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Monday, February 20, 2006

Water Tower? Does it Freeze ...

The Water Tower, where else, on Water Tower Road. 20 stories high. Seven million gallon capacity. When it's forty below outside, does the water ever freeze. Hmmm... could be the world's biggest popsicle...

Sunday, February 19, 2006

What a great day.

The Easter Seals had their annual Snowarama snowmobile ride this morning. It was fabulous weather. And everyone had a nice breakfast over at the Cedar Meadows resort. Who says winter isn't fun?

Friday, February 17, 2006

Now this is different.

We've all seen Zamboni ice cleaning machines. In Timmins this week, I saw this one cleaning the ice at the skating oval on Gillies Lake. Maybe we could get another one out there and have races eh!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Wildlife?

Some nice person sent me note asking if we have wildlife in this area. Yes we do. Most of it is on Cedar Street on Saturday nights. I just realized that's not that funny. There was a black bear outside Cinema Six one night, last year. Seriously, Timmins is a mining and logging town in the middle of the boreal forest. So we get kinda used to seeing animals. Took picture of this moose in December.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Comfort Food

Usually it's tea and apple crisp! Go figure. That is soooo comforting on a cold day. I sit by the picture window, feet up on the coffee table and sip tea, enjoy warm apple crisp and read a novel. Or I listen to a Van Morrison album. I also get comfort from my kids. It's nice to call, hear them pick up the phone and hear that familiar voice. With Jennifer, it's usually upbeat with lots of noise of her boys in the background shouting about who's turn it is to play Batman. With Neil, it's usually laid back with long drawn out one-syllable answers like, "heyyyyy" "yeahhhhh" and "cooooooool" Either way, it's all good. In reality, I guess my kids are really my comfort food. And for that I say Thanks Terry.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Just add cranberries!

Wow. Yummy. Did it again. See Jan. 23rd entry. Time for another dish of apple crisp. But this time, I added cranberries to the apples... Oh it is sooooo gooood. Doncha wish you could taste it? This old boy knows how to bake. I should be on television! ha ha ha

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

We got snowed!


Well the trip south was okay... but wow, did we ever get dumped on with snow. I spent the weekend in Sudbury with Jen and the boys. Scott was out ice fishing on Manitoulin Island.
Sunday morning Jen was up bright and early to shovel off the front step! What's with that? All her teenage years she HATED shovelling. And now that she's a grown up, there she was wearing a snowmobile jacket and pyjamas shovelling snow! She even had to force her way out because so much snow was piled up against the storm door. So I took a picture. She is gonna grumble for sure. The drive north back to Timmins was interesting. The trip is normally a 3 1/2 hour drive. On Sunday it took nearly six hours. Northern highways are deceiving. Those big fluffy piles of snow on the road sides look harmless, but the snow is hiding the massive and unforgiving granite rockcuts. You sure don't want to slide off the road into that. I took a pictue through the windshield while crawling along at about 50 KM/hour.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

On The Road - Gonna see some cool little guys!


Gonna be on the road for a few days. Maybe I can get the house sitter to shovel the driveway eh. I have to do some tourism stuff down in Temiskaming Shores, a nice little city on the Quebec border. Then I will travel further south and head over to Sudbury. That's where I get to see daughter Jennifer and my grandsons Nathan, on the left, and Tyler, the guy with the big smile. They are just the coolest little guys I know.