Monday, 27 February 2017

Time to go dark...

Time to say my farewells...

Well after a long and soul searching few days I have decided to end posting to this blog for now. When things pick up in the spring I may start it again or create a new blog from scratch, I'm just not sure. 

I found that I was spending more time than I would have liked getting the blog out coupled with a readership decline. As for the readership falling, well that's not big shock. After all how much can be said about doing the mundane tasks that fill a days during winter. When spring is sprung and I have things to write about who knows I may be back, that's another story. 

The readership of this blog has always been in the low numbers, heck my wife doesn't even read it most days and if I can't rope her in what chance have I to rope others in? So here we are, I see now that it's time to turn off the lights and let the blog go dark. 

I bid you so long from up here North of Disorder.

Saturday, 25 February 2017


The fog finally lifted around ten this morning. As for me, my personal fog finally dissipated around a half hour ago when I dragged my sorry butt into a hot then cold shower. Today is an overcast rainy Saturday that has wrapped my soul in a kinda languid cocoon if you will. Later, after I have posted this, I'm going to get out for a coffee. I'm hoping to drag my wife away from her game long enough to go with me but what will be will be. 

Even the cat isn't doing much of anything

Here are a few links to tide you over until something really interesting happens. 

You know there was a time when finding anyone doing this at work was an issue, my how things change. Too late for me though but then again being an old married guy this would never have been in the cards anyway. 

Looks like the trust honeymoon with those in power is finally coming to an end, I'm just surprised that it took this long. 

Back in November of last year the police in Quebec got their knuckles smacked for spying on journalists. Well it looks like the Quebec cops were not the only ones wo were reporting on the reporters, the German BND have been caught spying on news media all around the globe.

The puppet master comes out from behind the curtain...   

I read this and looked at the pics, one very important question came to mind... What does this guy do when he needs to evacuate his lower tract

I find it very hard to believe the Canadian Mint, the organization which prints money the Canadians use, is having a hard time making money.

An interesting take on a very well made adult science fiction movie.   

Have you ever wondered what the price for a human life is? Well Kim Jong-nam's life was worth ninety bucks

Last, but never least, is this link for your awwwww moment of the day. 

That's all from up here North of Disorder. Please feel free to carry on with your day. 


Friday, 24 February 2017

Friday fun day

Posting a little earlier today since I got up a little earlier today. It's Friday and the ladies are coming over so I get up a little earlier than normal and do a bit of a pick up. After all we don't want to look like we live in a dump now do we? 

After the pick up of assorted items was done, coffee put on and the cat was fed I took care of the dehydrated tomatoes. I got them bagged and vacuum sealed so we can have them at our leisure. I figure they should be good for a few years and during that time they will be used.
I didn't have any pics for today so here's a pretty kitty.

For the rest of the day I'm thinking that I need to reassemble the basement. It's still pretty messy down there from the furnace guys visit and my rummaging for the ice fishing gear I took on the trip. Well as soon as this is published and I've had a little breakfast I'll get right on that. 

Here are a few links for you to peruse, please read responsibly.

If not for the fact you could fall out of the air at any second or a misstep could cause you serious injury this would be a cool thing to try.

Somebody has been watching way to many action adventure movies on TV. Maybe the Brits are right in not letting the regular cops carry handguns.

I thought the issue of inflation was bad in Canada with the rise in gas prices then I saw this. Well I will never bitch about inflation again, honest. 

Putting your heart on the line for date night has taken on a whole new meaning. 

If your socks could talk to you via Bluetooth, have you ever wondered if they would tell you your feet stink?   

I don't care what this study says, I'm still of two minds about the results

That's about all I got for today folks, bye for now from up here North of Disorder.


Thursday, 23 February 2017

That will teach them...

I was up and at 'em a little later that I have been these past few weeks. Last night was filled with bad dreams that caused me to force myself awake several times. I'm kinda wondering what is hiding back there in my hind brain trying to get out. Oh well, only time will tell what the issue is and when the issue finally pops up I'll deal with it as I normally do. 

After lunch I went out and fetched the mail. One of the envelops contained a letter from our insurance company about my wife's life insurance. They were a tad pissed because we changed tactics. When my life insurance came due for renewal a few months ago the premium jumped almost two hundred percent. I called the broker who I had got the policy from and asked the good lady to cancel it. Well so began a multi month odyssey which finally led to my having to make some threats of the legal verity with the company ombudsman. This time her premium was going to increase almost two times so we we simply had the bank stop the withdraw of the premium. After reading the letter my wife called and all they want is a letter which I will do in a few minutes. It doesn't matter because they ain't getting any more cash.  

Filling the trays
Only 24 hours to go
One of the things I have been meaning to do for the last few days is get the dehydrator out. I noticed that we had a half dozen tomatoes in the fridge that were on the verge of becoming compost. Being the frugal guy I am I cleaned the tomatoes, sliced them up into thin pieces and put them in the dehydrator to dry out over the next twenty four hours. When they are ready I will put them into bags and vacuum seal them. Then they are off to the freezer and will be used in various Italian recipes.

Well that's about all from me up here North of Disorder.


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Gray day

I was awake early this morning because I went to bed early last night. When I stretched my legs out from under the blankets and looked outside, I gazed upon a gray landscape. The fog was thick enough to actually obscure some of the homes belonging to the neighbors.  

Breakfast out of the way I began to peruse the web for any interesting tidbits of information until my wife went out to an appointment. After she left I dragged out the vacuum sealer and went to work on some meat. While she was out yesterday my lovely, smart wife visited a big grocery store for some provisions. One of the things she does is look for sales on meat and yesterday she picked up some ground beef club packs at a very reasonable discount. 

Cutting & sealing bags
Vacuum packing meat
After she left I took the eight pounds of ground beef and parceled it into eight one pound slabs. When that was done I made eight bags to hold the meat then, after dating and describing the contents, I filled the bags, vacuum sealed them and stored them in the big freezer for later consumption. 

Boy things have changed around here, while we are not hard up for cash we now take full advantage of sales and buying in bulk. I guess you could say that we would rather be food rich then money rich. After all, it's really hard on the digestive tract when you eat a hundred dollar bill.

Final product, meat for eight meals

I know it's been a while but here are a few links that caught my eye. 

It looks like the law of unintended consequences is going to kick Mr Trump right in the "I will bring jobs back to America" to the tune of a few billion in lost food exports

I have said it before and I will say it again, Quebec cops are no better than their third world counterparts.

When you go traveling to poor countries it is always best to keep a low profile instead of flaunting you wealth as these two found out.  

Here's another reason to fly direct if you are traveling over American Territory. Remember if you land in the not so United States you are subject to their rules.  

Speaking of traveling, it looks like NASA has found a cool destination for humans to go to if and when a means of FTL travel is invented. 

Once again the Ontario Liberal government has taken taxpayers money and flushed it down the toilet. The next Ontario election cannot come soon enough. 

Next time your boss tells you just how important his function is have him look at this story.

While at first look this appears to be a good thing for people with PTSD, I wonder how long it will be before memories are not only erased but replaced and who will control the process.

Looks like the refugees in Sweden don't like being held accountable to the law. Now it the Swedes had this guy to look after the bad guys.

Meanwhile in Germany there is a move afoot to expedite the process of getting rid or refugees. 

That's a rap from up here North of Disorder.


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Taking care of business

It's been a rather productive time for me. Yesterday afternoon we went to my sister-in-laws place for coffee and to have a look at a new chair for the living room. First off let me say they have a nice furniture set up, just not a lot of it. Whenever they had company out came some rather spiffy lawn chairs. While this never really bugged my bro-in-law S I'm sure it bothered the heck out of my sis-in-law. 

Spring has sprung! Look we have lawn!
After coffee we took off for home. Traffic was a little heavy since yesterday was a holiday and all the good people were returning to their various roosts.  When we pulled into the drive way I noticed  we have a little bit of lawn. I know it's over the septic tank and the heat from the tank melted the snow but I don't care, we have lawn.

Today is one of those mild, rainy days that you would expect in mid to late March not in February. My wife had to go into town for some stuff so I finally dragged my sorry butt out of this chair and into the workshop. The big thing on the agenda was to do an oil change on the generator. I have not had to do one prior to this because I haven't used the machine that much. Before taking it to the fish hut I had only ran it around six hours. 

Take care of the little things and
the little things will take care of you
I have to say it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. The first step was to fire up the Big Buddy propane heater and get the workshop to a livable temperature. While it was getting toasty warm I gathered up the materials and when it was warm enough I peeled off my coat and began to work. The longest bit was letting the oil drain near the end. I had to tilt the unit a bit to get the last dregs out. 

That about sums up the goings on in my life up here North of Disorder. Right  now I'm having this case of cabin fever. It's supposed to me a nicer day tomorrow so who knows I may just get out and enjoy it.

Monday, 20 February 2017

The heat wave continues

Well today is day 3 of our little heat wave. Once again the expected high is in the mid forties and not a cloud in the sky. Coincidentally it's also Family Day so happy Family Day to you if you are lucky enough to be celebrating it. 

Good day sunshine
This morning I was awake before the sun chose to poke it's head over the horizon. By eight I was up and getting the trash out. The little rotters were by the house a half hour later meaning if I tried to get the stuff out at the usual time, I would have missed my window. Ha! Nice try but I got the stuff out...

Today we are going to take a little trip up North and visit with my Sister-in-law at her place. It's supposed to be nice, sunny and mild so the drive should be an enjoyable one. 

So now I am on the horns of a dilemma. I live a very mundane, boring life as a retired guy. For the last while I've been racking my brains out for subjects to write about that will keep you, dear reader, interested while not putting out a lot of personal information. There is only so much I can say about the weather and such. Well here is what's going to happen, I will be publishing the blog in the afternoon or evening depending upon what has gone on. If that tweak fails to work then I shall dig a hole and bury this sucker. The live or die decision will be made in two weeks.

That's it from up here North of Disorder.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Sunny Sunday

Sun is out, sky is blue
It's Sunday of the long Family Day weekend. The day dawned bright and sunny with more high temperatures in the forecast. Yesterday it hit a high of around 12 deg C (53.6 deg F) which gave me a chance to get rid of some of the ice build up in the driveway. Wielding the ice chipper also had the added benefit of letting me work out a bit. As I write this the outside temperature as per our little weather station is 8 deg C (46.4 deg F) which, once again is way to high for this time of year.

Last night we met our friend S for dinner in town at this nice little pizza place. The food there is what I have come to expect, it was excellent. The conversation was a delight with our exchanging views on any number of subjects. One thing we were in total agreement was that we are not fans of chain restaurants. The issues with the chains are the hast of being served. When I write about the hast, I'm talking about the speed at which they are all over you to order, pushing you to eat and leave so they can get another warm body into that chair. Another other issue is the quality of the food in the chain restaurants. I'm not saying it's horrible, but they tend to over spice especially with salt to hide the food shortcomings. I will also add that, while it's not a huge issue and this makes me look like a snob, you rarely see a ten page wine list in a chain restaurant.

Today I'm once again going to get out and enjoy the sun on my back. I'm going to hack away at the remaining ice in the driveway and, a little later, do an oil change on the generator. It finally got to the stage (in hours) where I need to do that. I used it for an average of nine or ten hours a day for three and a half days and it ran like a champ. But like any machine if you skimp on the maintenance it will fail and the generator is one of those critical pieces of infrastructure that I need.

Well that's enough rambling from me for today. Signing off for now from up here North of Disorder.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Returning to normal...

Ah it's Saturday... and what a Saturday it is. Thursday was a travel day for me and yesterday was a recovery day. Unfortunately for me living in close quarters in the ice hut I managed to pick up a stomach bug and by the time I had got home, cleared the driveway and put all the gear away I was a wreak. After yesterday's post I spent a good deal of the day doing one of two things, sleeping in my chair or crapping. As an old friend used to say "I could crap through the eye of a needle at twenty feet." This carried on into evening finally tapering off by my bed time. All the while I was doing the good boy thing and drinking water to flush out the lower tract as it were.    

Today is another story. It's nice, it's sunny and there are warm temps outside. Add to this I feel human again. Right now it's 1 degree C outside and the high for today is supposed to reach 8 degrees C. Now take into account that today is the 18th of February and these temps are nuts. personally I don't really care. I've had my fill of winter so this sun on my face feels good. It's actually warm enough that I'm planning on going outside and sit in a chair and suck up some vitamin D.

Tonight the game plan is to meet our friend S at this nice little rustic pizza place in town. The place makes the best thin crust Neapolitan style pizza around. They use a big wood fired oven at nine hundred degrees to cook with and boy the results are simply wonderful. 

That it for today from up here North of Disorder.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Back from the big lonesome

Well I'm back after a boring, exciting, fun filled few days in the big lonesome. 

On the way up to Chilly Willy's it snowed, and when I say snowed I mean it snowed. There were times in the drive where I was asking myself what the heck I was doing because visibility and road conditions simply stank,  but I made it. 

The big lonesome

We all met at this roadside truck stop for breakfast. It was a time of introductions for the new guy and catching up with good old friends. It had been a year since I had seen some of these ruffians and scalawags but for me it was just like yesterday. Ah, we few, we happy few...

Being in the big empty doesn't
mean living like a caveman.
I had to make a pit stop on the way because knuckle head that I am, I hadn't bothered to check the packing list. Of course I forgot one crucial item, an extension cord. I know, what the heck did I need an extension cord for? Well it's very hard to power the electronics (laptop, TV, cell phones etc.) without a means to get power from A to B. A being a generator which I had in the back of my truck by the way. 

Strange enough when I arrived at a little bait and tackle general shop sort of store just before Chilly Willy's, there was the rest of the gang. Turns out while I went on my little side trip they all got stuck behind a set of snow plows doing around 40 or 50 KPH.

We then went on convoy to Chilly Willy's and, after getting things all sorted out, drove out to the huts. In years past when we couldn't drive out it was a real pain in the butt because of all the gear we bring with us so to take our trucks out was a very good thing. 

Our home...
Once we got settled in our hut (No.3) we took the trip over to see how the other guys were doing. All was well but no fish. The no fish thing was going to be a main topic of our stay over the next few days. The fishing during the trip was real slow with maybe a total of 10 or 11 being caught. 

I ended up getting skunked. Sigh... Well I did at least have an assist. On the last evening we were there doing the usual, watching some movies, eating and having a few libations when my bro W's rod took a dive to the floor. Then my bro's second rod takes a dive and W runs and grabs it. Meanwhile I hear a clunk and splash so I turn to check my fishing rod and it was gone. I looked at one of the guys (G son of S) who had sprung up to watch the mayhem and said "Shit! My rod's gone!" So my bro manages to haul in the fish and attached to it was a hook in it's mid section belonging to my fishing rod. The fish had hit my bro's line then ran and got hooked on my line then got hooked on my brow's second line.

The fish, a 2,5 pound pike, that my bro caught was the winner of the pot. One of the traditions we have followed every year is that the person who brings in the largest fish, legally caught, gets $10 from each of the guys. When I say legally caught, well there was this time when one of the guys (as a joke) tried to pass off a frozen salt water fish he brought from a supermarket... But that's a story for another day. 

When it came time to head out yesterday we cleaned up our mess and packed up our stuff. There was a little anxiety on my part because the little SUV I have is not a four wheel drive. The day before it looked like the snow was going to totally block my brother's four wheel drive truck. When he tried to move it to a better location it got stuck so there we were pushing. I had forgotten one thing, while the other guys were driving big trucks with four wheel drives they all had all season tires. I, on the other hand, had relatively new winter tires on my front wheel drive. I'll admit the drive off the ice was a little bit of a white knuckle adventure but I made it.

The drive home was not nearly as bad as the drive up. It was sunny all the way. When I got home I was greeted with an impassable wall of snow and about a foot of the white stuff on the driveway. So before I could enjoy a nice hot shower (me stink) I had to snow blow the driveway and clear away the two foot snow bank at the end plow guy had left. It was all OK, I was home. While I like the fishing trip and love being with the gang, there's just something about being home. 

Well that's about it from me for now from up here North of Disorder.





Saturday, 11 February 2017

One more sleep.

Well the running around is almost done for the day. I was up early this morning, sometime around 8, and after the morning evolution it was time for breakfast and most importantly coffee. After my lovely wife rejoined the land of the living and finished with her morning rituals we went into town where I picked up the items that I didn't get yesterday. I was happy to have my lovely wife along because I almost forgot a few items and she acted as my memory. 

When I got back home I started getting stuff in to the truck. I know I'm not pulling out until the morning. I don't want to be screwing around trying to get stuff ready at the last second and it's supposed to be nasty weather wise. Putting the generator into the truck was a bit of a chore but it wasn't as hard as I expected it would be. I know that later my back is going to let me know how it felt about dead lifting 95 pounds. Meh I"ll worry about it later. 

The only things left to do are the final equipment check and pack, packing my clothes and hitting the road in the morning. It should be a good time with the gang and I'm looking forward to it. 

The blog will resume when I have
recovered from the drink.
Since I will be in the middle of nowhere on a frozen lake carousing for the next few days with no Internet access this is it until Thursday evening or Friday morning. It all depends on how tired, ya I'll go with tired, I am when I return home. 

That's it from up here North of Disorder.

Friday, 10 February 2017

I made it

After lunch I took a drive into the semi big city. On the way down the weather turned real rough. By the time I got to the highway turnoff visibility was at a bare minimum for my standards. Once I was off the highway my breathing and heart rate came down a bit. One of the issues I faced on the highway was a little yellow indicator came on telling me it was time to top off the windshield washer fluid. With the sloppy conditions and sloppy drivers this was something I really didn't need. I did have enough but with the conditions as bad as they were I stopped off at a Part's Source and picked up a couple of jugs. As luck would have it the washer fluid was on sale.

After that stop I drove to the coffee place and picked up a couple of pounds. While I was at the coffee place I noticed the Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee was on sale. The price had dropped from $45 a half (yes I just wrote half) pound to $39.50 a half pound. I laughed at that and told the owner at those prices it would be better to grind the stuff into small powder and snort it like coke. The owner smiled and agreed and said he was not recommending it to any of his regulars only the rubes on first time visits. 

Back road driving &
 heavy snow falling
I went back out to the truck as the snow fell and thought about Cabala's and after around 30 seconds of internal debate I thought the heck with it, I would do without  if I didn't already have. So I made tracks for home.

As I drove the weather got steadily worse so I decided to take the back roads. I figured there would be to many wing-nuts on the highway. The only thing about the drive was the lack of other vehicles which was a good thing. The only wing-nut I saw was a guy in a 4WD. The driver  charged out of his driveway and punched through a mound of snow his plow guy left. He came very close to hitting me but a miss is as good as a mile as they say. After this near miss I pulled into the first corner store I came to and bought some lotto tickets. 

When I got home, I found that plow guy had blocked the end of the driveway  There was enough snow/ice that I figured the truck would be damaged or get stuck if I charged in. So I parked the truck and got the snow blower, after a half hour I had the opening cleared to get the truck off the road. 

So that, for you, was today's epic adventure from up here North of Disorder.

Two More Sleeps...

I started to move
and got "the look."
This morning I was awake early. The sky hadn't gotten to full daylight but there I was, awake. Nestled into my side was our cat, Puttie Tat in a sort of symbiotic moment. Puttie was getting heat from me and I was liking the feel of the cat nestled into my side. Sooner then I wanted to, I was up and starting the transformation from Thag the Homo Erectus into a modern day Homo Sapien. Well if you talk to my lovely wife, not that modern since I haven't shaved in a week.  

It's only two more sleeps until the "Boys politically Incorrect Adventure" begins. Yesterday I was out and picked up the most important piece of equipment I'll need, a fishing license. While I was out I also picked up a few other things but the license was the big one. Nothing puts a damper on an outing like having everything you have in your possession being taken away by the authorities. 

After the ladies leave I'll be going through the mound of gear that I'm taking to see what is OK and what's not. Then I'll be outbound, down to the semi big city for coffee and a few other things like the food I am planning to bring on the trip As a sideline, if I need to I'll drop into Cabela's. Oh who am I kidding, I'm going to drop in and have a look at some stuff. Thag like looking at man's stuff.

Today,s Links
You would thing of all the professions a police officer would know the difference between the glaze from a doughnut and methamphetamine. Needless to say the copper was spoken to. No word it the victim will take the copper to court. 

Tonight's a big night with a universal triple threat - a comet, a lunar eclipse and a full moon. This evening looks to be spectacular except for the issue of overcast and 80% chance of snow. Sigh...

Lately I have taken to calling folks out when articles are posted on Twitter that look sketchy. The reason I've taken to doing this, aside from the fun aspect, is because of the amount of fake news that's out there. For example there is this site. On the surface it looks fine with well written commentary. The only issue is the reported authors of these stories were not the ones who wrote them. 

Being a science fiction kind of guy these stories attract me. While the prospect of there being a serious contact taking place is slim, what these fools want to do could have very nasty ramifications for the human race. The one thing they are forgetting is whenever an advanced race has met a less advanced race the less advanced race usually perishes. 

Ok this is downright strange, cool... but strange

Looking south to the land of the free and the home of the brave. Their leader, who is totally focused on an "America Jobs First" outlook, has the goal of bringing jobs back to America. The only issue is the majority of jobs haven't been outsourced overseas to people, they've been outsourced to machines. So even if the manufacturing is brought back jobs will not be created. 

Well there are things to do and places to go so that it for me from up here North of Disorder.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Links day

It's been a while since I put some links out so here are a few for you to enjoy. Please remember to read responsibly.

I wonder what it is that drives people to steal considering the legal ramifications. Take this guy, if convicted he will be going away for a long, long time. All I know is the NSA should be able to do better background checks that most other employers.

Looking to pick up a few extra bucks? There's gold in them, there protests as the crowd that rioted at Berkely know. 

Here's a pretty picture for you...

Just a friendly reminder that if you are going to travel to the not so United States be ready for long lines and to be put under the microscope. One other thing, you may want to leave any Internet connected devices at home if you value your privacy

While I'm on the privacy kick you also may want to consider not using snail mail from the States as well. In their ever present quest to invade our privacy keep us safe, the border guys want to start opening all the letters coming into Canada. 

Well this couldn't happen at a worse time for Kathleen Wynne. Bahahahaha...

This is one heck of a strategy but I just don't know how well a threat to tax your own citizens if the other guy threatens to tax his will work.

A die hard socialist bad mouthing a union?  This can't be right. What's next, a run for the Conservative leadership? 

It looks like the Millennial crowd are learning that our Golden One is not the Prime Minister they thought he was after all. 

Well that's about it for now from up here North of Disorder.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Justin's lips were moving so he must have been telling a lie

Today's post is going to be a short one for various reasons. I have stuff to get done like putting the basement back together. Then there's the basement, I've got to get things under way for the ice fishing trip. This means inventories to check and gear to drag out and inspect. So for the rest of the day I will be pretty much doing my thing in the basement. 

The other reason the post will be short is that right now, right this instant I'm angry. I'm angry at the Federal Liberals, I'm angry are the 38% of Canadians who elected them including some friends. The reason I'm angry is once again finding out how little those in positions of power can be trusted. 

Our Prime Minster,
The Golden One
I'm angry over two things. First a few weeks ago it came to light that the Liberals were considering taxing health and dental plans. Of course when pressed about this the Golden One stood up in parliament and, with a lot of hemming and hawing, said it was off the table. Well yesterday when pressed to a vote of course he reversed himself (see vote at 15:12) and it's back on the table. As for me this little tax, if implemented, will cost around $2,000 plus a year and that's Money I don't have. When my wife and I retired we took a combined pay cut of around 60% and now we have this sword hanging over our heads so I am not happy. 

The second reason I'm angry is that after promising to lower the retirement age from 67 where the Conservatives had raised it, back to 65 now they are saying oops. So the latest game plan is to look at raising the retirement age back to 67. So once again we see the old saw was spot on: How can you tell when a politician is telling a lie? His lips are moving.

And with this I can now turn my rant mode off and go get some work done. That's enough from up here north of disorder.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

They're here!

The alarm on my little phone went off at the crack of eight in the AM and, of course I rolled over picked up the phone and turned off the alarm. Then I laid there for  a few minutes. The few minutes became twenty so I figured it's time and forced my frail old body to leave my cocoon of comforters. I placed my feet on the ice cold floor and bam I was awake. 

They're here!
After putting on the old bathrobe I went down stairs and fired up the fireplace and thought about getting the coffee started. A movement in the corner of my eye caught my attention, the furnace guys had arrived! I raced back upstairs and quickly got dressed. My wife shrugged into jeans and tee shirt faster than me and showed them where everything was. After I managed to skin into pants and sweater I went down to offer my two cents worth of comments then they got to work.

Time passes...
Install in progress

The two furnace guys have been working at a steady pace all morning. Looks like they'll be done in a couple of hours. As for me, I'm looking forward to rejoining the twenty first century. Maybe I'm soft but I like the ability to have heat on demand. This trying to heat a large home with a simple gas fireplace and a couple of heaters is for the birds. I know, it could be worse.

Looking at the new unit I can't help but be amazed at the progress of furnaces over the past sixteen years. Out old furnace was high efficiency rated at 92% and the cost was well over four grand. This one is roughly 25% smaller, puts out the same amount of BTU's and is 96% efficient. All this and the cost was around 30% less than our old furnace. Progress, got to love it.

Well that it for today from me. Once they are done I will post more* but for now my main objective is to stay warm. Signing off from up here North of Disorder.

*Well the furnace guys are all done and my home feels like a nice warm home again. So ends our tale of furnace woe. Something I wasn't expecting was the new furnace is also a lot quieter than the old one.
The new furnace, up and running
  Anyway that's it (again) so bye for now until the morrow.


Monday, 6 February 2017

Monday musings

This is our Plan B heat
After a restless night I was up early this morning. It's Monday and there were chores to be done. First on the list was getting the fireplace going because the house had gotten a wee bit cold overnight. The temperature had dropped into the high fifties and, while there wasn't any frost on the inside of the windows, for us this was cold. Then I rounded up the trash and recyclables and hauled them to the curb.  

So began another lovely winter day without a furnace and, knock on wood, it looks like our plan B is working. When you take the construction of our log cabin with the thermal mass of the walls and add that to the interior storm windows that we added a couple of years ago, even though the temp drops at night it could be a heck of a lot worse.  

One thing I have been giving consideration to is our plan B's. With the fragility of the supply chain I keep wondering what we could do in the event of a major supply chain failure. The whole supply chain is a very fragile, vulnerable thing from start to finish. When something stops there's a ripple effect all along the line and those ripples don't end until they catch up with the consumer (me, you, government) who would be faced with coming up with a plan B.

A plant goes on strike in the United States and then the ripple effect starts. Thanks to JIT in a short time, once the meagre stockpiles run out, plants down stream close until the strike is over. Then there you are looking for a critical item that "never fails" (yet has failed) to fix a thingamabob that you really need and are told "sorry, it's on back order." Thanks to Donald Trump being the "bull in a china shop" with trade between the United States and the rest of the world, I think supply chain fails are now more likely.

It's not only man made issues that effect the supply chain, there's the weather. Look at what happened recently down East where, thanks to an ice storm, people were without power for up to twelve days. Add to this a supply chain fail and that twelve days of no power could have turned into weeks or months.

I guess I'm just a worrywart who reads to many end of the world novels like my wife says. However one thing I do know is the more ordered something becomes the less disruption it can withstand. So when this is all over and done with, I will take a look at how well we managed and start planning for the next failure. I know I should just worry about today but something I found out years ago is that failure to plan is planning to fail. 

That's enough doom and gloom from me up here North of Disorder.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Last night was rather interesting

Last night we turned in around midnight after turning off the fire place and unplugging the portable heater in the back washroom. I know that there was very little risk of leaving the heater on but having seen my share of heater issues over the years, I simply don't trust the little bastards. One other thing I did was add an extra comforter to the bed to make it real toasty warm. Then it was off to la la land. During the night I was up a couple of times and when I woke I got up put on a bathrobe and took a cruise threw the house. I know that the chance of something going wrong was minuscule but the years spent as a firefighter taught me how easily things can go south. 

This morning I was up first and in order of importance I got the fireplace and back room heater going then it was get the coffee on and finally feed the cat. While I was downstairs getting these chores done my wife got up and got herself ready for the day. 

Now that I'm up, clean and dressed I wondering what I'll put on the to-do list. The two biggest things are snow blowing a work area for the installers when they come out on Tuesday, and moving stuff out from the equipment room. I am probably going to knock off both these tasks today since I don't want to hold off till the last second only to find there are issues. 

Oh well we shall soldier on until Tuesday, all the while thinking warm thoughts and drinking hot coffee. That's it for me from up here North of Disorder.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Tale of the furnace part 2

Well furnace guy has come and gone and we still don't have a working furnace. The issue was beyond the repair guys control, something about a non working flux capacitor. So this week we are getting a replacement furnace hopefully Monday or Tuesday. Until then we get the fireplace heat and in the end we shall overcome. The cost is something that will come out of the emergency fund, so this isn't as bad as it could be. Sigh...

After we gave the service guy a go for a new furnace, service guy got in touch with his boss who was out at a ski hill. The date for the install will be Tuesday of course. So now we sit by the glow of our fireplace and wait.

One of the tasks that I will have to do is use the snow blower and clear an area outside where the guys on Tuesday have to install a new vent. That should be a bit of a challenge the snow along the path is around a foot deep and the area that has to be cleared is about three times that. Well I have to get out and do something so as soon as this is done I'll get on it.

That's it from me up here in the cold, North of Disorder.

The tale of the furnace part 1

This morning I was dragged from my slumber by my wife who said one of those things that every guy lives to hear in the middle of winter, "honey the furnace will not come on." My lovely wife knows not to rouse me unless it's serious so I asked her what was going on. She told me that she tried to get some furnace action by turning it off and on again. Next she removed and reinstalled the filter and when that didn't work she came to see me. I then went and redid what she had done then I fiddled with the thermostat and still zip. Since I was at the end of my expertise and we still had no heat my wife called the heating place and they dispatched a guy. 

This is the time I dread. The fireplace is on and heating (always have a plan B) as we await the service guy. The two things I dread are the length of time it takes service guy to get out here and being made the fool by the furnace. There have been times when the furnace refused to come on and I've dome my part and still nothing. The call made and sure enough the furnace resumed it's work. Then the furnace guy shows up and there I am looking like a rube. 

Well I've had my first coffee of the day so I have to get my butt in gear. We got a bucket of snow last night and I would hate to have the service guy get stuck in the drive way so I'm off to snow blow.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Strange days...

I was up at the usual time today as opposed to yesterdays before the dawn. The weather out side has been a little on the strange side. When I originally opened my peepers it was grey, overcast and snowing those big fat fluffy flakes. Now, twenty minutes later its still snowing but the sun is out saying it's hello world. Snow squalls make for some strange weather.

This is an example of what I hope will not happen.
The ice surface with the water on it makes things
really slippery and without snow around the base
of the huts it gets cold inside.
One of the things I've been checking these days is the weather for our “Boys Politically Incorrect getaway.” So far it's looking good with the temperatures well below freezing at night and comfortably below freezing during the day. It's looking like there's gonna be flurries every day but not so much that we will be snowed under. Looking at the ice fishing forums on line the folks are all saying the fishing ain't to shabby so after I return hopefully I'll have some good photos. 

Who knows, when I'm there
I might go a little old school
but I doubt it.
As of today it's T minus seven and a half days. Next week I will have to drag out the gear and see what's going on with it. Every year I go through this inspection. It is simply dividing the stuff into two categories, repair or replace. This will not take that long, I really don't have that much fishing gear. After all aside from a rod and reel plus some hooks line and sinkers what else does a guy need, especially a guy with as limited a skill set in fishing as I have? The big things that I can't forget are the fishing license, service the generator, the food I am commented to bring and the paper plates. Well that will mean a little running around but I have time. 

Speaking of time, I have to get going. Things to do, places to go and all that. Until tomorrow (unless something exciting happens) that's it for me from up here North of Disorder.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

I'm back...

My two day hiatus is done and I'm back. There wasn't anything at all happening the last two days so I took a little pause as it were to rest, relax and recharge. 

Like bees around a hive workers buzz
around my wife's truck.
Today's epic adventure starts with last night. Yesterday was the season premiere of a TV show called The Expanse. Being an "adult themed" show  it was on at ten PM and of course the season opener was two hours long, finishing at midnight. This minor detail was something I had forgotten the other day when I booked my wife's truck into the shop. I booked my wife's truck in for work at eight this morning and last night I didn't sleep that well. If I got more than five hours I'd be surprised. I know, "A little cheese to go with your whine monsieur?" 

Snow has returned.
Today is the 2nd of February AKA Ground Hog day.  Looks like Wiarton Willie didn't see his shadow but Dundas Donna did so we have a draw. I guess this means another thirty one months of the Liberal Government in Ottawa. Oh well one can always hope can't they? 

I was happy to receive a communication of the email variety from brother W about the up coming Boys Politically Incorrect Ice Fishing Adventure. Looks like everything is on track. The owner of the place where we are going has got the huts back on the ice. It's really hard to catch the big one with just dirt under the hut so this is a good development. The menu is published and I suspect pounds will be put on during our stay. So it appears that with a little more than a week to go it's all coming together. 

Looking out the window I see once again that timing is everything. When I got up today and went into town it was just overcast. Now it looks like a frozen hell on earth outside. All in the space of a few hours. I was going to head back into town later but seeing how the weather has turned nasty I'm thinking it's time to resume cocooning. Speaking of cocooning I'm going to log off for now and grab a coffee. Please feel free to resume on your appointed tasks. 

That's all from up here North of Disorder.

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