Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Kona, Off The Leash


    Our last dog Lexi was a wild one and couldn’t be trusted off of the leash, so we always had to have her leashed up when we went for a walk.  That was the habit we were in when we began walking Kona, but Kona is a lot more trustworthy and obedient, so yesterday when we took her down to Horseshoe Lake Road for a walk, I let her go without a leash, and boy, did she go.

    Kona loves to sprint.  Horseshoe Lake Road is a straightaway with bushes bordering both sides.  Kona streaked down the road for about 60 metres (yards), stopped turned to see where we were, and when I waved her back, she rocketed back too me, then immediately turned, and at speed of light tore back down the road again.  What a joy it was to witness the exuberance in her sprinting.

    As her masters proceeded slowly through the snow, down the road at our leisurely pace, she continued to sprint ahead, streak back to us, then streak ahead again.  She covered about eight times the distance that we did, and got a whole lot more aerobic exercise.

    It was a treat once we got back home, to see how tired she was for the rest of the afternoon.  She curled up on the couch and took a nap instead of pacing the house, hoping we would let her outside to chase the squirrels.



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Monday, 26 October 2020

"Tailgate" My Latest Painting


    A few days ago I finished painting “Tailgate,”  which is an image of the rear of the old GMC pickup truck that I used to own.  While most people would probably not think that rusty deteriorating pickup trucks are not worthy of a painting, I really love the colors and war-wounds of this old workhorse of mine.  It is the fifth time I have made the truck the subject of a painting.

    The painting was done on an 18 x 24 inch canvas using acrylics.  It took me 74 hours to paint all of the squares that make up the painting.


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Sunday, 25 October 2020

Floating Ice Patches on the Fraser River


    The sudden freezing temperatures has caused ice to begin forming on the Fraser River.  We saw these patches of ice floating by yesterday on our way to town.  As winter progresses the Fraser will totally freeze over.

    As you can see, that teepee is still sitting there on the far bank.


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Saturday, 24 October 2020

A Lot of Stairs Climbed


    About a month ago I discovered that my iPhone was keeping track of my physical activities.  It records how many steps I have taken and how many flights of stairs equivalent I have climbed.  I find it really interesting and helpful, and it does make me want to get more exercise, just by showing me what I have done and making me want to do more.

    Yesterday I blogged about our frazil ice problem with our water system.  Our water intake is on a nearby waterfall, so whenever we have problems, we have to hike part way up a mountain slope to fix it.  Yesterday I had to walk up to the falls two and a half times (the half happened when halfway down the slope Glen realized he had forgotten his gloves at the intake, so I walked back up to get them).

    Later in the day I was surprised when I looked at my day’s activities and saw that I had climbed the equivalent of 40 flights of stairs.

    On a normal day I do more walking (with the dog) and not so much climbing, but losing our water always takes a priority to everything else.  Luckily, we still have our water today, so we can do more dog walking.


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Friday, 23 October 2020

Frazil Ice, Our Latest Problem


    2020 is a year that keeps on giving. 

    Yesterday we lost our water and when Glen and I got up to our water intake we discovered a new problem--frazil ice.  Frazil ice, I have now learned, is very tiny ice crystals that form in super-cooled water (it can be colder than the freezing temperature).  Anyway these tiny ice particles can sink to the bottom of the water, unlike normal ice that floats on the top.  We’ve never encountered frazil ice like this before.

    Because it doesn’t float, it can clog up water intakes.  Our big culvert was almost totally filled with “slush” which prevented water from getting to our intake.  The photo shows Glen shoveling out the slush in our culvert.   We got the water going again, but after a couple of hours we lost it when it clogged up again.  It was then cleaned out again, and then by this morning the water was gone.  

    Glen and I hiked up to the falls again this morning and re-routed the water on the falls so more would get into our culvert, then dug out the slush that had filled our culvert again, and replaced our filter.  As a result we were able to get some water flowing back to our house, but the pressure is very low, so we will have to go back up to the falls this afternoon and do it again.

    While we were up there we ran into another neighbor he and several other people who get their water from Sunbeam Creek are also fighting frazil ice in their water systems.

    It is all so discouraging. 


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Thursday, 22 October 2020

Ice On The Pond


    I like to record those naturally occurring events caused by the changing of the seasons:  The first robin in Spring, the first snow in the Fall, when the pond ice melted, and when it froze.  The pond froze overnight, so unless we get a stretch of warmer weather, the ice will stay on the pond until late-March or mid-April.

    I always miss seeing the sunshine sparkling off of the water during our long winters, when the pond is a white flat plain of snow.


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Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Kona: Built For Speed

 



    Our new dog loves to run, and boy can she do it.  I thought we had fast dogs before, but they were nothing like Kona.  I mentioned this to a friend, who then asked for some photos.  I tried, but all I was able to get were these blurry ones.  They do give you an idea of her speed.

    She runs like a cheetah or greyhound.  See how she compresses her body, then like a spring, explodes it as she stretches out.

    Kona has discovered squirrels in our yard and remembers where she saw them.  Now whenever she is outside, she spends her time sprinting from one squirrel place to another, getting lots of exercise, but never seems to tire.    She loves the out of doors.


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