Wednesday, January 18, 2012
"Uh oh" said my wife.
"Oh great" I said.
"Hey!" said my son.
"But I wanted to read!" said my daughter.
"Beep beep beep" said all my UPSes.
I grabbed a flashlight and went hunting for the 300 watt inverter and my stash of five (yep, five) car batteries. I grabbed one of the batteries and hooked up the inverter and plugged in a lamp. One lamp gives off quite a lot of light. Enough to fill the living room and spill over into the kitchen. My wish-list now includes a 1500 watt inverter to power up my Toyo Stove to heat the house. I don't want to imagine the scenario where the power goes for 6 hours at -50C. In the end our power came back on in less time than it takes to watch an episode of The Office on my wife's charged up laptop but the thought still remains; what if the power does go out for a long time in very cold weather?
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Monday, January 2, 2012
The temperature rose to a balmy -3C today and I got a bit more restless than usual so my daughter and I went for a walk across the river. I'm pretty sure the trail which runs parallel along the far side of the river just south of Lake Lebarge is part of the Livingston Trail, which brought the gold rush folk up through this neck of Yukon woods during those early years. Now it's a well packed trail, wide and easily walked in the winter. The river is frozen solid to gaining access to it requires no more than a bit of walking against the blistering winds which howl down the open regions of the river valley. In amongst the trees there are quite a number of animal tracks ranging from wolf (prints the size of sauce pans) and bobcat, right down to tiny mouse prints which erupt from holes in the snow.
We had a great walk and by the time we got home we were ready of our cups of hot mocha.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
We rang in the New Year with friends last night. A few adults and a crowd of young people and it was quite enjoyable. It was funny how the adults sat around by the food and wine and discussed our wonderful kids while said kids took over the living room. I shouldn't really say "kids" because they ranged in age from twenty down to twelve.