Colds and flu making the rounds
ith the past week of weather being way below average then way above average, it means colds and flu are getting around. We can not handle the fluctuations even though many people like the warm temperatures compared to the norm. I don’t know why but it is healthier if the weather remains winter cold. Even though folks get the flu shot, it is these folks that end up with the flu, even though they say it was not as bad as it could have been. Luckily the Christmas turkey bones had been put to good use and soup stock made. This means that turkey/chicken soup is the perfect meal for those nasty colds. This comfort food gets us through the stuffy noses and aches and pains of being sick. Well we could have aches and pains from shovelling too much snow but that has not happened — yet! Even the storm warnings of 10 to 20 centimetres of snowfall just turned out to be 1 to 3 cm.
Travel has been good for those returning back home to work. Clear roads and skies have been the blessing. Even the bit of freezing rain did not happen or at least not until late at night when the traffic was minimal.
We totally missed the garbage dates over the holidays that Colpoys Marg always put in. I had to phone Town Centre to find it out which of course turned out too late. Looks like we are having a new company doing it anyways. This means they only see one house and tend to leave our bag because of no bag tag. We have already missed the last two dates, so not looking forward to another week of no collection.
While it does look like winter, with every snowfall not much has fallen, then it melts. This is OK for hiking but not good for the sports of skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. We are not worried about snow coming, just enjoy winter anyways. Find other ways, which means hiking groups can continue. The weekly local Bruce Trail group has been getting over 20 people out. It looks like a very energetic group or is it the fact lunch out is the real reason! Well we are supporting local businesses!
The Mar Sideroad is now frozen but is still very rough with frozen potholes. It was graded sort of once, but it did not take long before it returned back into a bumpy mess. I am not sure why this road couldn’t be properly graded and kept up in the first place. When new gravel is added then the plow quickly throws that in the ditch. In the end it is a good way to make everyone slow down and enjoy the scenery.
The Red Bay Road always has reduced traffic at this time of year. The drumlins with the road heading straight into Sky Lake tends to slow everyone down. Deer, rabbits and coyotes are still crossing that road.
The Quadrantid meteor shower was overcast even though the morning of Jan. 3, I did see a meteor shooting star in the early morning of that day. It is good to take advantage of our dark skies.