February 2019

Saturday 2: I had a day out with April and Duncan today.

Sunday 3: This never gets old.

Buddy wasn’t so sure about this “stuff”.

It’s official.

Monday 4: We woke to about 8″ (20 cm) of snow.

Julie’s car is fully “under cover”.

I put mine sort of under cover. Didn’t make any difference!

This hummingbird kept trying. Even if he could get to the food, it’s frozen.

The chunk missing is where a lump has dropped off the roof above.

Not surprising that the hospital called to say that the gym was closed today, but I went out anyway. This was the mess from just trying to get enough off the car to be able to drive it.

After I got back, and backed it in to where it normally is, I was surprised to see how much the original snow had banked up on the INSIDE of the rear wheel.

Tuesday 5: I needed to get out and walk again. It looks nice in the morning sunlight (until it goes slushy and/or icy).

Aha. Someone walked out of there and went to work.

There’s a twist on the statue of the boy watching the dancing girls.

The dog is watching something else.

This little guy.

Wednesday 6: I still haven’t managed to get to Rehab Exercise because of the snow disruptions, so I acquired a snow shovel from the building mamager and got my exercise by attacking the snow on the pathways. Those 2 bits were ice which had adhered a little too strongly to the pebbles.

Thursday 7: The 2-stage entry to the apartment, doormat for the “ugh” stuff, and transfer towel for removing boots and moving from wet to dry. No, that’s not snow on it, just bleach marks. And then there’s the Guard Cat.

Looks like a water runoff, right? Wrong! With the temperatures still sub-freezing, it’s VERY slippery ice.

Friday 8: Unfortunately, the maintenance guy came by and took away the shovel and the bag of de-icer, saying that they were needed elsewhere. (He also muttered under his breath something about liability issues.)

At the Rehab Exercise session, I did 2 lots of 3 minutes at 3 mph! StillĀ  walking.

And right on cue, here it comes again.

One news report is saying that this weekend will be the biggest snowfall since 1996, when Julie and April were living in Lynnwood and couldn’t leave their house.

Saturday 9: It snowed overnight, but not that bad, yet. I took April and Duncan to Forest Lake Park.

Sunday 10: Sub freezing outside. I’ve been sitting in the warmth, processing “driving in the snow” videos. There is no audio on these.

Taking April out to go shopping.

A brake check before we hit the main roads.

Top end of Wetmore Ave.

And home again.

Taking April home. Narrow streets in Beacon Hill.

Hmm. It seems my taste buds are changing. I took this picture of our kitchen bench and the inside of the fridge, to show to Annie, who conducts the CHIP classes.

This is an indication of the stupid people we live with. Clearly the rubbish has not been collected lately, and with more snow in the forecast, it’s not likely to be any time soon. Wouldn’t it make much more sense to simply leave your rubbish in your apartment?

As it transpired, it was collected that day. I happened to be standing on our balcony when I saw the truck go past on the side street, so I went downstairs for a chat. Mentioned my favourite “Ya can’t fix stupid”, and then went back upstairs to grab our 2 bags of rubbish.

Monday 11: Buddy is amazing. Julie was not feeling well and I found him on the bed, purring loudly and boofing her. By the time I got my phone for a picture, he was licking her hand.

We have never seen this much snow. I’ve been clearing it from the front path each day, but it’s not until you see it somewhere where the snow has accumulated, that you see the total.

The view from our webcam. I had previously pushed all the snow off the balcony rail, so what you see here is just from last night.

Wednesday 13: I finally made it back to the Rehab Exercise program! Good solid workout, including 25 minutes on the treadmill, with some of it at 3 mph, still walking. Looking forward to next week, when I can run.

Coming home. The traffic lane on the major roads is now clear, but in the side streets like ours, it’s still really sloppy. Entering the driveway, I had a brief moment of “failure to proceed”, so took another go.

The view from our balcony in the afternoon sun, with the snow melting off the roofs in varying stages.

Friday 15: At the Rehab Exercise session, I did 2 lots of 3 minutes at 3.2 mph, still walking. They won’t be open on Monday because of President’s Day, where as someone recently posted somewhere, “when we celebrate 44 of the 45 Presidents, past and preset.” By Wednesday, it will be exactly 2 months from my surgery, so I can upgrade to jogging on the treadmill. Yay!

Saturday 16: About a week ago, Simon offered to buy me a watch that would be able to take my blood pressure. After some research, he ordered one for me, to be delivered to an Amazon Locker near our home, which I picked up today while out and about with April and Duncan. It’s rather large, but surprisingly it doesn’t feel bulky.

After finally figuring out how to pair it with my phone, I set it to take my BP every hour, which it just did! Wow, I must be relaxed.