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Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Caretaker's Concern for 5/16/2010

TCC for 5/16/10:

"New" 2007 post follows below.

The Caretaker is officially on hiatus from his blog until at least the end of this week but most likely through the end of next week. However, he will still have the e-mails from 2007 posted every night at 9 p.m. EST, they will be going out via the automated system. If the Caretaker happens to take some photos and has the time to post them he will do so. For those readers who have relied on the Caretaker's notifications of new posts via Facebook, while he is on hiatus from his blog he will not be sending out notifications via Facebook for the automated posts from 2007. If you'd like, you can sign up for e-mail notifications by entering your e-mail address at left, it is titled: "To receive E-mail notification of new posts:" It is just below the Caretaker's brief profile.

Before there was the blog the Caretaker sent out posts via e-mail, the following is from the Caretaker's second winter on the Island:

Island Ice Report for 3/4/07:

Outside temp: 20 F
Ghetto temp: 60 F
Wind: Little to none from the South West.
Sky: partly cloudy
Precipitation: none

Today was rather uneventful. The Caretaker spent the day on the Island, the weather called for snow but none came, there was quite a bit of wind at times but nothing too serious. This week is expected to be very cold again but then it is supposed to warm up by the weekend. This coming weekend might be the precursor to ice-out, this has the Caretaker a bit concerned about his socks situation. Last year ice-out was about two, two and a half weeks long but the Caretaker wasn't able to get to town in time to do laundry so he was stuck with only a week's worth of socks. The Caretaker doesn't like to wear dirty socks so he did a load by hand. Doing laundry by hand is probably the least fun thing to do, the washing part isn't so bad, it's the rinsing and wringing that is rather unbearable. You would be surprised the effort required to get all the soap out of socks, and then the wringing by hand is no cakewalk either. Speaking of "olden time" things, what is a cakewalk? When would you walk a cake? Why walk a cake? It really makes little sense to me especially because making a cake from scratch is certainly no cakewalk, it is by no means the hardest thing to do but I don't make cakes from scratch and I make my own yogurt and soy milk. Then again, I'm not much of a cake eater, well, except Angel Food cake, I could eat that at least once a day, I wonder if there is a way to make French Toast using Angel Food cake? I suppose the cake wouldn't hold up to the egg batter and pan frying, then again, maybe it would work. Hmm, the Caretaker may just have to by an Angel Food cake from a bakery and give it a try--he certainly wouldn't waste a perfectly good Angel Food cake from scratch on such a thing only to find out that it was a waste of a slice of homemade Angel Food cake. Anyway, the Caretaker is hoping to get into town sometime in the next few days to take care of a few things before ice-out, the weather is supposed to be on the clearer side for Thursday and Friday, if all goes well he will be able to get in at least two more days of field trips. By the way, there are a number of reasons for why the Caretaker is doing so many field trips of late, the main reason is that come ice-out he will be Island bound for at least two weeks, but it could be up to a month and there is a big difference between choosing to remain on the Island versus not being able to leave the Island, so the Caretaker figures he should get in as many off Island trips as he can before he is Island bound.
Today's photo is from a couple weeks ago, the Caretaker found nothing to photograph today, although he didn't really look too hard.

P.S. Sorry it has taken me so long to respond to all of you who have e-mailed me this week but between fuel day on Monday, the all day field trips, and the hiding out from search parties I have been rather busy--I still haven't gotten to all of your e-mails but will do so in the next day or so. Thanks for your comments and feedback.

--The Caretaker

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