Thursday, January 30, 2014

Some Redundancy

Yes, a bit of a repeat post - but the same ole same ole has been going on around here.  We had another few days off with inclement weather.  We posed for another few pictures to show and give a bit of perspective.  Keep in mind it hasn't actually snowed that much, it has just been incredibly windy.

The pictures are quite small, but you'll  get the idea:

The fluorescent yellow school sign is a few hundred metres from the school.  We stopped back over at Glen's Hill Road to take a few pictures of the snowbank there.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Today Was the Quad

Went out to work today - although it was another school bus cancellation day so that means the students weren't there....  Not all the staff were there, but there was blue bird skies and dry pavement the whole way for the most part.   County workers have definitely had their work cut out for them over the past 96 hours.  Undoubtedly there is still poor weather to come being that it is only the first of January.

So keep in mind my two friends here are standing on a 3 or 4 foot high snow bank, not the road, and the face behind them is another, or nearly another one of them - So that would be over 13 feet high easily.  This was at the corner of County Road 1 and Glen's Hill Road - on the west side of the highway.  The faces/sides have definately been machined with a significant, majorly significant snow blower to cut them back off the road.

Without any luck I have been trying to add a 15 second video I took as well...  However it doesn't seem to be working.  I am sure you get the idea though.  But as for how it towered over me:
 I am about 6 feet tall with my thicker soled winter boots on...

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Snow Days

We haven't hit a consecutive record, I believe that it is 5 days in a row, but we just hit the trip today.  The major problem on the highways is the drifting snow and getting things cleaned up from the high winds and moderate snow fall.  I guess the drifts were getting to be well over six feet high.  There are hundreds of cars that are abandoned or stuck.  All the roads in Huron County were also closed. 

But I have been keeping busy for the most part.  I have found the town's library to be a great spot to work away at a few things that need to get done.  It is close, quiet, the computers work well.  It isn't home...  Molly still goes to daycare on days like these.  It is open and staffed.  She likes going... 

Shelly has found a project inbetween the work she is getting done for school and such. 

Hockey got cancelled tonight.  There are still a few roads closed....  Lots of shovelling happening... 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Sock'd In

We are really snow'd in around here....  Each day over the last week we've got 20 cm here, 15 another day, and another couple 20 cm snowings.  It is all fine in Rossland, BC, but it does create a bit of a hassle around here.  Basically we've have 50 or 60 cm over the past few days, plus it has been fairly windy so there are drifts close to a metre in height.  Needless to say things are pretty quite.

On the weekend we got out snowmobiling.  Reg has a reliable sled that is just right for pulling a wooden toboggan around the field.  It was really quite fun.  The kind of fun that would have made me shell out two grand for such a ride myself.  However, it was just that the day was just right for that kind of activity.  Usually snowmobiling isn't as pleasurable; too cold, too windy, not enough snow, they break down quite often, and such.  That wasn't the case on the weekend.  Shelly did try to cross county ski around the field, but the snow was much too sticky and it made gliding near impossible....
The cover got blown off, and this was the result in about 24hrs...

At any rate, there was a tonne of cancellations and road closures.  Brookside was, of course, closed.  That was the third inclement weather day of this school year.  We did snag two before the seasonal break.  I did a lot of shoveling, went for a quick little run, and just poked away on some school stuff throughout the day as well.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Backing Up

Yes.  Going way back to 2013.  Going back to the first of December...

Sighting in my gun proved less than necessary; I missed a few; well three.  The first one was on the Wednesday night on the first week of the hunt and I thought I was on it without any problems.  I wasn't nervous or shaking or anything like that.  It was within 50 yards I'd say and I had its full side to shoot at.  There really is no sense going on - I shot once, missed, I shot again, and missed.  It ran off.  Then immediately I was shooting at the doe that walked out behind it and wasn't so bold as to go quite in my direct line of fire (not that it would have made any difference....).  But the other good thing is that I missed one in my truck 40 minutes later driving into town.

There was a car a hundred/one hundred fifty yards in front of me and all of the sudden I start driving over its headlight, blinker lights, then parts of its bumper and such.  The damaged car pulled over.  I did too.  Incidentally I knew the driver.  At any rate we walked back to the the sight of the collision and sure enough there was the doe, dead & ditched.  So 3 misses on the Wednesday....

Fast forward to the goods - Larry ended up shooting a mid sized doe on the Saturday afternoon.  No photo evidence - but he got it and we butchered it up a couple days later with the help of Jeff.  I continued to hunt on the Saturday afternoon and had a doe walk somewhat, but not really out to where I was sitting.  There was no shooting as it wasn't very close....  It was somewhat close but it kept walking away from me. 

Anyway, we got a few steaks and roasts in the freezer to enjoy.

So I will skip a whole bunch of other stuff and just post some pictures with some brief descriptions.  This first one is of Molly of course.  She just wanted cheese for Christmas.  We never buy the Kraft (processed) singles; but she'll snag one from a grandparent's house or just being elsewhere.  We put two of them in her stocking and I'll tell you she was really, really excited to get them.
Not much with this picture - just Christmas morning I suppose...

Thuss and I got out for a number of runs out on the holidays.  I also got out for a good one in Guelph with Richy and a few of his buddies.
Don't adjust your eyes - This is an out of focus picture from Christmas Eve over at the Coup's house.  It is the only picture that was taken of the three of us - mostly because we lost the camera for 8 days or so after Christmas morning...

There is all kinds of snow around here.  While Molly and I walked the perimetre of the farm, Shelly skied it for an hour or so one afternoon.  It was not a great walk as I constantly stepped through the crust and into the ground past my ankle, but on skis it was extremely smooth and manageable.  Molly and I went sledding at the golf course too on New Year's day.
That is about it for the pictures and stories.  They aren't nearly as good when I post a bit more regularly.  But like I said the camera was misplaced for over a week, and we hit the highway for a mid-western Ontario road trip.  That was great because we stayed a few nights in a hotel with a pool, did a bit of post Christmas window shopping, as compared to full blown consuming, I think I bought a shirt actually, and crossed paths with Scott Cook, whom I haven't seen in about 3 years, I was with Drew Barisdale which is always fun, and the Tremain's were extremely gracious hosts too for a day and night.....  And it isn't over yet because it is only Wednesday night and I don't have to work until Monday.