Treena's Travels

This blog was set up to journal my experience of living in Nunavut and keep friends and family up to date on these happenings. It's a wonderful place, this hideaway in the north, and I'm loving my time here. An unforgettable place with unforgettable people. I'm lucky to be here.

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Location: Baker Lake, Nunavut, Canada

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Temp: 2
Cloudy, calling for flurries, and VERY muddy

Well, since I last wrote I finally received the ever-elusive barge order I'd been waiting on. I got it last Saturday and I have to say it was pretty exciting to get my first barge order! It was fun packing it all away and knowing there were some things I wouldn't have to worry about buying at the Northern or shipping in on Foodmail. I've been trying for a few days to upload some pictures but our internet up here has been terribly slow lately.

We had a nice Thanksgiving over at Tania and Chad's last weekend. Mmmmm turkey!! The whole gang was there and then after dinner we played a bit of Cranium which was fun.

The weather has been very mild these last couple of weeks; we had a couple good snow storms at the end of September but since then we've had a lot of rain and the snow has mostly melted away. It's crazy. By now the lake should be frozen, people out on it ice fishing and there should be a fair bit of snow on the ground. It's funny and I know most people would think I'm crazy but I don't like this mild weather. Red mud gets all over everything and we haven't had a plane get into town since Wednesday because of the thick fog we've had. FOG! In October! Bizzarre..... Actually, a flight finally got in today and it had freight on it which is a good thing because the Northern was out of milk, eggs, bread, fruits and vegs since Monday and a whole lot of other stuff. Pretty frustrating I have to say. Between the planes being unable to make it in and the mining companies buying up a lot of the groceries at the store for their camps it's been slim pickings for a while now.

Other than that, I'm just really looking forward to Halloween. Haven't figured out a costume yet but I'll have to get on that this weekend. Can't have the kids upstaging me now can I?! :-)

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Temp: -4
Sunny again today!

Today was a pretty cool day. At school we had a nice laid back day before an extra long weekend for the kids. In the afternoon a scavenger hunt was planned for the whole school and it was so nice to be outside wandering around in the sun instead of inside a classroom. Good times... Tomorrow the kids have no school as we have an inservice so it will feel like an extra long weekend for us to!

Other than that, not too much else is new in Baker. A barge is in the bay but unfortunately it's a fuel barge and not the food one. Ours should be here on Tuesday, fingers crossed. At least the lake hasn't taken a notion to freeze yet. We've had a couple good snow storms this week and so snow is on the ground again and it looks like it's here to stay. Skidoos are out, snowmen are popping up all over the place, and the Northern store has it's Christmas decorations out! Can you imagine? I mean I'm a pretty festive gal but seriously.... before Halloween??? Crazy.

Last night my neighbours came by to help me unclog my bathroom sink and, although it drains like a beaut now, it made one heck of a mess! When it was being plunged the grungy fluid shot out the drain on the side of the sink and splashed all over the place. Now that is serious pressure. Too funny.

Well, Thanksgiving is upon us and this weekend should be kind of nice; we're doing a supper on Saturday night. Mmmmmmm turkey. Can't wait!! And with any luck we'll get out for a bit of a trip this weekend. It's calling for flurries pretty much all weekend so time will tell. I've got a hankering to go sliding and just play while the weather is still mild.

And of course, as is par for the course, a bad flu has been going around the community. Lots of kids and several teachers have fallen victim to it and Chris, who also lives in our building, got it too the poor bugger. So, to limit the spread of the virus to the rest of the building a couple of pranksters (who shall remain nameless) posted this sign on his door. But, it seems to have done the trick! Touch wood, I'm still healthy!

And here's a picture of our principal, Ivan, delivering pancakes to the classes. Very creative apron Ivan!