I was thinking I did it months ago, but who knows . . . when the long nights go on forever. I believe there is, or used to be, a record page that notes everything done on the forum. If I think of it when I’m on my laptop, I’ll seek it out and check the date for when I did it. I’m curious now.
Found this right away, but searched through 12 pages in total, and it was the only one found on them ... so it must be it:
Jan 6, 2020 at 2:43am [/Edit]
Last Edit: Feb 14, 2020 3:04:29 GMT -6 by Mini Mia
I was thinking I did it months ago, but who knows . . . when the long nights go on forever....so it must be it:
Jan 6, 2020 at 2:43am
The perception of time is funny. I was really just being sarcastic about my finely-tuned observation skills (of which I seldom have) when I said I noticed last week (which I actually did), and that a week could be considered "ages ago". Sometimes though, I guess a week can seem like it takes ages to go by; other times, "last week" seems like just yesterday.
It's 15°F, and it feels like 3°F.
Another weird thing: It's 13F here, but the "Real Feel" is 20F; I double-checked on a couple of different weather sites just to be sure, because I've never seen a winter temperature feel warmer than the actual temperature (again, my lack of observation skills are at play). We've had a lot of snow fall since yesterday though, and there's no wind right now, so that blanket of snowy insulation must be making it feel warmer.
I cracked myself up yesterday morning while I was shoveling when it occurred to me that I shovel snow like I cut grass as a kid - I make odd patterns instead of doing it in a uniform straight-lined kind of way. Shoveling the driveway in that odd-patterned fashion is a necessity - when there's a lot of snow, or it's heavy, wet snow, you can't start at one side of the driveway and push the shovel across to the other-side; there's either too much snow for the shovel, or if the snow is wet, it's too heavy to push. So I make a little path here, a little path there, connect them with another path which may be straight, maybe not, zig-zagging my way until the driveway is clear.
Cutting the grass that way as a kid though was purely just to bug my brother. We had a big yard, and when we were teenagers, had to switch off weeks cutting the grass with a gas-powered push mower (our younger brother, Mike, was exempt because he was six-years younger). Bobby was always very particular about how he cut the lawn, and always cut on a diagonal, switching the direction every time he cut it, because he insisted it made the grass grow thicker. I cut it every-which-way, going around in circles from the property border in, maybe cutting across every once in awhile, going back and forth the lawn a few times, before I'd go back to making circles. Bob couldn't stand it - he'd go over what I'd done, re-cutting it, just so the lawn would have a nice uniform diagonal pattern. Of course, being the evil older sister by 15-months that I was, seeing him do double the chores, only egged me on - I'd cut the lawn in figure-eights, zig-zags, curvy wave patterns, just to p!ss him off. Remembering this yesterday while I was shoveling snow, made me laugh out loud. D@mn, I was such a b!tch of a sister!
I've noticed times when there was snow on the ground, that it felt warmer than it really should. And there are times that something can be so cold that it feels hot to the touch.
It got down to 14oF, but feels like 2oF not long after I posted. Right now it's 24oF, but feels like 15oF. Friday is to be in the 20s, and then it warms back up again. Next week the temps are to be up and down. [sarcasm] Can't wait. [/sarcasm] I've been having headaches. And my car wouldn't start today. I had to charge it. Hopefully it'll still be charged tomorrow.
I've noticed times when there was snow on the ground, that it felt warmer than it really should.
Not so this morning - it's 13F, but feels like 1F. Back to normal.
I had a very nice surprise yesterday when I went outside to shovel. I knew someone had already come down the sidewalk with a snowblower, making a single path: it must have been done early before they went to work. I didn't know though, that our next door neighbor had snow-blown nearly 3/4 of our driveway after the plows came by. How sweet was that?! The neighbor across the street told me our neighbor did the same for them too. All I had to do was widen the already cut sidewalk path, do the frontwalk, the front porch, and the top quarter of the driveway beyond where my car was parked. I was so grateful that I didn't have to spend hours outside with the temperature barely at 20F - my feet didn't seem to warm up for the rest of the day, even only staying outside for about an hour.
It's been rather wet here! Luckily we've not had it as bad as those in the West or North, but constant rain and winds for days now thanks to Storm Dennis (the menace). The sort of weather you stare out of the window at and say 'Why don't you just F ................Go away' The dogs and both of us are getting cabin-fever.
Luckily we've not had it as bad as those in the West or North, but constant rain and winds for days now thanks to Storm Dennis (the menace).
I've read articles this past week about the devastating flooding Dennis is causing in Wales, and about that "ghost ship" that washed up in the storm along the coast of Ireland. It's amazing to me that an unmanned ship could float for thousands of miles, lost in the Atlantic for more than a year, and only be seen once: www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51534957
It's been pretty cold here this week - mostly in the twenties (Fahrenheit), with periods of wind and snow. The sun came out every now-and-then, and last night as it was setting, made a spectacular show over the ravine, facing east. Though the sun sets in the west, the top quarter of the trees to the east were bright red as if they were painted. It was the strangest thing - I've never seen them like that before; I'm guessing it had something to do with the reflection of sunlight off the snow, maybe?
It has been really cold here the last few days. I even put another blanket on the bed, and would still wake up cold. Finally started putting socks on, and that seems to have fixed the problem. The days are usually in the 30s, but feels like the 20s, but the sun heats up my house into the high 60s ... which saves me gas and electricity, since I keep the house set at 63 or 65. When it's so cold it feels like a draft is leaking into the house, I set the thermostat to 65. That chill is killer, but I haven't thought of raising the thermostat any higher ... Mom's dog pants like I'm roasting her, so she wouldn't be too happy if I warmed the house up more than I already am.
It's 13C here this morning and 'blowing a hoolie', as the saying goes. The winds have been strong for the last few days, luckily our back fence which usually suffers, appears to be ok. When I took the dogs out for their walk yesterday I noticed the daffodils in the park were in full bloom.
Sunshine all day yesterday, and the temperature got up to 40F - it would have felt really nice if not for the wind. Although I've never heard the phrase, as Moonglum said, "it was blowing a hoolie."
With how windy it was, it would have been understandable if the electricity would have gone out. It didn't. Saturday though, the weather was clear as a bell - sunny, blue skies, and 30F. We were without electricity for almost 9 hours; the entire town, as well as two neighboring towns lost power at around 8am and it didn't come back on until just after 5pm. At least the sun was shining so though the house got chilly, it wasn't horribly cold.
Had a nice little break from being stuck at home without heat or electricity though. Saturday was our writers group meeting. We normally meet at the library, but it was closed due to the power outage. One in our group offered that we meet at her house - although the power was out, she had a roaring fire in the fireplace, a big bank of windows letting in warming sunshine, and enough fleecy throw blankets for us all to wrap up - it was a very cozy setting, and a fun way to spend a couple of hours in an otherwise less than agreeable situation.
I think after today (at least according to the last time I checked the weather) it's supposed to turn wintry again, with high temperatures in the 20s, and snow through much of the week. It ain't over yet.
It’s 51F, but feels like 47F. The temps are to be up and down all week. The days can go from the high 30s to mid 50s. The nights can go from the high 20s to the low 50s. I hate this kind of weather.
It’s been rainy off and on, and cloudy a lot of times. Backwater is up, but not as bad as last year, yet. Time change will be here in a few weeks. I heard there was talk to quit doing that, but not that it has been canceled. I do like when there’s light longer in the evening. Some say split the hour in half and leave it there. Laters.
Last Edit: Feb 24, 2020 15:24:17 GMT -6 by Mini Mia
It's gorgeous here. Everything is covered in a fresh blanket of snow - the kind of wet, heavy snow that sticks to every tree branch. At one feeder, a small flock of house finches waiting their turn to eat, ornaments a large hydrangea, their red breasts even brighter red against the white branches. The other feeder is busy with the hit-and-run eaters - chickadees and nuthatches - who wait for an opening from the cardinals, who are more of sit-and-eat diners.
The snow seems to have tapered off, and instead of the big flakes that have been falling since last night that build up fast, it's more of a gentle, but steady snow. Not as spectacular as it's falling maybe, but still beautiful.
Our gorgeous morning yesterday turned into an ugly afternoon - strong winds and blowing snow continued throughout the night. Still windy and at 25F, it looks like it'll be a good day to continue the Winter Purge. I've got a load of Hubs' clothing already washed and in the dryer now, and another already done and boxed up to take to Goodwill...
...though maybe I'll wait until tomorrow to take it; it's soooo d@mned windy out there now, I'm reluctant to even venture out! Cold is tolerable - wind makes it just Bluck!!!
Same here, Jox. It seems like it's been raining forever. It started to snow yesterday, if you can call it snowing. It lasted all of ten minutes and I could probably count the flakes that fell before it stopped and started raining again. At the moment it's 6C and raining. The weekend forcast is rain and howling winds, oh joy!
I'm tired of the cold, and the rain. And knowing that Spring and warmer weather is just around the corner makes me want it here and now all the more.
I'm not quite where you guys are in regards to being tired of the cold - of course, we have snow instead of rain, and it is still - and is supposed to be - winter here. Today's high is 28F; we aren't there yet. Last year's high for this date was 29F, and although it's 10F below typical for this time of year, it's not atypical either.
Here's a lady in the Detroit area that found a way to break up the monotony of a typical winter task by doing it in a very atypical way....and I'm betting, brightening the dreary winter day of her neighbors while doing it...
Now, if at the end of March, the weather is as cold as it is now, I'll be b!tching up a storm. The nursery will be open by then, and whether it's snow or rain falling, working outside all day in 20 and 30 degrees is not my cup of tea.
I'm not quite where you guys are in regards to being tired of the cold.
It's not so much the cold with me, it's actually 11C this morning, it's this incessant rain. You can't walk down the garden without having to dry off after. I'm just thankful we don't live on a floodplain like those poor souls in other parts of the country.
The damp makes even temps that are usually on the warm side feel extremely cold. Just as the humidity can make the heat feel more intense than it really is, it can also make the cold feel more intense than it really is. Mom's dog isn't helping. She's panting and acting like I'm cooking her ... thankfully she's getting a haircut this week. I do it every three months, but I'm thinking I should do it every two months. I have the house temp set at 62F, and when it kicks on she has to go in search of a cool spot. I don't know why she doesn't go sleep by the back door, since it faces North, and lets in cold air. I guess it seems too far away from my spot on the recliner.
It's not so much the cold with me, it's actually 11C this morning, it's this incessant rain.
The damp makes even temps that are usually on the warm side feel extremely cold.
...is exactly why early spring is my least favorite season. Add in the bitter winds that never seem to stop blowing off the cold lake, and March and April can be downright nasty here.
And shoot, March is coming in like a lion - the wind is roaring out there now! It's 26F, but feels like 17F. A warm up is coming though; much of the week the highs are supposed to be in the forties.
I spent a lazy morning yesterday just milling around downtown. Instead of making that second pot of coffee, there is a new coffee shop in place of the old one that closed up shop right before Christmas; I wanted to show support by stopping in because it's on a street that has been completely torn up, under construction, and closed to vehicle traffic since last fall. The only way to get there is to weave your way down torn up sidewalks and barriers; I only noticed the coffee shop was there a couple of weeks ago when Hubs and I went out to dinner at a restaurant on the same street. The construction is killing businesses down there; I stayed for about 45 minutes, and had a couple cups of coffee while going over my notes on events and speakers I've been lining up to give presentations at the nursery this summer. I was the only customer the whole time I was there.
When I left the coffee shop, I ran into some people I know on main steet, and we chatted on the sidewalk for a while, then after leaving them, I watched the skaters on the ice rink. It was a nice couple of hours actually, but shhhhh, don't tell Hubs; I'll have to hear "told you so". I couldn't convince him to go with me, because he said it was too cold and windy to walk. Hubs was right - the whole time I was gone, I wished I'd worn long johns and a hat!
It’s 65F, and it now feels like 65F. It had felt like 63F. The wind is doing it’s best to blow my house away. It’s 68F here in the house. I love saving electricity. I’m hoping I don’t have to turn the a/c on. It’s supposed to warm up this week. The nights still have a few cold ones, but mostly warmer than it has been.
The last couple of days here have been wonderfully springlike - gobs of sunshine and temperatures in the forties. LX and the Boyfriend came in for an afternoon visit on Sunday, and after a late lunch, we walked to the beach through the old neighborhoods with the grand old Victorians, then strolled back up through downtown, stopping in at the bakery for cookies and coffee.
Yesterday, the dog had the right idea for such nice weather - laying in the grass, belly-up, sound asleep in the warm sunshine....feet paddling the air, probably dreaming of chasing squirrels.
Nice here today. (Outside: high 60s. House: mid-70s. Turned on a/c.) Had to take the dog to get a bath & a haircut, so went to the gas station, bank/s (one for Church, and one for me), Dollar Store, grocery store, car wash, and a meal & a drink to bring home. Took a warm jacket, but it stayed in the front seat next to me. Go back to the bank tomorrow, so will go to the drug store then, and get cold/frozen foods before coming home. Can't remember if I've gotten out two days in a row before. (Good for the car battery though.) Supposed to be another warm day without storms. Will get to bring home another meal someone else cooked. So, happy about that.
Last Edit: Mar 3, 2020 20:37:16 GMT -6 by Mini Mia
It is 62F. Feels and all. It’s cloudy outside, and I’m hoping I’m back home before any rain gets this way. Or severe weather would be more likely. Will turn on the a/c for the dog before I leave. Although the clouds might keep the house cooler than yesterday. I didn’t sleep under a lot of blankets last night. Kind of missing them now that I’ve finally been able to sleep under them once again.
Last Edit: Mar 4, 2020 12:22:57 GMT -6 by Mini Mia