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.

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.

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.

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.

The Betta Fish

I got a little more than I bargained for when I got, “Alpha” the calming fish. Turns out he lives up to the Betta’s reputation of dominating the tank. He is with out any doubt, the Alpha fish here, as he bosses the three poor neon’s I have in there too. This Betta take no crap from no one.

Fish are fun to watch –  period. They captivate me. and they don’t care if you forget to water them, those they their fish food and stare at you when you grab the bottle of their food, like they know.  OR they are well trained to follow the food.

The fish are calming to watch. and they take away stress. I have a small 10 L tank. or 2.2gal US. Just right for One Betta, three neons, and an albino cat fish.

I named the Betta, “Alpha,” or “Alpha bet,” for his roll in the tank. He has his own food, an generally leaves, the other fish’s food alone so every one is fed well. I added Moss Balls plants to help with keeping the tank’s water cleaner. I might get some real plants for the tank, to help even more with the water. the Moss Balls really cleaned up the water. Hey I like  fish, what can I say.

I Can Go Back to Work!

I know for some this is like saying “why?” Why would you be so excited about going back to your job? Well, it is simple. there are a few reasons why, Mainly so I stay on my normal schedule.  I would rather be at work than sit here at home 24/7, looking at these walls, and being productive. Secondly, I will be to have a normal income again, Even though I will be put on reduced hours, and days. Having an income will be nice, Since the Canadian Government’s Sick Benefits is a Joke. So happy I’m not on Income Assistance. So I go back next week, four hours per day, three days a week, for the first while to see how I perform, and how my stress levels are. I cannot lift anything more than 10lbs. He will have the work load sheets sent to my H.R. Manger, and hopefully I can have a copy of it. My Sugar levels are well under control. so I think I have this licked.

Nice to have things getting back to normal soon.