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.

Happy Solstice Every One! Things Will Brighten Up Again.

The day of darkness, the night so long. On a positive note, an other side, after today, the days will become brighter longer and warmer too. The night time on Solstice day, is a special time of the year. In Canada, people are at their worst shopping, spending money they do not have. Retail businesses are tying to sell anything to everyone, always doing the hard sell. I feel sorry for them. And the night is so long.

Solstice is a truly natural phenomenon, there is no magic, of the Gods, that makes this work, it is the sole principal based on the fact that the Earth tilts on a 23.5 degree axes, giving us the seasons. In the medieval times, our Algerian forefathers, Used this day, to mark the time of the year that the days will grow longer, and the summer time will return. Astrophysics explains this nicely, weighing fact over fiction.

I see today as a marker too. A day to reset the calendar, and hope for a better newer season, than the one before it. I love how Christians cannot say the word Solstice, or ex knowledge its meaning, saying it is based on faults pagan beliefs. “Humm, wait a minute, hold on here. Science? “Numbers do not lie,” according to President, Trump, although here he could be referring to money.”

In my annual Solstice ritual, I took out my camera, and took some photos, in the twilight of the day. I like to do this, a challenge of sorts. Now that I live even farther up North, the days light period in even shorter than what I am used to. Then me the the girl friend, went to a concert. To listen to classical music. It was awesome. A perfect night for a perfect time. There was lots of fog, and mist during the night. It was totally dark at 4:00pm. So taking photos, today, is very limited. I got some during the shorten day.

I will be working the rest of the week. Yup, it appears that I will have no holidays this year, as everyone wants more money. Funny how the money Gods, have taken over. SO in the crossfire, my services are required at my work. I’m cool with that too, as the money keeps rolling in, and Prime Minister Trudeau get some Taxes too that he needs so badly.

So happy Solstice Every one! Things will brighten up again. I guarantee it.

Here are the Photos!

This shot was not taken today, I took this a week ago, when we had clear skys. This shows the Sun just making it over the hill behind my place. Making my day even Shorter, and cooler.

I did not have to wait long for it to get dark, for this shot, of my LED Lights along my driveway.

Inside, where it is nice and warm, my hallway floor.

My latch on the gate, going to my back yard on the Southside.

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.

Over the Mountain

Last Sunday, I had the privilege of joining the Local Chapter of the Ham Radio Club as they repaired their repeater Radio equipment on top of the copper. Before I start into this post, there seems to be some confusion on what to call this mountain? Some call it the copper, while others call it Thornhill Mountain after the community at the base of it.  You will have to decide. So anyway, I went up it, a half hour journey through the clouds, an almost vertical in a Pick-Up Truck. Once we got to the radio tower, you could not see anything becuase it was supper foggy. and cold with lots of wind. It was on the way back, that the clouds started to clear enough that you could see below into the valley.

In the above image, you are looking at the BC Hydro towers, the big white thing, which is the new design so ice does not form on the it. This place gets super snowy. I heard that this place gets up to 5 meters of snow at a time. The HAM radio club likes this location becuase it reaches all the way around the Earth. The mountain is about 2000Ms high.

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.

Granted Permission to Work FUll-Time!

As of today, my GP granted me the OK, to return to my full duties at work. I did not even ask, he came into the room, big smile, and blurted it out. I was in “mild shock,” at just what happened. It even took a few seconds to sink in my head of what he said. He also updated my list pills, adding a few new ones to my list. Then that was it. The visit was over? I booked another appointment for October, and check-up, and I was out on the street again. Weird.

Feeling happy that I can return to work put me on a new high. Some of my friends ask, why. Simple, I do not work for a union job, so no benefits, I’m just a plain ordinary Canadian, who needs to work and pay taxes, and make babies, who will pay more taxes in the future (OK, not the last part.)

Friday, September 6, 2019, I am allowed to work again. I nice feeling knowing that I almost went to the poor house, Thank you credit card. Still waiting for the E.I. money to show. Figures that Canad let me down. Why do  I votes for these people? Oh yeah, I believe in Democracy. Of course this only works if you do not need the Government to live.