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KABOOM!   23 comments

Up until this point we have had a fairly quiet winter. Our storms were of the warmer variety, which I don’t like- more icy nonsense than snow.

All of that changed this week. No more warm days between storms melting everything.

Starting Thursday I had three days of taxes scheduled. Volunteers lined up. Appointments filled.

Thursday the weather prediction was for a big snow, more snow the farther east we were. But not starting until 11 or so.

Sure enough, at 11 the first flakes fell, and the boss gave us an early dismissal, which was great, but meant canceling a slew of appointments and rescheduling them for next month.

We got about 6 inches at our house, but the location of the Friday tax clinic got 18 inches! So, we cancelled all the morning appointments and got there at noon. It was a crazy day, the schedule got all out of whack as people came late or early depending on their drivway situation. Instead of getting out at 4 as planned, it was closer to 5, followed by a long drive home.

Saturday was predicted to be light snow, 1 – 3 inches. I trucked up to Bangor for Super Saturday tax clinic. It’s held in an empty storefront in a small mall, and we worked hard all day, but did notice our numbers were down. Found out why when we left at 4. Way more than 3 inches – it had been snowing steadily all day! I went to the grocery store right there and headed home through some heavy snow on messy roads, so it took forever. Got home to find the driveway unplowed, and that’s when I realized how much snow we had. My mighty Prius plowed up the hill no problem, shooting snow everywhere! A had cleared out my parking space, which made me so happy as I just had sneakers on. 😀 We had 8 -9 inches and it kept snowing a few more hours.

So I got through the busy week, in the end made far less busy but no shorter by the snow.

Today is a combo day – pajamas and snow pants. We have to get out and clear vents and decks and driveways (plow guy came last night, yea!) this morning, then we will totally chill. Because this afternoon, guess what?

BLIZZARD

We are forecast to get 18-26 inches (depending which channel one watches) in 24 hours, starting late this afternoon. Strong, sustained winds as well.  I fully expect to get the call canceling work tomorrow – that will be my napping spinning knitting day. Of course there will be intermittent shoveling as well to keep ahead of it.

And I hold out the tiniest bit of hope for at least a delay on Tuesday morning. 😝

So I should have finishes to share soon, and pretty snow pictures.

Oh, and our forecast after Tuesday? Storm expected on Thursday which they won’t talk about yet. But significant something.

Guess winter is hitting us full force this month!

Posted February 12, 2017 by salpal1 in how I spent my day, what I am thinking about

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The forecast was accurate   21 comments

Which I guess is good?

Friday was unbelievably cold and windy, yesterday it was a bit warmer and snowed all day. Today is warmer still and raining.

So the world is coated in ice.

Yesterday I took the truck and went to knitting. Roads were snow covered but fine getting there.

But this is what I found!

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Only Debbie and I were there. We enjoyed a quiet afternoon knitting and munching on her good cookies and sipping hot chocolate. But we missed the ladies who usually fill the sofas.

The roads weren’t so fine going home- no need to plow the main road apparently. But going slow in 4 wheel drive worked well and i made it home safely.

This morning we woke to the promised rain and 35  degrees. Well, the air is 35 degrees. Everything else is still zero. So it looks like this:img_1254

Naturally, that means we are headed out to Bangor for a family gathering and some (the last?) of the holiday shopping.  In the truck. 😀

We also saw this outside the bedroom this morning.  Maybe he is snacking on the creatures who live in our walls.

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Hope you are safe, warm, and dry this morning!

 

Another Friday the 13th?   10 comments

Friday this week is another tax day.  I am helping out in a site I don’t usually work at, in Hampden.  I expect it will be all day, BUT on the off-chance I get out early, I will bring the list of materials I need at the bead store in Bangor.  🙂

That’s right, need.  Mom ordered some earrings,  I have the silk but not the right beads.  So, I just need to pick up a couple of tubes. ROTFL.  It’s true, it really is and I will try to restrain myself from getting anything not on that list.

If I don’t get them tomorrow, I will do so on Saturday – another tax day in the Bangor area, that is supposed to get done earlier. Of course, it may be “snow/mixed precip”-ing by then, but I hope not.

Not a very exciting Friday list, I know, but it is tax season after all.  It will all be over soon.

“A sloppy mess”   3 comments

That’s our weatherman’s description of today.

It started as rain yesterday mid-day.

Changed to snow mid-afternoon.

Changed back and forth between snow, sleet, freezing rain all day (and apparently all night).

It’s snowing now and we expect another 1-3 inches today.

It is supposed to go down to zero by tonight, with howling winds.

So what we have is several inches of slush which will freeze solid over the next 24 hours.

A sloppy mess indeed.

The roads are such a mess of frost heaves that they can’t be adequately plowed. Driving home last night was a nightmare, it took me over an hour to go the 18 miles in slush that grabbed at the car and tried to throw it in the ditches.

So. Needless to say, I cancelled tax appointments for today. My wonderful volunteers offered to come a few extra days so we could fit all these people in, because our schedule is full right up to 4/15. It took me hours to reach everyone yesterday to reschedule, but no one complained. 🙂

My boss called this morning to delay opening until 9 o’clock. I can only hope he calls back to close the office. But if not, I will bundle up and trek out there again.

It’s only for one more week, right? then we get spring? It says so on my calendar.

Posted March 13, 2014 by salpal1 in what I am thinking about

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unable to determine the Friday list at this time   3 comments

Mother Nature is making me sad today.

I am supposed to be doing taxes in Southwest Harbor today. I have a cold that slammed into me yesterday.

We were supposed to have a major snow storm last night. I was glad. I would not have to decide the whole do I go or not? issue.

It snowed for a while, then it rained. So far I have not seen the Southwest Harbor Library on the cancellation list. Lots of schools are closed, even the high school down there.

So, when my tax boss calls to let me know the plan for the day, I have to be ready with my answer as it pertains to my health.

My only other hope is that he got a ton of snow and ice and needs to stay home to clean it up. He is much farther inland than we are…

So, this Valentine’s Day I will either spend it helping the good folks of SW Harbor complete their tax returns, or I will spend it on the couch with tissues and knitting.

A has the day off, so we have a rare long weekend together, once I resolve this Friday issue. I love when she and I have the same holidays off. She gets so few, and I often have to be writing grants for deadlines, this is a rare treat.

Snow? On Saturday?   3 comments

oh-ho, Mother Nature, you messed up your calendar again! Of course, you realized it, and so tomorrow we will get more snow showers. Thanks a bunch.
Yesterday went pretty much as planned, I drove all the way to Calais (100 miles through beautiful wilderness) and only was about half way there when I realized no passport, so – no chocolate. Very sad.

Did the work I needed to d and was home again by about 3:30. A was already home, feeling like she was coming down with a cold. But she was still up for the fundraiser, so we headed to Ellsworth, collected my boss and went to Governor’s for some pie before the event. We can always count on J to join us for a meal or dessert. 🙂

The fundraiser was very well attended – we stayed until intermission, and I loved the music, although I could have done without the staged bantering that happened between acts. I’ll find out next week how much was raised, but it was close to $10,000 when we left. Not bad!!! I also could have done without the person near me who was doused in perfume – when we left I had watering eyes, a stuffed head and a sinus headache, and it wasn’t all because I am catching A’s cold.

Today is a slow day, A’s cold is here in full force, and I can feel my head filling up. I am swallowing lots of juice, vitamins, etc. She is swallowing lots of cold medicine, and sleeping a lot, which is good. I suspect I will be doing the same tomorrow. Not that I was a ball of fire today…

I (Finally) made my niece B her birthday card, it was a lot warmer in the craft room today, so I took advantage. The required glitter should be dry tomorrow so I will drop that in the mail to her.

I stayed in bed late today, and read a whole novel – been a long time since I did that – Lisa Gardiner’s Touch and Go. Her stories are creepy scary but fast paced and good reading. I love that she has contests to name her victims after real people. I can’t think of anyone I want to kill off, so I have never entered. But it is fun to read about them in the notes.

Of course, I did a bit of sock knitting, a couple of rows before I went upstairs. And now I will go do a couple of rows on the red sweater. I am determined to finish it before it is too warm to wear it. 🙂

That’s fahrenheit, folks   12 comments

tv 5 temp

Knit wool hat – check
Knit wool scarf – check
Knit wool sweater – check
Knit wool socks – check
Knit wool shawl waiting at work – check

It becomes clear to me that I really do want to knit a skirt and some leg warmers for me.

We got about a foot of snow Sunday. We are due for 6-12 inches tonight. Then, unbelievably, a storm Friday which will likely be my all time favorite – “wintry mix, rain on the coast”. So, not being exactly on the coast, we can expect ice, but we MIGHT get rain, and have no snow when it is over. Either way, I think I will not plan to do a lot out of the house this weekend.

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