Going to Calgary for about 2 weeks

Early in the morning
I can see the rising sun
Gonna pack my suitcase
Gone for a long, long run
Got to catch a Greyhound
Drive through the night and day.

Mick Abrahams: “Greyhound Bus”

Done my auto research

I have been checking out all the 2007 small car specifications and the Japanese win hands down. Here are some of the details I have found out. They are all in about the same price range starting at $15,000 CAD. They vary slightly in fuel consumption, between 5.6L/100km and 5.9, (don’t know how that translates into miles and gallons) and none of them come in yellow, which is a blow. Mostly red, blue or silver except Suzuki does have a pretty light blue or a bright orange which is my next choice if I can’t have yellow. I bet we end up with a boring old blue or silver. I know there are more important things than colour but I don’t really have any interest in the actual engine.

These then are the final four we now have to try for leg room and comfort

Toyota Yaris Hatchback
Suzuki Swift
Honda Fit
Nissan Versa

Of course this will take months to decide and probably we will be in 2008 before we get one.

The time has come for a smaller vehicle

We have decided to start looking for a small fuel efficient car. Our Ford truck is just eating up too much gas to go shopping and general running around. I don’t know how much you are paying for gas but it is $1.24 up here and not likely to go down. As we have such a great distance to travel for shopping and church and so on it is getting costly.

We have decided that when we get a new (or new to us) car we will just insure the truck for a few months in summer so my husband can get wood and haul stuff and we can take out the little travel trailer we have.

I favour something like this Toyota Yaris but in yellow, I have always wanted a small yellow car, but every time I mention it my husband growls “Over my dead body”. Yellow happens to be my favourite colour. However my husband is 6ft 2ins and fears he will be a bit crunched up. Neither of us know much about cars so he suggested I started searching on the internet for ideas, but I don’t even know where to start. I suppose a new vehicle would be the most efficient as far as gas consumption but price is also a very important factor. A hybrid might be great but they are very expensive. We might just have to resort to a horse and buggy!

What I can see from my living room window

What I can see from my living room window

  1. The frame of the solarium my husband is building
  2. The deck he built two years ago
  3. The planter waiting for the plants I am going to buy on Saturday
  4. A humming bird feeder complete with humming birds
  5. Two squirrels feeding on the deck
  6. A jay in the cottonwood tree
  7. A small willow tree that has a couple of canaries flitting about in the branches
  8. A pine tree set all alone at the back of the property that is our live Christmas tree
  9. One remaining patch of resistant snow
  10. Crocuses that we planted in the grass last year, purple, yellow and white
  11. Lots of aspen trees
  12. Two mountain ash trees, one dead and one very much alive and putting out leaves
  13. Irises I planted at the edge of the tree line last year poking through

Gone boating

It was a fabulous day today, bright and sunny. My husband and his best buddy of over 50 years had been working all morning getting our roof ready to put on a new metal one, it was very hot up there so they decided that it was too good an afternoon to waste working. They hitched on their boat and went down to the the lake and explored a bit. Yesterday was the same only a different lake but they fished, only catching two trout. I don’t know how long this roof is going to take!!

I decided to walk Annie the dog down to the marina and I could see them about 4 miles across, I could just make out their voices across the flat water. The lake is huge it is 10 miles across in places and 110 long and has several small islands in it. Annie and I watched a beaver paddling around under the marine dock. He tries every year to dam the marina and then has to have his work undone, but he is never discouraged he keeps trying.

Annie and I walked back up. It is a steady climb from the lake to the top of the hill where we are. There are hundreds of swallows all busy finding a nesting place right now and they were swooping down on us as we walked up. Unfortunately we can’t seem to lure them up to our place. Maybe we are just a little too high. We figure we are at about 2500 feet above sea level and about 750 ft above the lake and village, our spring comes later and winter earlier than the village folk, but that is the price we pay for privacy I guess.

The village will be having a plant sale this weekend so I will be buying some petunias among other things to brighten up the front and the few window boxes I have. They seem to do the best and last the longest. We are still getting below freezing at night sometimes which is hard on some plants.

The trees have tiny new bright green leaves but every day they are growing and it won’t be long before everything is green again. We have waited a long time this year for winter to leave. It came on October 25th with a big storm and the last snow has just left.

Something to grouse about

For the last ten days or so I have been hearing something like a small motor trying to start but not quite making it. I couldn’t figure out what it was. It went on for hours every twenty minutes or so. Yesterday I tried to track it down because it was starting to keep me awake. I thought something may have gone wrong with one of the vents on the roof or something underneath the place but I couldn’t figure it out and my husband who is hard of hearing couldn’t hear it.

I discovered the culprit yesterday. A large male grouse was displaying on top of our woodpile, in fact he sat in the same place making this noise yesterday just about all day. This morning he woke me at 3:36 am and has kept it up most of the day although he has moved a bit into the bush right now. I hope he finds a mate soon as both of us will get cranky and tired.

Drive to Smithers

We had to go to the chiropractor today in Houston and then decided we might as well go on to Smithers. It is so wonderful to see the greening of the trees as we travelled west. We live at 2500 feet and our trees have not started leafing yet. The snow was all gone and in the fields on either side of the highway we could see newborn animals. Lambs, calves and a beautiful little colt skipping about.

The Bulkley river in Houston was very high from the snow melt threatening to go over its banks and over the road. Also in Telkwa where the Morice and Bulkley Rivers meet the water was very wild and high. The picture is taken from Telkwa looking at the Hudson Glacier.

We saw a couple of bear along the road but nothing else. We did a little shopping and drove home. I bought a new floor mop, amazing driving all that way and that is all I got.