17th March 2017

What I learned at trivia

With the province finally releasing its ten-year strategy for energy use, I finally took the time to read the Coles’ Notes version. My take: looks like the paper was wasted. Telling people that reductions are in order and pairing it with a promise of two new wind farms doesn’t inspire confidence in the leadership. Yes, the wind blows here. No, not all the time.

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10th March 2017

A new menu in an old place

Even if the day didn’t go according to the initial plan, I’m content. Got to try some alternative activities along the way. You see, there was supposed to be some kid-minding, but that got cancelled. Left us with the whole day to spend away from the home base.

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25th February 2017

Know the season

Watching the dog slide sideways, up onto the sidewalk was proof; clearly, what you can’t see can affect you. More freezing rain overnight served to cut the electricity for many and turn the roads and walking spaces into an obstacle course.

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16th February 2017

Solve a problem, find a (different) problem

Another month… OK, another two months tops. Certainly not three, before I have to start looking at getting the lawn tractor ready for another season of circling the property. The closures, Island wide, today; didn’t  affect me. After all, the big blue tractor was by, to make sure we were free of any new drifting. It was my choice to stay by, waiting for the call that I was a millionaire, or a senator, or whatever else my phone could deliver.

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12th February 2017

No tentative, please

I have a a visceral fear of the word “tentative”. It goes hand in hand with my dislike of making reservations. Sure, going on a long trip, or even getting a seat in a local restaurant requires calling and leaving my name, but then to be bound by the weather forecast… to0 much for my insecure nature. We’re waiting on some weather, and depending on how long the wind blows, I might have to reverse some reserves. Not a good time.

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27th January 2017

Park avoidance

Our national parkland authority has issued a report, confirming that half of the reserved lands are now in “fair or poor” condition. The downturn is due, for the main, to the installations of facilities for needy humans. If I might offer a solution: go back to treating the reserves as parks, and let only those that are prepared come to visit. The land won’t lose any value, and we don’t need to have a coffee bar for everyone.

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17th January 2017

Map that, please

Around here, we have a certain number of GPS gadgets. Of course, we don’t travel with any of them; who would dare when the devices request that we update the maps, as soon as possible. Why, even when they were new, I remember crossing the wilds of NB and going for hours where no road “officially” existed. An act of faith, at least. Well, the whole issue of maps and misleading information is far from new. Here are two “finds” from the National Archives.

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16th January 2017

Reduce that pile

The provincial waste management system, with its arcane set of procedures comes with one really good feature. Once a month, I get to reduce the pile of cardboard boxes that accumulate here to something that can be moved to the curb. Strangely therapeutic, actually. Amazon delivers, and the big truck takes away.

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8th January 2017

Like a Shakespearian play

The weather system that came through overnight reminds me of a Shakespearian play. No, not The Tempest. Rather, Much Ado About Nothing. I’ve got some replacement snow banks, and the dog’s best efforts on the lawn are out of sight for another few weeks, but that’s about it. Even my stock of storm chips didn’t diminish. We did have a lot of hungry birds (better than Angry Birds, I guess).

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29th December 2016

Things I learned

The day is winding down. Sunset without benefit of the sunshine, etc. Time to note some of the things I learned, today and that actually apply to any given day.

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