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, November 10, 2007

Temp: -20
Windchill: -31
Sunrise: 8:36 a.m.
Sunset: 3:40 p.m.
Was a sunny and beautiful day it was!

3:30 p.m. Sunset over the playground at school. Gettin' dark early now.

Well, it's been a long time since writing. Unfortunately, I had to send my computer out for repairs yet again! Ahh well. With any luck it's fixed and good.

I'm trying to think what's been going on in the last few weeks. They've really flown by that's for sure! In the middle of October two boys went out hunting on a Monday after school and didn't return home. The weather was really cooling off by then and the nights getting quite chilly so everyone was, of course, really concerned. The Rangers were called in the next day for search and rescue but it was difficult for them as there was also a mother and son who'd gone out hunting on the Sunday night in Arviat and hadn't returned so the Rangers were doing double duty between the two communities. But, thankfully, all were found on Wednesday and everyone is safe and sound.

The lake froze over finally about two weeks ago and true to form people were out on it fishing within a couple days. Yikes! I am wayyy too chicken for that! The guys went ice fishing this afternoon and said it's about 14 inches thick now so tomorrow I will venture out to check it out. The weather was pretty cold this week (I was out on recess duty on Tuesday and the windchill was -40) but today was beautiful and tomorrow looks to be the same.

Here are a few pics of the whole barge process. Blogger wasn't allowing uploading of pics for awhile so I'm putting up a bunch of random shots from the last little while.

The barge that brought in the groceries

Some of the pallets that needed to be delivered

Woohoo! There she be!

Here it comes

Gettin' stocked up

Here's a picture of the one barge that's still in the bay, frozen in. Apparently an ice breaker is going to come and get it out at some point.

And as far as Halloween went, it was a lot of fun with the kids. I was a scarecrow; not so original and I had to borrow pretty much everything to pull it together but it was fun and the kids liked it.

For the treats to hand out, Tania and I had the brainy idea to make popcorn for the kids this year. First, we decorated 200 brown bags.

Then, we made popcorn to stuff those 200 brown bags. Sheesh! What a process THAT was!! :-) But, it was fun and gave us some laughs while doing it. And, my floor stayed squeaky clean because it turns out that Oliver LOVES popcorn. Good times..

Working two popcorn poppers at once... pretty talented! ;-)

And this is what 200 bags of popcorn and two very tired girls look like!

Thankfully the weather cooperated with the little ones for Halloween because on the 29th we had our first blizzard day!! It was a really nice surprise because we didn't have much loose snow to speak of and when I went to bed it was clear as could be. Love surprises like that (when I'm not trying to catch a flight out)!

Other than that, it's hard to believe how fast time is going this year. We're already nearly half way through November! Crazy... Although Monday didn't feel like time was passing quickly because I had the flu. So, like a good girl I went for my flu shot yesterday and, other than a pretty good headache from it, I should be good to go for the year. Fingers crossed because the flu and colds have been pretty rampant already.


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