Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring? Spring? Where??


Last week a couple of crocus made a brave show above the frost.

But really, there is little other evidence of Spring.

Only 9F this morning with some new snow yesterday and overnight.  The birds need ice skates at the birdbath and the emerging daffs seem to be clutching a blanket of last years leaves for warmth.

So I've been busy in the kitchen and in the basement so if you don't see many posts on this main page, check out the sidebar blog pages.

Brrrrr.  

Still - there are hopeful signs.

The grackles are back. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Not much happening

Just a quick post to let ya know I'm still here.

The weather is all over the map since the 15th:  mildish days, freezing nights, yesterday 1/2" snow, tomorrow thunderstorms.  March - not for wimps.

Been working on & off at this year's major purge project.  How fortuitous that this year the county has teamed up with 2 additional recycle centers that take a plethora of electronics, machinery, broken appliances, tires, etc.  And I also found a secure document shredding company not to far from me.  (I'm going to shred up 35 years of business and banking documents - finally! I'm such  packrat.)

I've been doing some sowing in the basement and that's coming along pretty well (check sidebar blogs).

Just getting off a 2-day migraine today and still feeling a little rocky.  These things are so few and far between since I went gluten-free that I've forgotten some of my usual coping tricks.  LOL  

Today the sun is shining, the wind is cold and the birds are singing.   Hope you are doing well too.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The ides of March

Snowbank update : from March 1st to March 15th.

We've had a mild week and 2 rain events (.3" Wed; 1.25" Fri-Sat) and it's really cleared things up snow-wise.

Thank goodness it was warm enough before the rains to allow the gutters and ice-dams to melt before all that water hit the roofs!

It's great to watch the snow recede.  Back on the 8th when I had to tromp back to the shed to get some gear to take care of that frozen downspouts, I was pushing through 10-12" of snow - and those weren't drifts.  Umph!

Amazing how quickly (relatively speaking) all that stuff melted away in the 40+ temps.  Big bonus - we had nights above freezing.

Then we got the big rain Friday and Saturday.  It kept coming down for nearly 24 hours.

It was still raining in the Sat. morning when buddy Dave and I set out for a Hartville run.

We saw lots of flooded farm fields, yards under water, streams over their banks, and snow piles from plowing everywhere.

It was a real mess.

But you can tell people were getting cabin fever, the roads and shops were crowded with folks anxious to get out.

Tomorrow promises temps in the 50s with sunshine!  Woohoo.

Hopefully, soggy lawns aside, I can go out and DO something useful.  If not, I can see some serious time out on the garden swing before we get another cool down starting Tuesday.

Meanwhile, inside, I've been pottering around in the basement with some sowing, and on the 2nd floor getting a start on the year-long "big purge".  The shoulder is not giving me hardly any grief (I'm being good), and Mom is doing fine.

Hope you all are getting out and about after such a looong harsh season.  Watch out for puddles.

 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Nothing falling from the sky!

Newsflash!  For the past 4 days the driveway has stayed cleared!

Nothing is falling out of the sky!

Birds are singing spring songs.

All the icicles have fallen off the gutters which gurgle with meltwater.

The sun, while intermitent, has proved it's existence!

You don't know what it's like to have a weekend NOT outside with a shovel and snowblower!!!

Weeeeeeeeeee!

So, being an antsy kinda gal, I've been in the kitchen and the basement.  Check out the sidebar blogs (2 posts in the kitchen, one in the basement).

Hey, it's sunny again.... I better go stand on the deck and stare at something not electronic.  LOL   Hope you are dealing okay on TIME CHANGE DAY.   

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Later:  Okay, going outside to stare at something else wasn't quiiiiiiiite as restful as I thought it was going to be.  Instead, equipment, power tools and rope.  Check out the first garden project on the sidebar blog.  LOL  

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Thor spot

Well, here we go again.  

This one brings very little snow they say, but freezing rain/sleet followed by 10 hours of rain.

I'm afraid that the piles of snow (now above the deck) will drain water into the basement.

Sooooo tired of winter.

I do not like the looks of Thor at all.

Chris Hemsworth, on the other hand ...   ;-D 






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Late Wednesday update:

More THOR?   I thought Tuesday was Thor day.  We got 1/2" of rain and temps nearly 40F.  Today (Wednesday) it's hovering around 30F with nothing falling out of the sky.  So I tought I'd look in at the radar this evening and OH MY GOSH!   Looks like Thor was just getting started.  

I'm sure glad there is blue for us.  I'll take a little (JUST a little!) snow as opposed to rain/sleet and the awful ice they're getting south.  

Okay, everbody hunker down -- again.  *sigh*  

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sparta - more of the same, only deeper.

Another weekend, another storm.

Sparta has dropped 5" this morning already and from the looks of this radar - there's gonna be waaaaaay more than the "4-6" they predict we'll get from all this.

Freakin' forecasters.

 
And, y'know, I really wouldn't mind this - after all, I've got broadband back LOL - but Tue/Wed (Thor) we're supposed to get a warmer storm with lots of rain.  

Now THAT will be a mess..

This snow is dense - I'm pretty sure my snowblower won't lift it.  I may have to rely on others to dig me out this time.  We'll see.  Hey, Spring IS coming.  Right?  RIGHT?? 

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90 min later:

Okay, I guess the only thing dense around here is me! LOL  Yep, both of the old gals had some ooomph this morning (the snowblower and I) so we managed to get the first load of snow off the driveway and turnaround during a lull in the action.

Now I can sit, drink tea and get myself around a nice bowl of oatmeal to fortify myself for more outside fun later in the day.

Hope you are all safe and warm and dealing okay with these neverending storms.  Take care.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Pandora and the box

Hi.  Missed me?  Expected to see a blow-by-blow of Pandora's inundation?  

Me too.  That was the plan, after all.  It's a real comfort to know that during such drastic weather or extreme events, that even though I'm here alone, that I have all the news, weather, and blogsphere to keep me informed and accompanied through crap like this.

Until it all goes south.

One minute everything is hunky dory, I'm checking the oncoming storm on the iPad....

And then I wasn't.

Huh?  Oh, well.  I'd check the weather channel.  What weather channel?  The TV was dead.

HEY!  I went to call ATT and - you guessed it - the U-verse phone was dead.  Everything connecting me to the outside world was toast.  A momentary glitch, I assured myself, and dug out my emergency TracFone from the purse.  Called ATT.  

The woman checked my system from her end and couldn't even see my system.  Something was totally bad.  Soonest she could send a repairman was between 4-8pm Saturday night - during the storm.  Oh holy cow.  I'd be going through the storm blind with no info.  Honestly, I sorta panicked.  Without radar or news, I couldn't tell how bad things were or were going to get.  I couldn't relay any news to my Mom in her house because I didn't know anything. It was an uneasy sleep that night.

When I got up Saturday we already had at least 4" of snow and it was coming down thick and fast.  I started blowing the driveway.  I called over to my neighbor and asked if I could piggy back HIS (working) ATT wifi on my iPad.  "Sure."  Thing is, his wifi didn't make it INto my house.  So every now and then I would slog out down my driveway with the iPad, stand in the snow, hook up and check the radar, then hustle back inside.

While the storm turned out just to be a large snowfall event, I couldn't enjoy it because I felt rather isolated, and because I worked the driveway 4 times throughout the day.  I left the last pass along the length of the driveway until this morning.

Meanwhile, the repairman came around 5:00 pm and while that poor guy climbed poles, visited contral boxes down the street, read all the wires, he could not find a way to get me broadband - there was a complete break in my line somewhere and he couldn't get at it (he said probably down a manhole access).  So THIS morning I saw a lineman going around and I hoped he could fix it.

The router lit up all green around 7:30 a.m.  Yay.  Then it was red within 10 minutes.  Then it came up around 10:00 a.m.  Yay?  Nay....!  Around 10:30 it came back up and it's been up since then.  Again - yay?  Again - nay.  The technician called, told me the lineman was able to rig up temporary service for me, but that the entire line has to be replaced and the engineering department would have to get involved.

Oh good grief.  Thankfully I had the new TracFone AND the snowy albeit quick access to check the radar during the storm and was more on top of things by Saturday night so I slept a lot better.

This morning I finished the driveway early so the sun could work its heat on the blacktop.  

After the driveway was cleared and before the blacktop melted, I spent about an hour sitting on the deck, drinking mugs of tea, taking photos of the blue and white breathtaking beauty surrounding me.  The snow was absolute powder.  The birds were singing spring songs.  The sun was warm on my face (even though it was really only 20F). The sky was brilliant blue.  The air was pure and dry and intoxicating. The whole thing had me flashing back to a week-long ski trip I took to Sun Valley, Idaho back in the 70s.   I felt like I was back up in the mountains on the deck of a ski lodge.  Jeez, how could I have forgotten something like that!

So, there ya go.  Pandora was as mixed a bag as the original myth:  Bad stuff AND good stuff.  We're all okay, digging out, but safe and sound.  How about you?  Hope you rode out the event too.

Glad I got things cleaned up because another bitter blast of cold is coming week - freezing everything in place until the next thaw.  

Something noteworthy, though.  I was outside for over an hour in the most beautiful landscape this side of Vale or Aspen or Stow.  Million-dollar views.  And not one single other soul outside checking it out.  Oh man, I hope I never get like that.