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Friday, February 20, 2015

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In reference to the winter blast here:

Record lows today, several inches of snow expected tomorrow.


  1. You guys have certainly had a miserable winter. Ours has been just the opposite. I've been out working in the yard for weeks now and the temps are hitting in the 50's.

    1. Adrienne,
      Until recently, we haven't had snow to speak of. Ice? Yes. But, unlike New England, not much snow.

      The temperatures here can kill. On the plus side, however, all our vehicles started this morning. My 1996 Crown Vic protested, but she cranked and started.

      I had to get out there early today to clean off the vehicles. We had a skiff of snow last night, and the sun will melt it today -- only to freeze whatever is left hard as rock tonight; tomorrow, another round of snow.

      I'm jealous that you've been out working in the yard. Forget that here right now! In fact, I can't even wash clothes while these temps are so low: our washer drains right out into the yard because this property used to be farm property.

  2. I am in Sunny Florida where it went down to 36 with a warning of frost I thought you might enjoy this "warning

    "Impacts... limit time outdoors early this morning and dress in
    warm layers of clothing to protect yourself from the cold. Keep
    pets indoors.

    Precautionary/preparedness actions...

    1. Bunkerville.
      I limited my time outside this morning to no more than 30 minutes.


      Heavy socks. Shoes, of course; I don't own boots. No fan of winter sports am I!

      Windbreaker, topped by a heavy overcoat.

      Hat covering the ears.

      Scarf over the face.


      And even so, I was cold to the bone when I got back inside -- never mind that I was working hard (cleaning off the vehicles).

    2. Says it all AOW! You would think it was 30 below down here!

    3. 36 degrees? That's beach weather.

      Knock wood. No large storms on the horizon.

  3. ________ Snow Bird Follies _______

    The winter visitors become a blight.
    With restaurants, roads and waiting rooms congested
    Year ‘Rounders feel an impulse to take flight,
    As from pleasant ways of living they’re divested.

    “It’s good; it brings in money,“ merchants say,
    But at the price of ease and freedom lost.
    “Live with Less” would bring a brighter day
    Than wealth amassed at much too great a cost.

    But, the choice to suffer frayed nerves from duress
    In hopes of staving wolves off at the door
    Turns winter haven’s ease into distress ––
    Contradicting what the place stands for.

    Once pursuit of wealth becomes the goal,
    Society begins to lose its soul.

    ~ FreeThinke


    in other words DON'T HEAD SOUTH; STAY HOME and SUFFER. ;-)

    1. Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this Son of Freethought;And all the clouds that low'r'd upon our house In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.... ;)

  4. Maybe you could get Reverend Al Gore to make a big speech on the east coast. That should generate a lot of hot air.

  5. Here in Tampa, it was already 36 degrees when we woke up so I know it was colder during the wee hours, but not enough to frost. Stay warm.

  6. AOW........I hope the forecast for snow is wrong. I fly out tomorrow and have zero cushion time in my layover.

    1. CI,
      I'm scheduled to work tomorrow. A little snow isn't a problem -- well, except for that wheelchair ramp, which ices up in a hurry.

  7. Did you clear that weather report with Algore?

  8. Sometimes I almost wish Al Gore and the global warming nazis were right. Not really. It got down to 20F here Thursday night Friday morning but now it's in the high 60's and I have the windows open to air out the house before the pollen from the pine trees starts to drop. I may go to the beach on Sunday.


    As I typically do on Saturdays, I tutored at the public library from 10 A.M. till noon today.

    At 11:15 A.M., roads were clear; by 11:45, the situation had completely changed. And not for the better! It took me an hour to get home -- and the library is only 1.4 miles from our house. My client is finally got home after two hours of white knuckle driving; the roads to her house were closed for a time.

    And now you know why Washingtonians are sissies about the snow. It's because of situations such as the one we're enduring today.

    Hope that we don't lose electricity when the winter mix arrives later today or tonight.


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