Sunday, January 24, 2021



50 winters I have spent here in the land of rocks and cows. Most winters have been so cold that it makes you wonder why our forefathers settled in this area at all. But I must say that this is one of the mildest January's I have ever experienced here. We have had little snow, hardly any Alberta Clippers blowing in. A few days have been in the 30's. I am so glad that it happened this year, our first winter back in 6 years. It makes winter feel one month shorter and believe me, winters can get very long here.

I am getting much better at removing snow with my tractor. At the start of winter I had my doubts but with lots of practice, I'm getting it done. The hardest part was having the bucket at the right angle so that you don't dig in.

My hand is slowly getting better. I would say that it is at about 52 and 3/16 percent right now.
From this.

To this.
It's been over a month since surgery and I am getting some strength back into my hand which means that we can start to work on the cabin again. First thing I did was to finish hanging the sheetrock in the inside hallway for our firewall. Once that was done Lisa did the mudding for me and she discovered a new talent. She is much better at it than me.
Now that wall is ready for our cedar and steel. However the steel we have for it is buried under the snow at the moment and it really needs to be washed off before we hang it. So that may have to wait until spring. Another project I tackled was to build Lisa a closet for her mink jackets and evening gowns.
Our room is not very big so I had to be careful not to take up too much space. We are going for an industrial look so I used tin on the inside of the closet.
It was slow going with one and a half hands but I finally got it done.
A little bit of trim work to do yet, but it turned out great. 

I know this started out as a travel blog, but it just wasn't in the cards this year. I am definitely getting the itch again. We went to the cities (Minneapolis) a couple of weeks ago to visit my 94 year old father. I remarked to Lisa that I haven't left our super secret undisclosed location since June of last year and Lisa hasn't been anywhere since March when we arrived here. Damn Covid.

We have had some great times with our kids and grandkids though. That is worth it right there. We don't have a bath tub in our cabin, just a shower. Little Virgo likes our shower and we improvised and used a sled so he could play in the shower one day.
And then there is little Audie who has started to walk. He walks like me after I have had a few beers.

That's it for our update. I hope everyone is healthy this year and having a great time wherever that may be.


  1. So glad you can spend time with your grandchildren. Looks like fun to sit in the sled in the shower. lol Good that your hand is getting better, you might be up to chopsticks one day. :)

    1. Ha ha! I am glad that I was never born Chinese because I would starve.

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    1. I would think that you would be concerned about my health and well being. That reminds me of a joke and I hope no one gets offended. A 3 legged dog walks into a saloon and yells, "I'm looking for the man who shot my paw!"

  3. Glad to hear your hand is on the mend Dino. We have hitch itch real bad too, especially after seeing others posting in Q. 😩

    1. Thank you for your concern over my health and well being. I would like to spend some time on a beach.

  4. Your hand looks great! Glad Lisa doesn't have to do all the work anymore :) We are both healthy despite living in CA where apparently 'everyone' has Covid. "They" have lifted some restrictions again despite the numbers being the same as they were Friday. Hmm, makes you wonder.

    1. I would not want to be in California right now. Hopefully there is a light at the end of the tunnel and not a freight train.