Friday, December 21, 2018
YOLO - Eat the Cookie!
I made sugar cookies for myself yesterday - no one else in the family seems to love them like I do and I was seriously considering not making them this year. Then I saw this posted by my friend Lorraine (of blog CLAMCO - borrowed from her):
We had a whopper of a windstorm yesterday, the worst in 10 years they say. We had no damage and managed to keep our power on (thankfully so since I was making cookies and hubby was doing online conferencing during the storm) unlike many others. There are power outages all over Vancouver Island, smaller islands and Vancouver and the lower mainland took a huge hit as well. As of right now there are still 50,000 people on Vancouver Island without power. It is a very large island with lots of old growth forest, which tends to take down power lines in weather like this. It's times like these that we think we should buy a generator, maybe if they go on sale after Christmas. Some may be without power for days but our BC Hydro power line repairmen are stars and are working around the clock to get everyone reconnected. My friend lost power a few days ago during another storm but was not affected this storm. She has huge trees all around her house, we just have some smaller ones in our front yard. Winds were a constant 50-60 km per hour with gusts up to 80 km here and 100 km other places that were by the Ocean.
This is just a normal winter occurrence for the coast though, we get a lot of windstorms and rain in winter. Sometimes snow but so far none this winter. That might change this weekend, I would be ok if it snowed but am hoping it waits until after my Stepson's flight comes in tomorrow. Last year we had our first snow storm November 4th.
On Tuesday Mom and I had a bit of excitement - driving home from the chiropractor we saw a fisheries vessel in the estuary next to the road. This part of the estuary is a deeper channel that boats can pass, in summer it is quite shallow, in winter deeper with much higher tides. The road is literally 20 feet away. I had heard earlier in the day that a grey whale had entered the estuary and was seen at the mouth of the river. Click here for pictures/local article on the whale sighting. All of a sudden the whale blew his spout - really neat to see, so drove off onto the shoulder to see if it would do it again, but we didn't get a second look. It was just getting dark and the fisheries boat was trying to shush it back out in deeper water before it got into trouble. We kayak right in this part of the estuary in the summer so know it well. They gave up a few hours later and I checked for updates, fisheries believes the whale did go out to deeper water as it hasn't been spotted again, they couldn't go out in the terrible windstorm but people would have seen him from shore by now. I've said it before and I will say it again, I love living near the Ocean and at this point in life can't see ever living more than a short drive from it.
Hubby got up at 530 this morning to try and finish off business until after Christmas. He has had a brutally busy week but now we get a few days off. We are working a bit between Christmas and New Years but mostly on our own business projects that need to be furthered along with regard to a website and a new course, not with clients. That means we can sleep in and go at a more leisurely pace for the next 2 weeks - much needed by him more than me.
This will be my last post until after Christmas as I will be busy eating, drinking and making merry with my friends and family - Merry Christmas to those who partake and for those who don't enjoy a couple of days at home in peace!