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This is where the kitties stayed for most of the day yesterday, curled up in bed. I'd have liked to too... (and they're finally using their bed! Galahad likes to smush the sides down so he can get closer to the heat registers, but after a year and a half, we finally found the right spot for the snuggly soft kitty bed.)

I did take a snow day, though, and stay home from work. Made the right call, as [livejournal.com profile] kurlon said when he finally got to work that the roads were "snotty". Eeeeew. Mostly snow, mixed with some freezing rain/crud. Got the retail order done at least, because I was smart and brought the catalog home on Wednesday night, anticipating that things would be as bad as they indeed were on Thursday morning. Called S at the office around 8:30 to let her know I wasn't lying in a ditch somewhere.

There's more expected today, so I did not shovel the front walkway. I'll get to that tomorrow, otherwise it becomes a skating rink. All told, only 2 or 3 inches, maybe, but it looks like it may actually stick around for a while. Going in to work shortly here; roads should be OK for the moment, could be more interesting this afternoon. Wheeee.

EDIT 11:20PM - Weather actually got better. Rained all morning, and then the sun came out. Not bad, if rather cold... Whatever combination of temperature/pressure/humidity we currently have though, is making my once-broken-now-steel-reinforced arm talk to me, and it's not the most pleasant of sensations... sigh.
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Just enough snow out there (FINALLY) to make the landscape pretty, and to make all the people on the roads forget how to drive.

3 accidents on the way to work this morning, 2 within a half mile of the office. One lady looked like she'd parked her jeep very neatly in a ditch, and there was something big that happened right across the street at the quarry, but the number of vehicles around made it impossible to see what.

Me, no problems driving in, except for having to follow someone going 25 mph in a 50 for about 10 miles... the 6 other people in front of me in that little parade were getting pretty frustrated too, but there was no getting around this terrified person. The roads had been treated, and were nearly clear. Just wet, with a little ridge of slush up the middle where the tires weren't hitting. Sigh.

I expect about an inch, maybe two, by the time I head home. Hopefully it won't freeze into a sheet of ice before then.

In other news, [livejournal.com profile] kurlon brought home the most expensive 320x320 digital camera I will ever hold in my hands on Wednesday. Borrowed the IR camera from work, to see where the cold spots are in the house, and see which ones are semi-feasible to fix. We of course had to take some pictures of the cats too.
IR Cats

I love my glowy-eyed fluorescent demon kittes. :)
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Halloween
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About 8" of wet, soggy snow total. It's compressing down to not much already, and with temps in the 50s all week, it should be mostly gone soon.

[livejournal.com profile] kurlon got a clear path out the driveway, so the rest of the paved area should clear shortly too. Adventure riding home last night, nearly got stuck on the road, but the HiHy made it.

See, this is what happens when we get Christmas decorations in the stores earlier and earlier... Mother Nature figures 'well, obviously they want winter sooner!' and does THIS! Aieeee!
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But we're tucked inside Freegate, which is delightful.

A successful afternoon of shopping. Major score: one color-changing LED ghost! :)

And a new laptop and all associated accessories for Max, who after 2 years, is again employed. Much joy!

The SNOW started around 4:30, just as we were leaving our lunch stop. It is still coming down. We're in the 6-10" range, with 1-3" more expected tomorrow, last I knew. GRUMPY.

Dear Mother Nature,

Ha ha, very funny. You can take the white crap back now. The hayride tomorrow was not expected to be a sleigh ride, thanks very much.

Love,
Maine and the rest of New England
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It is SNOWING. And sticking. I am SO not ready for the white crap yet.

Lots of stuff to catch up on... I'm still alive, will have a more substantial post in a bit...
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No foolin'
Originally uploaded by gshower7
Four words: Nice. Cushy. Office. Job.

I am at work. Somebody has to be. Tried to cancel the truck that was sending 250+ shrubs and put it off till next week, but when I called on Wednesday morning, it had already been loaded... so I got to do that this morning. Thank goodness for D, my sometimes-co-worker, who came when my boss called, and I didn't have to do the whole damn thing myself because the rest of the guys are out plowing the 8+ inches of wet, heavy snow. Took twice as long as it should have too, since the semi couldn't make it up the hill and over to the area we were unloading them, so we hauled everything into the loader bucket, drove the loader around, and hauled everything out of the bucket again to the mats... BAH.

I also have to babysit the greenhouses, and make sure the snowpiles on the roofs don't cave them in. I only slipped a few times, and nearly got buried in snow a few more, and only put (as far as I know) one giant hole in the poly with the rake. Which has been mostly repaired with duct tape. The poly-patch tape won't work if it gets the slightest bit damp, which is definitely happening out there with the snow...8+ inches of wet heavy snow is a lot of work to slog up the hill in, too...

It all appears to be turning to rain, which may or may not be a good thing. Rain doesn't build up on greenhouse roofs. And perhaps the roads will be clear when I decide to bail in a few hours. This is a day I would not have even attempted to come in, but really had no choice in the matter.

Nice. Cushy. Office. Job. Or one at a perennial farm, where I don't have to deal with heavy shrubs and giant trees. That's really my least favorite part of all this... I love the greenhouses, perennials are generally small, lighter, and more manageable, and more fun...

I think I'm tired. Definitely cranky. Definitely glad it's Friday.
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Sooo... I look out the window just now, and surprise, surprise. It is snowing again. With Serious Intent. There were light, almost-but-not-quite-clear patches in the sky on the way to work this morning, so I had hopes that maybe, just maybe, the crap that was (is) forecast to fall today wouldn't. Toooooo laaaate.

Got 4" or so of light fluffy stuff on Saturday night that shoveled away no problem, though it's not quite enough to use the snowblower on. It also nicely polished the layer of ice that has again formed on the road, so even with my Magical Snow Tires, I had a hard time getting out of the driveway. Not quite stuck, but there was definitely some spinning, and sliding backwards into a snowbank.

Today's forecast: Through 2pm: Snow, sleet or freezing rain mixing with and changing to rain by 11am. Cloudy with temperatures warming rapidly into the mid to upper 30s. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Snowfall of about half an inch through 2:00pm.

Delightful. Two more hours, then it becomes truly miserable. Time to make my way up to the greenhouse, check on the babies (hopefully all potted and happy), and then hide in the office till I decide to slide home...

February is not going out without a fight.

Update: 11:15 AM: Sweet... boss just called, told me to go home. Was on the way out the door in about 30 seconds anyway, but now I have the Official Blessing. I'm outta here!
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More Snow
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All told, about 11 inches between yesterday and today. No rain, no ice, thank goodness. Lots of wind made shoveling and snowblowing Not Fun, but the driveway is clear. ish. I wanna just curl up for about the next week and not do anything, but that's not going to happen...

Kitties didn't care about the snow in the cake pan. Galahad was interested after most of the snow melted, thought the water was delightful, but neither one had any interest in the weird cold white stuff.
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So, the snow appears to be done... 8-10" or so out there on the ground. I'm... almost disappointed. But not really. Light, very fine snow is still falling, but it's not going to amount to anything. Time to go clear off the walkway and driveway, I suppose.

Lancelot had taken up his usual spot on the back of the couch, looking out the window, watching the snow for a while, but both boys are currently curled up on the loveseat.

I'm gonna go get a baking pan, fill it with snow, bring it inside, and see what the cats think of it. :D

...is it sad that I'm looking forward to doing this, and finishing up what I can do on our taxes to avoid washing dishes and doing laundry? sigh...
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Wintry Woods
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Dude... I totally just drifted into my driveway. :D

Left work early, again. The ride home was interesting. Perfectly powdery snow makes roads very slippery. Made it up the hill (once the person in front of me who was determined to go no faster than 15mph turned... oh, little black car, if you do not go at least a little quicker, neither of us is going to make it up this steep slippery hill...), made it into the road, and slid sideways into the driveway. Wheeeee!

Hour 5 of Snowpocalypse February 2011 commences now. Started right about 9:00. Not supposed to stop for any appreciable amount of time till mid-morning Thursday, which is the next time I plan on leaving my house. I don't think I could get out of the driveway/road anyhow. Expecting 20-24" of the white stuff, at least.

I now have a purring Galahad in my lap, a cup of tea on my desk, leftover chinese food warming in the oven, and a wee little scroll to play with. And laundry, and dishes, and a floor that needs washing... but I'll get to them later...

Today is also a special day. One year ago, I decided to poke around on the website for the local kitty rescue, and at the bottom of page four, two very special boys caught my eye... Here they were at the shelter last year, and here they are now (well, in July). Such a difference from two little scared, skinny kitties, to two fuzzy fluffy boys that DEMAND attention and snuggles when we walk in the door. Luvs mah kittehs... <3
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Snowy Friday
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Snow stopped around 2:00 this afternoon, just like the Weather Channel said it would, and we even saw the sun for a moment or two. I decided it was probably best to get the 2 storms' worth of snow/ice/ick off the front pathway before we got more... only took about an hour to shovel off the steps and walk, but I'm not going to suggest anybody actually use them... The rain we got with Tuesday evening's storm formed a beautiful crust, but also saturated the snow that had already fallen, resulting in not only heavy, mostly frozen snow chunks, but a lovely layer of ice underneath the whole thing. I think that's probably part of why the road is the way it is.

I have resigned myself to the fact that snow tires are in my future. In theory will be able to get away with spending ~$200, just getting fronts. Not till after Monday, though, so we'll have to hope our neighbor comes back and sands, otherwise I'll be working from home...

Headed out to mom & dad's shortly, in the reliable vehicle that will make it out of the road... Stop by Staples to get scrolls photocopied first, grab coffee & water bottles in the morning, then fence allll day. Yay! See (some of) y'all there!




...Lancelot has this uncanny ability to know when I'm planning on leaving, and decide to jump in my lap 5 minutes before then... cats...
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Well dangit.

Awoke to (expected) more light fluffy snow this morning.

[livejournal.com profile] kurlon was possibly going to take my car to work, so I could use the HiHy to run my errands, and then head south. Poor Rosie, try as she may, simply cannot get more than 10 feet past the driveway. The road is a steep hill, covered in sheer ice, covered with a niiiice fluffy layer of snow, hasn't been plowed, or sanded, and I have now come to grips (heh) that I am going to have to shell out for snowtires.

Or a tank. Anybody know of one used, cheap?
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Winter Morning
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Storm is over. Tuesday through Wednesday evening, I'm counting as one "snow event". Learned and confirmed several things over the last couple snowy days. Just in time for the next one that comes tonight/tomorrow morning.

Some observations:Wow... this got long... I guess I've been saving up some rant energy... )

Hopefully the snow really will be done by tomorrow early afternoon. The goal is to get to my parents' Friday night, and then to Springfield early Saturday morning, for lots and lots of fencing. And friends, who share a sadness this day... We have lost a lovely and gentle Lady in the East.
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Winter Sunrise
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So, I have the HiHy today.

Slept till 11:00 after the happy phone call from my boss. [livejournal.com profile] ninian_vesalius and I spent yesterday holed up in the house, sniffling and sneezing at each other, drinking many cups of tea, having delicious turkey soup for lunch, and not going anywhere. I worked on scrolls, she read, we puttered. Listened to the wind (didn't howl as much as it usually does, must have been blowing from a different direction) and watched the snow fall and swirl. [livejournal.com profile] kurlon had to go into work, even though the office was closed because it was "unsafe to be out" (so... why did they want him to be out, then?), got maintenance done, home by 7. Had lovely dinner with Max & [livejournal.com profile] anna_mickel, made it back in the driveway. Elected to not wake up the whole neighborhood with the snowblower.

Too tired to want to clear the driveway this morning, so I told [livejournal.com profile] kurlon I was taking his truck. I'd have been fine in my car if I'd have been able to get out of the driveway, but that wasn't happening. So I enjoyed the heated seats.

We got about 8 or 9" of snow at the house, I think... drifting, again, made it hard to tell exactly. There's a solid foot here at work, and some places got much more. Even Max & Mickel, on the other side of town, got over a foot, I think. There may be something to living on the north side of a mountain... at least for the couple snowstorms we've had so far this year.

The sky is clear and perfectly blue now. Hopefully the beautiful sun will start melting the layer of snow left on the driveway after snowblowing, and I won't have to slide in, bumping off snowbanks tonight... I'll have to shovel out the front rampsteps tomorrow afternoon if [livejournal.com profile] kurlon doesn't get over ambitious today... won't take too long.

SNOW DAY!

Dec. 27th, 2010 06:12 am
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Blizzard. Going back to bed now. Was a good girl and called the boss, just to make the effort (because I certainly wasn't going to get a phone call first....).

YAY.
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Frosty
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All I know is, there wasn't any of that white crud on the ground at MY house this morning.

Typical fuzzy-head morning. Got to work, got out of the car, and started walking across the parking lot/patio to the office, then had to stop and peer at the ground... it was... covered in little white balls... BWUH? NOOOOOO! I deny this is happening! I reject your reality and substitute my own! It's not time for this yet! And snowing little mini snowballs is just weird, OK?

The frosty leaves were pretty though.
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April Snow
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So... I've had better days.

Not that yesterday was awful, honestly. I got a lot of stuff done. Organized the bathroom (mostly), did laundry (lots, some of it's even folded and put away), got rid of some cardboard boxes, put curtains up and hung a picture in my (still disaster, but getting better) sewing room, hung out with the kitties...

Attempted to dye 9 yards of cotton (we think) denim a beautiful teal color. It did not go well. I followed all the instructions, to the letter, 2 boxes of dye per load, hot water, salt, etc for the dye bath, used the proper level of water in the washing machine, and as a result, I got the most beautiful pale teal you've ever seen. NOT what I wanted at all. Don't quite know what happened. I used the tiniest blop of detergent, maybe that was even too much. There were 4 more boxes at the store, I'll pick them up sometime this week and try again. Maybe without detergent this time.

I started and finished the illumination for the Northern Region Rapier Champion's scroll, which is really nice, I think. Simple but pretty. Figured out how to get the glass paint to behave and take gold leaf properly. Good success there. Prepped sheets for the gold leaf class I was going to teach this morning at Spring's Inspirations...

Instead, at about 10:00 last night, whilst waiting for paint to dry, the icky feeling that had been trying to settle into my throat all day finally did, complete with chills and full-body ache. Ah crud. Finished the scroll and class prep, but sent an email letting [livejournal.com profile] anna_mickel know I probably wasn't going to make it to the event. Woke up this morning feeling not a lot better, with the same misery. Max picked up the scroll and class supplies (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] alexsaintpierre for taking over for me) on the way to the event, after dealing with his own crisis this morning, a busted water heater. Fun all around.

Poo. I'm sick, therefore no motivation to do anything around the house that needs doing, my plants are covered in snow, and I'm missing an event. Sigh. Enough wallowing in self-pity now, time to get motivated.

SNOW??

Apr. 16th, 2010 12:05 pm
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So, it's my day off. I get two this week! In a row! I can... get stuff done! And boy, is there a list. The kitties are helping. Well, Galahad, anyway. It is Very Important that he help me investigate the closet, and put his tail in my face as I am putting the child locks on the bathroom cabinet doors, and chase the broom (so cute... aw.), and miaou at me.

It is nearly noon. Just watering a few plants, and I look outside, and there are definitely snowflakes falling. Icky wet ones, and they won't stick around or amount to anything, but it is snowing. Sigh.

Glad yesterday evening I got the path cleaned up finally; visitors can now use the front door without fear of barberry or sumac attack. The forsythia is another matter, still, though it is nearly done blooming, and will soon be smaller.

Met the neighbor at the end of the road for real last night (better than at 9:30AM on a Sunday, when I'm really, really not awake). Going to have a neighborhood dinner on Sunday at 6, which will be nice. We've been waiting to go knock on doors and introduce ourselves, but it's difficult when I'm not around on Saturdays...

Time to get off the computer now, keep cleaning (J's sister and a friend are coming to spend the night, going to try and get some of the cardboard boxes emptied and out of the living room), make a dye bath and start the fabric which will become my lovely teal (hopefully will be done in time) Steampunk-y outfit for the event on May 1, and prep for Spring's Inspirations tomorrow! Got to finish the Northern Region Rapier Champion's scroll and prep for my gold leaf class... Plenty of time... ha.
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But it's a good kind of tired, and for good reasons, and I cannot wait for all the construction and mess to be over, and move in, and just try to relax in the house for a day or so...

Fencing was good on Tuesday. I needed the break from thinking about the house and everything I had to do. Got J fitted for his garb; I will have it done by the 6th (preferably before), but not quite sure when it will happen yet... aieee... Fenced with just J, Christian, and Max. Had a good night.

Yesterday was prep and then paint. Prep took much longer, but everything looks really, really nice now. I have a lavender sewing room now! SO PRETTY! The bedroom is berift of any wood trim of any kind, until the oak molding and door/window frame bits are done. [livejournal.com profile] kr4sh and Max are working on them... going to be beautiful. The bedroom is a nice sagey green, not too dark. The dads are working on getting the floors in today and tomorrow. Moms peeled wallpaper off, cleaned up the kitchen backsplash quite nicely. The golden yellow I like for the kitchen walls will be beautiful, once we get some time/energy to paint again. Maybe in a few months...

Finding more strangeness with the house itself... it appears all of the doors are slightly smaller than they were planned for (or, [livejournal.com profile] kurlon's theory: the contractor who lived there before was re-doing everything, and that's the size of door he had a lot of... gah.). There's a stupid little "shelf" above all the door moldings, which is just a dust-catcher. I wanted to take them all off, but in doing so in the sewing room, discovered a 1/2" gap between drywall and door trim. Dumb, dumb, dumb. I will live with them for now.

Fridge is coming today, might even be there by now! I look forward to the story of how they get it in the kitchen... Tuesday, the stove arrives. Sometime soon, we can put the new dishwasher in, and then actually be able to live there (not that that's really dependant on the dishwasher, more on my sanity...).

On the crappy end of things... got stuck in the road last night. Made me Very Grumpy. Took 4 of us, with Josh driving, to push poor Rosie up the last couple feet of hill. Don't know if new tires would have helped at all; mom & dad's car almost got stuck too, and they have new tires. The road wasn't plowed, since I guess 3" of powder isn't worth it? Except then it compresses into slick, icy mess... Great... something to look forwad to next winter (and probably the rest of this one). Maybe I can get a discount on studded snows, since it's the end of the season (riiight...).

Mom-in-law called this morning, just before I left for work, and let me know they were going to be getting to the house later than they'd planned... She'd slipped in the hotel parking lot, and was going to the hospital to get her arm x-rayed. Darnit... Got an update from [livejournal.com profile] kurlon, she has broken her wrist. Can't be comfortable right now. :(

There will be a break from house-obsessiveness soon... I'm so tired it's hard to think straight right now. This spreadsheet I've been working on today at the office is sure to be interesting. :)

Snow Dogs

Jan. 28th, 2010 01:38 pm
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Last day of dog-sitting. M comes home tonight, hopefully with a minimum of fuss and pain in the new knee.

Both dogs are sitting by the glass doors, content (for the moment) to watch the snow falling outside. It's been threatening since about noon, but has finally started coming down in earnest. Not supposed to amount to anything significant, and it's kinda pretty... Crows have been hanging out in the cherry tree outside the windows all day, black against the white-gray of the sky. They know how to be noticed.

Perennial orders are now set for 2010. Mostly. Things will change when the season actually starts, and there will be additions, and adjustments, and cancellations on both ends. Hoping our plug program will finally get off the ground and prove to be as lucrative and effective as I think it will be. Last fall we dug a LOT of the older clumps of plants, divided the heck out of them, and potted them up. Hopefully all those divisions make it through the winter and give us a nice start in the spring. THAT's the way to do perennials, none of this buying in finished stuff... not at what the most of the growers charge. And it's nice to play in the dirt, as well as being better for the plants themselves. Next step: only dig what we can sell in the next year. We're not going to need to order certain colors/varieties of daylily for a few years...

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