Archive for January, 2005

Some new weather pics and video clips!

I thought I would let you all know that there are some new weather pics and videos in the gallery.

We woke up this morning to a cold -14 C after a night with lots of wind. There’s drifting everywhere. I plowed the driveway last night at 9 pm and I had to plow and shovel again this morning at 7:30 am.

I even put a video clip of max hopping through the snow and of me playing a little in the CR-V in our backyard.

It’s still quite cold outside and the wind is blowing like crazy. Glad it’s a weekend! If I didn’t have other plans I would probably just stay inside tonight and watch some movies or play some games.

Later all!

P.S. Hope your hand isn’t cut too badly Steve!

SnowBear Plow! Part III

SnowBear called back. In less then 24 hours! Too bad I wasn’t home and got a message on my machine.

I called them back and then left them a message.

They called back within 15 minutes and took care of the situation. They are sending me a new winch and I get to use this noisy misbehaving unit until I gets the new one. Word of advice to SnowBear owners. If your Canadian Tire is anything like the one that I bought my plow at then you better get in touch with SnowBear directly. Their tech support seems to be second to none!

Now if only I could get my hands on the remote control unit for my plow!


Weather 01/27/05

Crazy stuff happening outside. The snow hasn’t stopped since this morning and the wind is now blowing like crazy. It’s been -12 C or so all day! We’ve come a long way since last Sunday when we were cutting holes out on the ice with only patches of snow around. We now have a good solid 2 feet in most places!

Pics will follow tomorrow sometime.

DropCash – New Camera fund

Hey all!

I’m trying to raise some funds to buy a new digital camera to be able to provide much higher quality pictures then I have had in the past. My choice of cameras are either the Canon Digital Rebel or the Canon PowerShot Pro1.

I stumbled across this interesting new idea the other day and thought I would give it a try. It’s called DropCash and it will let you see the progress of my fundraising. All you have to do it click here.

Check it out! Seems pretty neat… even if I don’t get any donations. πŸ™‚

Undersea Earthquake off the South of Newfoundland

This should catch everyones eye now that we are all Tsumani aware.

Interesting story of a 4.7 underwater earthquake on Tuesday. It was located south off of the Island of Newfoundland. (410 kilometers SW of Louisburg, NS which would put it about 370 kms south of the Burin Peninsula, Newfoundland and Labrador).

More information here.

Makes me glad that I live high on a hill.

Weather 01/26/05


Woke up this morning to another foot or so of the white stuff. Lots of wind and cold temperatures. -7.8 when I left to go out to shovel and plow at 8:30 this morning. The SnowBear wouldn’t work again this morning. I took the boots* to it (the winch) and then she moved! Not happy and no callback from SnowBear as of yet.

I can’t wait to get out and do some snowmobiling!

*I never had anything hard to tap it with (much like one would do to a stuck starting motor) so I had to give it a gentle tap with the heel of my boot.

*&^%$## SnowBear Plow! Part II

Well, I took out the manual crank and dropped the blade. The strap was off the spool and wrapped around the shaft. Now that I look at it I can see how easy it is for this to happen.

I then tried the winch again and it worked fine… more or less. Unfortunately the winch is now slower then cold molasses. I called Canadian Tire to see what they could do for me and they told me to bring the winch into them for repairs. How long would it take?? About two weeks! Do they realize it’s snowing here almost daily now??!!?! Not to mention that I would have to take a day off of work to bring the unit to Grand Falls-Windsor.

I also just got off the phone with SnowBear and they are getting a technician to call me back within 24 Hours. Let’s see how long this takes.

Maybe I jinxed myself by praising up the plow in the first place. πŸ™

*&^%$## SnowBear Plow!

Not happy.

We got in the truck this morning (about -6 C outside) and the plow wouldn’t move. Luckily I had it left in the up position so we didn’t have to fool with taking it off. Not a sound from the winch and I noticed a bad smell from my truck afterwards (alternator burnt now with my luck). I got out and sized her up some more and I also noticed that the strap is twisted off to one side of the winch. Great. I have the manual crank for the winch home so I will try that when I get home for dinner.

Not happy at all. πŸ™

Weather 01/24/05

The Weather Network Warning

Finally some good winter weather. We had a forecast for snow and rain. Looks like we got over 30 cms in our area. It turned to rain around 10:30 am but it’s not a lot of rain and I am guessing we’ll have some snow left over this time around!

I had lots of fun plowing the driveway this morning and the snow was starting to get heavy. Fortunately this made for good traction so I never got stuck while trying to move the heavy wet snow. The little Snow Bear plow works wonders. Well worth it for someone with a truck. It’s a lot faster and easier then a snowblower and it’s also cheaper then most snowblowers out there. Having a roof, windshield, heater and cup holders makes it a lot nicer as well!

We cut a few holes in the ice yesterday. Between Conne River and Morrisville there is 12 – 14 inches of ice. Between Conne River and St. Alban’s it was around 5-7 inches. Someone actually drove to St. Alban’s across the ice in their truck the other night. Luck was with them moving that weight over so little ice. We drilled one hole near the tracks and the ice cracked underneath us. I got out of there in a hurry and let Rodger finish the drilling.

Pictures have been added to the gallery!

Weather 01/21/05

-1 this morning. We had about 5 cms of heavy snow fall throughout the night. πŸ™‚

It’s been cold over the last few days. From -8 to -12 or so.

Nothing much else happening though.