Monday, December 31, 2012

Snowblower Update

After trying everything we could and all we knew about with the snowblower, I insisted Mark
go and discuss the problem with the next door neighbor, Paul.  Mark came home with an industrial
heat gun and the words of Paul ringing in his head. Yup, think your impeller is probably froze up.

(Which if you remember is where the last post left off. Mark had my hair dryer and was going to try
that next.)

Took another 20 minutes or, so but, the heat gun worked! There was a whole bunch of ice behind
the impeller we could not see. The heat gun made fast work of melting it. I was never so happy to
see that impeller and auger turn. Yippee!

Oh and the snowblower isn't just used to clear the driveway and the sidewalk. DH of mine makes
paths in our back acre for our little girl, Gracie, to charge around on. Otherwise she would be chest
deep in the snow. I should get you a picture of her out in the snow. She's so dang cute.

Anyway, all's well that ends well.

Best Wishes

I know the song behind this video but, can't name it.
Can you help me out?
Just leave a comment if you think you know.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Post Christmas Excitement

What have you been doing for fun today?
Working on getting our snow blower working again.
The shear pin on one end of the auger sheared off.
It needs to be replaced.
(Thank goodness we had two spares.)

Check this link;

But, seems the shear pin was not the only thing wrong with the snow blower.
The auger still won't spin.
Which means the snow that fell yesterday can not be cleared from the driveway.

Thought the impeller might be frozen to it's housing.
Poured a bottle of isoproply alcohol on the impeller.
Took alot of the ice away.
But, due to the housing it's hard to see if the ice is really and truly gone.

Plus with the temperature at a -14's terribly cold outside.
Nasty working conditions. 

Next will be the hair dryer on the impeller.
Or, going next door and seeing our neighbor, Paul, who is mechanically inclined for his thoughts. 

Keep your fingers crossed for some good luck here.
We really need our snow blower.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Day

All is well. Subdued and quiet here. But, that's the norm for us.

We spent yesterday entertaining our close friend, Lisa. She lives over an hour away so to have had her here is special to us. She arrived laden with gifts and food stuffs. The food was her idea. She made most of our dinner and I filled in the bare spots in the menu.

You would have found us sitting at the dining room table and having some great cheeses she had picked up as we visited and chatted for well over an hour.Then we realized how dark it was starting to get outside. Lisa hates (as much as I do) driving in the dark. So it was time to eat.

Our menu included: ham, beef, risotto w/pine nuts, yams with apple chunks all from Lisa's hands. I added a few things from our garden I had canned; pickles, beets and chutney and some green beans which also were part of this past year's garden harvest. Our dessert was supposed to be a pumpkin pie. But, Lisa did confess and say she made one without a recipe and it didn't gel. I told her I would cover our dessert. I made a pecan/maple layer cake with a cream cheese frosting. Oh yum! Sent a good portion of that home with Lisa. Get those sweets away from me!!!!! 

I hope everyone is having or, has had a wonderful day. Happy Christmas! 

Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Christmas Eve

 Want to know where Santa is? Or, how to send a Santa message to a friend?
Google has got you covered.
Merry Christmas Eve to you and yours.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas

 While you enjoy your day enjoy some beautiful music with pictures.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Repeat post from 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Geminids are coming

In the same vein as yesterday's post I bring you the info on the Geminid showers...

The Geminid meteors should perform well after nightfall on Monday, December 13. They will continue into the next night, December 14 th. Hopefully, the full moon's (Dec. 21st) light won't interfer too much with the viewing of this spectacular show.

No other meteor shower boasts more meteors than the Geminids—with 75 per hour in a dark sky. Plus, viewing is all night (whereas most meteor showers are predawn)!i

  • Where to look? The "point of origin" is where the flight course starts from. This is a good place to start. The bright and fast Geminids will appear to come from the northeast out of the Geminid twins.
  • You don't need any special equipment! To enjoy, just find a dark place free from man-made lights, spread a blanket (if you live up north where I live, bring extra blankets and a thermos of hot chocolate) on the ground, and look up in the dark night sky!

Little old me...

My photo
An american yankee up past the 49th parellel.