Short Drive-about

I needed to get out and away from the house yesterday, so I took a quickish drive-about.  I’ve drive this route many times, and it’s always beautiful in the winter.  Drove up Arvon Rd.  and around to Silver Rd. then Indian Rd. and out to the Herman area.  After a good snowfall, it’s a wonderful drive.

Silver River from Silver Road.

Herman Road

Hunt For Icy Stuff

Headed up to the Keweenaw yesterday in hopes of some big ice on the rocks, not much yet. I think it’s been to warm until the past few days for a good ice build up.
The weather was really crappy north of Calumet. The was either light freezing rain falling or a few wet snow.
Also, I couldn’t fly the drone too much, one due to the freezing crap icing up my rotor blades, and two… there were too many eagles hunting along the shore and they were eyeballing the drone.
Today I woke up to 2 fresh inches of snow, then at 7:00 AM the lake effect machine kicked in.  By noon I had 7.3 inches and the sun came out, so it was time to shovel and clear the driveway.

Icy Islands

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone.

I’ll be spending my day alone and trying to clear the driveway, it could take quite some time due to my hip problems.
Other than that, nothing I guess.

Freighters in the Bay

After defrosting the car from an inch of snow on top of an inch of frozen rain and graupel mix,  I head to to store for a few groceries.  On the way I noticed three freighters in the bay taking refuge from the storm.  Knowing I wouldn’t be able to get much of a photo from shore to include all three, I decided to fly the drone up from the house and see what I could get.

From left to right, John J Boland, John G Munson and Cason J Callaway.

Freighters on Keweenaw Bay

Freighters on Keweenaw Bay

Things… And Frank

Meet Frank, Frank the Fox Squirrel.  This Fox Squirrel has been coming by for a few weeks now, but this is the first time I’ve gotten a photo of him.  It’s nice to have another type of squirrel around here besides the damn Red Squirrels.

In other news… This past Wednesday was my boss’ last day at work.  We’ve known each other for many years, worked together for many years and at two different places of work.  We’ve gone through quite a bit together, work wise and personal.  He will be missed.

A long awaited, as in years, update to our employee handbook has been published and becomes effective January 1st.  The following is from the handbook about Teleworking, which involves me big time.  The yellow text makes me feel a little better about my position.
“Teleworking, or telecommuting, is the concept of working from home or another location on a full- or part-time basis. Teleworking is not a formal, universal employee benefit. Rather, it is an alternative method of meeting the needs of the organization. LTBB has the right to mandate or refuse teleworking requests.
LTBB’s policies for teleworking are as follows:
1. Compensation and Work Hours: The employee’s compensation, benefits, work status and work responsibilities will not change due to participation in the teleworking program. The amount of time the employee is expected to work per day or pay period will not change as a result of participation in the teleworking program.
2. Eligibility: Successful teleworkers have the support of their supervisors. Employees will be selected based on the suitability of their jobs, an evaluation of the likelihood of their being successful teleworkers, and an evaluation of their supervisor’s ability to manage remote workers. Each department will make its own selections.
3. All teleworkers must sign a work agreement.”
Also, this past week I’ve had a couple conversations, work related and just general talk, with my new boss, though he is only interim I believe he will have some pull.  He seems like quite a nice guy and we seem to get long quite well.  So that’s good.  This also makes me feel a little better about my job.

Frank The Fox Squirrel

Been in a Funk

I’ve been out and about a little over the past few weeks, but haven’t posted anything due to being in quite a downward fuck.  Just not feeling good about life.

So… without going into much, here are the photos and videos I’ve taken.

Agate Falls

Agate Falls

Agate Falls

Agate Falls

Agate Falls

Old Victoria

Old Victoria

Old Victoria

Old Victoria

Old Victoria

Old Victoria

Old Victoria

Old Victoria

Old Victoria

Old Victoria

Huron River Mouth

Icy Shore 1 Mile East of Huron River

KLT – Lake Glazon – Lake Superior Shore

KLT – Lake Glazon – Lake Superior Shore

KLT – Lake Glazon – Lake Superior Shore

Point Abbaye

Yesterday I was going to stay home and try to get a couple things done, but it was way too nice out so I headed out to Point Abbaye.  It was a nice sunny day with little to no wind, so I thought it was be a good day to fly the drone around the point.  I really miss being able to hike around, but with the way my hip is, all I can do is stand in one place.

Point Abbaye

Point Abbaye

Busy and Other Stuff

And once again I haven’t posted in a while… bad me.  I seem to post my photos and videos on Facebook, but neglect my blog.  Pure laziness.  We haven’t had much snow yet this year, which is quite unusual, so everything is a drab brown and not very pretty.  So I haven’t been out taking photos and such much at all.  I plan on getting out and about next week as I have three days off from work plus the weekend giving me 5 days.
Also, work has been putting me in quite a down mood.  One, they are having some company develop a new website and not evolving me, not at all, nothing.  Then two, my boss just put in his notice and I’m really worried what is going to happen now.

Anyway, here are some photos and videos I have taken over the past couple weeks in order of oldest to newest.

Evening Grosbeak – Male

Keweenaw Trust Cabin

Abbaye Point

Evening Grosbeaks

Cliff River Falls

Cliff River Falls

Northern Cardinal – Male

Northern Cardinal – Male

Rusty Blackbird

Rusty Blackbird