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Tobogganing Oop

December 3rd, 2006  · stk

Not all snow is bad! Alex had fun yesterday, tobogganing down our driveway, into the front yard. [A short video of her joy, can be found in this post]

Alex tobagganing down our driveway

Shredding the Driveway (Sorta)

At least Alex found joy in all of the snow we were handed!

We inherited a lot of 'junk', when we bought the property: an oil drum filled with sludge, scrap lumber and wood, metal pieces, chains, etc. Most of it is scattered across the entire place and we've started cleaning it up, trying to return the forest to a more pristine state.

Not all the 'junk' we're finding is undesirable. One of the items we found was a plastic, steerable snow sled (I think they're called 'snow shuttle sleds', but I'm not sure. We also have a couple of plastic discs and a thin, plastic toboggan.

I bundled Alex up and let her try bombing down the slight incline into our front 'yard'. The thin plastic toboggan didn't go fast enough for the Oop, so I dusted off the snow shuttle and let her have a go at it. (I was afraid that she wouldn't understand the concept of 'steering' and end up in a pile somewhere).

I shouldn't be such an overprotective Dad, I guess, because not only did she get the whole steering concept, but she had a hoot bombing down the driveway. Her only complaint (besides stopping) was that she wanted to go 'faster'!

I took a short video of one of her first runs. Have a look at "Oop - Our Daredevil"!

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What's with the Snow?

December 2nd, 2006  · stk

Are We Still in Alberta?

To add yet another layer of complexity in our adjustments to a rural lifestyle, Mother Nature decided that a dump of snow would round out an active month of weather. Geez ... we've seen it all this month. Twenty five millimeters of rain on the 5th, followed by record high temperatures on the 6th and 7th (16°C or 61°F). Mid-month, a rain/wind storm came ripping through that downed trees, closed highways and created flooding in some areas. Recently, we've had several days of snow and cold, reminding everyone who rules the show.

We're told that this weather is unusual and hoping that folks are right. From our perspective, we've had more snow here in "the-most-moderate-climate-in-all-of-Canada", than we did in Edmonton, Alberta last year (we had a brown Christmas). :-/ Apparently, the normal flow of warmer coastal air has been replaced by a blast of cold air from the Yukon (which has been experiencing some of the coldest temperatures on the planet, the past couple of weeks).

All we know is that we're now under a pile of snow, which makes it hard to replace the wood we're using and makes it difficult to do all those outdoor projects we have on the agenda. Topping things off, the pump from the house has failed twice (fortunately, both times it was easily fixed) and we've experienced three LONG power outages (> 2 hours) and a bunch of OFF/ON power hiccups. Life in the country, eh? What a change!!

We're told that this kind of weather is more generally reserved for December and January. Our response: "You mean there's MORE coming?"

"We moved from Alberta to get AWAY from the snow!"

Friends and relatives living in the United States and around the World aren't too sympathetic. The general response, "You DO live in Canada. What do you expect?"

Well, we didn't expect polar bears for (U.S.) Thanksgiving!

As proof that this type of snow is unusual, the nearby town of Ladysmith has (for the first time that the 20-year event has been run) canceled the "Light Up" event, associated with the town's renown "Festival of Lights".

Scott's folks, living in California, will be visiting for Christmas. They're worried about all the snow. Our advice, "Bring warm clothes!" (and maybe some extra wood)! ;)

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PZ3 & Opera v9.02

November 15th, 2006  · stk

Photo-caption Zoom v3 can fail in the latest Opera version (v9.02). It appears to be a problem with the Opera upgrade process. Learn mody ...

A Flip'n, Zooming Upgrade Problem

I've recently tweaked the Photo-Caption Zoom v3 code, to provide support for IE7 and quirks-mode. (I'm still testing it, so the only place you can see it, for now, is in this Randsco new article.)

In fact, I wanted to test if further, by using it on our own website.

I uploaded the CSS and began modifying some XHTML, when I thought, "I'd better check, before I convert too much, that it works in all the browsers."

Low and behold, it didn't "Zoom" properly in Opera v9.02.

"That's odd," I thought, "I'm sure I tested it in Opera when I made the modifications."

Turns out, I did.

If you're experiencing problems with Photo-Caption Zoom v3 in Opera v9.02, read on ...

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The Nickel Tour

November 15th, 2006  · stk

We've been in our new home, on a 5-acre wooded lot, in Yellow Point, on Vancouver Island, for nearly a month. Join us for a virtual, web-tour of the property.

Oot 'n Aboot the Hutton House

For the first time since we've been married, just over 5 years (where has the time gone?), we're home OWNERS, instead of renters. It's also the first time we've lived on acreage and we're excited about that too. We've been here less than a month, but we thought we'd post a brief online tour of the property, for our far-away friends and family.

If real estate is about location, location, location, then we've got a great spot. Yellow Point is an absolutely fantastic, picturesque, pastoral setting. Parks, farms, an English Pub, Lodges, Bed and Breakfasts [1 2 3] ... it's all a short walk or drive.

The 5-acre property is pretty nifty. There's a beaver pond, a seasonal creek, a clearing, woodshed, pump house, chicken coop and play house. There are many tall cedar and Douglas fir trees and oodles of places for Alex to explore.

Check out our new home in the woods!

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Officially Moved

October 24th, 2006  · stk

We're officially moved into our new Vancouver Island home. Rats, deer, dial-up, boxes, wood stoves ... we've been here one week and there's still lots to do ...

Knee-Deep in Boxes, But Functional

It's been nearly a month since we vacated our Edmonton abode. Rachel has been working and living in Nanaimo, renting a room from Liz, who lives close to the hospital. Scott and the Oop have been to California and back, visiting grandparents (who all think that the Oop is 90% cute and only 10% "pain in the ass").

We took possession of our Yellow Point home on October 17th, as planned. It was nice that Cathy (the previous owner) allowed us to put our stuff in the garage, because it meant (in essence) we were ALREADY moved! Of course, the big task was still to haul it all INSIDE and UP the stairs.

We've been here a week. Read on about our current state of chaos ...

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Updated: 25-Oct-2006
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