Monday, December 27, 2010
Last time I visited my parents I noticed my mom was still wearing my grandmother's apron. She died more than 28 years ago and it was old then. I decided to make her a new apron and here she is opening it and modelling it.
Connor does not like clothes. He wears the same 3 shirts in rotation even though he has a drawer full of different ones. Part of the reason he chose the Catholic high school was so he didn't have to think about what to wear - they have a uniform. I bought him this "dress" shirt to help him out on Sundays.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I took this just to give you an idea how high our snowbanks are. Marcus is 6 foot 3 inches. I ache everywhere from throwing the snow over my shoulders for hours.
Shasta playing "King of the Castle". Usually we don't let her off leash in the front because she is very unpredictable. Between the deep snow and the ice on or driveway she can't travel very far or very fast so she is enjoying a lot of freedom.
This little car was stuck down the road when the first picture was taken. After he was freed he tried to turn when we were all yelling for him to keep going straight. We had freed the burgundy Ford by this point but he could only go a few cars lengths because another vehicle was stuck a few driveways down. The Ford was blocking the road to the right so I have no idea where this man was trying to go. You can still see the hood of the white van. He was there for well over an hour before being snowblowed out.
Then a bus got stuck. Why the bus was on the road on a snow day in the first place was beyond me. This contractor's truck tried to push the bus to no avail. Connor and Marcus and another stopped driver pushed the truck back, then they all pushed the bus forward. The truck got out on it's own as did the other two vehicles shown in the bottom picture.
A few more shots to show the depth of the snow. My truck looks like a super-raised monster truck and the snow is up past my knees.
More later, but the buses are off the road for the sixth day in two weeks, the Base is on minimum manning, many local roads are still closed by the OPP and we got at least another 19 inches of snow between midnight and 6 am.
I will post again, but right now I have to shovel out the back doorway so the dogs can get out onto the deck which is covered with 3 feet plus of snow - so they can find the ramp down to take care of business.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Here we are at the shelter. Why is everyone looking up?
Because Connor is on the roof. Why? Because it was there. Are you noticing a theme here? This boy has major issues with boundaries.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
And here is a before and after of the corner garden. In the first shot you wouldn't even recognize the standard hydrangea. Two hours later it has emerged from it's snow cocoon. In both shots the spireas and potentillas are flattened by the snow's weight.
Here is a shot of my Bridalwreath spireas that are taller than I am. The branches are just beginning to free themselves. They are coming up one at a time like little catapults.
Not only were we shocked by the snow, there was a town wide power outage from about 7 until 8. Just as everybody was trying to get out the door! There wasn't much I could do in the garden so I didn't meander into work until 10:30. It was actually warm and I enjoyed working in the snow.
Monday, October 18, 2010
If you guessed Connor, me and Alec you are right! Isn't Connor the cutest little alien pig you have ever seen? I am still confused about the connection between corn, pumpkins and aliens so I can't enlighten you. We were very happy to have Alec home with us for Thanksgiving when he was sent on a last minute course to Kingston. Here's a few more pics of me and the boys.
And my niece exhibiting her amazing zip-line technique!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
We have known them since Caitlin and Alec were born. Dan (he's the one on the left) was a helicopter mechanic at the Search and Rescue flight were Kevin was and Dorothy and I hit it off at the twin's shower. We had two years together in Goose Bay, then encountered them again when we lived in NB. Dan became our car and small engine mechanic (he can fix anything and makes awesome first beds for all the grandkids). Connor loved playing at Dorothy's when he was a toddler. Dorothy makes amazing quilts to grace the beds Dan makes. We have met all their children and grandchildren. It was good to see them after 10 years. But remember we were racing a hurricane and didn't have time to dilly dally. Off to Edmundston, near the border of Quebec, where we had tried to seek refuge the night before. Surprise - the worst weather was in Edmundston. The forecast had been 50-70 mm rain in Sackville, 40-50 in Fredricton and 20-40 in Edmundston. It turned out to be exactly backwards (Oh, I love weathermen!). The rain was very heavy here. It was the only place we had to slow down and we saw a car that hydroplaned into the guardrail.