January 23rd, 2005: A nice day, after a cold, miserable
week. Temperatures approaching zero, very little wind, and occasional sunshine. I
took advantage of the warm weather to blow out our driveways. Not that there had
been much snow, but the wind had piled in the odd drift. I feel quite righteous -
even though the blower does most of the work it takes some effort to wrestle with
it. Donít think I need a walk today.
Snowmobilers are taking advantage of the weather too; there have been dozens of them
zipping back and forth in front of our place. I believe there are more ice fishing
huts out on the ice than we have seen other years; today, they will all be busy.
This is the weekend the Ski Loppet is usually held, but there hasnít been
any sign of activity around the Park Hall. Rob Howse told me in Saskatoon
that he had heard it was cancelled for this year. I tried to phone Shirley Baker
but no answer. If it was cancelled or moved, I suspect it is entirely because of
the Cove being shut down.
Itís January in Saskatchewan - of course itís been cold! So put on an extra layer
and suck it up! Then look on the bright side: earthquakes are rare and gentle; landslides
almost unheard of, and I canít remember when we last had to run from a tsunami. There
are a lot of advantages in living seventeen hundred feet above sea level, almost
a thousand miles from the closest ocean, with a pretty substantial range of mountains
in between. Sea-borne disasters just donít keep me awake at nights! How I love this
Brian Shuya is still hard at work cleaning up dead trees in the Park. At present,
he is working down by Lakeshore Campground where a slough is full of dead
willows. Brian says they are not only unsightly, but they are a real fire
hazard ó with a little wind they would burn like tinder.
We had coffee at Beaumontís last Thursday. As usual at these coffee sessions,
much of the conversation had to do with the old days and the old-timers of the district.
We were bemoaning the fact that there arenít many old-timers left to consult about
the old days - we are the old timers now!
We came home from Saskatoon last Tuesday; when we woke up that morning we
found the car covered with an inch of ice. It was only about ó6° out, but it
took a good half hour to melt the ice off. The streets were terribly icy and people
were being warned not to travel. After lunch, we were driving north on Fifth Avenue
and right at 24th Street we saw a woman fall on the sidewalk where it ramps
down to the road. She went down like a shot, without any warning, and landed on her
right shoulder and head. We left our car in the middle of the street and went to
help her, but she didnít want to be touched. I suspect she might have cracked that
shoulder. A policeman came along and convinced her to let him call an ambulance,
so we left. How quickly it can happen!
Before we left Saskatoon, I phoned the Highway Hotline and was told
travel was not recommended on Highway #5, so we came home via Highway #41.
It didnít seem too bad, though I didnít have to test it with the brakes. East of
Wakaw it was sloppy, and Highway #3 east of Melfort was mostly dry.
There was some ground drift between Tisdale and Crooked River (there
always is!) but no problems. Highway #38 was snow and ice-covered as it still
is, but again no problems.
The Taurus is the best car we have ever had for sure-footedness, and with
the snow and ice tires it is really super.
Retrun to Ensign
- Return to Saskatchewan
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