Tuesday, January 25, 2011

It's COLD! How Cold, You ask ?

Let me just say that it has been very cold around here the past couple of days. Yesterday, mid-day, it was minus 27 degrees Celsius.....that would be about minus 18 degrees F.

We didn't go the beaches yesterday because it just wouldn't have been safe for both us and Sophie.

And guess what? On the coldest day of the year, yesterday, the power went out!! Yes that's right, the 'electric' was off for about 2 hours in the early afternoon. We heard later that a car accident in the nearest community, Cole Harbour, was the cause.

Back in 2003 after Hurricane Juan, we purchased a 'backup' heating system because we were without any power for a week.....luckily it was September.

The 'system' is actually just a small cast-iron stove/heater. It uses propane gas from a big tank outside.....like the ones restaurants use. It is a great 'backup' to stay warm and if need be to heat up some food. 

Other than that, things here along the eastern shore of Nova Scotia are pretty calm and steady. I have been taking Dad's lunch to him an Tuesdays but a couple of weeks ago, the sibs (siblings) did a switch. Now I have Saturdays.

Speaking of Dad, he is doing very well. We thought that he could have someone staying with him on a regular basis from Monday to Friday for a few hours each day. He could use the company for sure and also it would give us some 'peace of mind' regarding his safety moving around the house on his own.

So, Ron and I, and of course Sophie, may be taking over those duties at Dad's house. He said he would rather have family there than a stranger. Between the two of us the 'chores/duties' will keep us busy and out of trouble.....I think. I can just imagine that there will be a few interesting posts generated from this experience with Dad. Will keep you all posted!

                These pics were taken recently at Point Pleasant Park in Halifax.


  1. Jim, those pictures are great,you have captured the cold all right! Hope everything goes well with looking after your Dad and all!

  2. Looking after an aging parent can be a challenge. But, the rewards are great. I'm sure that staying with your Dad for a few hours each day will be, um, interesting, at times. But I bet that you enjoy it, and, maybe, become even closer to your Dad.

    Ask him to tell you all the stories he can think of about his life. Since my folks died, I have had a number of occasions when I have wished I had asked them about certain parts of their lives. Things that I will never know now.

  3. Louise, what a good idea. I can 'video' him now with my new camera. He has so much to say on EVERYTHING! We don't always agree but that makes for very interesting 'discussions'!

  4. Wow....that's bloody cold, I bet you're both well shrivelled!! xx

  5. We're in the deep freeze in Michigan as well. With no end in sight. You just got to make do and throw that ball in the house.

    I had bought the house next door a few years ago for my parents. Taking care of them everyday was a chore, for sure. But it was also very rewarding. I'm glad that I did it. They've since progressed to full time assisted living and they love it. But we'll always have those 3 years that we spent together. And I still have the house to rent out:)

  6. Brrrrr. That looks cold!!! Good thing you have a backup for heat!
    I so admire you looking after your Dad. Yes, by all means have him tell you all the stories he can. What better way to remember what was.
    And I do have to agree with your Dad as far as not wanting a stranger in the house. Better to be safe these days!

  7. Hey Jim...no beach for us either. We were at 8F yesterday plus wind.
    It is a lot of work to be a caregiver...don't forget to take care of yourself as well.
    Lovely snow decorated tree photos.

  8. These pics are beautiful!!

    I will be excited to hear of your time spent with Dad. You will have stories for sure and you will be blessed! Most elderly people have so much wisdom to share.

    Louise's suggestion is a wonderful one. I have a legacy video of my mom, and we did one of Gary's father about a year before he died. The night of his funeral we all watched it and cried. Not everyone would do that, but for us it helped in healing... You can google legacy video online and find questions that may help you with ideas.

  9. And here I am complaining about it being 49 degrees today! Tell your Dad I said hello from blogland!

  10. When I'm cold, I use my kids as hot water bottles. The little fat one's like a furnace.
    Your Friend, m.

  11. That is cold, glad you have some back-up heat! Could you send me a picture of it and the information on it? Sounds interesting.

    Taking movies of your Dad while he tells the stories of his youth and his earlier years would be so precious!

    Good idea to have someone there off and on, you never know if he was to hurt himself or just be plum lonely.

  12. Wrap up warm ! Bless you for looking after your dad xx

  13. What beautiful pics. No 3 is my favourite. You are a star for looking after your dad in his home. It is definitely not the easy option for you, but it sounds like it will make your dad very happy. Good on ya Jim x

  14. Love your photos - great images. Sure looks pretty even if the images don't show how cold it is!

    BTW - 37C (99f) for here today - 41.1 (105f) for Alice Springs!

  15. The stories that your Dad will tell, will help him to live forever in your hearts.

  16. Thanks all for your suggestions and best wishes for Dad's care. I have always wanted to 'record' his stories. This will provide that opportunity.

  17. Have you ever considered a wood stove, Jim? I bet you have a few trees there in Nova Scotia.

    Spend as much time with your dad as your schedule will allow, Jim. Not having regrets is a good way to live. ;)

    PS -- have you ever gone through that sand (in your header) with a magnet? I remember sifting out the iron ore as a wee child on the beaches of Newfoundland.)

  18. That's a bit too cold, isn't it? I know you will enjoy your visits with your dad and they will keep you from worrying about him. And for Sophie to come too -- wow, I think you dad is a very lucky man.

  19. Man! Jim I do not envy you men in the least. Just looking at all that snow makes my bones ache. Still your pictures are beautiful so, thanks for sharing. So I can enjoy in the warmth of soon to be hawter than hades south texas. LOL

    After the next rain fronts go through; I will be tilling 3 or 4 garden beds. YEAH, will think of you fellows the next time I pick greens from my winter garden. ~:>

  20. We were just talking about the extreme cold in places North and East of here, and the fact that we don't know how you deal with it! We also need an alternative heat source due to wind-induced power-outages - ours is a woodstove; some have generators.

    Your photos are reflective of the clarity of the sky and winter sunshine - something that we do without in exchange for a bit of a warmer clime.
    Thank you for letting us see that beautiful blue.

    Your time with your father is a precious gift, both for you and him. I'm so glad that you are sharing your days with him.

  21. Well, you've outdone yourself this time - the photos are gorgeous. That's quite the cold snap you're having.
    It's so nice that your family can help out with your dad.

  22. Wow! THAT is cold! I'm glad you stayed inside, and I'll bet Sophie is, too. It's currently snowing cats and dogs here and, provided we don't lose power, it is quite lovely.

    I would love to hear more about your dad for sure.

  23. Keep warm...only 3 (or so) more months!

  24. I am going to be praying for your Dad. Love these pictures so much. Just beautiful!


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