I haven’t posted anything in almost a year, I know, sad eh.  If I feel up to it, and have something to say, I might start posting again. We shall see I guess.

Anyway, hope you all have had a great Christmas and start of the new year.


It’s been quite a while since my last post, I just haven’t had really anything to say.  This winter has been a humdrum type of winter, very little snow, not real cold, nor warm, just humdrum.  I haven’t been doing a damn thing for weeks.

Anyway, I guess that’s about all, just humdrum.

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