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Another night of single numbers, but 27F is predicted for today. We got a dusting of snow last night, far less that the 3 to 6 inches predicted. So maybe the grip of winter is weakening?

Yesterday I took the Subaru over to Profile Subaru for a Recall fix and of course they found more stuff to do. But today in a few minutes I’ll be taking the car down to Rusty’s for an inspection sticker (way out of date on that!). I want to show Rusty what Profile Suub came up with for needed repairs, two of them each running about $880. Maybe Rusty can do them for less? Or maybe not, we’ll see.

Lots to do in the next couple months: sell house, go to Costa Rica, buy apartment at Thornton Oaks or OceanView. The only certain thing is I’ll be going to Costa Rica (to the Osa peninsula) with Phyllis and her sister Jennifer from March 16 to 23rd.

Another blast of cold arctic air is hitting us tonight. My thermometer read -5.3F just now (9:30pm). I heard on my car radio this afternoon that the rapid warming of the arctic is having an effect on the Gulf Stream causing it to change its usual warming pattern. This behavior is of course very complicated as I found out when I spent a little time researching online. But clearly big changes are beginning to occur in the ocean currents. So, will spring ever come? Certainly this year, one hopes, but are there mightier changes in store for us in the not too distant future?

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This has been the coldest winter I’ve experienced in a very long time. In fact I can’t remember a colder one. There may have been such winters and I just don’t remember them. The 1930’s? Could be. It’s useless to speculate. In any case it’s been colder than Hell here in Denmark, Maine. Also, a lot of snow! There was a year during the 2000’s where we got even more snow I think. I’ve got some photos. But this year takes the cake for cold combined with great amounts of snow.

Is this evidence against global warming? Far from it. In fact it’s evidence for global warming because this term really implies extremes in weather. For example in California they’re having drought like conditions in winter, very little or no snow or rain. And didn’t I just hear yesterday that this January was the warmest on record averaged over the entire globe? So there you have it climate deniers.

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It’s hot’r’an’Hell today and promises to be even hotter tomorrow. I slept poorly last night although I had none of the big D. I’ve been free of that for the last several days. Maybe the Sertraline (Zoloft) was beginning to help me sleep but I’d rather not risk the return of the big D. See a post below.

I watered my three tomato plants which are beginning to grow fast, especially one of the German Johnson (GJ) plants. The one Cherry tomato plant is showing good signs of life too and is growing fast like the two GJs.

Here’s a photo I just took of the three. The Cherry plant is in the foreground, the two GJs in the backgorund.

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Here it is, the first of March, and it came in like a …. Lion! A giant snow storm is in progress.

Right on schedule, but still a little late for the celebrators and workers in the snow. JimBob was complaining to me a couple weeks ago that the lack of snow was hurting his business and the businesses of a lot of others too, i.e. the snow plowers, roof cleaners, ski resorters, snow mobiler salespeople, etc. But why not try to make up for it now? There’s still the whole of March, 31 days of it. Of course it could warm up.

At least Olympia Snowe went out like a lamb the day before the big storm. But she is now causing a storm in the GOP which is good thing.

When was the last time March came in like a Lion? Using the almanac weather history finder, and going back year by year for Portland, Maine, for March 1, the first serious precipitation I found was 1.86 inches on March 1, 1999. Pretty wimpy of the first decade of the 21rst century, eh? Except for today!!

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Wicked Storm!

Hey, last Friday we came back home from Massachusetts to a nice afternoon, if a bit cloudy. We had been visiting my old buddy and colleague, Nadim, and had been to a party over at Johann’s. Nice party amidst the Austrians and former colleagues. But I digress. Around 5 o’clock I think it was the winds and rain and lightning and thunder began with a vengeance. Our lights pulsated off and on, and the trees outside seemed to snap back and forth. Some of the lightning bolts seemed to be landing right outside the house, fortunately not on it! This went on for way too long! But we never completely lost power during this. Everything was calm the next morning. Then around 8am our power went off, and it stayed off for almost nine hours! I yanked out our 5K Honda generator around 3pm, I think. It ran well and gave us some power until 5:20pm or so when our power was restored by good old CMP.

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Hey, this St. John’s Newfoundland weather is about like ours, isn’t it?



I gotta go.

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Just finished Robert Reich’s great piece on AIG. He sums it up: AIG, being “too big to fail”, is accountable to no one. The “accountable to no one” is the really scary part. This sure is an example of capitalism run amok. We have a competition between the government and the big corporation. All these anti-government people take note. Who would you prefer run the country?

We just had a lovely corn beef dinner over at daughter Kate’s prepared by Don. Absolutely scrumptious!

Looks like the weather is finally moderating. Can spring soon be on the way?

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Snowy Snow Snow!

Yes, we’ve got a lot of snow already. Even ahead of last year at this point I bet. Another 12 to 14 inches here yesterday. And a “mix” coming on Wednesday. Yuk!

Cynthia and I braved the elements yesterday and headed for our UU church in Norway, Maine, leaving a bit before 9am. No trouble at all getting there. The snow hadn’t started yet. But during our church service the storm began.

We were having an exciting and amusing Solstice service. Noise makers and drums were brought in to chase away the darkness and witness the return of light and life. So, as we had fun banging and clowning around, the snow began to build up outside.

Hey, we had some serious aspects to the service as well. It wasn’t entirely Pagan, but did have a bit of the Christmas cheer with tree and all, plus some messages for the Christians among the sparse congregation.

Needless to say, we left for home, normally a 35 minute drive, right after the service. We did fine, driving very carefully behind lines of cars behind snow plows, until we made the turn onto rt 117 to Denmark.

Then suddenly, with no warning from anybody (not even from God), we spun off the road. I watched in horror from my driver’s seat as our Subaru Forester slid past a road sign and to the right of some birch trees, and came swinging around down an incline to rest beside a small house. We were unscathed but a bit traumatized.

Suddenly people seemed to appear from nowhere. A small truck with a plow stopped up on the road, people got out and came down to us, a friendly guy from the house came to my window. “Hey, with a little help I think you can back out of here!”, he said.

The people in the truck maneuvered it down by the house and started removing snow from behind our car. Cynthia was invited into the house. Shovels went to work and I was told to back up slowly. Before I knew it, the car was freed and ready to go.

I thanked the people profusely, drove back to the road from the driveway, and followed the savior truck, ever so carefully, back toward Denmark, and then made it up the hill and home.

All this time it had been snowing without let up of course. What a exciting and interesting day we had! Whew… we were sure happy when we emerged from our car safely at home.

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Wow, as I sit here this morning in front of my monitor, every few minutes experiencing a brief power outage and recovery, the ice outside is merely frightful. Let it Ice, Let it Ice, Let it Ice! The weather is so undelightful!

Slowly the ice is building up on all the branches, bushes, trees and houses in Maine until finally we have the BIG C

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Yesterday morning I wrote the incomplete sentence above, and appropriately enough we completely lost power just as I was about to put RASH after that big C. ha ha But good old wordpress save what I had written and now I can complete it, just about 24 hours later.

I had “fun” getting our Honda generator going yesterday which partially restored our power, at least heat and light and a few wall switches. Good thing it was fast moving ice storm.

So, the ice storm cometh and the ice storm goeth away. Time marches on. Who knew what the Shadow knew. 😯 😎

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