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    Eliguk Journal – January 23, 2020.

    The mornings are socked in, dark and gloomy. Great for writing, until my laptop battery drains and then I find myself waiting for the sun to break through the clouds and light up my solar panels. Only then can I charge my battery and continue to write, upload pictures and post our life to this blog. All to avoid using precious resources like gasoline to run a generator. So if my stories are late to load, blame the heavy banks of fog! Mild days above zero, and sunshine = outdoor activities! We have a new roof to put on the Hudson cabin this Spring, so wood is needed. We have…

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    Eliguk Journal – January 20, 2020.

    It sure has been an eventful few days of weather. Even as I try to write today’s blog, the freezing rain/snow combo sounds like rain hitting the roof. The wood stove is crackling behind me and the wind is whistling from the West. Last I looked it was forecast to be sunny with a 10% chance of precipitation – guess we are the 10% chance. Wish I had those kind of odds for everything! Last Thursday we had challenged the editor for the write up in the 'Williams Lake Tribune', saying a local community to the East had been the coldest in BC with -48.5C. We asked them why Environment…

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    Eliguk Journal – January 16, 2020.

    Not sure why they stopped printing the numbers...but looks like -50 to me! Being born and raised in Northern Ontario must be a big factor in how we have handled the lowest cold snap in memory. I remember -40 we had it for a month straight or more during a Winter, but -50C or more, I don’t recall. None of our thermometers read past -40C, but our neighbors (the Phillips) recorded -51C. We had 3 extremely cold nights of it before the clear night turned overcast and the temperature rose to -28C last night. We’re just hoping this doesn’t mean more snow! It makes me think of all the books…

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    Eliguk Journal – January 13, 2020.

    The cold air mass that had been predicted for days, moved from the Arctic spreading into Alaska and Canada…working its way into the States. Power outages reported from town to cities as the frozen snap settles over North America. Being prepared isn’t just for off gridders. Everyone should have a back up heating source & generator. The cold hit fast when it came, going from our zero degree day to only a high of -23C the following day, then a drop last night that brought us to -40C. It’s a must to start your day with calories, to get you through all the work of trudging through deep snow. Hauling…

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    Eliguk Journal – January, 9, 2020.

    Mountain Man waited until 1:30pm to leave by snow machine, headed to his Jeep - making his way into the small community of Anahim Lake. Refilling a few gas cans and picking up mail, and a few parcels. There was no hurry to get in or out. Many people stopped him along his route, chatting and wishing him a Happy New Year. After 4 years, every face is familiar, and everyone knows who he is no matter what vehicle he has. He picked up the few things that he could find on my list, head lettuce, cucumber, onions, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli & carrots - other than that the shelves were…

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    Eliguk Journal – January 6, 2020.

    A trip to the town of Anahim is in the works. There are still some packages that didn’t quite make it out here for the holidays, so a mail run is necessary. I’m down on a few items and fresh vegetables, but it’s doubtful that they will have the basic items on my list. I will shoot for the vegetables I know may last on their shelves a bit longer and not sell out, like onions, cabbage, potatoes & carrots. They will have to be inspected as they literally remain on the shelves in refrigeration units until they decay. The lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes are only available whenever the ‘once…

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    Eliguk Journal – January 4, 2020.

    In the satellite photo, we are in the bands of pink representing a Winter Storm watch. After our New Years it took a day to pack down the new snow. Almost all of BC was under a Winter Storm watch, however in-between squall systems – we had visitors. A notification on social media of friends arriving for coffee, in 45 minutes from Vanderhoof. Our runway wasn’t packed, as we just had a night of rain, and a snow machine would sink, creating slushy ruts, so we were waiting for cold weather to freeze it up. I think I’ve mastered the art of whipping up anything from scratch in under an…

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    Eliguk Journal – January 2, 2020.

    We waited for New Years Eve morning to pass, as we watched the weather sock us in with warmth, and continued precipitation. As noon came the temperature stayed at zero, the winds picked up and rain changed to snow. Our WiFi had been down all morning with the bad weather, and there was zero communication options to confirm any arrivals. The lake was pooled with slush puddles and Mountain Man tested the overflow pools to find there was only about 6 inches of ice left beneath them on the lake. His knee is 3 times the size of the other. "I better go make a track with the Summit 1000",…

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    Eliguk Journal – December 31, 2019.

    I was so positive about ending this year with a crystal clear prospective on my life. We finally know what we want, and how to achieve it. If you build it they will come, right? Well...at least we had hoped. We had a great day ice fishing, I did some baking...and then we had a wonderful dinner with some lean Moose sirloin steak that I pan seared in spices and bacon fat in my cast iron, then slowly simmered until it fell apart. Served it with some exquisite risotto that had sauteed onions, morel mushrooms and asiago cheese. The days were moving along perfectly. The last few days have been…

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    Eliguk Journal – December 28, 2019.

    The Solstice celebration had passed, and then Christmas came just as fast. It was sunny and bright, the day was filled with love and laughter while carols were playing in the warm little cabin. It was just how I pictured it would be. We had our fill of turkey and trimmings & dessert - even though it was just the two of us. We were invited to the neighbors and into town for dinner, but the all day drive back and forth and leaving the dogs behind - just doesn't feel right to us on a day like Christmas. Home is where we want to be. We have company arriving…

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