Archive for March, 2005

Going to drive a RidgeLine on Saturday…

They have a couple Honda RidgeLines in Gander right now. We’re going in on Saturday and I’m going to have a good long hard look at the beast. Then we’re going to take her for a ride. They have a Green one and a Black EX-L with a moonroof…. hmmm…

One issue I have right now is that my SnowBear plow doesn’t have a mount kit available for the RidgeLine yet. Not a huge deal as there is a mount kit for my CR-V.

I’ll be sure to post my thoughts as soon as we get her out on the road.


Weather 03/30/05

Some weather to report again. For the last two weeks or so we have had nothing but nice sunny weather. Then as of yesterday we had a forecast for snow and rain. The snow started about 12 hours later then forecasted. At 11pm last night it started coming donw. This morning at 7 am the snow was still coming down. We had about 15 cms at this point. It turned to rain shortly after and had been raining every since. It’s not very nice looking outside right now and the snow is a big pile of slush.

That gadget on my website…

Hey all,

I’ve had a few questions about that gadget on my site a couple of days ago. A few people have figured it out on their own and a few other have needed help with it. Well, that “gadget” is actually Siobhan’s pregnancy test. Looks like we are going to have a little one this coming October or November. We have seen the doctor and nurse and are ready to start learning about this and to start spending money!

Since we have many months to go I am willing to accept name suggestions. We already have some thoughts but nothing even near determined yet. I’ll leave the comments section of this post open for as long as I can bear to keep clearing out the spam that gets posted here. Anything welcome!

Later from the three of us (and Max too!)

Snowbear Plow: Update

Just thought I would update everyone who has found my site via a google search for Snowbear Plows.

Snowbear sent me a new winch and strap. The blade has held up pretty good for a full winters use. All in all I am pleased and my experience with the winch seems to be a unique one. When I got a hold of Snowbear they made sure to take excellent care of the situation and couriered a new winch out to me. The problem with the old winch happened everytime the temperature got down to about the freezing mark. It seems the winch freezes up. Not a good thing on a snowplow! 🙂 I did find that I could get the winch to work most times by using the manual crank to free the winch and then to tap it a few times with my wooden ice scraper. This would be ok, but sometimes I would stop plowing long enough to get out and shovel some snow into it’s path and by the time I get back into the truck the winch would be frozen again.

For the money, I feel the Snowbear Plow is an excellent tool for the job. Much cheaper then one of the big guys and it does my driveway just as good as my old Western Plow used to!

(For searchers: snow bear plow )


They found him…

There have been three deaths in our little community over the past couple of days. First Clem Joe Sr. died on Saturday evening. John Benoit (known to many as John Birch) died on Sunday morning.

Now a third person, who had gone missing yesterday morning in a snowstorm, was found floating in the tickle this morning. He had been given a floater suit for Christmas. It did its job. Unfortunately, the time that he had spent in the water proved to be too much. So now our community of 750 people has to say goodbye to a third member who was only in his mid-thirties — Billy John.

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to everybody who is hurting.

Rene and Siobhan

Today we lost a good friend.


This morning we received a phone call letting us know that our good friend John Benoit had only another couple hours to live. Within an hour and a half we received another phone call.

Goodbye Uncle John. We’re all going to miss you!

Rene and Siobhan

P.S. Cancer sucks!

Weather 03/02/2005

It snowed again last night, then we had some ice pellets and then some rain and then some more ice pellets. It slacked off overnight but then it started raining this morning. The sky is clearing up now so it looks as if this little weather system is over.

There’s loads of snow everywhere. Driving the snowmobile out on the ice is almost like riding a Jet-Ski… except you don’t plane out and ride on top. The skis stay pointing up! It might be different now with a little bit of rain being mixed into the snow.

I put a few pics of the snow we got last weekend up in the gallery. Check it out here!

I borrowed a snowblower yesterday to clear the rink in our backyard. Thanks Rod! I never would have been able to shovel all that snow myself.