Well, we are creeping up on 2020, the last few hours of 2019 are ahead of us.
Looking back on 2019, it wasn’t a bad year, all in all.
January – I was living in Sentinel Alberta, in an awful house that was drafty and was on propane for heat. I had a wood-stove which was awesome, too bad I had such a hard time sourcing wood. January was damn cold as well.
February – Trying not to freeze in Sentinal. I am using space heaters in the house, thinking this may be cheaper than using propane for heat – not sure if it was or not, my February electric bill was over $500. One morning when it was -50C outside, it was 9C in the house.
March – The bitter cold left, thankfully and we survived. At this point, I had decided I was not going to spend another winter in the rental.
April & May – Great spring. Still paying abnormally high electricity bills but we made it through a rough winter. I know know that I can live just about anywhere for a year.
June – Signed a lease for a great new place in Coleman Alberta. I am only 8km or so East of where I was, but I will have gas heat and unlimited cable internet. The lease starts in July, so I will be carrying it and the old place for one month. I am very happy that I don’t have to move back to Calgary or somewhere else as I really do love living in the mountains.
July – Moved into the new place, I love it – still do. Very sad middle of the month with losing my sister. Made an unexpected trip back to Ontario for her funeral. You will always be missed, Joan.
August – Met a great neighbour at the new place and we’ve become friends – she’s like a sister really. Being in town is awesome, I still have amazing mountain views and am loving small-town life.
September – So nice being able to stream baseball games with MLB.tv. I had gotten used to not using the internet (as I was paying per GB and it was pricy, another good reason to get out of that place in Sentinal).
October – Return trip to Ontario for our IT Conference at work. Spent Thanksgiving with family and had a great time at the conference.
November – Short work-trip to Banff, was not quite what I expected. Given a promotion at work and a nice raise – enjoying the new job (same company) for sure.
December – Hosted a friend for Christmas dinner. Glad to be in a place with gas heat.
Well, there ya go. A VERY brief overview of the year. I am loving living in a small-town and in the mountains, it doesn’t get much better than this. I still visit Calgary just about every month to see friends, go to Costco and what-not and the drive has become routine.
Wishing you the best for 2020.