GRAND MANAN, N.B.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 31/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:15 PM GMT on January 31, 2009

Mild, hovering around the freezing mark, snow overnight a few inches of fluff will not hang around long at these temps, will hide where the treacherous ice is underfoot. Total calm, attempting to clear overhead. Rain first of the week with above freezing in the forecast till at least mid week.

Complex continues to be a gathering spot in big numbers. The public skating numbers so large the committee broke out old folks and teens to give it a try. Old folks turn out not too bad, last night the teens numbers 75-80. This would include a large % of our teen population as K-12 student body around 450 I believe.

Fishery remains quiet, with a few boats scalloping. Those with traps in the water not faring so well. A combination of harsh weather taking a toll on gear, no lobsters even with a good price far from a economic viable operation at this time.

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FRIDAY, JAMUARY 30/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:49 AM GMT on January 30, 2009

Clear to the east cloudy to the west, absolute calm,
-9C, a few red streaks in the sky over Ross Island. Temp on the rise with rain by first of the week, and couple of days in.

The view across the harbour impressive this morning, reflection on the harbour with the Ross Island shoreline in white with a little red overhead quite a contrast.

CHUNKS having it difficult outside St. John, we now enjoy clear highways both main and secondary. The yards on the other hand a different situation. The ice is inches thick, will require days of above freezing to get it under control.

The multiplex remains in good use, for the most part well recieved. Obvious long overdue, the Boys & Girls Club will be moving in soon, the gym nearing completion, fitness centre along with Teen Centre makes it an ambitious undertaking.

Kids will be at school this morning, but certainly can skate infront of the house if they so desired.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 29/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:41 AM GMT on January 29, 2009

Wind strong from WSW, clearing, -4C and dropping as the sun makes it way over Ross Island. Cooler temps next few days, with above freezing temps for first of the week.

Past twenty-four hours a great weather observation. Yesterdays sky was a forerunner of a complete weather gamit. Clear,overcast,flurries,blowing snow, sleet, heavy rain, drop in temperature in less than 24 hours. The pond between the house and shore now two thirds the way from the shore to the house. When it freezes a good chance to skate right here. Most of the snow in the yard knocked down by the heavy rain.

No school, imagine the mainland difficult to get around. Looking out the window the roads in good shape in this area. Donna's dad travelling to St. John for eye appointment, could be a nasty trip to Blacks, hope the roads alright once they get over there.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:55 AM GMT on January 28, 2009

An ominous looking sky this morning, mostly overcast with a few remnnants of red streaks over Ross Island. Total calm, -8C, the prelude to another weather event. Still deciding whether it will be a rain or snow event for us. Inland definate snow till tomorrow sometime.

The skating remains something to behold, kids went last evening, place absolutely packed. No one age group dominated, beginners to old crocs, all having a grand time. Lots coming just for the social aspect even if didn't get on the ice, that was my participation. Still require a trip to Canadian Tire for a pair of skates.

One can only imagine what the ice surface could do if did not depend on the elements. Still no funding to even proceed with concrete let alone refrigeration, certainly much more interest now that it has been in commence for a couple of weeks, the potential is obvious.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 27/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:50 AM GMT on January 27, 2009

Remains, calm and cold -9C, mostly overcast. A possibility of snow tonight and tomorrow, amount depends on how far north the weather system comes. The tide has pretty well taken care of the harbour ice from yesterday.

Rob home from school yesterday, but has mended to return today. Emily now on the High School routine, Turnaround Days allows her to remain home till tomorrow for the beginning of a new semester.

Lots of activity in the woods these days with the fishery quiet fellows taking advantage of down time to get the wood down and manufactured. I have quite a bit down, that is about it for the moment, another weekend coming up will give me an opportunity to get in the traditional area.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 26/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on January 26, 2009

Witches breast cold this morning, -18C with a slight draft from NW, overcast. This pattern for next couple of days then warming near the freezing mark for highs later on in the week.

Finally able to safely get into my traditional wood cutting area yesterday. Still broke through in a part of the bog, at least that part will freeze in grand style over next few days. Will augment some the softwood from there with what I have down up the island will make a nice burning mix.

Another huge crowd at the rink yesterday afternoon. Count well over 150, all on the ice during the course of the afternoon. Lots of family participation, and kids of all ages. Right now one of those 'build it and they will come' scenarios. The object now will be to finish the arena portion of the project a mere $750K all that is required.

No fishing in these conditions.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 25/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:11 PM GMT on January 25, 2009

Sun showing behind Ross Island, partially hidden by clouds, calm, -14C, ice a fair bit off, sea smoke making up with the sunrise. These conditions in the forecast till at least mid week.

Managed to get some more wood down, and a trail to skid the logs out built. Probably go to my usual area today to see if the conditions for getting across the ice have improved.

Skating rink closed yesterday, imagine the milder weather combined with the heavy traffic this past week required work on the ice in a big way.

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SATTURDAY, JANUARY 24/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:25 PM GMT on January 24, 2009

Rain overnight, trying clear as the sun comes out, temp 1C wind swinging to the west to allow clearing skies. The temp not to drop but plummet over next few hours and to remain cold for several days.

Rob male bonding with his peers overnight, be some music built, lots of video and texting can imagine. Emily skating last evening along with at least one hundred and thirty plus others.

Can't say enough of how positive the new complex is becoming, and not open as yet. No concrete in the area or system for making ice, no bleachers, certainly didn't dampen the enthusiasim. The remainder of the complex nearing completion with the Boys & Girls Club portion nearing time for occupancy.

Clearing have no excuse, will trip off into the woods for the morning. Have a few trees down take some more today will need to start skidding some out to manufacture next weekend. Rob thought that was happening this morning, he was quite interested in 'helping' lost his interest when advised just sawing and preparation for skidding. Funny how that works.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 23/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:50 AM GMT on January 23, 2009

Clear, NW 10-15KPH, -9C to rise near freezing mark as the day moves along. Southerly influence coming with rain and plus temps tomorrow back into deep freeze on Sunday.

Skating taking over big time, another active day at the rink. As soon as school is over till well into the evening a crowd taking advantage of the oppotunity to be on ice non dependant of the elements.

Scalloping reflecting the price so-so at $7.50/lb. No great quantities per day, a very expensive fishery to participate in.

Gas took a signifigant hike locally over $.80/litre, diesel and home fuel also took a hike. Haven't heard of this type of increase south of the border as yet.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 22/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:49 AM GMT on January 22, 2009

Another morning no wind, overcast, -4C expected to rise near the thawing level, much needed almost dangerous to get out of a vehicle in a driveway or parking lot, due to the ice. A draft from WSW to increase as the day moves along.

Rob at band/guitar last evening, dropped Emily at the arena. The skating rink packed with kids of all ages, the one venue when this can occurr. Lots of happy faces, as that group coming off the ice the 'old crocs' getting prepared to have a game. Truly an amazing transformation of an empty space by the volunteers that put the rink together and flooded the ice within the past little while.

See the sign for fresh scallops, haven't learned of the price. Will get some for the freezer I am certain that BBQ season will return. Wrapped in bacon with a steak makes for lots of calories and protien, how could ya beat it.

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WEDNESDSAY, JANUARY 21/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:51 AM GMT on January 21, 2009

Overcast, another morning with no wind, a very slight draft from NW, a cool -11C. Can expect clearing with a slight rise in the temp as the day moves along.

Our friends below the 49th no how to put on a celebration. The swearing in of the new President impressive to say the least. From this chair it appears Mr.OBAMA may be up to the seemingly impossible tasks now on his desk.

Have not caught up on any local fishery news this week, weather has been alright to get back at the scallops or the few that have a few traps off yesterday and today.

The ice conditions off the main road treacherous, when one gets out of a vehicle it is accomplished with great caution.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 20/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on January 20, 2009

Clear, overcast, -5C, remarkably another day of little wind. Anticipate a little flurry before clearing this week, temps to be seasonable/reasonable for this time of year.

The new complex come into play yesterday, the kids gathered for more skating in the afternoon. This no doubt contributed to some mothers retaining thier sanity as the kids did have something to do.

The ice gone from this far out in the harbour, waterfowel back patrolling infront of the house now the ice is gone. Will be interesting getting around as all parking lots and dooryards resemble a skating surface and just as tricky.

Hope CHUNKS is able to navigate the hills with no problem. Our main road bare, the side roads that are chip sealed another matter, still lots of ice with bare spots, making them pretty rough to travel on.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 19/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:46 AM GMT on January 19, 2009

A few hours makes quite a difference, fridgid, Sat., blizzard like yesterday to heavy rain overnight. Still raining this morning 1C temp, a slight draft from north. Rain to continue for a little while a wind change and cooler temps by tonight.

The boat called it a day after her second trip yesterday. Would have been nasty getting across at that time, a basketball team got an extra night on the mainland as a result. Yesterday another first the kids going skating inside and in a snowstorm prior to this not possible. Quite a gang out even in the snow storm.

No school today, will be a hue and cry about that, our roads appear bare looking out the window. Have not heard any reports on what is going on on the mainland.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 18/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:53 AM GMT on January 18, 2009

A nasty weather change, wind now from the east 25-35KPH, to rise to near if not gale force by this afternoon. Temp -5C, snowfall warning for today into the evening. Wind to shif SE some indication we will get rain during some part of the weather pattern.

Yesterday a first for the community, public skating undercover, the decision to go for it was made in the morning. The moccasin telegraph carried the word quickly. The scramble for skates that fit was underway. Emily found some Rob did not, I don't know how hard he looked our inventory seems quite extensive in that department.

Lots of sliding on the golf course, kids having a grand time. Clear, cold but no wind made it a perfect opportunity to get it done.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 17/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:46 AM GMT on January 17, 2009

Very cold this morning, -20C, sea smoke in the harbour so thick can just see the tops of the trees on Ross Island, lots of ice formed overnight. Fortunate no wind, a slight draft from NW. A respit tomorrow with some southerly coming our way then seasonal weather.

Rob out overnight, Emily had a babysitting gig, her Ipod give it up so will be working to replace that. Of course her grandmother has lent her some cash sort of bridge financing I suppose.

Planned on going in the woods this morning, almost too cold, but as mentioned can't let too much more time get away or will not get it done, a bit of a dilema.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 16/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:54 AM GMT on January 16, 2009

Continues very cold @ -15C, fortunate no wind, clear. Lots of ice formed in the harbour overnight, lots of vapour on the way as the sun makes it way out this morning.

The deep freeze to continue into next week, a good chance to get into the woods on the fourwheeler. Time getting by to get some of the work done for next winters wood. The ambition one had a few years ago for these chores seems to have waned somewhat.

As the sun comes out ice crystals evident in the air, a common sight on the prairie this time of year, not so much in our area. A good thing for the ice in the new arena should be an opportunity to get on the surface before too long.

Emily babysitting this weekend, Rob off overnight to one of his group.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 15/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:41 AM GMT on January 15, 2009

Mother-in-law kiss cold this morning, fortunate no wind, slight draft from the north. Temp-15C, sea smoke showing up in the harbour sky high behind Ross Island. No moderation in the forecast till start of next week.

Rob happy the music lessons, in a band format started last evening. Come home with a nice acoustic, just to try. Took it out of the case when he got home, strolled down the hall to Donna and seranaded her. Obviously knows where the decision maker resides. Would appear his strategy worked.

Too cold for any fishing activity, haven't heard how the scalloping went on opening day.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:51 AM GMT on January 14, 2009

Hazy in the harbour, 0 temp, a slight draft from SW. Temp to change dramatically as wind goes NW double digit negatives for highs next several days.

Thanks CHUNKS for the info, the salt info new one to me. Another rat dispatched last night, peanut butter and a more high tech rat trap captured him this time. Hopefully that will complete this time around.

The replacement for the MISTRESS made it home last night from the shipyard in NFLD, five days or so to get here from there. No stories on weather and how she behaved, believe she is named MOONRAKER.

Ladies come home on the 5:30 last evening, weather poor in St. John and wind increasing for the late trip. They had a power shop which seems to have been very successful. Still not much in the stores as the transition to spring just underway.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 13/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:35 AM GMT on January 13, 2009

Ovwercast, calm, -5C wind swinging to the south temp to rise past the 0 mark with rain anticipated overnight. Right behind this superchill for a few days.

The critter saga continues, he set off one of the traps last night. No sign of him, but he must be hurting, no one heard him overnight. The cat looks at the ceiling with a curious demeanour, that is about it, no agression on her part. Peanut butter seems to be his bait of choice so far.

Donna and a couple of her cronies off for a day in the big smoke for a day of bonding witha little shopping thrown in the mix.

Scalloping started today, traffic heading to the wharf long before daylight. Be a good day for it today, hope the catch is what the fellows expect. Lobster price way up in comparision to before Xmas in excess of $6/lb, of course there are very few being caught at this time of year.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 12/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:35 AM GMT on January 12, 2009

Partial overcast, a draft from NW, -8C, what is to be expected for today with a small chance of flurries. A little southerly tomorrow with a warming trend then back to the minus temps in a big way.

The flurries we had yesterday amounted to at least 8"s of the stuff. Fluffy had no problem moving it around with the fourwheeler. The first time this year that the plough has been required.

Two of three heard another critter last night. Emily the lone dissent. Rob and his mother decided to vacte thier premises and settle in on the couches overnight. Will have to restablish the trapline to insure there are no stragglers I guess.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 11/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:11 PM GMT on January 11, 2009

Overcast, a steady 20-25KPH wind from NE, temp -6C, chance of snow as the day moves along. Looking for prairie like temps next week for low temps, but clear.

The critter is no more, a bit of curiosity and peanut butter cured the problem. Unlike CHUNKS this fellow went over the hill but not rejoin his kin to talk about his experiances.

Emily on White Head overnight, Rob to North Head, quiet no critter or kids. Rob can once again sleep in his pit, not very happy about sharing accomodations with a critter he could only hear and not see.

Rob to get back at his music soon, the instructor has formed groups into bands. Also private lessons, Rob jumped on both band is electric, private acoustic, can see another purchase required very soon.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 10/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 3:47 PM GMT on January 10, 2009

Clear, cold @ -8C with a breeze 10-15KPH from the west. Can look for clear weather next few days then a break mid week. After the break in the deep freeze big time.

Have a critter in the walls downstairs, keeping the group on thier toes. Sevral traps now in place will wait and see how long this fellow takes. Rob seems to have a habit of ignoring the plea to close the basement door in his travels. He now knows the reason. Seem to have one very couple of years takes time to coax it to the proper trap.

Checked out the rink now beginning to skim over with ice, with this weather might be able to lace them up sooner rather than later. Impressive work by those involved in getting it ready. The complex nearing completion within next few weeks, a definate asset to our community.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 9/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:40 AM GMT on January 09, 2009

Partial cloud, clear over the harbour with clouds behind Ross Island, a slight draft from SW. Temp -3C wind to change northerly and cold temps as a result.

Kids home from school yesterday, due to weather, appears no problem today. A two day weather reprieve this week, winter has arrived.

Emily out overnight, basketball games, an interest in a player aided her school spirit, and a need to support the team with her presence.

Brother enroute to his winter nest in Myrtle Beach, off the road in New York Statelast night. Can feel them smiling from here.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 8/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:51 AM GMT on January 08, 2009

Snow flurries this morning, 0C temp, wind SW 25-30KPH, a mixed weather bag till wind swings northerly, cold temps and wind for the weekend.

Ortho trip uneventful going up, snow started around noon, then sleet and freezing rain by time headed to Blacks late afternoon. Emily had no concerns her mother another story. Freezing rain hard to keep ahead of on the windshield even with defrost going wide open. Traffic at a minnimum on the highway and the boat. Time we landed home easterly 40-50KPH, next trip would be a wee bit nasty would suspect.

CHUNKS is correct about the the smile Emily in for $5.6K plus the expense of a trip to the city every six weeks. The braces are doing there thing only six months into the process.

No school again today, weather. Rob still lame must be a tendon or his achilles, no swelling, not too tender just pains when he attempts to walk.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:24 AM GMT on January 07, 2009

Overcast, draft from the east, -4C, these are conditions till later on today. A nasty weather pattern moving in for a few hours then cold and wind behind it for the weekend.

Ortho trip on this morning, weather something to watch, however appears should be on way home when the wind and snow show up. Rob staying home, sprained his ankle last evening dosen't think he can do the mall crawl justice. He will make the trip in better weather, sailing not a favourite pastime of his if a hint of weather a factor.

The CAD up to $.85 this morning to the USD, first time it has moved up for a few weeks.

Scalloping starts next Tuesday, with the increase in lobster price some of the fellows staying at that instead of riggin up for the scallop fishery.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 6/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:43 AM GMT on January 06, 2009

Wind back with a vengenance overnight, everything loose around the house I locate by its movement. Letting up now as the sunrise begins. Temp -4C still 20-25KPH from the west, temp to dip then rise over next couple of days.

Gang wish to travel tomorrow, Emily has ortho, weather looking marginal later in the day. As it stands right now rain instead of snow for us, wind will rise late, should be back in the yard before it gets too bad. Of course this is always subject to the whim of Mother Nature.

Demand for lobster high, there is none in the supply chain. The price of $5/lb will hold as long as the supply and demand equation remains as is.

Prairies remain in deep freeze, long before Xmas till now with wind, dangerous weather. Saskatoon hit -40C on thermometer plus a wind, experianced it a few times. I found not much difference once it hit -30C.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 5,2009

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:50 AM GMT on January 05, 2009

The wind finally relented - for the moment - a slight draft from WSW, a respectable -3C. A sliver of red sky showing up behind Ross Island.

Emily has Ortho appointment on Wed., an easterly influence in the forecast, it remains to be seen if all hands will make the trip or not.

Opening day of the scallop season tomorrow, historically that has been a fridgid experiance. However dosen't appear to be in the offing this time around. Have heard the lobster price is making a comeback, in the $5/lb range. I can't imagine too many in the supply chain.

CAD holding at $.82USD, gas at a five year low, locally being sold at $69.4/litre, diesel below a dollar. With the unrest in the mideast oil no doubt will climb in price.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 4, 2009

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:49 AM GMT on January 04, 2009

Cold and windy, partial cloud or vapour can't tell over the back of Ross Island. Wind a steady 25-30KPH westerly,-7C giving a windchill of -23Cm appears to be the forecast next few days. Slight moderation mid-week, but that seems to be changing on each forecast.

Both kids at home last night, Emily had an opportunity to go to camp with her friend, her babysitting commitment didn't allow it.

Now the festive season is history can get back to getting some things done that have been slow for the past few weeks.

The rink crowd have taken advantage of the opportunity with boards and liner up in the new building. Quite a thrill to walk in there and see something that one would never have envisioned possible on the island. This end of the facility requires a lot of money to complete properly, mainly concrete for the rink. However the volunteers have done a marvelous job with what is there.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 3/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:11 PM GMT on January 03, 2009

Clear, calm, -5C, red sky behind Ross Island, the harbour has a swath of heavy almost frozen fresh water over the salt water coming out of Bonnie Brook, a different effect this morning.

Two or three large flocks of geese heading south, flying very high, seems late in the season to be getting underway. A arge number of black ducks tending out infront of the house this past few weeks, getting a little respit from the high westerlys we have endured.

Emily has a buddy overnight, then a babysitting position for the day. School back in commence on Monday, a long haul till March Break.

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JANUARY 2/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:53 AM GMT on January 02, 2009

Positive note, it is clear, however COLD @-14C high westerly 35-40KPH giving a windchill factor of -29C. Forecast is to remain this weather for next few days.

Rob out overnight, Emily below decks, quite content to be so as last few days have been busy for her.

Lots of ice near the shore, with fingers making out into the harbour. Ice dosen't have a great chance to make up with the high winds keeping the water on the surface disturbed.

Time to dismantle outside decorations, cold enough that they may stay in place till a weather break makes it less of a challenge. Can already notice a length in daylight the cycle continues.

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NEW YEARS DAY 2009

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:53 PM GMT on January 01, 2009

Another year officially in the history books, this one starting very cold -12C, high winds from NW @ 45-55 KPH. This along with blowing snow is the forecast into next week.

Appreciate the good wishes for '09, I like CHUNKS, am IT challenged when it comes to getting graphic greetings on screen. Suffice to say we wish all hands the very best in the NEW YEAR.

We had a great New Years Eve with longtime friends, it is getting to be longtime these days, dining out returing to thier place to usher in the New Year. We all made it to the Halifax offering then managed to watch the ball at Times Square announce the New Year. Wasn't long thereafter was ironing out the bed longtime past my bedtime.

Emily and a friend made it home just as we were shutting down. Rob at a friends overnight, new video games in the plans, they probably not long in the rack at this time. They seem to see if they can make it to daylight, quite a challenge at this time of year.

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