Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thursday in March.

Last night the wind was so high with blowing snow that it was battering the house.   I got up several times to make sure everything was secure.  The first time, I had just gotten into bed, turned light off and cuddled down, ready for sleep, when the fire alarm went off.   I got out of bed so fast and out through the living room that  it's all a blur.   The wood stove was back flawing, (wind sending smoke back down the chimney and out the stove.)   I had to take the smoke detector down, something I certainly didn't want to do, but it could have kept up all night.   The wind has  calmed down some this morning and the temperatures have gone up a bit.   I'm still expecting the power to go and as it's still dark, I'm carrying around a small flashlight. 

A couple of days ago I hauled out my box of seeds.   A bit premature but spring has to come sometime and at this point one is chomping at the bit to get out at the garden.   I lost heart in gardening last year what with himself so sick and in and out of hospital.

The cats get frustrated on the days they can't go out because of the snow.   Not much for them to do outside at this point.   The deck was clear of snow for a bit and they did enjoy sitting out in the sun.

Tommy and Freya watching a neighbours cat go by.

  

Tommy and Stanley.


Tommy loving a sun spot inside the house.






Lots of birds about these days.   Here's a few.

Nuthatch.




Woodpecker.





Blue jay.







Friday, March 07, 2014

Hard Winter!

I was sitting here thinking this morning that this was the winter from hell.   Not only that himself was so sick and then passed away but the brutally cold nights and many days as well.   The pipes freezing twice, having to then let the water run every night after so they wouldn't freeze again.  Putting up with the loads of snow we've had this winter.   Dealing with five cats that have cabin fever at this point.   Having to make a trip to the dentist to have a tooth repaired.   Now with tendinitis in the elbow.  Got a prescription from the doctor for that but when I read the bad side of taking those particular pills, ie:  bleeding stomach, stroke, etc.  I only took two of them.   Then the ice build up, about six inches of it under the snow on the roof and.because the sun is giving off more heat these days, the ice is starting to melt and I now have leaks.   Then late in the afternoon when the sun goes down, the ice and water freezes and the leaks stop.   I went up on the roof yesterday and pushed as much snow as I could off that area but don't think it did much good.  I expect I'll need a boat to get out of here by the time all the ice melts and comes through the roof, haha. 

So, then I thought, girl, you're feeling sorry for yourself.   And I thought of the people with no food, no roof over their heads, sick and miserable and my problems seems so small.  I have two wonderful fellows, I'll say looking after me, that are making sure I have enough wood to burn, freeing up the frozen pipes that I had, just being darn good people.  I wouldn't have survived here without them.  Other friends are coming to my aid with getting me to appointments, etc.  I really am blessed.  So, as bad as things seem there are so many others worse off. 

A rather cheerful picture taken in the kitchen.





Now I must go and take care of the water that's running in under the front door...sigh!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sunday and A few pictures.

Not much happening at the moment.   It was a gorgeous day.   Four of the cats enjoyed time on the deck.   They really appreciate the sunshine.







Earlier this morning the bright sun was causing the trees to cast lovely shadows on the snow.


Tommy was quite interested in a squirrel at one point.


And, I made myself a skull door knocker.   I know, I know, it's a bit macabre but what fun it was to make.  I love it! 


Monday, February 17, 2014

Wild and Windy Night.

The wind overnight was awesome and still going on.   Howling with huge tall Spruce trees dancing.   We lost the power for a few minutes, not surprising as it seems it doesn't take much for the power to go.   You'd think by now, living in a place that has the most wind than just about any other place, that they would have a handle on this. 

Saturday morning after I got up and ran the hot water, there was none.   Only a bit of warm water coming from the tap.   I figured it must be that one of the elements had burned out and that would be a problem this time of year.   If that were the case the hot water tank would have to be drained.   Not a nice thought when a hose would have to be hooked up and put out through the door to drain all the water out of the tank.    I called an electrician who came yesterday afternoon.   He checked the elements and found they were okay.  The problem was that a wire inside the top of the tank had burned out.   It was fixed and I now have hot water.   It's true enough, you don't know what you've got til it's gone.    We don't really appreciate the hot water and electricity at out finger tips.   We take it all for granted.

I believe some of the snow has shrunk this past while although there's still at least a couple of feet of it in the garden and on the lawn.  I have my fingers crossed that the bitterly cold nights are over.  

A wonderful find at the Goodwill.   I love them.   I find them very theatrical looking.  






And to end off.....the boy, outside.


Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Chimney Cleaning.

It was time to clean the chimney once again.   I'd been waiting for warmer over night temperatures but there was to be no let up of the bitterly cold for a week or more.    This morning when I got up I decided to take things in hand and get the job done.   The fire had gone out so I turned on two portable heaters to keep the chill off until it got light enough for me to go outside.   This would be about a three hour wait.   I went out with a flash light to see if there was much ice and snow on the roof  and looking up at it from the ground, it seemed okay.    Then I thought to myself, if it was icy, once I got up to the peak, if I kept the chimney in front of me while I walked down to it, then if I did end up on my behind and was quick enough to spread my legs, the chimney should stop me from going over the other end.   Well, the light was just coming over the horizon when I decided to get going.   There's an extension attached to the older part of the house and that was almost all iced over.   Not only that, there's a tin or aluminum flashing thing between the two parts that I'm not suppose to step on so I always jump over this both coming and going to and from the chimney.    I saw that I could manage it to get to the older part as I'd be going up hill but on the way back I'd be going down.   No way I could risk that jump as I knew I'd go sailing.   I did get the chimney swept out without incident.   So, on the way back I had to sit on the peak of the house and slide down over the flashing onto the extension.    Then crept down, one tentative step at a time until I got to the ladder.  What a fun morning.

We still have lots of snow and it's not over yet.   Once the month of February is over, I always feel a sense of hope that spring is not far off.    The cats are not liking this winter weather at all.   They get quite bored and sleep a lot.








The crows still arrive each morning between seven and seven thirty.    Usually eight of them.   I'm sure they must be from the same family.   They were delighted with the left over spaghetti that I put out a couple of mornings ago.






I miss my partner but what else would I expect after all these years.   However life must go on and time heals.   I'll be buying an apple tree in the spring to plant and put his ashes around.  

Well, I'm off.  Things to do!



Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Passing.

My partner of twenty three years passed away on Saturday and was cremated yesterday.   His two daughters, my daughter, my parents and brother along with friends will have a get together here at the house this afternoon as a time of remembrance. 


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Saturday, Jan. 18.

Tommy has had his surgery and is back to being his impish self once again.    Taking an afternoon nap.


We've had lovely spring like weather this past number of days, it won't last though as snow is expected overnight.    I got a wonderful surprise in the mail a couple of days ago.   A package from my daughter which included this T-shirt: 






And these two books that I'd been eyeing:






I'm so excited.   When things start getting back to some kind of normal in my life I'll be trying my hand at some of these.