More XC Skiing. . .
Friday, March 05, 2021
It was so gorgeously sunny yesterday that we did get out (despite the wind and cold temperatures) for a little more cross country skiing on the bay. My wax wasn't perfect so not getting all the whoosh, but just such a terrific workout, upper and lower body -- and so pretty with the bright blue skies and yes, obliging eagles soaring high too.
When I had had Henry out for a walk earlier in the day, he just stopped and sat and watched the eagles overhead with me for quite a period of time. Definitely a bird watcher dog!! Not barking, not fearful (and these are BIG birds!), just curious and observant.
Fence guy came by right on time and sketched out a plan for the installation of Henry's fenced area come May. It will be trenched with the bottom section of the fence buried to foil those digging paws! A couple gates, entrance for Henry from the back deck off the kitchen and bedroom and from the garage. He is definitely having a nice life here, but the fenced area to run and play will get that aspect of things back to normal for him. And he will enjoy visits from the dog-crazy child across the street here, just as he had from a neighbour child back in Ontario!
Today's our first "recycling" pick up in the rather complicated garbage schedule. We have a LOT of boxes bundled up and ready to go. We'd hoped that neighbours down the road who are planning a move could have made use of them, but no response to the note we'd left offering them under a windshield wiper . . . So, we'll get them out there early early: not last night because of the real likelihood they could have been blown away.
And: we are hoping to get a generator lesson from the former owner of the house later on this morning. Just want to be sure that if there's a lengthy power outage as a result of a windstorm, we know how to operate this handy feature correctly. It is already wired in, we know it needs to be wheeled out of the garage where it lives and run in the driveway . . . but how do you get the garage door to open if the power's off? Stuff like that!! All new to us.
Yesterday's comments indicate that for many Sparkies, our new locale would just be too cold cold cold at this time of the year! We get that of course . . . but that's Canada for ya! Mon pays c'est l'hiver: my country is winter! At least from November till late April or early May . . . pretty much no matter where you are in Canada, except possibly the west coast . . . where it's milder but can be kinda rainy and grey a lot of the time. I know there's plenty of research indicating that retirees when planning where they might relocate tend to over value weather, seeking out the warmest spots -- Florida, Arizona and California are also very popular with Canadian retirees most years. Although travel plans for "snowbirds" have been altered by pandemic restrictions, many Canadians still have managed to find a way to head south.
For us, we never did consider an "out of Canada" option. Our new microclimate indicates we can anticipate about 4-6 weeks longer frost free than we experienced in Ontario: nice for both gardening and golfing. But it's all in what you're used to and yes, the four seasons of the year are something I really enjoy. Of course I'm anticipating the bright green fuzz on the maple woods near our post box and some long summer days on the bright red sand beaches . . . but not wishing my life away either. The days are getting longer. This time of the year, watching for earliest signs of spring to come, is really a pleasure too. And I'm hoping for more sparkling frosty days and more skiing before spring actually arrives!