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Saturday, December 05, 2009
Address Change
If anyone is still coming here to read my blog, I apologize for not posting that my blog is on my new website: http://www.teridspringer.com

So sorry.....

Swiss Cheese for Brains
posted by Teri Springer @ 1:29 PM   1 comments
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Pretty Much All Clear
The tide has gone out and the storm surge is over. The wind has shifted to N-NW from S-SE and the rain has let up. There are small patches of blue in the sky and the sun is trying to come out. Our area was very lucky. Other areas of Nova Scotia got hit a lot harder. But, we are well protected by Mahone Bay. The road to Laurie Swim's in Blue Rocks is closed as is the road to Peggy's Cove (333) from the SwisseAir Crash Memorial to the lighthouse. Many other roads are closed as well due to erosion and debris being tossed onto the road.

Louisburg on Cape Breton is getting blasted right now. The snow crab fishermen have had to go in to shore and are staying on their boats in case they need to move. Of course, it's the height of the season off Cape Breton.

I will post the rest of my photos later tonight.

teri- safe and dry
posted by Teri Springer @ 1:57 PM   1 comments
Here We Go
Well, it's started. I got up at 4am and it was barely blowing and not yet raining so I went back to bed. At 6:30 am (ADT) it had been raining lightly. By 8am the rain and wind started and it hasn't let up (it's not yet 10). High tide isn't for another hour but already the storm surge is bringing the water up higher than the normal high tide for this time of year (when we get our highest). So, it will be interesting to see where the water level is in an hour. The radio report said Halifax can expect the worst of the storm between 2 and 3pm which means we will get it between 1 and 2. Thankfully that is after high tide.

Anyway, here are some photos from yesterday and today:

Across the harbour yesterday- neighbour's boat high and dry. This low tide is WELL below normal.





Same boat, well lashed at 3 spots.








Tide wasn't even at it's lowest at this point. My wharf had a metre of mud past the end of it.








The sky to the NW yesterday.





To the north today. This tree is well protected but it's blowing pretty good.






Normal high tide on my wharf.





Storm surge tide level about an hour before high tide.
posted by Teri Springer @ 8:48 AM   0 comments
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Latest Update
Latest word from WeatherNetwork.ca:

HEAVY RAIN IS FORECAST ON SUNDAY AS HURRICANE BILL IS EXPECTED TO TRACK SOUTH OF NOVA SCOTIA AND NORTH OF SABLE ISLAND. RAIN IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN OVER EXTREME SOUTHWEST NOVA SCOTIA OVERNIGHT TONIGHT AND SPREAD EASTWARD TO CAPE BRETON BY NOON SUNDAY. 90 TO 140 MILLIMETRES OF RAIN IS CURRENTLY ESTIMATED FOR THE ATLANTIC COASTAL COUNTIES

WIND WARNINGS HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR SOUTHWESTERN NOVA SCOTIA WITH NORTHEAST WINDS OF 70 KM/H GUSTING TO 90. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR SOUTHWESTERN NOVA SCOTIA. THE CENTRE OF HURRICANE BILL IS FORECAST TO PASS CLOSE TO NOVA SCOTIA ON SUNDAY. GALE FORCE WINDS OF 65 KM/H ARE EXPECTED TO EXTEND MORE THAN 300 KILOMETRES WEST OF THE PATH OF THE HURRICANE AND THESE WINDS ARE NOW EXPECTED TO REACH THE ATLANTIC PORTIONS OF WESTERN NOVA SCOTIA SUNDAY MORNING. DEPENDING ON THE PROXIMITY OF HURRICANE BILL TO THE COAST GUSTS OF 100 KM/H ARE POSSIBLE...ESPECIALLY ALONG THE ATLANTIC COAST.

Southwestern counties- that includes Lunenburg County.....we are the first county west of Halifax.

Still hard to fathom as it is positively beautiful out. One of the nicest most comfortable days so far this summer......Glad I am prepared.

teri
posted by Teri Springer @ 1:06 PM   1 comments
All Quiet on the South Shore
For now, anyway. The sun is actually shining out over Mahone Bay but it's overcast here in Chester. Very little breeze. It looks like we just hit high tide a little while ago and it was VERY high (highest I've ever seen it). Could make for an interesting storm surge if tomorrow morning's high tide coincides with the worst of the wind and rain. My studio level sits only about 2 metres above sea level at high tide and the weather service is already predicting waves of 2 metres for this afternoon along the coastal beaches (the surfers are positively orgasmic). Since we sit on primarily rock here, the rain run-off is an issue too. Wonder if my wharf will be under water...

I've gotten pretty much everything from outside moved in or tied down. Will save moving my one chair, footrest and small table in for when the rain and/or wind starts. I have a lobster pot sitting on the deck too. Even though it is doubtful it will move (it still has the rocks in it used to keep them on the ocean floor) I'm going to have my brother help me drag it into the living room. Now all I can do is hope all of my neighbours have done a good job of battening everything down too.

I wonder how the dog will handle it. He hates to go out in the rain so walking him for potty time could be problematical. And I forgot to bring my rain poncho with me so I have no foul weather gear. Our sailing stuff disappeared last year during race week and we have yet to replace it (that stuff is NOT cheap).

I really should have gotten the generator back in June. Never occurred to me that I really need it for my CPAP. Well, I have lived this many years with sleep apnea and didn't have the machine so I guess I can manage a few days without it.

Chester is VERY, VERY quiet. I think everyone is just waiting to see what will happen.

I will try to keep posting over the next few days and even putting up some photos but, even if we don't lose power the cable may go out and then my only connection will be the Blackberry. If the cell towers go out too I will be without a way to contact anyone.

More later.....

teri
posted by Teri Springer @ 9:15 AM   0 comments
Friday, August 21, 2009
What a Weather Forecast
Yes, it's been a VERY busy summer for me. Charity Golf outing in St-Hyacinthe where I met Max Talbot and his best friend, Bruno Gervais (NY Islanders) and Marc-Andre Fleury. Spending several days out on my sister's friend's 73 foot fishing boat; helping host a day at Fabricville for a large group of quilters from the US on a quilting cruise, a SAQA regional meeting, quilting, cleaning, walking, reading, knitting cotton washcloths for a group of docs and nurses from Fisherman's Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg who are going to Belize next month, etc, etc, etc.

Now I am preparing to spend about 24 hours sitting out a hurricane that may make a direct hit on us. Here is our weather forecast from the WeatherNetwork.ca:

Atlantic Canada
Hurricane Bill's impact in Atlantic Canada is a guarantee with rain bands expected to start on Saturday. The storm is expected to lose intensity as it moves into cooler waters (not much cooler- waters here are about 22-24 C- my note) but it is very possible Bill could still be a hurricane on Sunday.

The current storm track is suggesting that Nova Scotia, PEI, Cape Breton and eastern Newfoundland will be the hardest hit with New Brunswick, western Newfoundland and Labrador being less affected. Keep in mind, with hurricane force winds extending almost 200 km from the centre of the storm today, all of Atlantic Canada is going to feel the impact of Hurricane Bill when he passes this weekend. Also, this storm track could change right up to Sunday so check regularly to find out how the storm will affect you.

Rainfall amounts from Hurricane Bill will depend on the final storm track but are expected to be between 50 - 100+ mm. Hurricane and tropical storm winds will accompany the rain and could reach up to 140 km/h closer to the centre of the storm with lesser tropical storm winds of up 90 km/h farther away from the storm.

Flooding will be a significant problem in affected areas (esp. since we don't know how the worst of the storm will match up with the tides but we are in our highest tides of the season right now) in addition to wind damage including power outages. Residents should already be preparing for what could be a weather emergency including an Emergency Kit with food and supplies for at least 72 hours. (hope I can use my grill but I AM cooking up a bunch of chicken and steak in the morning so I can have cold chicken and cut up either to put in a salad. I DO have a big cooler and LOTS of ice).

Yes folks- this could get interesting. I'd still rather deal with a hurricane than a tornado- at least I had plenty of warning to get prepared. I DO wish I had gotten a generator back in June when I originally planned and, since my windows are not the best, I WILL be replacing them in the spring with hurricane-rated ones.

teri
posted by Teri Springer @ 8:38 PM   1 comments
Sunday, July 05, 2009
I made it home from Montreal last night; landed about 9:30pm in a very heavy fog. All pilots who fly into Halifax must get special training in fog flying as it is so rarely clear here.

It took me a little while to find where I had parked but I didn't have to resort to using the panic button on the clicker to find it. I could have found it faster if I hadn't taken the luggage carrier off the roof!

A quick report on the Omnium Gervais-Talbot (Gervais-Talbot Open Charity Golf Outing in St-Hyacinthe, PQ). I arrived Wednesday afternoon in Montreal and picked up my rental car for the drive to St-Hyacinthe. It's only a short drive and I got there before 3pm and checked into the hotel.

The next morning Sylvain Gervais (yes, Bruno's dad) took me to the golf club for breakfast and then a tour of St-Hyacinthe. It's a beautiful town and I should have take photos but I knew he had a lot to do with the golf outing only 24 hours away so I didn't. We went to the market place downtown and oh my! the smell of the freshly baked bread made my mouth water even though I had just finished breakfast. This marketplace has been there since the 1800's and still has the water fountain out front with one side for horses and the other for people. There was fresh fruit and vegetables outside and the bakery, fresh fish, meat, and cheeses, Oh the fromage! Sylvain took me back to the hotel where I did some work but I could not get the cable internet to work. I tried 2 cables with no luck so I figured either the connection in the room was not working or my computer was being stubborn. Saturday I discovered it was the connection because I was able to connect with the cable in the business room.

Anyway, got some work done, took a little snooze, ate dinner and did a lot of reading.

Friday morning I was so excited about the outing that I was up and dressed by 7am. I didn't want to eat at the hotel as we were having a brunch at the golf club so I did some more paperwork and studied a little of my French language DVDs (not that it did me much good). I got to the club at 9:15am and Sylvain asked me if I had seen the boys at the hotel the night before ("the boys" being Bruno and Max). Shoot, I was sound asleep when they must have arrived. Anyway, I met Sylvain's beautiful wife, Hélène (no way does she look old enough to have a son that age), Max's parents, Serge and Lucie who are SO very nice (at least they look a little closer to my age so I didn't feel totally like an old lady), and Max's brothers, Bill and Frank (Francis) as well as assorted Talbot cousins and 2 of Serge's brothers. They are a wild and crazy bunch (and I mean that in the nicest of ways- so happy to all be together and so energetic).

When Bruno and Max arrived it was hugs and handshakes all around. I was made to feel like one of the crew and it seemed like everyone there knew about "Teri from Nova Scotia." We had a lovely brunch; well, some of us did. I don't think any of the Gervais or Talbot family ever sat down or really ate anything as all them were continually jumping up to make sure things were getting done and the guests were enjoying themselves. This went on ALL DAY.

At about noon we had a shotgun start. I golfed with three wonderful ladies from Montreal, Lyse, Lyne and Marlene who went out of their way to make me feel welcome. Lyne was even kind enough to teach me some French. I won't say what but it came in handy every time I hit my ball into the water or the trees (there are probably still some angry squirrels and birds cursing my name in French). We finished up just as it was starting to thunder and lightening so we made a dash to the clubhouse to put our stuff in our cars and grab our clothes for the evening soiree.

Once showered and dressed in respectable clothes, I made my way back up to the dining room and front lobby where a band was playing and we were given drinks. The silent auction was set up in a room off the dining room and I went in with one goal in mind- to win the bidding on the large, beautifully framed photograph of Max after he scored what was ultimately the Cup winning goal. It wasn't until after the auction that I found out that no one would bid after I did because people knew my name and knew how badly I wanted that photo. I felt kind of bad because the photo would have brought more money if people had been willing to bid against me. I hadn't intended to bid on anything else but, in the live auction, the bidding on Sidney Crosby's signed and framed jersey was not going nearly as high as I felt it should so I jumped in. Yes, I got it. Later I also got Marc-Andre Fleury's signed jersey.

I also brought along several photos I had of Max and Marc-Andre and they were both kind enough to sign them for me. Marc-Andre sat right behind me at dinner so we had the opportunity to chat a bit. He is a very sweet and intelligent young man but he really needs to put on a few pounds! A gentleman there was kind enough to take a photo of Marc-Andre and I and then the two of us with Max and, I'm here to tell you, Marc-Andre is nothing but ribs! Guess I will need to send more cookies next year! Of course, Max is hardly a heavy-weight!

I spent quite a bit of time visiting with Frank Talbot (the oldest of Serge and Lucie's boys). Again, you can sure tell when kids have been brought up right....Frank is so very nice and all those Talbots are so intelligent and well-spoken. No wonder Max interviews and writes so well!

After dinner and the auctions we had live music and dancing....even Serge, Lucie and I joined in. Max and Bruno were constantly checking to make sure I was having a good time and seeing if I needed anything. I wish my sons had come because I know they would have loved it. Hopefully next year.

I got back to the hotel about 2am and slept until about 9:30! I never sleep that late. After packing I checked out and then went into the business room and downloaded all my email. Serge and Lucie spotted me in there and came to say goodbye. I now have even more reason to work diligently on learning French so I can speak with all the wonderful people there without making them speak English.

I can't say enough good things about my experiences in Montreal, St-Hyacinthe or with the Gervais and Talbot families. If you are a golfer (or, like me, a really bad golfer who just likes to have fun) you should come next year. Even if you don't golf, the brunch, dinner and after-dinner activities are well worth the trip. I had been told that Montreal was not a very friendly place for non-French speaking but that is simply not true. Everywhere I went the people were friendly and went out of their way to make sure I enjoyed myself but none more so than the Gervais and Talbot families and all the people at the outing.

Oh, and I would be remiss in not mentioning, the girls and women there were so beautiful and the men all handsome. I felt like the ugly duckling but hey, we all need a little comic relief.










I took all of these before the outing with my cell phone. I can't find the *^*(&^^&%&^* cable for my camera but, when I do, I will post the photos from dinner and the auction.
posted by Teri Springer @ 2:43 PM   1 comments
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Beautiful Quebec
And here I am, In St-Hyacinthe, PQ, praying it doesn't rain tomorrow. Why am I here and why do I care if it rains....

I am here to play in a charity golf outing, the Omnium Gervais-Talbot that is put on by two NHL players and their families: Bruno Gervais of the NY Islanders and Max Talbot of the Stanly Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

This morning I had a wonderful breakfast. No, the food wasn't that wonderful (nor was it not- it was a toasted bagel with cream cheese and lots of fresh fruit and plenty of good coffee) but the company was phenominal. I had breakfast with Sylvain Gervais, Bruno's father and better company one could not hope for. He is intelligent, funny, very sweet and very good on the eyes. For an old lady like me (ok, not THAT old) this was so delightful. I can't remember when I last had breakfast with such a charming, attractive man. He then took me on a tour of this lovely city (small city, and very charming as well). The highlight of the tour was the wonderful marketplace downtown. The smell of the fresh baked bread alone was enough to drive one crazy (even though we had just eaten). There was fresh fruit, meat, fish, cheeses- oh my. I am going to go back on Saturday before I fly back to Nova Scotia so pick up some bread and cheese.

I am slowly (very slowly) learning French, both from my language DVDs and the residents here (including Sylvain and a wonderful waitress here at the hotel, named Brigette). Saturday I am also going to go to a bookstore and pick up some children's books in French so that I can learn them and read them to my nieces.

Tomorrow I will go to the golf club and, hopefully be able to play golf and not make a total fool of myself. But, I am going for the fun so, really, as long as I don't pull a Gerald Ford I really don't care. I am really looking forward to meeting so many people. Too bad Max is not bringing "Lord Stanley" with him but that would take attention away from the purpose of the day- to raise money for 3 local charities including Autism research and education. If it rains (and please pray it does not) we will have a casino day and shoot pool. Dandy. The only thing I am as bad at as golf is billiards.

In the evening we will have cocktails and music and food followed by an auction of sports collectables. I have a reputation at auctions- especially after several drinks (just anyone who has been to QSDS with me). But, I already have a jersey autographed by Max, and a game used stick....however, there is a photo of him scoring the Cup winning goal that is up for auction. You KNOW I will be waiting to bid on that.

I have no internet in my hotel room. For some reason my computer will not work on their cable internet. Since I had no problem with the cable internet in either Montreal or Moncton (NB) last week I have to suspect it is the connection in the room. So, I am using the computer in the business room here where the keyboard is a French keyboard and I cannot get the question mark to work and the monitor is a tiny, blurry Compaq S510- about 100 years old and it is very hard on my poor ancient eyes.

I will try to write more later but I know I won't have time tomorrow so, maybe Saturday. Hopefully I will be able to post photos on Sunday.

Au revoir!

teri


teri
posted by Teri Springer @ 5:32 PM   0 comments
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Oh YES! Max is THE MAN
Woo hoo! Well, the Wings may have won games one and two but the Penguins are NOT rolling over and playing dead!

Tonight, my "other son" (well, in MY heart) scored not one, but TWO goals and FINALLY got the recognition as the 1st Star of the game!!!

I was feeling so DOWN after games one and two (both of which I was at- I think I am a jinx) but I am walking on air tonight!!!!

teri
posted by Teri Springer @ 10:43 PM   0 comments
About Me

Name: Teri Springer
Home: Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada
About Me: Studio Art Quilt Associates for the Atlantic Canada Region (New Brunswick, Newfoundland/Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island). Quote:Apples and Wine: Women are like apples on trees. The best ones are at the top of the tree. Most men don't want to reach for the good ones because they are afraid of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they sometimes take the apples from the ground that aren't as good, but easy. The apples at the top think something is wrong with them, when in reality, they're amazing. They just have to wait for the right man to come along, the one who is brave enough & smart enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree. Now Men... Men are like a fine wine. They begin as grapes, and it's up to women to stomp the hell out of them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with.
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