A Normal Winter Day on the Prairie

By: plapman , 1:57 PM GMT on January 12, 2012

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Today will see clearing early this morning. The wind northwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph) will become light this afternoon. The high will be -17C(1F) with a wind chill of -31C(-24F).
Tonight will be clear with the wind up to 15 km/h (9 mph). The overnight low will be -25C(-13F) with a wind chill of -29 C(-20F).
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After the warm weather we had over the weekend the temps today seem cold but there just normal for mid January on the prairie.
It looks like I'll have to get the snow-blower out of hibernation I've got about 4 inches of the white stuff on the driveway. The good thing about the blower is that it leaves no banks beside the driveway to catch snow if we do return to a normal winter where drifts up to 4 feet high have been found in my driveway.
Yesterday after a short walk with Abbey I made a chocolate cake for the Queen and cleaned up a spot of dirty floor Abbey had left where she had lain after our walk on one of the warmer days. All in all a quiet day on the prairie.
The Queen never got a chance to have a talk with her bosses about her safety concerns but did talk with a fellow worker who had waited a 1/2 hour at her workstation before someone had found her accidentally while coming to check for fires. The plant doesn't seem to have an adequate safety program for a large plant. I think there should be an emergency backup lighting system. In the building I last worked in battery powered lights were hung in the hallways and came on as soon as the power for the main lights went out. being left in a 200000 sq.foot building with no windows must be scary. It would be total darkness and you wouldn't be able to see your hand held in front of your face.

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6. GardenGrrl
11:53 AM GMT on January 13, 2012
Good Morning,
It is COLD here today for us Texans. Will be going to work all bundled up.
That plant sounds like it is in violation of safety lighting minimums. There should atleast be independently powered exit lights and hallway lights.

Yes she needs some flashlights and radio.
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5. GRANDMANAN
12:23 AM GMT on January 13, 2012
Evening Tony hell a storm underway, snow just before supper lots of wind, now sleet wind 60KPH NNE supposed to remain windy, rain overnight, wind and cold once it clears. It it appears we are getting your temps after we get by this system. As you mentioned it is January. Stay warm. ROB
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4. Alleyoops
6:21 PM GMT on January 12, 2012
Hi Tony, is it McCain's where the Queen works. You would think they would be on top of all the safety protocols for the plant....

Wet and miserable here, been raining since last night and no reprieve in sight, chances are this will change to snow as the temps drop tonite. Yes we are about to finally experience our winter here in SW Ontario. Not really looking forward to it but it has to come eventually. Sounds like you are really becoming a little "Betty Crocker" Gee wish I had someone to make chocolate cakes for me....LOL

Have a great day dear ones. Keep warm and stay well.
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3. masshysteria
4:32 PM GMT on January 12, 2012
Good Mornin' Tony!

I've been side-lined most of this week with a mean head/chest cold, so I haven't felt much like getting on the computer until now. Usually, my hubby's and my annual flu shots have seemingly protected us from catching any headcolds as well. I guess my time, age and circumstances have all finally caught up with me in particular. I'm just glad that my hubby hasn't seemed to have caught this virus on top of everything else he deals with on a daily basis. His pneumonia shot must have helped to further immune him. I didn't qualify for one this year.

Alarming to hear that the Queen's employers are seemingly cutting costs as far as employee safety is concerned! It seems that big corporate profitability overtakes common sense and even certain laws most everywhere this day and age. Hope she'll make a dent with them in getting the essential changes needed for all the employees' safety! If not, does the Canadian government have any safety rules and regulations that all companies must follow? HOPE SO!! Boy, you've both had more than enough to worry about the past couple of years!

Sounds like you've become a master baker in-between those many household odd jobs in recent months. I bet the chocolate cake was delicious but am wondering what you served up as the main course? LOL!

Stay safe, warm and well up there in La Prairie and hope the remainder to your winter season is much milder and more bearable than last year! I'm thankful we only received a slight dusting of white stuff this am. Last year we were buried under feet of it for two months straight!
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2. ycd0108
4:06 PM GMT on January 12, 2012
Good morning Tony:
We are cooling down here too -3C just now. Had to scrape the windshield on Tloml's car and put in some windshield washer fluid.
I just bought one of those little LED lights that clip on your key ring. The one I got somehow changes color red - green - blue so it's sort of useless as a flashlite but if it's in your pocket any light is better than none. I have even used a cell phone screen as a flashlite. Some years ago I wrote Motorola on their "Contact us" and suggested they build in an LED light on their phones. While they are at it a cigarette lighter, knife blade, screw driver and socket set. By the time I was finished the wish list the phone needed wheels and a pop up handle.
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1. unclemush
3:03 PM GMT on January 12, 2012
Hi Tony.After the army I was lucky.I worked outside most of the time.Working in a building with lights would bother me.I like the outdoors! :)
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