My majestic Christmas Tree…

I guess I have not had much of the Blogging bug of late.  That’s OK, I guess I don’t have a lot to say.

We are in the second week of December, already.  I put up my majestic Christmas Tree last Saturday (Dec 1) to prepare for the festive season:

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Yes, a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.  This is about as festive as I get.  🙂  Since I have a fireplace with a mantle now, I do want to get some stockings for the dogs and hang them on the mantle, I’ve always wanted to do that.

The weather has been pretty tame, thus far.  We aren’t in winter yet, but other than the snowstorm back at the beginning of October, it’s been pretty good weather.  Well, other than last Wednesday when I wanted to head to the Lethbridge office for work.

I checked the forecast starting a few days before Wednesday and it called for clear and dry, 20% chance of 1cm of snow.  I was up early (2am) on Wednesday and checked again, same forecast.  So, 6am arrives and I head out.  I made a pit-stop at the 7/11 in town.  About 10km or so out of town, I hit an absolute wall of snow.  It went from clear and dry conditions to at least 6″ of snow on the ground and snowing so heavily that I could not see where I was going.  The cruise was locked in at 106kph, I didn’t dare hit the brakes, I wasn’t sure what was under the snow, so I coasted down to a far safer 50kph.  I couldn’t tell where the car was on the road.  The rumble strips on the shoulder and center were covered in snow.  I continued on for a bit, up until highway 22 and decided to turn around and head home.  The route between there and Fort McCleod is hilly and if road conditions didn’t improve, well, there was no way I wanted to be driving in it.

All in all, from my place to highway 22 and back is about 60km.  It took me 1.5 hours to make that trip.  At home, in the mountains, we got a dusting of snow that the wind took care of.  Not worth getting into an accident to head to the office for the day.  The trip has been rescheduled for Friday.  Weather permitting, of course.

Christmas plans are set.  A friend of mine will be coming down and spending a few days with the dogs and I.  They love him so they’ll be happy to see him, I am sure.  My buddy who runs a restaurant in the Pass is closing and returning to the UK, so he’s having a closing down party on the 23rd, we will both go.  I will miss him and his excellent food and I wish him all the best for the future.

Only 2 more working weeks until the Christmas break.  I am working during the holidays, but it is pretty dead at work as most of the offices are closed.  It will be a nice break.

Well, it’s Monday.  Enjoy your week. 🙂

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Wow, it’s already December (well, almost)…

Another weekend is nearly here.  This week flew by at work, it was busy all week.  Well, it hasn’t been busy as yet today, I likely should not have written that since I am sure this will jinx it.  We will see.

This is one of the busier times of year for us.  It will remain busy for a few weeks until the Christmas break, then over the break, it’s dead and January hits us like a blizzard.  Something to look forward to.

Anyway, it is the end of November as well.  This year has zoomed by.  Lots of changes for me.  A new place to live in a new part of the province.  In general, I am loving it.  We did get that one whallop of snow back in early October and then not a lot since really.  Temperatures have generally been pretty good too.  The next week is supposed to be cold, highs around -10.  The house appears to be well insulated though, so I don’t think it’s going to be too bad.

I am planning on going to a Christmas Artisans show/sale tonight.  Now that I have a nice mantle, I would like to get some stockings for the dogs to hang on the mantle.  I have never had a mantle before.  So, I would rather pay someone locally who made them by hand and likely pay a bit more than paying Walmart for something made in China.

Nothing really planned for the weekend.  Just going to relax, I think.  I am heading to Lethbridge on Wednesday, my laptop needs some updates.

Enjoy your Friday and the weekend.

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A 10-day update…

Wow, I’ve gotten lazy and not made an entry in a while.

The last entry was after I worked a 2-day work-week, the week before last.  That was a nice short week, I wish we could regularly do that, well, you know, without a decrease in pay, of course.

That weekend was busy.  I made a road trip to Calgary on Saturday.  Stopped in High River to make a Facebook Marketplace sale.  Picked up a Babe Ruth Hoodie at Tuxedo Source for Sports in Calgary (Centre Street, if you’re looking for hockey, lacrosse, baseball stuff and are in Calgary or area, of course), went to Cross Iron Mills mall and despite being just a month or so away from Christmas, it wasn’t insane.  The new food court was done, likely has been for ages but I have not been there for a while.

On the way home, I stopped in Okotoks at Costco, the dogs want to continue eating.  The trip home was uneventful, the roads were clear and dry and I got home right about when it started getting dark.  Crowsnest Pet Care brought the dogs for a hike and, by the looks of the pictures that were posted on Facebook, they had a great time as they always do.  Now that I live somewhere where there aren’t formal dog parks, I think it’s great for the dogs to have interaction with other dogs.  They seem to have a fantastic time.

The 10 days since have been uneventful for the most part.  I finally had a cord of wood delivered to heat the house.  I am becoming an expert at getting fires going in the wood stove.  I will have more wood delivered in December, hopefully a cord will last me about 1.5-2 months, I don’t keep it overly warm in the house so I think I should be good.

It is almost the end of November, already, I don’t know where time has gone.  It’s been a pretty good Fall here, with the exception of that one winter storm.  We’ve had flurries here and there and some heavier snow, but not a lot of accumulation.  I can handle that.

 

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Two day work-weeks are tough…

I woke up this morning to a winter wonderland, again.  We got 15cm (6″) or so of snow last night and more this morning.  It is supposed to clear and just be cold for the weekend, I can handle that.

I am heading to Calgary tomorrow for the day.  Need to do some running around and since it’s the last weekend of endless shrimp at Red Lobster, I am meeting a friend for lunch.  Costco and Home Depot will get some of my money as well.

Hopefully, the roads will be good tomorrow, I am sure they will.  I will take highway 2 all the way north to Calgary, that will allow me to avoid highway 22 which can be bad this time of year.

Nothing else planned for the weekend, will be a relaxing end to a relaxing week.  I do like 2-day work-weeks though, can we make this the norm, please?

Enjoy your weekend.

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A good 5 days off…

Today is day five of my 5-day weekend. It has been a nice and relaxing weekend, I didn’t get as much done around the house as I planned to, but I suppose that’s to be expected, I do have a degree in Procrastination.

The last 36 hours have also been very windy, a Chinook has been blowing its way through. Temps have been mild, but when you have 60kph winds whipping through with gusts around 100kph, it makes it feel pretty damn cold. Most of the snow that fell last week has been blown away, I’m not sure to where exactly, but my driveway has been blown almost clean to the gravel.

Nothing really planned for today, hopefully get out with the dogs for a bit longer since the winds have finally died down.

Back to work tomorrow, a very short 2-day workweek. My Telus Hub will be in, so my insane internet bills will stop. I’ll be getting 500gb for $110 which is not too bad for where I am.

Tomorrow I also have a cord of firewood being delivered. A cord is 8′ x 4′ x 4′ or 128 cubic feet of wood. I’m hoping it’ll last about 2 months, I can handle paying $150 a month to heat the house, propane is insanely pricy.

Anyway, for those of you working, happy hump day. The wait to the weekend is half over. 🙂

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A very relaxing two days…

I am enjoying my 5 day weekend.  Day two is coming to a close, well, in a few hours anyway.

Yesterday went by pretty quickly.  On Saturday mornings, I normally watch one of the Star Gate shows on Space.  I turned it on around 6:20am and low and behold, Space was running (still is, I believe) a Harry Potter marathon.  So, I watched one of those movies, the second one, whatever it is called.  I’ve never read the books, something I think I will have to do one of these days.

I went out around 8 to get a few groceries.  I figured it would be a few, $103 later…  On the way home, I stopped at Cinnamon Bear Cafe, they have the best cinnamon rolls I have ever had.  I also got a decaf vanilla latte, nothing special there, I will stick with the cinnamon rolls.  The dogs were scheduled to go on one of their pack hikes with Crowsnest Pet Care and they arrived just before noon to pick them up.  Blondie and Twix got into the van right away with no trouble at all.  Hera was happy to see the two ladies who take them, but she wouldn’t go anywhere near the van, so she stayed home with me.  I don’t know why she won’t go unless I go, but she won’t.  So, she and I had a 1 hour 45-minute nap, or at least I did – I am unsure what Hera was doing since I was napping.  When I woke up at 2pm, Blondie and Twix weren’t home yet.  I was surprised as they normally aren’t out that long.  They got back around 2:15, Blondie had lost her collar along the way somehow which sucks, even though I didn’t like the collar – it is her registration tag I am more concerned about.  Oh well…  Don’t tell the dogs, but they are getting handmade collars for Christmas.

In the afternoon, the dogs and I made a trip into Pincher Creek to go to Walmart.  What an exciting Saturday.

Today has been a very relaxing day as well.  The Bills blew out the Jets which is nice to see, and a rare sight these days as well.  Another nap, all three of us, brings us to now.  Doesn’t get much more relaxing than that.  We will take a hike over to the lake shortly, I doubt the dogs will go swimming though, it’s a bit cold for that.

Another three days off will be very nice.  Not much planned for the week.  I will make my monthly trip into Lethbridge on Thursday after work though.  That will be about as much excitement as I can handle.

Enjoy your week.

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Five day weekend, can this be the norm?

I have a nice five day weekend. Tomorrow, November 11 is Remembrance Day of course, so Monday is the stat holiday at work, then I am using my last 2 vacation days on Tuesday and Wednesday. That’ll be it for the rest of the year, other than the days off we get at Christmas. I’ll be working, but it’s very slow over the holidays.

I don’t really have any plans for the weekend, other than some stuff around the house that I won’t do. I suppose I’ll have to zip into town a few times and do some shopping, but that’s it.

The dogs are going on a pack hike today, around 1130. They have such a good time with the pack. There aren’t any dog parks here in the Pass, so there aren’t a lot of opportunities to play with other dogs. I have, of course, a small pack of my own, but it’s always good to hang with other canines.

I hope Hera will go this time, without me. The last couple of times she hasn’t wanted to, doesn’t seem to want to get in the van or truck used to bring the dogs. She loves the ladies who run Crowsnest Pet Care, that’s evident, but has been very hesitant to go on the pack hikes. Blondie and Twix love going. It’s not too cold today so Twix will be ok, she runs around like a mad-dog anyway. I do need to get her a new coat though, and some boots too. I’m heading to Lethbridge on Thursday afternoon, so perhaps I can find something there.

I’m also finally having a cord of wood delivered on Thursday. Got a pretty good price, it’s split, delivered and stacked for $300. I have absolutely no idea how long it’ll last though, we will see.

Enjoy your weekend and remember November 11, Lest we Forget.

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I think winter is here…

I think I can say that winter has settled in here already.  We’ve gotten 8″ of snow over the last few days and it has been cold.  It was -22C this morning, it’s gotten up to -19C and will eventually be -3C or so.  Bright sunshine is helping to warm things up.  After about 2pm, the sun goes behind the mountain across the street so then the warming effects go away and the temps drop again.

I am surprised how different the weather is here as compared to Calgary.  They say (I am unsure who “they” are) that if you don’t like the weather in Calgary, wait an hour or so and it will change.  Here, you might only have to wait 10 minutes for the weather to change.  It’s windy here too, very windy.  The mountains to the north and south create what I would call a wind tunnel.

I hear that it should be typically warmer here than Calgary, so I can accept that.  At least it isn’t windy this morning.  When you combine wind and -20’s temperatures, it’s a BAD combination.

The two-week forecast shows better temps, highs around zero, lows in the single negative digits.  I can handle that too.

Anyway, I would bet that the snow that we have on the ground will be around until Spring.  I might be wrong, we might have a few days of Chinook weather and it might be gone, but I am betting against that.

At least it looks Christmassy out.  Too bad it’s early November.

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A little early for Christmas lights, isn’t it?

I had to zip into town last night.  I stopped at the Post Office to check my box, forgetting that there are rotating strikes going on so there likely would not be any mail, and there wasn’t.  Anyway, while driving through the neighbourhood on my way to the grocery store, there were a few houses that had already put up AND turned on Christmas lights.  Now, in looking at the date today, it’s November 5, so that means yesterday was November 5.  I am thinking, and I could be wrong, that it’s about a month too early to turn on lights.  I understand putting them up, before we get snow, but come on now.

Speaking of lights, I had considered putting some out on the trees in the center of my driveway, but, now that we have snow and the fact that I have not purchased any lights, I am doubting I will.  Perhaps I will buy some in the after Christmas sales and get them cheap.  Then, I can not put them up next year for some reason – most likely laziness.  I suppose, perhaps, that I will just forget about buying any…

Anyway, I made it to the grocery store and got what I needed.  Friendly place for sure, people say hi when you walk by.  It started snowing by the time we (the dogs and I) headed home so I parked in the garage.  This morning, there is about 3″ of snow on the ground so not too bad.  I guess winter is just about here.

Anyway, it’s only Tuesday, so, hang in there.  The weekend can be seen on the horizon.

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Cold and wet weekend…

This was a very relaxing weekend. Friday night it rained, all evening. I guess I prefer rain over snow. Winter can hold off as long as possible.

Saturday was a bit better, but not much. We had some periods of sun, but was mostly an overcast day. I didn’t do much. Woke up, per usual around 4am. I let the dogs out and fed them, went back to bed at 430 and slept until after 7. Nice, the latest I’ve slept in ages. That didn’t derail a good nap around noon. Even with all that sleeping, I still went to bed early. I seem to do a LOT of sleep in late fall through the end of winter. Come spring and summer, I stay up late again. Guess I’m used to it.

The clocks changed last night, went back an hour. I was awake for an hour or so but then didn’t wake up until after 6 this morning. Great sleep. Had another nap this afternoon after turning the disgusting Bills game off. Man, they suck.

I tried to go to Chinook Lake with the dogs this afternoon. It’s a Provincial Park but the gates were closed. Didn’t say it was closed for the season, the sign said gates closed between 11pm and 7am so I’m unsure. It likely would have been top mucky anyway…

Back to work tomorrow and a five day workweek. Next week, I have Monday through Wednesday off, that’ll be nice and is the last of my vacation time for the year.

Hope you had a good weekend, enjoy the coming week.

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