living room. I positioned my plants to get the maximum light from my West facing windows. so amazing to see. Then I started the unpacking process. and moved into my Man Cave. Computer, Ham Radio set, and Cooler (for pop of course). And I have a view of Thornhill Mountain from here. Today’s weather: Awesome! Sun, minus 4C, but awesome. Not a cloud in the sky.

I have a shed to store tools, and snow tires and useful Car junk. I have my own driveway witch I do not share. so no parking battles. and a small yard. with real grass. to live like a human being. Wow. Back in the Man Cave.

OK, I”M happy.

I am 92.46 Per Cent Moved Into my own home.

Yes, I am sitting in my very own computer room, or Man Cave, with no neighbour attached to make noise when I crave quiet time, this is bliss. And there are no threat of creepy land lord checkup on seeing if their property is being kept in good condition. Just the mortgage cheque due every two weeks.

Since the move, my back is super sore. I pulled a muscle. and it rained like crazy on Friday, moving day. Now it is just freezing. I’m cool with that, as the bulk of it is done. plus I have a cold that is killing me at night. I’m getting through this.

I have a dish washer, and washer and dryer. sweet, and a place to hang all my photos. lots and lots of wall space. I’m in a home! SO long rented compartments. Hello space.

I also have a place to store my car, my own driveway. where I can clean it, and work on it with a nosy land lord spying.

I am a home owner!

 

One More Sleep To Go

As the title says, I have one more sleep to go until I can sleep in the spacious bed room of my own home. One more sleep in this shoe box, and one more night listening to my next door neighbors bang and talk while they sleep. Yes, tomorrow I’ll be in my own home, with privacy and clean carpets with lots of room. Yes!

Tomorrow is pre-moving day. when I take possession of the keys. and Bills that go a long with it. I will be a home owner. with a mortgage. So excited.

Giving my Notice Yesterday.

It was an awesome feeling to finally give notice yesterday, saying “Yay, keep your bug infested Compartments for the next desperate person who wants to move here… I’m out of here.” Now you can rent it out far and above what I was paying you. And no doubt you will, as the rental market is near zero here. I hope you charge the guy from Alberta triple what I was paying. Bah.

Giving my notice for the last month of rent was a “time come true,” and a moment that I waited for a long time searching for a home that I could afford. You got to love Canada, “the land of the rich and poor.” SO I move in less than three weeks. Yay–packing.  Sorry slum Lords, I don’t need you any more.

One More Sleep Until Halloween!

It’s getting cold out, and dark well before 7:00pm, and the end of October nears, meaning one thing, Halloween is tomorrow! The decorations are up, and the candy is bought to ward off the tricker’s.  There are a couple of parties to go to this weekend coming up, but I’ll stay at home this year. I know the kids are super happy about this, as they love the idea of dressing up and the free candy. Oh, and the fireworks too, yes, back yard fire works too. They love that.

O wonder if I will stay up for it this year, as I usually go to sleep early. There is no one to go out with , as every one is uselessly busy with kids, or work, but it is on a Thursday this year? LOL my toilet is gurgling, I can’t wait to move out of here. NO it is not haunted, the Land Lord is too cheap to drain the septic. 

Home Ownership Has Come

Yes, I finally got to the level of Home Owner dude, and no longer a lowly tenant. I just bought myself an home in the Skeena Valley, not far from where I live now, and I take possession of it on November 20th. With that no more rent, and scum lords, to rule my life, just me and the taxes to support the various levels of Government. But I have my own castle now. Super happy about that.

Unlike the Lower mainland, where the Property market is so high, here on the North Coast, it is still very much reasonable for a first time buyer to get into the market. The parices are climbing however, so get in the market here while it is still cheap. or wait for the Boomers to dies off in another twenty years or so….

Oddly, the payment are less than what I’m paying for rent right now, go figure. so my lifestyle will not change that much. I did have to put 5 per cent down on the Mortgage, and the paper work was huge (Seven page contract), but it will be all worth it, next month.  Can’t wait to move.

I would like to thank the Federal and local Governments for not completely screwing up the economy before this day, and sorry to the all the future moochers who will be asking if they can stay with me, for free–ain’t going to happen.

Welcome to Fall 2019 and an Up Date On Me

Fall has arrived, bringing with it the cold and shorter days. Nights are frosty. The trees are full of colour (Yes, I’m Canadian–deal with  the spelling.) Already the Sun sets around 8:00pm, and far cry from the 10:00pm or 11:00pm just a few weeks ago. and summer is changing into winter. Yes, really, here there are only two seasons, Hot and Cold, each lasting about six months each.

Personal update: Last week, I achieved my goal of filling my prescription for eye glasses. I can see again! This was held off since last April, of course since then, having a heart attack, and being diagnosed with Type Two Diabetes delayed the me getting the glasses, as “they” said my “eyes are under going dynamic and extreme changes,” so I waited. While looking through ten dollar readers. Now that I have the new glasses, things are a little a lot better. Driving is safer. and Reading too.

Health wise, I am doing awesome. I lost 32Lbs since Last July, so my blood sugar levels are near normal constantly. The new diet was easy to follow. I still have the stomach bulge, but that is slowly shrinking. So I am very close to the B.M.I. or Body Mass Index. Eating healthy is better, and keeps the Doctors away too.

After losing the weight, I get up in the mornings better, work is more I feel more happy and in control, and I get less tired. I only go to the bathroom once every four hours, instead of the one every ten minuets. In the old days – pre, July 2019, what I eat now for lunch, would be considered and snack back then.

The trick for losing the weight, ( the threat of possibility of going through another heart attack) was to limit the sizes of food portions I ate. So cutting back on amounts, and buying top quality foods are important too. Zero Salts are out. Cooking at home is better. Fresh is best.

In general, I have done a complete 180 degree, health wise. Surpassing most expectations, even my own. I still take a several pills a day for the Heart Disease, and only one for the Diabetes. I guess I am lucky it could have been worse. With clearer mind and more energy, my need to blog has decreased. life is weird that way.