Around on the blogs reading Xmas greetings.
Best wishes to all who read this and everyone I read.
It seems to me that we just got through Halloween when ThanksGiving came along and now this.
We are basking under a plume of warm air: yesterday's high was maybe 6 degrees C. and overnight we are up to 7 C.
Sat. images show a big puff coming north from Hawaii - unlikely to have a white this year but that's OK with me.
My theory is that if I have lots of firewood stored we will get a mild winter. If the woodshed is not filled the "Frozen Logger" shows up.
I have a good jag split and stacked so we will see.
The pickup had a hiccup the other day: we were out on back roads and at some point I wanted to engage the front wheels to get through a mud puddle - nothing. No matter what I did (shift in neutral, reverse for 20') the front drive would not engage.
This is a concern here because if it does decide to snow we depend on the 4x4 to get in and out.
Next morning I tried again and "ping" we have all wheel drive. I called Al, my mechanic, and he said to keep checking because it's difficult to diagnose a problem if it is not there.
Way back (my 40 year old daughter was 3) we took our '64 Valiant to the "west" coast in early November and walked the beach there late in the evening - warm sundown and we went out at low tide and picked some mussels and made a stew well after midnight. The next morning we looked out at 4" of wet snow coming down - must have been accumulating about an inch per hour - bundled the five into the Valiant (no heater) and set off. First vehicle we see is the only snow plow within 50 miles in the ditch. We stopped at Uculet for fuel but the power lines were down so no one could pump fuel. Couple of hours later the pumps were working again and about 20 vehicles fueled and set off behind a Grader at about 10 knots. we all worked together to stay with the convoy - if a car could not make a hill those behind would push and those ahead would come back to help. Meantime a convoy was coming the other way as well behind another Grader. The two machines pulled off when they met and the two convoys passed and the snow kept on falling. By this time the snow was packed up around my wheels and steering was restricted. The throttle was also embedded in snow so I left it alone because I did not want it to stick at high RPM.
Needless to say: we made it over "the Hump" to Pt. Alberni. We went to a laundromat where we took off our clothes and put them in the dryer and sat around in blankets till the clothes were warm and dry.