12/06/2013 11:30:00 AM
A old weather saying, "mackerel sky, more wet than dry," came to mind the other day as we were heading up the lake to the cabin. Clouds here in Coastal BC offer a beautiful display in addition to their forecasting properties. I am constantly taking
12/05/2013 11:30:00 AM
Winter is here (even though the calendar says it's a few weeks away). Wayne and I love to use our porch in all seasons, but when it rains, or is breezy, it's hard to do. The roof keeps rain off, but cold seeps in underneath. Restaurants extend outdoo
12/02/2013 11:30:00 AM
It's been a very long time since I last baked bread. I like doing it, but don't often get the chance to devote so much time to the activity. After a period of dormancy, I've been feeding my sourdough starter regularly. To use some of the excess, I've
12/01/2013 11:30:00 AM
For years, boathouses were a fixture in Powell River.
11/28/2013 11:31:00 AM
For all of my American readers and friends ...HAPPY THANKSGIVINGfromUp the Lakethe home ofwww.PowellRiverBooks.comWayne and I will be celebrating our second Thanksgiving of the year up at our cabin. Now that we're Canadian permanent residents, we ge
11/27/2013 11:30:00 AM
T is for New TruckWayne and I've been talking about replacing our truck. It runs fine, but it's a 1997. Last week I went to the two dealers in Powell River. I started with Ford because I consider myself a Ford person. My first car was a Mustang, and
11/26/2013 11:30:00 AM
Last week, I went to town to hear readings from Slices: A Memoir Anthology published by the Powell River Public Library.The Library, with funding from Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program, has been conducting memoir writing workshops. This great
11/25/2013 11:30:00 AM
A Christmas Shopping Suggestionfrom www.PowellRiverBooks.com Come along on a paddling adventure. Grab a paddle as the author leads you on day trips and overnight adventures on the rivers and lakes of northwestern Washington.
11/24/2013 11:30:00 AM
November has brought early snow up the lake.It isn't heavy yet, but the dusting in the high country makes for beautiful reflections on Powell Lake.How is November treating you? Are you getting lots of snow yet?Stop by Weekend Reflections for more gre
11/23/2013 11:30:00 AM
It's no fun to get home and find you've been invaded by mice. We figured we'd been inundated by hoards because there was evidence -- in the kitchen, bathroom, even upstairs in the bedroom. You know what I mean - poop everywhere!I attacked the kitchen
11/22/2013 11:30:00 AM
This week the temperatures have dipped below freezing at night.Got to be a bit careful, the deck is frosty and slippery ...... until the sun comes up to melt it off.Today is Sky Watch Friday. Go to the Sky Watch Friday website and you'll see sky pho
11/21/2013 11:30:00 AM
Last year, I was successful in keeping some of my geraniums alive outdoors over winter. You can see what I did here. Two of the four roots survived and regrew into beautiful big plants with large blossoms. This year I had even more geraniums, so I de
11/20/2013 11:30:00 AM
S is for Satellite RadioLast week I posted about technology, explaining that our float cabin is off the "technology grid" for Internet. But we do use satellite technology for radio.
11/19/2013 11:30:00 AM
Living off the grid has a lot of joys. It makes our environmental footprint less, we live a simple lifestyle, and it challenges us to do things differently. The cold months will soon be here, and our heat is 100% from wood. Our Kozi woodstove does a
11/17/2013 10:23:00 AM
This time of year, our skies are usually cloudy or foggy. Occasionally, they are brilliantly clear. Recently, we headed down the lake on calm water with bright blue above, and beautiful reflections below.Cassiar Island in the foreground with a small
11/15/2013 11:30:00 AM
Fog cleared from Powell Lake in what seemed like just moments.But, the narrow channel of Powell River let the remaining fog over the Strait of Georgia make its way to the Shinglemill marina. Our finger was easily visible at the edge of the gloom, but
11/14/2013 11:30:00 AM
Last week I told you about how important our chainsaw is for gathering wood. Without our wood-burning stove, we couldn't live in our cabin year-round. Another important task is maintaining our woodstove to prevent creosote buildup.Several times durin
11/13/2013 11:03:00 AM
R is for Redwood Stain... once you're finished painting, you have to start all over again. That's what Wayne says about our float cabin deck.At least once a year, the cedar boards need to be repainted with wood stain. We've tried a variety of colours
11/11/2013 11:30:00 AM
My life took a lot of twists and turns last year, and I didn't use my sourdough starter.
11/10/2013 11:30:00 AM
Each sunny day this time of year deserves celebration.Can you see the line of clouds just over the treetops? That's evidence of the jet stream. The jet stream is an area of fast moving air where air masses meet. This shows we are in a fair weather po
11/09/2013 11:30:00 AM
Give a little bit ofPowell Riverfor ChristmasPut a little "sunshine" into your holiday shopping. Head on over to www.PowellRiverBooks.com and take a look inside these exciting books in Wayne's Coastal BC Stories series. They're popular with locals an
11/08/2013 11:30:00 AM
On a normal day, we get two sunsets. The first is when the sun sinks below the Bunster Range to the west and direct sunlight leaves our cabin deck. The second, is when the sun's shadow reaches the top of Goat Island in front of our cabin. For us, tha
11/07/2013 11:30:00 AM
Our 1995 Bayliner 2452 Classic is for sale.
11/06/2013 10:48:00 AM
Q is for Quest I would like to take this opportunity to introduce a high school student from Powell River, BC, who dreams of going on a personal quest to Antarctica as part of an educational program called Students on Ice to learn about environmental
11/05/2013 11:30:00 AM
This time of year we use our chainsaw a lot. We are gathering wood to store for winter use in our Kozi woodstove.
11/04/2013 10:35:00 AM
We enjoyed fresh tomatoes all October. Even though I picked them green in late September to ripen indoors, they turned out perfect. But when it came time for a trip at the end of October, I had a few left we couldn't consume.I decided to stew the las
11/03/2013 11:30:00 AM
After our long bout with fog ...... we had a front move through bringing lots of northwest wind.The trees on the bluff gave up lots of needles to float on the calm lake the next morning.Stop by Weekend Reflections for more great photos from around th
11/02/2013 11:30:00 AM
Early Bird Christmas Shopping Suggestionfrom www.PowellRiverBooks.com The book that started it all!
11/01/2013 11:30:00 AM
http://osubeaverstore.comIt's football weekend. Wayne and I came down to Oregon State in Corvallis to watch the match-up with our team from the University of Southern California. The USC Trojans met the Oregon Beavers for an excellent football game t
10/29/2013 13:53:00 PM
Everyone (well almost) is addicted to technology these days. It's a part of our lives whether we want it or not. Going "off the grid" has come to mean not using your handheld for 24-hours rather than living without a connection to the electrical grid
10/27/2013 18:18:00 PM
We've had fog every day for over a week. When it was high, it lasted all day and night.
10/25/2013 11:30:00 AM
Right in front of our cabin, Goat Island has a superb display of maples turning yellow and orange. The swath of glorious colour paints up the hillsides through stream carved gullies and across expose rocky slopes.Have you ever wondered how this colou
10/24/2013 11:30:00 AM
We just took a ride to the head of Powell Lake in our new boat.
10/23/2013 17:21:00 PM
I have to be honest. I'm not expert at canning. I've made jams, preserved berries, and a few pickles. I found this recipe in a magazine, but altered it to make a single pint of refrigerator pickles, just enough for Wayne and I to enjoy as a special t
10/22/2013 11:30:00 AM
Every once in a while, the story about how Wayne and I came to live in a float cabin on Powell Lake hits the press.
10/20/2013 11:30:00 AM
Small Business Week in Canada is celebrated from October 20 through 26. It's sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) to recognize the importance of small and medium size businesses to the nationwide economy. This year's theme is "S
10/15/2013 11:30:00 AM
As you know, I love to visit thrift stores. I always go to the Hospital Auxiliary Economy Shop when I'm in town on a weekday, but on weekends, only the new MCC Thrift Store is open. It's operated by the Mennonite Central Committee and profits are use
10/14/2013 11:30:00 AM
For all of my Canadian readers and friends ...HAPPY THANKSGIVINGfromUp the Lakethe home ofwww.PowellRiverBooks.comWayne and I are lucky to be able to celebrate two Thanksgivings now that we are Canadian permanent residents. If you are celebrating you
10/12/2013 11:30:00 AM
Some vegetables are in their prime in the fall, especially in northern climes. I planted my tomatoes in June from starts I got at the nursery. They grew throughout the summer and finally had tomatoes setting in August. I was able to pick my first
10/11/2013 11:30:00 AM
I'm a horse lover from way back. Whoever nicknamed these clouds mare's tails knew both their skies and animals well.
10/09/2013 09:53:00 AM
M is for Margy Several weeks ago Kay used the letter "K" to introduce herself.
10/08/2013 11:30:00 AM
These are terms for fog that forms over water. Over salt water it's called sea smoke, over fresh water it is called steam fog.
10/06/2013 03:04:00 AM
On calm days, it can be very tranquil out in First Narrows.Gentle ripples in the water become mirrors to reflect the sky.They make a picture better than any artist could create.Here are the ripples in action.Stop by Weekend Reflections for more great
10/04/2013 11:30:00 AM
From up on the cliff on a sunny day, it looks like my garden is floating in the sky rather than on the lake.I am busy putting it to bed for the winter months.Things I still have to do are:cut down my asparagus ferns and use them to mulch the rootsput
10/02/2013 10:45:00 AM
L is for Logo Every company needs a logo. It allows for quick product recognition by customers. When Wayne and I created our company Powell River Books to publish his Coastal BC Stories, we wanted a logo that was meaningful to us and the books he was
10/01/2013 11:30:00 AM
You know we love our float cabin home in all seasons, but everyone needs a little sunshine when the clouds and rain roll in. Many Canadians become Snowbirds in the winter months. They head out in RVs or to part-time residences in places like Southern
09/29/2013 11:30:00 AM
You've heard about our Hewescraft purchase, but what about our other boats. Things were getting a bit crowded around the cabin, so we decided to downsize.
09/28/2013 11:30:00 AM
There's nothing like a new boat. Not just new to us, but brand new. We said we would never purchase a new boat again, you usually get more bang for your buck with a gently used boat. But we fell in love with the Hewescraft Ocean Pro, but none were av
09/27/2013 11:30:00 AM
Last Monday when we headed out of Hole in the Wall to First Narrows, the sky told the whole tale.
09/26/2013 11:30:00 AM
Wayne and I love to go to Powell River Kings Junior "A" Hockey games. Our hometown team draws players from around Canada and beyond. It's great hockey and lots of fun joining our neighbours to cheer the players on.Your next chance to see a home game
09/24/2013 19:15:00 PM
Or at least several claps of thunder.
09/23/2013 11:30:00 AM
Each year I grow potatoes in barrels. I get enough from three barrels for Wayne and I to enjoy through the winter. I've found that Yukon Golds make a nice sized spud that stays firm and fresh when stored for months. Any that do sprout by spring I use
09/22/2013 11:30:00 AM
Wayne, John, Bro (John's trusty Lab), and I took the new Hewescraft out for a leisurely cruise.
09/15/2013 17:58:00 PM
This week we had an unexpected run of summer weather return. We used it judiciously to head to our favourite beach on Powell Lake.We took the tin boat around to Chippewa Bay and met John, Mike, and Craig for a swim and relaxing afternoon on the sandy
09/14/2013 18:21:00 PM
Bro is a famous pooch here in Powell River.
09/12/2013 11:30:00 AM
Each month I offer FREE book days for my Kindle readers. Don't miss this exciting science fiction offering during September.Click Here on September 13for a FREE Across the Galactic SeaDescription: Spaceship Challenger is on mankinds first true
09/11/2013 11:30:00 AM
I is for Iron Maiden I love visiting the commercial harbour in Steveston, BC with all of its classic work boats.Here's one named the Iron Maiden. When I took the pictures, I was attracted to the classic fishing boat style, and the clean looking blu
09/10/2013 11:30:00 AM
When you live on the water, having a skookum (strong) boat is important. Since 2002, we've used our Campion bowrider to travel to and from our float cabin. She's a fine boat, especially in summer when the passenger can sit up front and enjoy a cool b
09/09/2013 10:00:00 AM
This week I stopped by the Cozy Corner Books and Coffee in Bellingham.
09/08/2013 11:30:00 AM
Whether I'm looking ahead or checking the rearview mirror, quad riding in the Powell River backcountry is exhilaratin -- blue skies, white clouds, green forests, bright pink Fireweed.Because our winters are mild, we can ride year round, except in the
09/06/2013 11:30:00 AM
Storms march across the Pacific Ocean to land on the west coast of North American.A daylight crossing to Hawaii allowed us to see just how this happens.Fortunately, it was a fairly calm day with puffy clearing clouds.Maybe some of this moisture will
09/05/2013 11:30:00 AM
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09/04/2013 10:30:00 AM
H is for Hawaii Sometimes you have to leave paradise to see what the rest of the world has to offer.
09/03/2013 11:30:00 AM
Palm trees grow tall with a crown of branches (fronds) at the top, and their trunks angle with the prevailing winds. Here are some from our trip last week to see the USC vs. University of Hawaii football game. Walk a little ways from the hubbub of Wa
08/29/2013 11:30:00 AM
Not far from our float cabin home, logging roads reach deep into the back country. These paths, carved out of the deep forest, allow us to explore on foot and by quad. The extensive network of trails are also filled with logging history if you know w
08/28/2013 13:07:00 PM
G is for End-of-Summer GardenWhere did the summer go? It seems to have come to an abrupt end here in Coastal BC. Up the lake, gardening in my float garden and deck pots is slowing down.I've pulled all of my garlic and onions to dry and store. My pota
08/27/2013 11:30:00 AM
We have an unusual plant on our cliff, it's called Stonecrop. It's unusual because it's a succulent that you would expect to find in a drier climate, but it seems to thrive on the sunny face of our cliff. Surprisingly, in Coastal British Columbia, yo
08/25/2013 11:30:00 AM
Not only did we get great sunrises and sunsets while anchored this week at Rebecca Spit Marina Park in Drew Harbour, the full moon rising over the trees was really spectacular.This sailboat was anchored next to us in the glassy calm water.Stop by Wee
08/23/2013 20:56:00 PM
This week Wayne and I had a wonderful cruise to Heriot Bay on Quadra Island.
08/18/2013 17:09:00 PM
Our boat is moored in Powell River's North Harbour at the end of the dock, right next to the breakwater.We spent the night on the boat, anticipating an early start to our cruise in the morning. Stop by Weekend Reflections for more great photos from a
08/13/2013 11:30:00 AM
As you know, I don't have a lot of space in my garden. Consequently, I grow things in pots on the deck whenever possible. For the last three years I've grown garlic in three small pots. But this year is the first that I've harvested a big crop for my
08/12/2013 15:24:00 PM
When we're in the middle of one of the warmest summers we can remember here in Coastal BC, starting a fire in our woodstove is the farthest thing from our minds. But it's a great time to start filling the woodshed, giving the wood plenty of time to d
08/10/2013 11:30:00 AM
Back when I-5 was closed due to the collapse of the Skagit River bridge, we still had to drive to Seattle. The normal hour and forty-five minute drive was greatly extended by the detour. But at such a slow speed, you got to see things more up close a
08/08/2013 11:56:00 AM
While we were anchored off Gibsons Landing, a classic trimaran was floating on the hook next to us. It's hull matched the beautiful blue sky and sea.
08/07/2013 01:06:00 AM
During our recent cruise on the chuck (ocean), our destination was Gibsons, BC, to see our friends Ken and Sam. Our first night out, we stopped in Ballet Bay on Nelson Island. There was no rush, so we slept in and got a mid-morning start.Our route fo
08/04/2013 13:57:00 PM
This morning we started the day with North by Northwest, a popular CBC radio program.
08/03/2013 00:26:00 AM
Last week Wayne and I took a short cruise down the Sunshine Coast from Powell River to Gibsons to visit friends. Our first night out we stopped in Ballet Bay. It isn't that far from Powell River, and it's a well protected anchorage in a beautiful loc
07/31/2013 18:34:00 PM
C is for Chuck Cruising Cat Stick relaxing on the aft deck.Have you ever gone cruising with a cat? Last week was a first for Wayne and me. Our cat Stick Tail now travels with us. Most of the time he stays at home in the float cabin, content to sleep
07/30/2013 11:30:00 AM
Wood is a very important part of our lives. Our floating cabin is wood framed and built on a large raft of cedar logs. Our "yard" is bordered by log booms. We use floating stumps for protection from waves and decoration. Firewood keeps us warm all wi
07/29/2013 11:30:00 AM
Each year we love watching the birds that arrive in spring and stay with us all summer. Two weeks ago, our Violet-green Swallows fledged. One day they were there, the next they were gone.
07/28/2013 11:30:00 AM
Wayne and I have been up the lake at the cabin a lot this month.
07/27/2013 11:30:00 AM
OK, I know what you're thinking ... fish, right? Well, our catch and release system extends from fishing to other critters as well.You've read about how we annually catch Woodrats (Packrats) that invade our garden and deck pots.
07/26/2013 21:52:00 PM
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07/26/2013 21:34:00 PM
Each month I offer FREE book days for my Kindle readers. Don't miss this exciting science fiction offering during July, August, and September.Click Here on July 26for a FREE Across the Galactic SeaDescription: Spaceship Challenger is on mankind
07/20/2013 11:30:00 AM
Last week when Wayne and I were enjoying the lake in our tin boat, I happened to look up and see something dark moving across a rock slide on the lake shore. At first I thought it might be a black wolf. One has been seen in our area. But as we moved
07/19/2013 11:30:00 AM
Back in April, I shared how our float cabin is anchored to shore with steel cables. Steel is strong, but subject to the wear and tear. The attachment point of the cable holding our transition float frayed. Wayne make a temporary fix with rope that l
07/18/2013 11:30:00 AM
Our Bayliner 2350 Halcyon Days is now for sale.Summer's here and the cruisin' is easy. I've written a lot about our boating adventures. Here's a chance for you to own the boat that's the main character from several popular Coastal BC Stories books i
07/17/2013 11:30:00 AM
A is for Afghan As far back as I can remember, Mom was an avid crocheter. She made numerous shawls, ponchos, doilies, Christmas ornaments, and afghans for family and friends.
07/16/2013 11:30:00 AM
Wayne and I were sitting on the deck of the Laughing Oyster Restaurant at Okeover Inlet on a warm summer day in 2001. At the table next to us we overheard people talking about a cabin on the lake. The conversation went something like this:Guy in bi
07/14/2013 11:30:00 AM
We live in Hole in the Wall on Powell Lake, BC. It's near a location known locally as First Narrows. First Narrows is about 25 minutes up the lake (depending on how powerful your boat is).Before the dam was installed at the paper mill in town, First
07/13/2013 11:30:00 AM
Every year I have to do battle with the neighbourhood Bushy Tailed Woodrat (Packrat). Some years, it's more than one. Some years, like this one, it's both spring and fall. The first hint that Ms. Woodrat has arrived is "harvesting" displayed in piles
07/11/2013 11:30:00 AM
I love used bookstores. Right across the street from our Powell River condo is Kingfisher Used Books. I like to go there and browse the shelves. In addition to used books, they have a shelf for local authors. I found a book that caught my interest.
07/10/2013 11:30:00 AM
Z is for ZungaWhat's a zunga? One even made the cover of the 2009 Discover Powell River Magazine. "You know someone is from Powell River when they know what the word zunga means. The term elicits confused expressions from those who had not grown up k
07/09/2013 11:30:00 AM
Last week we went airplane camping. In many ways, it's similar to car camping. You pack up the tent, sleeping bag, air mattress, chairs, lanterns, and cooler. For longer trips, you can take the Coleman stove and all the cooking and eating paraphernal
07/08/2013 16:09:00 PM
This year we'll be spending more time at the float cabin during the winter, so we need to put more wood in our floating woodshed. Usually we wait until fall, but this year we got an early start. Snow melt raises the lake, and gets wood previously tra
07/07/2013 11:30:00 AM
In back of our cabin, the lake surface can get mirror smooth. When that happens, it doubles our viewing pleasure.This decorative log has been producing a garden of lupine for several years now. Doesn't that make an attractive floating flower box? An
07/06/2013 11:30:00 AM
Subtitle: I've Got a GirlfriendBert The Third (the third male Barn Swallow to take up residence at our float cabin) has been singing up a storm, even in the rain. How do we know he's the third? Well, for many years we had the same pair of swallows re
07/05/2013 10:11:00 AM
Early in the morning, the coast and nearby valleys often fill with low lying clouds. After sunrise, the warming air helps them dissipate, sometimes in a blink of the eye.Flying from Chehalis to Bellingham, Washington, we crossed the line between clou
07/04/2013 11:30:00 AM
Wayne and I love airplane camping. One of our favourite spots is the Chehalis/Centralia Airport (KCLS).During the disastrous storm of December 2007, the Chehalis River flooded the airport and nearby I-5. Today, there's little evidence of the deva
07/03/2013 11:30:00 AM
Y is for Yellow MossThe moss covering the granite cliff next to our cabin changes with the seasons, sort of like a botanic chameleon. This time of year it has a pretty yellow glow.Not much else can grow on the rocky surface, but with all this colour