Sunday, 4 December 2016

Movie Review: Rooftop Christmas Tree

Hubby was watching curling, by the fire in the basement. I'm entertaining some cold symptoms by watching sappy Christmas movies under a warm blanket, with thick socks and orange juice! There are lots of Christmas-themed shows on TV.  For this I am thankful. It's cold, damp and dreary here. The snow melted, and the rains fell.

This show was filmed in our region:

The Rooftop Christmas Tree

The director is David Winning, Bryar Freed wrote the screenplay, and Landria Onkka wrote the book on which the film is based.

The movie stars Morgan, Reid and Huszar, supported by a crew of many.
Michelle Morgan appeared in the television show Heartland.
Tim Reid is perhaps best known for the role of Venus Flytrap on the television comedy WKRP in Cincinnati. I knew I recognized Tim Reid. My feeble, phlem-drenched brain couldn't pin it down. I did some research.
Stephen Huszar has starred in various film and television productions.
Douglas Moyle:

Douglas Moyle's photo.
March 13/2016–Thanks Douglas Moyle 
for sharing this awesome pic.
Actor Tim Reed, well-known for his role
as Venus Flytrap on WKRP in Cincinnati.
It was filmed at Cedarhill Christmas Tree Farm, and on Elgin St. in Almonte, last February/March.

They used local extras –$12/hour in the cold!

The courtroom scenes were filmed at Carleton Place's town hall, on Bridge St. It's a lovely heritage building. They had to put up a US flag, and take down the Canadian flag, as well as the photo of the queen. Continuity at its finest!

Courtroom scenes for the upcoming movie A Rooftop Christmas Tree 
are being filmed at Carleton Place’s historic town hall, located at 175 Bridge St.

Arts & CultureNewsAnother movie crew in town February 22, 2016 0 
See more photos: courtesy of Pauline Byrne Donaldson. 
Yet another movie crew is shooting scenes in Almonte. As of 6 p.m. Monday evening crews and equipment…
They used some great locations, like the dam in Almonte, as well as CafĂ© Postino, which is housed in the old Post Office.

There were some overhead shots of the towns, as well. In this day and age, I'd bet they used a drone or UAV!

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Animal dormancy: squirrels

I do like it when the leaves fall, and our skies open up. We've had rain, snow, sleet and hail, sometimes within the same hour. Once the leaves fell, I noticed this squirrel nest in the tree. Turns out it is a black squirrel. We have several. It sat in the sunshine for about 10 minutes, then ducked back into the nest.

We have lots of rodents! I was reminded that they come and go in winter. Many of our critters become dormant, if they don't migrate.

Animal dormancy: New World Encyclopedia
  • 1.1 Hibernation – heart rates can slow by as much as 95% (e.g., bears, raccoons).
  • 1.2 Estivation – like torpor, slumber, slow down of metabolism in summer (e.g., salamanders, squirrels).
  • 1.3 Diapause – deer (pregnancy), insects in winter remain as embryos.
  • 1.4 Brumation –cold-blooded animals (e.g., snakes).
  • 1.5 Torpor – diurnal metabolism slows by half.

The question is which ones hibernate?
Properly speaking, however, use of the term [hibernate] should be confined solely to warm-blooded homoiotherms—i.e., birds and mammals whose feathers or fur serve as insulation to reduce heat radiating from the body and aid in the maintenance of constant body temperatures, which normally are independent of those of the environment. 
I found an interesting reading comprehension passage, with questions, that explains hibernate and estivate, as the critters manage in our harsh climate in Canada. Our critters have choices: hibernate (sleep in winter), estivate (sleep in the heat), migrate. I think we need another word, as the tree rats are waking from hibernation on an irregular basis.
hibernate, estivate,
I'm finding that the critters are doing less hibernation, as our temperatures went from warmish to cold, to snow, and back to rain this November: precipitation. It's mostly melted. The critters have come and gone. It cannot be good for them. The deer need the cold temperatures to go into heat, and for the males to get any action. The females are only in heat for 24 hours.

Yet, the red squirrels, the black and gray squirrels, have been quite active. I haven't seen the chipmunks for a month, or so.

Friday, 2 December 2016

It's a miracle!

Since we moved in, I've been lobbying for a new living room carpet. SIX YEARS! I spend most of my time in this room, if I am stuck indoors. It was a weary carpet. It didn't owe us anything. Wall-to-wall, the cats would play with the little worm fibres that would come loose. It was a sort of medium pile, and just falling apart. The family before us had 2 cats and a small dog. I don't know about the previous family, nor when it was bought. There was only one family before that. The house was built by Ozzie Love!

It's been used and abused, this carpet. I encouraged my grandies to have TV Breakfasts, and dinners, when we were babysitting. My lobbying effort, I told my daughter. A yucky beige with some weird contouring, I was tired of it!

It came to a head when I was holding a cup of coffee, out of the way of Annabelle, and she jumped right on my arm. Coffee all over the carpet. I swore. At that point, hubby said that for my 60th birthday, on Dec. 26th, we would get a new carpet. Lots of fun.

We went to the store, and pulled some samples on Friday, Nov. 8th. John came over, measured it and went back to the shop and priced it. We didn't need a new underpad, so I went with the slightly more expensive one. The kids were over and we compared, felt it, thought about the girls sitting on it!

I chose 'Heron Gray', as I adore the Great Blue Heron. It goes well with our navy blue L-shaped couch is wearing a cover we bought for $10 at Ikea on a sale. It was a good buy when we did NOT have two white cats! The curtains are Sears 'off-the-rack', also navy blue.

Nov. 29th finally arrived. Despite the freezing rain forecast, it was a go. I wasn't confident that they would arrive, but hubby went off to deliver Meals On Wheels, and it was a go. They arrived at 9 a.m.
John was surprised that I hadn't cleared the room. Seriously.
I said hubby's back isn't good, and I waited until I was sure they were coming.
All the furniture was pushed aside in the dining room, and more stuffed into other rooms. All was good. Out went the old, rather quickly. In came the new. As he carried it in, the installer said, "I hope it's the right colour.'


It wasn't. The wrapping, from the factory, had mislabelled and we had another beige carpet. It was rolled up and removed.

John headed back to the store, and the installer and his son and I sat on the stairs and had a coffee.
THIS is heron gray!
 It wasn't well-wrapped from the factory, see the folds. The installer shaped and ironed them together, however, and it looks great.

Next chore: stripping the couch cover and pillow covers and washing them. I was not entirely successful, but I washed them both twice. Two white cats...
The pillows sat in the living room and dried overnight.

Ta da! The cats like it, too.

Happy birthday to me!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

November precipitation

Nov. 30 MORE rain!

This isn't what November is supposed to be like! At least there is water in the frog pond. The snow is just about gone, too.

Nov. 29 – Dodged the freezing rain!

Busses canceled, but Meals on Wheels went on as usual. Ottawa had freezing rain. We in southeastern Ontario just had a wet day.

Nov. 28 - Signs of things to come!

Nov. 24 More: 6.35 cm this a.m., 12.35 cm snow this month!

Nov. 23

Nov. 22 Something on the way!

Nov. 21 ~Worse overnight: 17.78 cm and falling, wind blowing

Snow totals from EC as of 10am: Ottawa 15 Gatineau 12 Vankleek 8 Pembroke 20-30 Renfrew 15-20 Deep River 24 Bancroft 11 Cornwall 10-15
Snowfall totals: 9 a.m. Nov. 21
Ian Black, CBC

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Nov. 20 A little rain: 5.3 mm, changed to snow by 7:45.

10:00 a.m.

Nov. 19th - we have a warning!

About 4000 without power in Thunder Bay. I was out working in a sweatshirt.

Nov. 16 Some rain: 3.6 mm

Nov. 11th Wicked winds and Hydro outages

Nov. 8 Little rains: 0.58

Nov. 3 Big rains: 7.366 mm 

"Recently obtained data from the Great Lakes Environmental Research Agency has indicated that the average surface water temperature across all five of the Great Lakes is presently at least 3 C above normal for this time of year, and at least 4 C above normal for the lakes surrounding the most densely populated region of Canada."

You can check out the surface temperatures there.