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Blizzard MOnday

Monday, January 28, 2013

We got yet another snow/sleet/rain/hail storm last night and this morning. All in the space of a few hours. No school locally,, the roads are clear, slushy and slated,, nowadays they stop school if the weather is too cold OUTSIDE!??!!!!!
I drove to work on the unploughed roads in the dark 40 mph no problem,, but those many-tons buses loaded with bodies might slide a little??? The streets were plowed while it was still dark, way before schooltime..
The kids ride on heated buses, have brand new(My elevated tax dollars at work) HVAC systems, still cannot be there if the weather is cold outside!! Gee, I wonder why non Americans see us as wimpy, snoots that WILL NOT endure any discomforts!! They walk about twenty yards to the bus stop and twenty feet from the bus to the heated buildings.
Next it will be our tax dollars buying them all new coats and boots,, oh, I forgot, we already do that ....
off my soapbox..

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PATRICIAAK 1/29/2013 12:19AM

    I hear you!

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HICKOK-HALEY 1/28/2013 10:02PM

    What ever happened to indoor games. What did we play on rainy days at school. Thumbs up? I suppose these days that is a dumb game lol.

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ALDEBARANIAN 1/28/2013 9:52PM

    Go wash your feet out with soap. ;)

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/28/2013 7:07PM

    Stay warm & safe

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3016DEBRA 1/28/2013 5:40PM

  I know....it's getting to be ridiculous! I remember we couldn't wear pants or jeans to school unless it was (don't remember the temp) ? but they still had to be worn under our skirts/dresses! emoticon

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NORASPAT 1/28/2013 5:12PM

    England was never so cold when I went to school.
Here in Maine our sons walked to school, we lived one mile from the school and they had to walk. I had no problem with that, the walk did them good. If the early start was too cold i took them there in the car or I walked with them to school. we could chat and I could exercise.

The sign of the times is the problem. there are so many SAFETY rules needed for every eventuality. We are not raising children to be self sufficient. We are allowing society to become distrusting of others and rightly so. I wish it were different but it will not get better any time soon that's for sure.
HUGS Pat in Maine emoticon emoticon

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_MOBII_ 1/28/2013 2:05PM

    I grew up in northern Illinois and it was a very rare thing that school would be cancelled because of snow and never because of cold (that I remember anyways)...this on top of getting white washed almost daily at the bus stop by my cousin!

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SQUIRRELLYONE 1/28/2013 12:41PM

    I know what you mean: when I was in elementary school when it was -40 (C) they'd cancel recess, but the school was open. I do believe that the only times our schools (to this day) have been closed due to weather was in '96 when the school was literally buried and it took 2 days to shovel it out.

City people have it easy/hard (I suppose parents have to find child care, etc). So weird!

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SKIRNIR 1/28/2013 12:40PM

    Where I was, they canceled school if it was too cold due to students who walk to school or wait at bus stops. Even though I would think parents are smart enough to bundle them up appropriately, drive them and wait at the bus stop in a heated car, or drive them to school all together.

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Nothing exciting here,, thank goodness.. Debbieanne, I was BORN here,, nothing attracted me to move here..
I would never live in another state in the summertime, but would make tracks to get out of here from October- May.

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PATRICIAAK 1/29/2013 1:26AM

    I was born in OH. Now that is where most of the grandkids are.

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PICKIE98 1/28/2013 12:28PM

    Sharon, my life's dream is Italy and Hawaii.. but I would not sneeze at California for the winter. I have been there three times and I love it.. most likely northern,, I have been from San Francisco south to San Diego..
In Michigan, the snow continues until the end of April or the middle of May.. then the rains,, so June-September are the only really warm months .. Around here, ,unlike California, you cannot plan a weekend ahead until you hear the weather report. It could be a tornado, rain, hail any given day or all in one day.

Nothing on this planet could induce me to move to another country, except maybe Canada . Americans have no clue, if they have not traveled outside our country, what they give up to leave here.. I have visited many other countries and I used to kiss the ground when I return. Hopefully, when we get an American President again, I will be less inclined to leave again.

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NORASPAT 1/27/2013 6:30PM

    LINDA, I hear you. When you find a good place it resonates with you. I guess it depends how happy you are in the moment. I love Spring and Summer and Fall is beautiful. I love Thanksgiving- we never had that in England and I love what you can do with that Holiday

After that is my Birthday, Dark nights, Christmas madness, January thaws and storms. Frigid February and then the birds return and the days are longer so it is tolerable again.
Put in perspective that makes only 4 months when I wish I was elsewhere.

Our exciting moment was when DH took off to the bathroom without his walker. That surprised us both so now he is using a cane. WooHoo way to go !
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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/27/2013 4:09PM

    LOL I hear ya. I hear Michigan is a beautiful place.

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SHARON10002 1/27/2013 2:56PM

    Where would you like to go Oct - May?

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Frigid , snowy Saturday

Saturday, January 26, 2013

The frigid temps prevail, lots more snow this morning. We have errands to run today,, just around town.. I would not chance going up north since I hate having to brake for deer on the expressway. They will run right up to the shoulder of the road, stop,, tick-tock, you are about one block away and they suddenly jump out onto the roadway like your headlights are a sign for free salt licks!!!!

I have only hit one deer, but it had already been hit by the motor home ahead of me,, so awful to do...

This does not mean that we are any safer while driving within five miles of our home. The wild animals behind the wheel are worse than four legged beautiful animals. You would think we lived in Arizona the way they drive.. I mean, they act like it is warm, no snow or ice on teh roads, clear, sunny day.
They should sell tanks for us to drive during winter months,,
DD is still asleep, I have dishwasher to load, papers to sort, tax things to organize for mom's and my income tax appointments.
I dread going outdoors later this morning, but the mama bear needs to leave the cave...

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SHARON10002 1/27/2013 2:55PM

    My son hit an 8 point buck about 12 years ago in a tank of a vehicle, '85 BMW 535, and the impact pushed the whole engine compartment back 4 inches. This happened within 2 miles of our house. You're right about them waiting to jump right out in front of you.

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_MOBII_ 1/27/2013 11:56AM

    People down here drive just as stupidly in the rain /fog as they did in the snow when I was in Illinois! Be careful out there!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 1/26/2013 10:43PM

    OK, so a deer would bother me. It would damage my car.

But there is a commercial on now that says "we are remembering our driver training ... we're breaking for squirrels ..." Ummmm, no. They are just lucky I don't speed up.

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TEALHAWK 1/26/2013 9:17PM

  thank you for your blogs

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NORASPAT 1/26/2013 4:43PM

    LINDA.You kind of sound like me. I really would love to be in a warm place but I cannot imagine any place better than here. We have looked to the south and there are just too many people out there. I like our slow paced life here. I do not to want to drive on six lane highways anywhere.
I like 2 lane highways 2 on each side because I do not like to drive too slow. Take care and hopefully stay warm HUGS Pat in Maine.

We are up to 20 degrees because the ocean breezes are warming our Atlantic coast.(DREAMING?) Hugs and love you Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/26/2013 11:25AM

    I wonder what made you decide to move to that frigid cold area in the first place. the home must be a nice one. Hoping your mom is doing well.

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HADYDADUBR 1/26/2013 9:19AM

    You could have kept the cold air and snow on your side of the lake. LOL

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BOSS61 1/26/2013 8:51AM

    Greetings from the land of mammalian assault via motor vehicle. My tally to date: two deer, one cow and assorted smallish varmints of the field and forests (gradually, over the last 15 years or so). You might really be onto something with the salt lick concept.

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Blizzards, boxes and bugging people.

Friday, January 25, 2013

We are in the throes of a major blizzard here today, more snow to come tonight and tomorrow. It is the teensy little greasy flakes that are VERY slippery to walk or drive on. I slid right past my street on the way home from work!! I was the only one on the road , thank God,, my traction control and ABS went into overtime but to no avail... I kept sliding down the street, so just went with the flow of the slippery road about a quarter mile, turned onto another street and came back to mine.
I was only going about 15 mph, but he snow propelled me a long ways. I have state-of- the-art braking system, but as my Dad used to say, "It was like peeing in the wind!" NO use...

I came home for about fifteen minutes, long enough to seal and address a box I had to ship to Chicago today. I got back in my car, drove the three miles to the post office and came back home.. The streets were twice as slippery as a half hour before...

I made it onto my street this time, BUT did a doughnut when I turned off the main street!! That drivers training 45 years ago really paid off: I just took my hands off the wheel, foot off the gas and brake, and let my guy do his thing!! He straightened himself out and stopped all alone. Nobody around again because nobody else is dumb enough to BE on the road. I had to ship that box today since the postage goes up again this weekend.

I have enough FOREVER stamps to mail the space shuttle to Mars, but can hardly ship a box from home...

I called assisted living and it seems Mom is magically better today!! I talked to the director last night and told her to tell Mom that if she did not get up out of bed, I would be out there in an hour. She got up, ate, drank fluids,,,,Today she is up walking around, watching tv in the den,etc.. I am thinking of telling this miraculous story to the Pope!!
For some odd reason, she does whatever they tell her if they say I told them to do it...
fear is a powerful weapon,, even though I have no clue why she is afraid!! She is the abusive one, I just look at her..
Oh well whatever works.. emoticon

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SHARON10002 1/27/2013 2:50PM

    Glad you made it home safe and sound. That's really scary when we've driven all our life in snow, and suddenly you find yourself in a situation you have absolutely no control over.
So glad your mom is up and about - truly amazing! She probably realizes where you are coming from, and doesn't want to push her luck any further . . .

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TIMOTHYNOHE 1/25/2013 9:59PM

    Maybe, your mom just likes the snow.

Seriously, they have good days and bad ones and you never know when the next flip is coming. Take every day as they come.

And be careful driving in the snow.

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TEALHAWK 1/25/2013 8:43PM

  Keep safe icy roads can be so dangerous. We got that blizzard too and alot of very cold wind and below zero temps

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PATRICIAAK 1/25/2013 7:56PM

    stay in and stay safe!

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DIET_FRIEND 1/25/2013 4:08PM

    Dealing with snow sounds challenging. It's warm here. Thinking of you!

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_MOBII_ 1/25/2013 3:43PM

    Snow...Donuts...mmm...OH wait! I meant to be very careful!!!!!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/25/2013 2:53PM

    Even mama's afraid of the drill sargent.

You be careful on those roads.

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MANDIETERRIER1 1/25/2013 1:21PM

    Please be safe out there. Driving in the snow terrifies me.

I am so glad that your mom is doing better

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LJCANNON 1/25/2013 12:59PM

    emoticon So thankful that you are Home & SAFE!! Not to mention that the Car is in One Piece!! Winter Driving is definitely a Challenge!
Good to hear that your Mom is adjusting.
It is Funny, my Mom gets along MUCH Better with me than with my Sister, but when ever Sis is having trouble getting Mom to do something, she says "I'll just call Jeannie and have her deal with this." Magically, Mom is suddenly able to do whatever the task at hand is, LOL! Go Figure!!

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NORASPAT 1/25/2013 12:51PM

    LINDA, I had a mental image of you in that car, well done to remember just what you have to do.

I had never driven in icy weather till Maine and boy you have to learn fast.

I hope the blizzard goes north instead of east. Hoping you and DD are much better by now. Thanks for the wise comments, hugs Pat

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MAMISHELI53 1/25/2013 12:43PM

    I loved that bit about enough forever stamps...I write a lot of letters to people I've come to know during my mission trips to Peru...so of course one needs "regular" postage.

Glad your Mom is doing better. I go to a little old lady who just recently moved into a senior assisted living center, and she's having a hard time adjusting. We become stodgy in our old age.

Blessings on your journey to good health. Glad you made it thru the nasty weather!

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

We are getting somewhat back to normal DD and I.. I made a small pot of goulash last night, we went to my birthday dinner today for lunch. I chose Famous Dave's.. We were fairly good girls.. I ordered steamed broccoli and coleslaw for the sides, we had corn on the cob, ribs, pulled pork, roasted chicken. It is a platter family style.. We brought more food home than we ate there.. Muffins, chicken, slaw, broccoli, pulled pork, corn. I love leftovers so I do not have to cook!!

Just walked in the door and moms home called to say she has no output today and won't get out of bed. I am not allowed to visit, so I told them to tell her that I order them to get her up in the wheelchair if she is too weak to use her walker, get her to drink anything,, since she has been on Keflex since Saturday, I know she just needs to get up and at 'em.

I am hoping they will lift the visiting ban by the weekend so I can get her moving myself.. she has led a princess's life with no illness or inconvenience, so any little thing that requires any effort from her is devastating to her.. Tuff noogies...
DD calls me the drill sergeant and I intend to review the troops this weekend.. yes, I am feeling better,,
My mother would die if she ever had to endure the pain Dd and I do on a daily basis, I have zero patience for her laziness and she knows it,,she usually gets up and doing what I tell them to make her do, before I even get there..

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TEALHAWK 1/24/2013 9:35PM

  yes glad your both feeling better! Hope you had a good birthday too

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PATRICIAAK 1/24/2013 9:30PM

    Glad you're both feeling well enough to finally enjoy your birthday.
You are showing your mother 'tough love' and she will be the better for it.

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NORASPAT 1/24/2013 9:00PM

    I am Happy to hear you are both doing better.
I was happy to read you were able to go to your Belated Birthday dinner. Sounds like a lot of food, so you can be well fed and able to take it a bit easier.
We too have the big chill here in Maine. It should move out by the weekend. It will probably warm up to snow by the weekend.
I feel sure your MOM will be behaving herself once she knows you are out to make her see a little sense. I hope so. Take care, Pat in Maine.
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DEBGIL 1/24/2013 8:39PM

    Mmmmm sounds like a great birthday treat and the best part is the leftovers and no cooking on your part!

Glad you are getting back to "normal".

My step-dad has been in the hospital for congestive heart failure and could use a good drill sarge. Wanna volunteer? He thinks he has to do the opposite of whatever he is told.

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HICKOK-HALEY 1/24/2013 8:16PM

    Oh, the birthday dinner sounds soooo good. I have never been to Dave's, and we have one not far from us. That's good your keeping on top of your Mom's situation. Remember the Divo song? Crack that Whip. Just popped into my brain lol.

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ALDEBARANIAN 1/24/2013 6:47PM

    Meetcha in the cyber-cafe for leftovers.

ya know, the right herb tea, a little psyllium seed husk, and mama'd be right up and attem. Hehehe.

Happy extended birthday. :)

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/24/2013 4:25PM

    Your dinner sounds yummers. Sounds like you have enough left overs for days on end.

LOL at you being called the Drill Sargent. I believe it!

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