Colds and flu mak­ing the rounds

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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.

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