I Can See the Ground!

Yes, I can see the ground in my driveway. The snow is starting to melt, after the major dump from last month. The snow is completely melted from around where I park my car. I like to drive, backing into my driveway, so having two large snow banks on each side makes more of a challenge, especially for the passengers who are climbing in, as the ice still lingers beneath the foot path along side.

The days are getting longer, so this means spring is on it’s way. I can feel it. Right now it is plus 3C outside, and I can see the bright orb rising in the sky, which must be either the Americans, testing their bright lights in the space, or the Sun. There is hope that this season will end soon.  I could even predict that we will have a record breaking hot summer to make up for the extreme Arctic outflow winter we are currently having. Climate change is with us; it just means that we will get cooler, then everyone will want to move here–so buy your land while you can, because there is not much left to live on. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Little Prick-Kit

With the realization that I have Type Two Diabetes, Testing for blood sugar as ordered by my doctor. The routine for me is before each meal, and two hours after, I prick a finger, and dab my blood onto a test strip, and wait for the little machine to give me a reading. NO, injections of insulin yet, just pills.

I was told that diabetes was the cause of my heart issue. Sure, OK. Did I have warnings before hand? Yes, I was told by my optometrist during an routine eye exam that I show signs of diabetes. Did I listen—no, I instead kept on going with my life as if as all was good, can we say, “denial.” I could have prevented the hart attack, a month before. How sick is that? Only if hind sight was 20/20.

Denial is a very strong emotion. Even today, I deny the diabetes, yet, the mound of pills sits in front of me, waiting for the 9:00am gulp. I keep thinking that this cannot be happening to me. The doctor’s got it all wrong. Well, the blood tests can’t lie, can they? I guess you could say, I have not figured out how to listen to my body yet.

I want to eat what I want not the other way around. I miss my juicy steaks, at the BBQ. And with all the sugary drinks that go with summer. Who cares what a blood metre says just let me eat in peace! Sadly, I cannot. If there is a change that I could make this go away—I’ll take it.

This reminds of me of an old joke I heard: Stay away from hospitals, that is where the sick people are. An’t that the truth. Having served time in one, for a week, was a very bad experience I will never ever forget.

A little prick.