New Year’s Eve 2021

Things are looking up, only a dustting of snow last night not a blizzard!

Our last fire of 2021, would have wanted a real fire but it’s snowed under…. (Note: again a little post card-y-ish photo)

New Year’s Eve tradition – Chinese food. Normally Skip but that’s not available in Ladysmith so drive there. On the way into town we see several vehicles pulled over in the north bound lane… See a herd of —– not sure but a herd for sure, some standing, some laying down…

Will they still be there on the way back? Doubtful!

About 1h30m later we are on our way back home, what do our shining eyes behold?? A herd of reindeer!!! Now all laying down (think these were Santa’s back ups!)

I love living in my world (Allan is often heard saying “Your mind is a scary (by that he means interesting) place”) Turns out they are Elks.

Lesson of the day! The difference between elk and reindeer is that elk have larger antlers relative to their body size and shape, while reindeer’s antlers are always covered in velvet. Elk are mainly found in North America and eastern parts of Asia, while reindeers are mostly found in arctic and subarctic regions.

Thank you to all that read, comment and keep in touch!

December 30, 2021 hum even more!

Sad news… Bailey not only runs on diesel our main heat is powered by diesel. We do have electric but it is not as efficient. Bad new…. we are between 1/4 & 1/2 tank More bad news: When it reaches 1/4 the diesel burner heat shuts off. Bad news: We can’t drive to the fuel station as Bailey is snowed in. Bad news: We call several providers none of whom do mobile. GOOD NEWS: we find

$600 + dollars – we are back in business!! Thank you 4ReFuel!!

December 28, 2021 The Should Have Stayed Home Day

We drive to Nanaimo not considering the roads are likely not well ploughed. This snow fall is unprecedented, the plows just can’t keep up. Island drivers are not used to these snow falls.

These are all major highways & city streets.

These guys didn’t make it safely. The second vehicle just happened, the guy was in the driver’s seat

Made it back safely and a walk around the park.

To compare….. Stair railing, slightly different angle. Nov 30th and today

Allan installed these, so very nice, the last ones were problematic, likely cause they were end of life!

Who didn’t love Marilyn?

December 27, 2021 Driving home

It is forecasted to start snowing, we decide leave while the getting is good 🙂

Turns out the roads in Langford are worse than on the Malahat. Not complaining

Clear sailing till we get closer to Bailey

Poor Bailey, a little froze up!

Much frozen!

Water frozen. This is us!! Boo, hoo What Bailey sees!

Got new accent lights. Allan got them installed when we got back

Got new pillow covers from this to this. Thinking a little happier looking.

Christmas Day 2021

Wake up to tons of snow! For Victoria! We are after all, here for a mild winter!

Worth it for Megan’s amazing turkey. She has a way with 🦃though I’m not sure they would agree. Kyle’s least favourite turkey time is taking it out of the pan. He did do it successfully! Note his new Christmas t-shirt…

Delicious dinner!! Megan makes the best turkey!

Spent the day just hanging out playing games. 🃏🃏🃏

More snow! Happy we didn’t want to go home tomorrow.

Open Gifts – 2021

But first, Kyle’s marvelously delicious drink. Some gin concoction with raspberries.

Christmas cookies made by…… not me this year

Dinner, we kind of forgot to preplan…. after many Skip the Dishes attempts Indian food for the win!! Finally, present time!

Not going to bore you all with the tons of opening gifts photos! Just a few 🙂 You are welcome!!

This was a super fun Christmas!!