Hello everyone, 20 months have passed since our last post and of course so many things have happened to us in our lives. K has returned to University and then come back up north. I have been moved through several locations with work and now have been in Weagamow Lake for almost a year in a position which was supposed to be temporary. One of the biggest things for me however was finding a hobby in Auroral and Astro photography and developing it a lot. Attached below are some of my best shots I’ve taken over the last couple of years.
Recently we found out that many people have been asking about the store we work at and the prices of many of the everyday staple items. So we took our camera to the store recently and took some pictures.
This was taken looking across the front of the store.
This image show’s our produce section. The cooler space is 12′ across and in the foreground is a rack where we place things which don’t require refrigeration like potatoes and bananas.
The potatoes currently cost $10.99 for a 5lb bag and $20.99 for a 10lb bag. Bananas are $6.25/KG.
We sell coffee and other hot beverages from our Fun 2 Go, a 12oz coffee costs $2.30.
Our fresh meat section usually carries a selection of beef, pork and chicken cuts. Chicken legs with backs are $14.39/KG. Those blade steaks at the bottom are $28.39/KG
Boneless skinless chicken breasts for $29.89/KG
Another picture of the produce cooler. As you can see the top shelf is fairly empty. Many of the berries we ordered that week weren’t shipped to us because of poor quality. So we did up cut melon, grape and cheese trays and other prepared fruit and vegetable trays to fill the space until we can get more produce delivered.
All our 12 packs of pop are $18.50
Our 591mL bottles of pop are $4.69
The holiday cake is the foreground is $12.29 the ones behind it are also 9″ cakes and cost $24.29
$32.69 for this slab cake.
We carry all the normal staples availiable in a grocery store. This flour for example is $12.19 for a 2.5KG bag or $18.29 for a 5KG bag.
This is only a portion of our cereal section. The 300g box of frosted flakes on the left is $6.59
The best value white bread is our highest selling item in the store at $3.89 a loaf.
A selection of soups available.
Goldseal flaked light tuna in water $2.95.
Kraft Dinner $3.45 a box.
Here in Kasabonika we get our 4L milk in bags. When we were in Deer Lake it was sold in jugs. $15. 49 for 4L of milk.
We carry a good selection of milk but only one brand. This is our whole liquid milk section.
600g Best Value cheese $14.59
1 Dozen large eggs $4.85
Salted butter $6.39/lb
Here are some of the basic appliances we carry $919.99 for a basic fridge and $899.99 for a 15 cubic foot freezer.
$749.99 for this couch. It is a popular style due to it’s low price.
This is the flag of Kasabonika First Nation.
Beading is a popular hobby for many people here and we carry a fairly large selection of different coloured beads.
A selection of furs and leather.
We sell a selection of frozen meat packs.
These trailers store many of our bulk or large items like furniture, appliances and some bulk foods like sugar and dog food.
We are in the midst of our first snow(storm). It started yesterday and has continued through to today. It’s bad enough to interrupt our satellite internet connection at work and the snow is heavy enough on the main powerlines that they’re worried it could snap and cut off all power to the entire community. It hasn’t happened yet, and we’re hoping it doesn’t happen at all, because if it does, it won’t be repaired until Monday (for reference, I’m posting this on a Saturday).
Anyway, we wanted to get a pic up of the first snow(storm)fall of the year. It might melt Tuesday so we wanted to chronicle it while it’s here.
It’s been a long time since our last update. It’s not that things haven’t been happening, but we’ve been keeping busy and haven’t taken the time to update, even just a brief one.
For the last two weeks of August we were in the South visiting our family and friends. It was a lot of fun and we did a lot of stuff while we were down. Getting down was a bit of a fiasco and we ended up spending a few days in Thunder Bay because we weren’t sure when Wasaya would be flying us out of Kasabonika. Coming home things were relatively fine, though Wasaya was, as usual, running behind. So we didn’t get there as early as we had hoped, but we did arrive before dark, so there’s that.
The weather up here has really been cooling off, with temperatures reaching single digit weather at night. We have Winter hats and gloves out already at work which have been selling really quickly. We also have out Winter boots, but those have not been selling as quickly. Because we experienced how cold it gets last year in Deer Lake, we ordered some snow pants, boots (for me) and thermal socks that are rated to -40 from Winnipeg Outfitters. It was much cheaper than prices in the South! If you have to buy some warm outerwear, check them out. They have reasonable shipping rates if you pre-pay (shipping is more if you do it cash-on-delivery). You can order by catalogue, phone or online.
Last night A went out to karaoke with our bosses at the school gym (I had been up early that day and was falling asleep by 9pm so I went to bed super early). It started at 10p and A says he returned home around 12:30a. Apparently it was a fun time with raffle prizes (it was part of a festival that’s been happening this week), and I really had wanted to go and was looking forward to going, but hopefully I can make it next time. Today we had some power outages and no internet access, so it was a quiet day/night. We just did laundry, played video games that don’t require internet, and cooked a turkey for supper. I know, Thanksgiving is only a couple weeks away but this was the first we had a proper turkey (as opposed to a stuffed breast) since Christmas. For those curious, our 4.8kg (10.5lb) turkey was $50.
There has been a death in Kasabonika, it was the mother of a couple co-workers. She died last Saturday and the funeral was held on the 2nd of July at 1pm. Unfortunately we were unable to make it, but we have seen our co-workers since and have expressed our sympathy. Sad times.
In other news, in mid-June we signed up for a service called NatureBox which sends you nutritious snacks every month in the mail. In Canada you can only choose to have a 5 snack box sent for $20 (includes shipping). We just received our first box this week and it contained dried pineapple rings, vanilla macaroon granola, mini peanut butter oat cookies, sea salted corn kernels, and cheddar and onion sunflower kernels. Overall we are very satisfied with these snacks and are looking forward to our next box. Each bag contains up to 5 servings of each snack, so each box should last us almost until the next box arrives.
Also, it has been brought to our attention that we haven’t posted any pictures since the grass and leaves came out, so there have been some requests to post new pics before the snow returns.
Here is a pic looking out down the road from a corner. You can clearly see the bilingual sign which is in English and Oji-Cree. A likes to joke that in Oji-Cree it says “slow down a bit” because we’ve never seen anyone else actually stop at a stop sign on the reserve. You can also seen one of the many fire hydrants on the reserve. We are not sure why they are there, since there is no fire truck or anything which can use the fire hydrants on the island.
Petro-Kas. This is where you come for gasoline.
The everburning fire at the dump.
The water treatment facility.
Mama, coming to greet us upon our return (she wasn’t around when we left). As you can see she has lost most of her winter coat and this is also post-surgery. Funny story from her return is that she reacts the same way to a leash as my cat Carl does: she just kinds of sits down and won’t move. She literally had to be carried out of the vet clinic to the car after her surgery. Because, of course, here in Kasabonika she just roams free, right? I mean sometimes she has a collar on, but never a leash or lead, so she’s not used to having one.
So here’s something we learned about living on a dry reserve: dry means dry. No alcohol. Sounds obvious, right? But it doesn’t just mean ethanol (i.e., the stuff in beer, wine, and liquor). It also means no Listerine, no hand sanitizer, no alcohol-based glasses cleaner, no alcohol-based disinfectant, no perfume, etc. Nothing containing anything that might cause someone to become intoxicated, whether or not it’s safe to consume. So if you ever visit a dry reserve or county, bear in mind that it’s not just beer/wine/liquor that you could get in trouble for, it’s ANYTHING with ANY form of alcohol.
So today at work A came up to me with a resident. The resident mentioned the hockey pool they had done. Puzzled, I looked at A who reminded me about the hockey pool he told me about a while ago. Well anyway, apparently I won $36! Score! I smiled and thanked the resident and put the money in my pocket. I remember A mentioning the pool, I didn’t know he had put in both our names, so winning something came as a pleasant surprise!