Posts in category 5 Years Ago Today – Watching The Ice Form

5YAT: The Bandit Breakout

5YAT: The Bandit Breakout
11 January, 2005 – Sunny, Windy & COLD –12º [This post is part of the 5 Years Ago Today Series] Woke up at Di’s and started checking prices of flights home. (The other one.) Then I grabbed my gear and hit the road. COLD walk home in the wind and sun, though it was fairly easy. When I got to the shore I saw Bandit standing on the cliffs, l [...]

5YAT: Stuck Ashore

5YAT: Stuck Ashore
10 January, 2005 – Flurries [This post is part of the 5 Years Ago Today Series] Woke up in Saint John, did a bunch of errands waiting for the flurries to ease up but they never did.  Combined with the wind, I was stuck on shore unable to get home to the island. Made arrangements for Violet to take over island-sitting when I head back to [...]

5YAT: Cinnamon Loaf, Frittata & S...

5YAT: Cinnamon Loaf, Frittata & Spaghetti
9 January, 2005 – Sunny & Warmish Up early and cooking – literally. Used the sweet dough to make 2 cinnamon loaves – one horseshoe shaped and the other snail or turban shaped. Both baked up beautifully. I also chopped up some onions and meat chunks to prep for a frittata. Tossed in a handful of the Bulk Barn’s dehydrated vegetables which [...]

5YAT: Hey, Are Those Voices?

5YAT: Hey, Are Those Voices?
8 January, 2005 – Grey & Clear –10º Snapped awake at Midnight. Heard 2 male voices out my bedroom window, and then a low chuckle. It sounded like they were very close, as if they were just down the path at the School House. So I rolled out of bed onto the floor so I couldn’t be seen through the window. Got dressed and went down to see wha [...]

5YAT: Left In The Powder

5YAT: Left In The Powder
7 January, 2005 – Grey & Snowy –6º It’s beautiful out. Big fluffy clouds falling from the sky onto big fluffy mounds on the ground. Kind of moody inside until Di called and allowed me to apologise for being a self-centered ass. (perhaps this is why all my self-portraits have me looking annoyed – self-annoyed.) All is well I think, I hope, [...]

5YAT: Catching Up, Now and Then

5YAT: Catching Up, Now and Then
I have fallen behind in the 5YAT posts. So I’ll put up a couple now to catch up. It’s possible I fell behind because I’ve been busy living life, working and celebrating the birthday season. But it’s much more likely I fell behind because I’m embarrassed to put up anything about I how I behaved on the next day:  6 January, 2005 – Grey -1 [...]

5YAT: Greasy Spoon!

5YAT: Greasy Spoon!
5 January, 2005 – Grey Again –8º [This post is part of the 5 Years Ago Today Series] Not as cold as I would like this morning but the river is good. As good, or better, than my last crossing.  The ice was very slick and slippery which made for a very slow crossing. Left the island at 0900 arrived at shore 1000. It took longer to cross [...]

5YAT: Car Sold.

5YAT: Car Sold.
4 January, 2005 – Grey –8º [This post is part of the 5 Years Ago Today Series] Lots of barking last night, so while I am crusty, the river isn’t even solid. There is a think eggshell covering on about 3-4 inches of slush which is on top of the existing ice. Definitely no crossing today but a cold night will firm that mess up to a 6-8” thick [...]

What The Hell is “5YAT”

What The Hell is “5YAT”
I just got off the phone with Nancy who thought I was on the island and that something had happened to dad. I apologise for the confusion! I am in Toronto, dad is on the island and we are both safe, sound and warm!  (in fact you can see dad healthy and hail on YouTube here – at the 8:40 mark) So what is this 5YAT business?  (mo [...]

5YAT: 40 – The Garnet B’d...

5YAT: 40 – The Garnet B’day
3 January, 2005 – +2º Grey – the day, my hair but not me. [This post is part of the 5 Years Ago Today Series] Woke to a grey day – let me rephrase that – woke to a very grey day.  The weather is again on the flop side of it’s flip-flopping. +2º when I awoke, new snow but a sputtering of rain falling before the sun rose… or more accurately bef [...]

5YAT: Walk On Frozen Water

5YAT: Walk On Frozen Water
2 January, 2005 – Sunny All Day -14º [This post is part of the 5 Years Ago Today Series] After breakfast I bundled myself up to go check the ice. Complete with long johns, layers, scarves, mitts and boots, life preserver, screwdrivers in pockets, the stick and the axe. Then rigged myself up with the canoe filled with little trees to put into [...]

5YAT: January 1, 2005

5YAT: January 1, 2005
1 January, 2005 – am=–9º, noon=+8º, pm=0º [This post is part of the 5 Years Ago Today Series] The sun was shining in my face as I got the fire going – felt happier than I had for about a week. The day was beautifully sunny but wet. All this sunshine has turned my mood around – woo hoo Happy 2005! But the warmth and recent rains haven’t done a [...]

5YAT: New Year’s Eve Food Day

5YAT: New Year’s Eve Food Day
31 December, 2004 – Grey -18º [This post is part of the 5 Years Ago Today Series] Threats of big wind this afternoon, so I’m dragging my heels on attempting to cross.  0930 Talked to dad and the wind was up in town which means in about 20 minutes it will be up here too.  I finished up a cinnamon raisin loaf just in time for a lat [...]

5YAT: Control Freak!

5YAT: Control Freak!
30 December, 2004 – –14º [This post is part of the 5 Years Ago Today Series] Warning – just because the dogs are *bark*bark*bark*ing in the middle of the night, it is not necessarily necessary to throw a couple of logs on the fire.  Because it is possible to be too hot when it is -17º outside. Woke up feeling like I’d like some bread t [...]

5YAT: The Island Sickness

5YAT: The Island Sickness
29 December, 2004 – Snowy! –4º [This post is part of the 5 Years Ago Today Series] My very tentative plans of crossing today are now buried deep in a snowdrift. Sue called to say the glen-shore is wide open “almost all the way to you”, the storm blew all the ice away from their shore. I was playing loosely with the idea of getting a bottle [...]

5YAT: Wine & Chocolate For Dinner

5YAT: Wine & Chocolate For Dinner
28 December, 2004 – Sunny –20º [This post is part of the 5 Years Ago Today Series] *bark*Bark*BARK* 0640 *Bark*bark*BARK*  Ki’Miq is loose and happy to join me in the house for a cuddle and sniff as I figure out what the hell is going on. Who am I? Where am I? Oh ya, and what to do about the big golden dog bounding around the living ro [...]

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