Some Local Flooding In the Valley and Beyond

After three days of a good dump of rain, it finally caught up to those who live along the rivers and creeks that go hand in hand with the mountains and trees here in the Pacific North West of British Columbia. They were greeted with a couple of roads under water in the Jack-pine Flats area in Thornihill, and the area called New Remo had several homes with high water, or close to it. Also the highway going out to Rosswood and the Nass Valley also had flooding and roads washed out. In all, it looks awesome today with the sunshine, but the rives now have to carry the water away from the storm.

When I drove over the Skeena River yesterday on the New Bridge, the water looked a light chocolate brown with a few pieces of wood in it, but this afternoon on my way home from work, the river was a torrent of dark chocolate coloured water, with entire trees floating down it. The river had also, it appeared to me, to have risen a metre since then. The water is almost up to the tree-line alone Ferry Island, in Terrace, BC.

Today, the clouds parted, and the Sun came out shinning, heating the air, drying off the fields. Right now, outside, it is awesome, and nice 13C at my work. It seems like we are back into late summer/early fall. A nice, but down right weird feeling; my body was getting used to the dark skies and torrential rain.

So, with all this nice weather now finally upon us, comes the second threat to the flooding problem. Yes, all that snow that was dumped on the mountains, is getting it’s chance to melt off. Like a delayed effect from the 300mm of rain that fell down in the valley from three back to back storms, now the dump of snow on the mountains with flow down to the rivers and creeks, adding to the existing flooding when it melts. It is going to be interesting, to say the least.

I live is the safe-zone as far as flooding goes. My place is in a good spot. I should have no troubles with the flood waters, to and from my work either. So all is good for me. Some of the people I work with, could be a much different story. However, I think the water will quickly pass and the local flooding with end very soon, probably by this weekend. Remember, this is the Wet (West) Coast.

To Grow Cacti In Thornhill BC

As the title says, I am attempting to keep cacti in my home. Yup, hard to imagine, growing plants that love hot dry climates, trying to grow them here in one of the wettest, coldest places in Canada. So, here I go, my attempt at keeping plants in my home.

My first problem is light. My apartment faces the North, so getting nice warm sunlight is next to impossible. My bedroom window faces the the South, but I have pine trees lining the property’s, so that light is next to no good. So, I have LCD grow lights, or at least one, so they sit under that for their photo- energy.

Watering? This is why I got them, so I do not have to water them all the time. 🙂

They are prickly.  These are plants you cannot hug or cuttle with your hands. They bite back with their thorns. You gotta love a plant with these types of  natural defences. Anyway, I think they are right for me.

My test, to see if I can keep these little guys happy and growing. To see if I have the Green Thumb! To see if I can grow something other than mould!

The Pineapple Soaker, and Week’s Wrap-Up

This has been a wild weekend. From learning about my new pre-owned car, to the really bad weather, cheap auto insurance, it has been non-stop excitement over the last four days, even some thunder and lightning too. But I got through it, with only one more day of super rain to get through, the rest should be a cake-walk.  

The big news up here in the North Coast of British Columbia is the weather. Yes, it is raining. The wild weather started on Saturday, but really ramped up on Sunday October, 22, then continued on with two more storms following, each occurring once per day afterwards. So, both Monday and today were estimated with over 100mm of rain each day. Right now, it is raining hard, and today’s total should be another 100mm. The great news is, this is a Pineapple Express, so we are getting warm from the South Pacific. Also, tomorrow, we are expected sunny skies, believe it or not, with highs of 8C to 12C, depending which APP you use.

We even had some lightning over Terrace Mountain on Monday around 4:00pm. This place very rarely gets lighting. Suz told me that this was the first time she has seen lightening in October in her life. The thunder seem to last ten seconds, or forever. It was loud. I was outside taking off the Licence Plate off from my Pathfinder while that happened. 

I am still learning about my car. While driving around in the rain/snow storm, through town (Terrace, BC), I was stopped by a police enforcer. I was driving around in the dark without my day-light-driving lights on. It was a simple fix, turn the knob to the right, then back one click, so that they are on “automatic.” Reading the instruction book, I thought I had the lights already set to “automatic.” Fortunately, no tickets or driver’s licence points were issued or taken, and away we went into the dark. Still learning about all the knobs and buttons inside the car.

I just want to say, my car insurance is so cheap compared to what it was in the Lower Mainland in Langley Township. With a 2014 Ford Focus, with fully loaded auto insurance, the bill was about $1,200.00 per year. I was paying for my Pathfinder, with a lot insurance excluded, was nearly $400.00 every three months. The difference between here and down South seems to be almost twenty-five percent. Another reason for moving up here–affordability driving a vehicle.  

Ten More Days, And It Is Snowing!

First of all, it is snowing here in Thornhill, BC. It is coming down with the rain, though I do not think it will stay, they are the nice thick fluffy snowflake, just enough to stick to the wind shield of your car. All the parked vehicles have that ominous coating of slushy goodness on them, but I highly doubt it will stay. So, with the snow, comes ten more days until Halloween! Could it be a white Halloween here in the Skeena Valley?

I think I am going to go simple this Halloween with my costume being it will be at work. I have to think of safety and whether I can work in it, as prime factors. So, I might have some simple prosthetics with fake blood, and just wear my regular work cloths for the event. Keep everything simple. But I am excited!

I just hope it does not snow to hard on that day. The bad weather came early this year. Wow! We are on our fourth nasty storm of the season already, and they say more is to come yet for October.

I Bought the Car!

I finally got it! I own a new set of wheels! I have transportation again! Yes, I bought a 2014 Ford Focus. Sure, it is a used, err ummm, pre-owned car, but it is in very good condition. With just over 62,ooo KM on the odometer, it sort of feels like a new car, well to me anyway. When I took the car for a test drive the week before, It handled nice, tight steering, good traction, and the engine sounded great–could hardly hear it. With a black body, and black and grey on the interior, the looks very black. And it has a lot of stuff into.

Getting financing was at story unto itself. For nearly two weeks I had tried to a loan. Two major hurdles. First, I only lived up here for lass than six months. Second, with my very good wage, I still had only worked for my current employer for just over three months. This put me in the “high risk” category. Remember, I nearly had three-quarters of the money already sitting in my saving. My goal was to bolster up my credit to eventually buy a house. So I was comfortable borrowing the money, the question was from who, Bank or Dealership financing?

A bump in the road to buy a car from my Bank’s loan was that the car could be no older that a 2013, and had to be in the range of twelve thousand dollars. The issue here was that it takes time for the Bank to give me the green light for that vehicle. So, sadly, I lot the first two cars I was looking at becuase of this huge waiting process from my Bank. Although I final got this car through the Bank’s loan, it was a nail biter.

My other option for the loan was to go through the dealership’s financing. Sure, I passed that hurtle, but the For Focus that I eventually bought, had was a called a “Declaration” against it, meaning it had been in a accident, repaired, but the loan could not be issues becuase of it. So, dealership loan was out for this car, and there were no other cars that fit what I wanted to spend. I had my personal limits too.

So, the dealership kept the car, as long as I made an offer, which meant I did not put money down on it, but told them that my Bank was going look over everything before they approve the car. My Bank wanted to see the paper work, with stuff link VIN numbers and dealership’s information, before they would give the OK for me to buy it.

The car was worth more than the loan, so some of the money came out for my savings. No problem, I was OK with that. But it did ass to the time waiting with my Bank. But it was all cleared up.

In the span of one week, the car was mine. I took it off the lot today at 4:30pm. Remember that I had to take a copy of the ownership papers to my Bank, then get the car insurance, and then go back to the dealership to get the keys. Thank you, GM MacCarthey for the courtesy car with driver, so that I could get to and from the Bank and insurance building without having to walk. They were awesome!

Now I do not have to walk to work! Yay!

A Wet Weekend, Looking At a Wet Copper Mountain

It was a soggy day. Although it rained for most of it, it did matter what side of the valley you went to. On the Thornhill side, it seemed to be really good, while going out to Lakesle Lake, it rained like there was a storm from Hell, and of course, down town Terrace was awesome. We eventually had dinner in Terrace before we called it a day. But before that, I took some photos while we were travelling around, near the Rifle Range, at the foot of the Copper Mountain.

Still about three kilometres away, even with a 300mm telephoto lens, the rocky face of the Copper Mountain, looks huge. Look through the camera, counting the waterfalls was almost impossible. There was quite a bit of mist to shoot through, so my photos looked fairly hazy. In the above photo, this was one of the dry spots from the rain. To the left of the photo, you can see one of the many power-lines going up to the towers on top.

The waterfalls look awesome with the rock formations. You can sort of see the scale of the rock face by the size of the trees in the photos. I am not sure how high the Copper Mountain is, but I would say it is somewhere around 800 to 900 metres. You can drive to the top of it. Perhaps one day, a trip to the top is in order, once I can find a truck, and taking my camera. I was up once already this year, during work, but I did not have my camera with me at the time.

Anyway, the weather prognosticators are saying that the rest of the week is going to by soggy in the Skeena Valley. Though far from having snow falling, it is getting cooler. I would be not surprised if this area does not have an early snowfall. That is just me, as I am not fully climatized from the Lower Mainland yet. LOL

All Eyes Looking

The quest for the vehicle continues. Right now, it is deciding whether to go with what the Bank has offered me, or go with what the dealership can do. But for now, I am still looking. I have already lost two great deals becuase my Bank took so long drawing up the paperwork, and I fear I might loose another becuase these things take so long to do up here–I just got approval, but at a lot less than what I need for around here. But at least I have options, so I decided to give the other side of the street a look, in other words, I might skip the Bank altogether and just go with dealer financing instead.

I totally understand, or at least I think I do, the inner workings of what buying a car is all about. Each dealership seems to have slight variations on selling vehicles. Some include the sales tax and dealership fees, while others do not. Some have “special buys” with tax included, while other “special buys” come with packages attached that usually cost extra money. One dealership that I went to told me that all of their cars have no tax included on the sticker price, or other fees attached. So, going car shopping means you are confronted with a sale person who wants the deal to go their way, so you have no idea what is in fact a good deal or not, but they make it sound so good that you are getting a break. The question is, are you getting a break?

So I think I found a car that will get me by for now. I am going to go with the dealership financing instead of the Bank pre-approved loan, just becuase it is fast for everyone. Sure, my Bank will loose their cut, but they still have me as a customer. All I want is a car, albeit a used one, but still new enough that I can sell it again, and go for something I really want later on when build my credit score, or buy it out-right.

I had no idea that buying through a dealership up here in Terrace was a pain. Now I see why so many choose to save first, then buy out-right. It makes sense now. Even talking to people who have awesome credit scores, and good financial connections, are still faced with a huge waits. It is way different than what services you get down in the Lower Mainland in my humble opinion. But I can not knock anyone person directly–everyone has been great helping me out. I understand that I am asking to borrow money, so I do not mind paying extra for that, but I need a car now, not later.

So tomorrow I try again. This time me a Suz., will go down together and look. Maybe the Car Gods will be on my side then, and all will work out. For now, all eyes are looking in all directions, searching for that car with the right fit.

Getting Ready – Halloween is Around the Corner

With just over two weeks to go, I decided that I should start getting the decorations for Halloween this weekend, rather than waiting until next week. Now, I am not going to do anything at my home becuase I probably will not be there for Halloween night when the kids come around. All of this will be for at my work. I have my own little office there, so I am free to do what ever I want with it, as long as it fits within safety and human rights guidelines. This should be no troubles for me. I do plan on dressing up too for the event at my work, since Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year.

I am not sure whether or not I will buy treats and candies, but I will leave that option open for when the times comes. I am sure my co-workers will do stuff too. I know I will not spend a lot, probably keeping my budget down to twenty-five dollars or so. I just want to keep fun factor high. I love this time of year, and I think our Federal Government should make Halloween a Holiday here in Canada.

Happy Friday the Thirteenth!

The Worst Storm in British Columbia to Date Was 55 Years Ago Today

When you hear someone harping about how bad the weather is today, just tell them that the West Coast was slammed with the mother of all storms on October 12, 1962, fifty-five years ago. Typhoon Freda was the worst storm on the Pacific West Coast to date,  and nothing has surpassed it’s fiery since. The damage was nothing that the utilities had seen at that time, with trees, buildings and power poles down–the property damage was huge. 

The typhoon was just downgraded to a tropical storm just before it hit the Southern shores of British Columbia, but that did not stop it from cutting power from Vancouver to Hope when it hit land, leaving people’s homes without electric power, for days afterwords.

Yesterday I was listing to the CKNW Vancouver radio station (on line), and they had a meteorologist on, who was talking about the weather systems hitting British Columbia today. He brought up Typhoon Freda. This surprised me. I have seen some wicked storms while I lived on the South Coast, and during my youth here on the North Coast, thinking that I lived during the worst storm, but Typhoon Freda was before my time here on planet Earth. So it just goes to show you, we have not broken that record yet. 

LINKS

Typhoon Freda slams B.C. coast in 1962

Remembering Freda: The typhoon that knocked our lights out

1962 Pacific typhoon season

Not a Good Day For a Swim at Gruchy’s Beach

Hummm, lets see? What is new and exciting? Well, I think I found my new vehicle. Me and Suz., went and checked it out in town yesterday. It is green and just a little over ten grand, but there is hope from one of the salesmen that came to greet us, the price may drop down to eight. Of course this all is in hopes of either going through my Bank, or dealing with the dealership’s own financing. I am hope to go through the Bank instead. We drove around a bit in her car, as my hurting Pathfinder has bit the dust. I am going to wait to until I fix, maybe throw it up for sale. But this is the long week, Thanksgiving, so I am taking it easy today. We went out to Gruchy’s Beach, for a quick walk before we go to tonight’s Thanksgiving feast.

It was not a good day for a swim out in the lake. Once you got over the cold, about 13C out today, then you would have had to dealt with the wind. It was windy at the beach. But, a good day for a hike. In general, it was a good day walking around the beach in the sand. Lots of fresh air, and not another person around, except for the five people and two dogs we past as they were leaving the park. And it did not rain!

So, tonight it is Thanksgiving dinner. I love this time of year becuase of the turkey dinners smothered with cranberries–salivating already just thinking about it. But sadly, this also marks the time of year when you unpack your winter jackets and boots, and if you have not done so already, get the snow-tires on your vehicle–sniff–sniff-if you have one that works. But the awesome part, Halloween is almost three weeks away! So Happy Thanksgiving, and have a great long weekend!