Polar Vortex to Texas Low...

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Polar Vortex to Texas Low...
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Sat, 01-11-2014 - 9:09am

It seems our weather has gone from one extreme to the other. Mind you, Elsbeth may not see 37F as an extreme high-but after being almost that low below zero last week-it is to us. It means snow banks are melting, & what is falling from the sky is either freezing rain or just rain, but landing on the frozen ground and freezing into ice! The hill our house is on & which I hate to drive off in Winter becomes even more perilous but it is also good protection against a flooded basement! It would be nice if it stayed warm long enough to get rid of some of this ice-I can hope!

Our worst storms seem to be preceeded by the words "A Texas Low is Coming this way" & I want to thank 'Nester-but I'm sure she isn't directly responsible. And if this one doesn't lose its way-its worst effect should be east of us.

Other than the January thaw-this weekend is unremarkable. What about where you are? What do you have happening this second weekend of a new year-the holidays are well & thoroughly over, seems to me s**w & all things winter should be too. But bad as s**w is-freezing rain is worse! So I shall stay home & read & knit & avoid windows as much as possible.

Nora

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Sat, 01-11-2014 - 11:21am

We are going to hit about 70 (21)  today and tomorriow so I looking forward to exercising outside rather than in my cage (exercise rom). 

We got some very cold temperatures last week for us but not like many other areas if the country.  One day Austin had an overnight low of 17 (-8) which set a record.  But it stayed dry when cold so no drivning issues. 

Not much happenning here.  We are at our slow time at work so I only worked about 25 hours this week so a lot of my weekend cleaning chores I took care of over the week.   DH is looking forward to footballl both today and tomoorrow. 


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Registered: 06-16-1998
Sat, 01-11-2014 - 12:16pm

Yes, the holidays are officially over now. For me they last through Jan 9 which is Enrique's birthday, because there is still shopping and celebrating to be done. This year was very low key, especially compared to last year when he turned 60---last year we hosted a big party and I gave him a big gift of a very nice guitar. This year he got running clothes (which he liked because then HE doesn't need to go shopping for them) and we went out to dinner at an English pub type of restaurant. The highlight of the evening was serving him the homemade apple pie with whole wheat crust, that I made myself. I am intimidated by pie crust making (having had some very poor results in the past) but this one turned out pretty well, and the pie overall is good. I think the pie will be finished by tonight, temptation begone! He is out running 24 miles today so he can eat all the pie he wants, not so for me.

Our weather is good, upper 60s this weekend which will be nice for gardening. Time to prune roses. Next week it is supposed to warm up by up to 10 degrees. We desperately need rain here. But, if its not going to rain, it might as well be warm. So this weekend will be spent like so many others, puttering in the garden and the house.

Next Tuesday the 14th is "Coco Contact Day", the date last year that Coco appeared on our back porch and chose us as her new family. My what a difference a year makes! That skinny starving moth-eaten thing has turned into a rotund picky eater with a luxurious long coat that sheds everywhere. What a lot of joy (and housework lol) she has brought into our lives. Besides cooing over how cute she is, I don't think there will be any festivities; just a day of thanks.

Nora, I would set a fan outside pointed to the northeast if I thought it would help....I hope that your weather improves soon. All of that icy stuff sounds very scary.

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Sat, 01-11-2014 - 12:23pm

We too are experiencing a "January Thaw" which I hadn't realized was a feature of January weather even here (on average, I suppose).  So we've been having a week of mild temperatures just above the freezing mark on the thermometer - and should have that even for this coming week too.  And no snowfall or rain (though rain would be highly unlikely at this high elevation we are at).  It's been sometimes sunny, or something cloudy - the cloud is often a "Chinook" cloud very characteristic type of cloud - a long band of continuous cloud that runs north and south along the western horizon - but usually hanging over Calgary.

So we are enjoying the milder temperatures indeed!  Who knows what weather this winter will follow this?

Shirley

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Sat, 01-11-2014 - 12:26pm

It's 42 at 11:30am going to 46; tomorrow to 58 but freezing in between - our foot+ of snow is melting and possibly causing flooding in some places.  Pretty nice but a little worrisome.   DS21 goes back to the condo today/tomorrow to prep for Monday's start of his final undergrad semester -he's still not sure what he wants to do so I've been emailing him options such as 2 year certificates and other master's programs outside the MAT since now he's not sure about teaching.  I wish his counselor would see he's not the type to approach her with questions on career and would just offer something, or the school would...

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Sat, 01-11-2014 - 2:55pm

Living north-east of Nora I can report that the roads are fine. Sure there are ice on some of the side roads and on walkways but that is what road salt is for. It is rather warm (about 33F) so no need for a hat and gloves outside. The snow is not melting,of course. We need higher temperatures than above freezing to melt all the snow. And who wants that? I don't. Snow is a good insulator and it is winter.

I lived for several years where winter was non-existent. I hated it. I missed the colors of winter; I missed the feeling of warmth when you come in from the cold. I missed the dreamy look of snowfalls, walking on snow covered streets.  At the time, I could have moved to California but, after several visits there, I knew I would have hated it.. I am a 9th generation Canadian, with native ancestry. This place is in my "blood". 

Winter can be fun.,especially here in Ottawa. We have the canal which becomes a skating rink in the winter. We have Winterlude; our winter festival in Febuary.  We have the crosscountry ski trails arround the city; ice fishing etc.. We have downhill sking not far from the city.

We here in Ottawa are use to freezing rain. It's no big deaL Anyways, at 33F, it is not freezing rain. It is rain. The visibility is not good today so people have to drive slower. Again, that is no big deal. 

Even last week was far from being terrible.  Honestly, I think reporting wind chill factors are making people overreact. Sure, it was a bit colder than average but so what? -15/-20C is not that bad. The air temperatures did not get that bad.  Anyways, the first few weeks in January are always the coldest in winter.  I seen it colder,like -30C with no wind chill. Even at that temperature, you dress warm and get on with it. The kids still go to school. People go to work etc..

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Sat, 01-11-2014 - 6:30pm

Elc.. seems our husbands share a birthday although mine is a young lad of 59. We had a family dinner.

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Sat, 01-11-2014 - 6:59pm

Belated Happy Birthday to Enrique!  It sounds like it was a very enjoyable birthday, indeed.  I was wondering if you would put a picture of Coco up for us to see, Elspeth.  I remember how she looked when we were there last March.  I was wondering if that hair would ever grow back in on her latter half of her body!  So it has! 

While we are enjoying a January thaw right now (and it does feel quite nice) we are far from finished with winter, of course.  However, I am certainly looking forward to having a break from it by going down south this March as we are planning to do.  To visit you and to visit friends in Yuma! 

Shirley

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Sat, 01-11-2014 - 9:32pm

Oh but, Teadrinker, I LIVE  on those back roads where there is ice still. My driveway is a hill-the house is on the crest of it-so getting to the road itself is an adventure, then you try to drive down the middle where there is some pavement. Works well until you meet another car-they want a share of the road too! And there isn't just ice-the snow drifts as it blows from the bare farmers' fields along the road.

And I have to agree-a year without some Winter would be a little too hum-drum. But this year started so early & it does seem to be a bit more harsh than we usually get. Usually I sit at home & keep the woodstoves chugging while 'the guys' snowmobile-this year, the snowmobiles got sold because Mike could not imagine going it alone. And once Winter is done-we can begin to consider selling & moving on with our lives.

I think too-there are factors that only Shirley understands. The ice storm just before Christmas was spent in the hospital with my mother who had been admitted for pneumonia?influenza?-then this week she was back in. I suspect the problem is essentially not using her asthma meds properly-but added to the fact that this is our first Christmas without Adam-it's been stressful & difficult. (the first time Mike just dropped me off to spend 2 days & nights with her-he couldn't return to pick me up) So if I whine & snivel-there's more happening than just cold weather. I don't much like winter-but I'm Canadian-I live with it, even as I whine & snivel.

As always-there's more happening than we always know about. Shirley knows-I've e-mailed her my woes!

Nora

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Sat, 01-11-2014 - 10:58pm

We too have swung almost 60 degrees in the space of a few days, from -20F (real temp on Momday) to +42F yesterday.  Along with that came torrential rain, which, with the ground still frozen, might as well been rain on a brick.  And the sewer grates were under 30 inches of plowed snow, so there were flooded streets, and fools who hit those puddles at speed, sending rooster tails across 3 lanes of traffic and onto the sidewalks. 

And I am "almost" ready to give up mopping untill spring.  Between Ed, Bree, and the dogs, if it isn't snow melt, it's mud -- from one door to the other.  Since threats went in one ear and out the other, and rugs do not seem up to the task, I gave in & spent a fortune on Waterhogs from LLBean.  990 5-star reviews can't ALL be wrong.

Tried out a new grocery chain today, and fell.  in.  love.  It is "Whole Foods" on a budget.  They have an extensive selection of organic, locally produced foods, including fresh beef, veal, lamb and chicken.  They make smoothies and juices on site, from whatever fruit and/or vegetable you choose. They will even grill whatever meat, sausage, or fish you choose, free of change, and you can take it home piping hot!  The food is seriously good, and the quality and variety appeal not only to foodies, but families as well.  There goes the diet!

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Sun, 01-12-2014 - 12:38pm

Interesting...I have  never heard the term "rooster tails" but it does seem very a apt word (very visual indeed) to describe cars splashing through those puddles.  And what are"Waterhogs" - something that soaks up water - a mat of some sort? 

That store does sound to be a good one.  Are the prices really competitive with 'regular' or inorganic foods (i.e. meats seem so expensive for organic). 

Shirley

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