Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sometimes You Have To Get Creative

Thankfully it's warmed up here.

In fact, it's damn near tropical at -5.  It sure beats the -40 (with the windchill) that we've had the past few days.

I try not to complain about the weather, because the truth is, it's not surprising.  I've lived in Alberta my whole life.  Chances are pretty good that at some point between the months of November and March that there will be a ton of snow.  Chances are the thermometer will dip below -30.  Chances are there isn't a damn thing I can do about it, so I try not to dwell on the fact that it's cold.

But the cold brings about problems that drive me crazy.

The kids are cold.  I must dress them in all the gear from toques to ski pants to snow boots and beyond.  easy fix.
The Yukon won't start. I must plug it in....problem solved.

The one thing that drives me the satellite dish. 
Since the guy who installed it was a lazy SOB (that Starchoice sent), it sits in the one spot on our roof that always (and I mean ALWAYS) gets a snow drift. 
When my husband is home, I usually complain enough that he manages to concoct a scheme involving ladders and broom handles taped together. However, he currently is away....and

I'm just too damn short.

I tried that, but we don't have a very tall ladder, so currently I'm hooped.

I figured that it'd melt in a few days, but now we are on day 5 with cooped up kidlets and no TV.  Thankfully we have an extensive DVD collection.

So I thought, I could do this....I can fix that blasted satellite dish....I mean , why can't I?

After much consideration....I decided that this was my best option:
(yes...that exact model)
So, if you happened to drive by last night and saw me precariously perched on a chair from our patio set spraying hot water 40 feet in the air ...that's what I was up to.

and just for the didn't work.
(and I ended up with a soaking wet arm...and now there is probably and inch of ice on the damn thing)

But as I's warming up here...only another 3 days and I'm betting the Satellite will come around.

What has been your best unconventional fix it plan?


  1. I just envisioned the water freezing in the air.
    Hahahahah! You are truely silly. I've done some silly fix-its but I can't think of one right now.

    It's considerably warmer at site too. The weather Network says it's -10 in Fort McKay and we're about 30 mins North of there. It's snowing like crazy though! It will be a long ride back to camp tonight. Booums.

  2. It didn't work?? It sounded like a good idea to me! I have no clue what it would feel like to be in that kind of weather. We freak out down here in Texas when the thermometer drops into the 50s. I hope your TV works soon!!

  3. HOW COLD! And I thought the balmy 10 degrees we're hitting in Wisconsin today was bloody freezing compared to where I live in Michigan, especially with my Texas certainly have put things in perspective...brr!

  4. Great god.....I hate the warm air of November here in the good ole South, but -30? No thanks. I complain when it is 40 here.


    Cute story though. Do y'all have Netflix in Alberta?