Update on My Plants – See, They Are Still Alive!

After nearly a year, my Air Plant and Cactus, are still growing nicely today. I have not killed them; they are still alive. Even I had my doubts on whether or not I could keep plants with my busy lifestyle, but to my amazement, I have no troubles at all. My recent addition to help out the plants was a small LED Grow Light I bought at Canadian Tire for $20.00. I knew the plants needed light this time of the year, as the nights are so long up hear in the North. The plants seem to love it!

That extra light really put life back into the Cactus, while the air plant seems OK, but he was doing find anyways. The purple LED light seems weird, but the plants appear to love it.

So what I did was bought a digital timer, on sale for ten dollars, and then a LED Grow Light. I set the timer for an eighteen hour day, more suited to my schedule, and waited a few weeks to see how the plants responded to it. It a matter of days, the cactus seemed to bounce back to life. I also water them more frequently too.

One observation I did make about the Cactus, was that one side of him was flourishing facing the light, while his backside was flat, so I start rotating him so all sides get light equally. Within one week, the flat side filled out, and now he is almost fully round again. Of course I only have the one light, so maybe setting up two or more lights maybe a thought for the future?

But yes, I am not a plant killer–I do have a green thumb–the hidden thumb I never knew I had.

Mother Nature Tried So Hard…

It snowed out last night, seemingly looking like it was going to be a major dump, but it was all show, and short on result, as only 6 cm of snow fell in the end. Mother Nature tried so hard last night, but all she could muster for us was a minor dump of snow. But it looked awesome. The temperatures have been to warm for the snow to stay on the ground, and what falls from the sky is mostly rain at the bottom of the Skeena Valley. There is no doubt that there is an above average warming trend this year. But seeing what little snow fell last night, was a welcomed sight. My fear of snow is almost gone now.

Yes, there was a time, only just a year or so ago, when I dreaded snow on the roads. Living in Vancouver, BC for nearly thirty years, put that fear into me, only becuase we did not have the proper winter tires that you needed, and by law, up here in the North, you need them on your car. Today, with my car fully decked out for winter, driving in 15 cm plus snow on the roads is like driving on a spring day out in the country. Good tires make the difference.

Work goes good. I am almost caught up with the Inventory Cycle for year’s end. Since I am the only one there in that department, the challenge is making sure that everything is done right. So I did a lot of rechecking, countless times, before I sent off my work. Yes, there were headaches, and there were some frustrating times, but I got through them all. On Monday, I am very confident that my final tally with be perfect; in other words, all the Inventory Counts will be accounted for.

The remanence of the flu still lingers. Although I feel fine, but in my lungs, at the back of my throat, the cough still lets loose its flem from time to time. The frequency is becoming less and less, but it still lingers to this day, after nearly three weeks. Once in a while I get a fever, or sleeping in an issue, but I am almost back to my healthy self.

I am just looking at my thermometer, and it reads 3c outside, plus it is looking like it is clearing in the skies. Whoa, I think I see shadows on the ground from the Sun? The winds are a little breezy, but that is normal around here.

A Few Thoughts On Winter, One Day Into it.

So here we are, in the winter season, and compared to last year, this year feels like the damn tropics. I mean, it is a lot warmer this year than it was last year, this time. But do not get me wrong, I am not complaining. After all, not once have I picked up a shovel to clear snow out of my way, yet this year. But I am worried about if we are in for a major dump in the fore-see-able future this season–I mean–is that way luck plays out?

Now that winter is here, and I wonder if the big freeze will start soon? Seriously, it never fails. You have an awesome start to the season, then “BAM,” the mother of all snow falls hits the neighbourhood. And you ask, “What happened”?

Well, today is generally a good day, for this time of year. It is clear out, although partly cloudy, the Sun does shine through it part of the time. We are sitting at plus 3C, according to my car. I headed into town to do a quick shop for some food, and the snow that was on the ground was melting on my car. It is a mixture of mostly rain with some snow, and this has only been going on for at last fifteen minutes, or so. But mostly clear out, so far for today.

Down town is fairly quite right now. Not what I expected. I thought I would be fighting the holiday madness of traffic on the roads, and in the parking lots. Even the store was nice and relaxed, while I did my shopping. This was totally unexpected, for this time of year. Something I find eerie, and hard to comprehend, having come from the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. We will see what tonight brings!

For now, I have my snacks, and I am curled up to the computer and monitor, as I bask in its blue glow. A piping hot cup of tea is sitting beside me, and some grapes sit on a plate by my PC’s mouse. What more could you ask for on a day like today.

Oh, a lot, you could say. I could ask for more! LOL

The first day of winter–yay. Here we come! Enjoy…..

Happy Solstice and the First Day of Winter

As the tail goes, in the North, on this day, the Sun shines brightly over the land, and for one moment all will see it through the clouds. No matter how stormy it is, the clouds will part long enough to let in the light, to signal the return of longer days. Today, was no exception. Driving to work, I saw the Moon casting its light through the clouds, to the West, and what a sight that was. The Moon rays were like curtains of light fanning out over the mountains, and through the valley. And later on in the day, the Sun happily rose into the sky, just enough to see it over the trees, as its ark-path through the sky will be it lowest of the year, a mere 26 degrees above the horizon.

Oh yes, the photo of the day, like all the times before, on Winter Solstice, I take photos. Here is my pick of the day. It is cool out, around minus 2C, so everything outside has a frosty coating of ice crystals on it.

Today should mark the beginning of the year. Why I say this? Because the days get long after today. I never understood the logic of placing our calendar start date in January. But hey, when you standardize the calendar, fitting it to your morays and myths, then you clinch the culture that follows it. I say we should adopt Sidereal time from now on, so that no government or organization can tamper with time, at anytime!

The Moon shines bright tonight. It is damn near a Full Moon tonight. For an hour, my bedroom was flooded with moon light, as the clouds parted for a few hours in the early night. Like this morning, tonight’s Moon, is almost full, and hangs high in the sky. I can easily see the snow caps top of the mountain from my window, and the clear outlines of the hazy clouds streaking through the sky.

So Happy Solstice, and may your happiness grow with each progressive day until summer Solstice.

Oh, This is East Surrey, BC, Not Cloverdale.

If you really want to have some fun with people who call Surrey, BC home, just tell them they live in Surrey, not Cloverdale, or Newton, and so on. Anyway, I should not pick on these people, as most of them are fine folks, just like the rest of us. So, here I am, standing at the corner of 176 Street (aka Hwy 15, or Pacific Hwy) and 64th Avenue, in what is known as East Surrey, or more commonly know as, Cloverdale–looking South West at my hotel. It is weird standing here, looking at the traffic, knowing  that just a mere few hours ago, I was standing in Terrace, BC, seeing the same thing, but with no traffic. The sunset was awesome however–a worthy photo.

The flight in from Terrace, BC, was eventful–in that it was noisy. Among the aircraft’s noise, nestled inside the cabin were at least eight very young kids, with their parents of course. As the we ascended into the air,  and the air pressure thinned, their tiny eardrums were causing much pain. As we leveled out, the chorus of at least three screaming voices in unison called out, to stop the air from pushing out their ears, although they could not speak, the cries were deafening to the point. One child, did this throughout the trip. It sounded like a torture chamber inside. The poor kid.

As I got into the YVR terminal, and out to Departures, my ride was at little late, but I waited only a few minutes. We drove into the Surrey, making it in good time, for the Lower Mainland standards, and I got to my employer’s head office. From there I booked into my hotel, and then I went off in search of a place to have a meal. This is when I took the photo, above.

I headed off to bed early, knowing that tomorrow was going to be action-packed, full of training, and meeting people, kind of day. Good-night!

Flying Away – A Very Short Migratory Trip

A fully sponsored, work related, trip to the Lower Mainland for some training is in order, for me. I am going back, albeit for only twenty-seven hours, it will like a life time, as I see the old neighbourhood again. I can only predict what it will be like, but I am sure it will be the same place I left only fifteen month ago. I am looking forward to the trailing, but not to going back.

Let us just say that I have grown accustom to the clean air, little to no traffic, and the sound of nothing, except maybe the odd truck or two here in Thornhill, BC. The Shock of going back, to Surrey, BC, might be too much for my body. It has grown soft with living with less pollution and stress. Oh, and I am sure the water is going to taste the same too.

I guess I will be leaving on Tuesday morning, and then coming back the next night.

The Photo: A bird’s nest in a tree at the North West end of George Little Park in Terrace, BC on December 1st, 2018.

Still No Snow, and it is December in the Skeena Valley.

Continuing off from my last post, me and Suz, were heading out to see some of the various craft fairs in town, and I took this shot from George Little Park in down town Terrace, BC., looking towards the Sportsplex, up on the hill, to show that not one flake of snow has fallen on the ground. So we made it to December, and still no sign of snow. They say (Environment Canada) we will get a arctic outflow starting in the new week, but it will be clear up and give us sunny skies. No snow in that forecast, just some freezing temperatures. I will take it!

Now, for the record, I am not complaining one bit. These are posts are full of “joy and happiness” that I do not have to shovel. I know the wildlife, and the trees, will suffer if this continues, but for having such a “cushy” season, hey, I am not complaining one bit. But you do need to wear a toque if you my kind of hair style–near shaved off.

The Guns Get A Bath: The Guns and Hoses Hockey Game In Terrace BC

Tonight game was the Tenth annual game between the various police departments and fire fighters from around the Skeena Valley and North Coast of British Columbia. This is a charity event, and rumour has it, over sixteen grand was raised tonight. This event brought quite a few people to see it. It is more than just a contest of hockey, it is for a good cause and good time. However, the Fire fighters were all over Law Enforcement from the first face-off, and they easily held their goal lead to the vary end, washing the guns down to a score of eight to four.

Even with more players in reserve, the Guns just could not get it together on the ice. The majority of the Hoses’ goals were scored in the first period, while the Guns tried to turn up the heat in the Third, it just was not enough.

It was all great to see. The puck toss was great, but I am not sure on how much money was won from that. Plus there was a 50/50 draw and other money raised. The half time event of the very young kids playing a period hockey, was awesome to watch too. Now we know where are future players are coming from for years to come. It was a great night out. Hope to see you here next year!

Silhouettes on Lakelse Lake

Me and Suz., went for a quick hike down to Lakelse Lake, just South of Thornhill, BC, where we walked the Gruchy‚Äôs Beach Trail, at the Northern end of the lake. We choose this trail because it is quick to walk back and forth, and just long enough to get a workout on. But, there was the lake, so I took my camera along. With just some high altitude cloud, a setting mid fall sunset, and just the right amount of ground fog rolling in, it was a picture perfect day–so to speak.

The lake itself was almost perfectly flat, as there was no breeze on the water, and the light reflecting from off of it was a beautiful yellow and blue colour. The above shot was an unexpected opportunity of playing around with silhouettes in amongst the reflections from off of the lake, with two women, also photographers, and their dog, in the mid-ground of the shot.

I like the shot a lot, and will keep it for my main photo album for 2018.

ADDED: I should throw this photo into this post too. I shot this from Gruchy’s Beach, using my 300mm telephoto lens. Because of the low light, I used a soften filter on the image to keep that dreamy look that I saw when looking at it with my eyes.

I love the colours, and the way they reflect of the calm lake.

 

A Cup of Golden Tea, On a Lazy Morning

I thought I would change things up a bit, switching to tea, rather than coffee. So, this morning, I hauled out the electric kettle, and made myself some Earl Grey Tea, which I bought the day before. In three letters, I would describe it like this, “mmm.” Yes, it was that good. Not as good as some of the teas I have sipped on from various restaurants, but very close.

It was such a great morning that I sat by the window, watched the snow clouds move down the valley from the North, and absorbed the winter’s sunlight, as it filtered through the North side window of my compartment. It was peaceful, and not even the cranky neighbour, down a door from me, could alter the moment. First sip, a wash of goodness over my body. Second sip, bliss. Third sip, the cup is now half empty. And then I let loose a relaxing sigh that melts away the soreness of my muscles, as I sit back in my comfy chair.

No, nature has a way of taking back what was once hard fought for; the heat soon cools, and the cup no longer lets the long stringy columns of steam wash into the air. In minutes, the tea tastes bitter, and the flavours tainted. I let loose another sigh, and declare it is time to start the day.