Country Living Series

Monday, January 26, 2015

Spring fever

It seems New England is bracing for a massive blizzard.


Meanwhile I'm almost embarrassed to admit we're experiencing near-record high temperatures in north Idaho.



I screen-shot the above on Saturday. Here's today's forecast of 56F:


I'll admit spring fever is hitting hard. Don keeps talking about all the work he wants to do on the tractor. I keep walking through the sleeping garden and making plans. Must... resist...

This lovely weather isn't likely to last -- we could be due for the blizzard of the century next week -- but it sure is a nice interlude.

Meanwhile to all those in New England due to be impacted by the blizzard -- stay warm and safe!

10 comments:

  1. I'm just north of Boston. On my commute to work the gas stations had lines out into the roads. Grocery store parking lots were still pretty full.
    Everybody is getting ready. Sadly these are things they should be doing all the time instead of just before the storm. The only thing I need to do is bring in more wood so I can avoid extra trips to the woodpile during the storm.

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  2. Mom and I went out into the fray this morning to get a few things, just for fun really. I drove right on by the long gas lines because I have a few cans at home to top me off and run the generators. We really wanted some fresh lettuce, etc. for the next few days. What really amazed us was people with overflowing carts carrying bread, milk, water, cookies, toilet paper, batteries, etc. You see, we just got 8" of heavy snow here the other day and we simply could not believe people were already out of the staples. Perhaps this will make them think ahead in the future? I'm not so sure...
    In our defense, we don't usually go out gawking and shopping during other people's emergency prep frenzy but we are without a kitchen for the next few weeks/months due to some major water damage (surprise!!!) and felt the need for some comfort items while we 'camp out in the house' waiting for the 24"-36" plus drifts. Thankfully I will not have to drag myself into work during this storm as I always do (essential personnel) because I have an official emergency at home. We must give thanks to the Lord in all things! His timing is Perfect especially in the midst of an historic storm!!! 8-)

    God Bless,
    Janet in MA

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    1. Update: Our area 'won' for having the most snowfall, 33 inches. We were blessed that it was only snow - the seawall near our coast broke and destroyed at least 10 homes and damaged countless others. 8-( My heart goes out to the good folks of Marshfield.

      We never lost power but it was a good prep test all the same. I discovered that some of our water in the bunker needed to be rotated much earlier. It now has an unpleasant taste so I will have to be more proactive about that. This water was in the thinner plastic bottles, not the good sturdy plastic. All of our emergency lights got taken out and tested. Always good to do.

      God Bless,
      Janet in MA

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    2. Glad you're safe and sound!

      - Patrice

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  3. It's snowing steady on Long Island!

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  4. Dealing with the warm weather on this side of the Palouse too. I'm worried that my fruit trees are going to start popping buds too soon, when we still have 6-8 weeks of hard freeze potential left.

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  5. Here on Cape Cod the wind is gusting to 60 mph and the drifts are 3 feet high and rising. The Governor of MA declared a state of emergency and instituted a driving ban. I think the fine for getting caught is $500. There's plenty of wood in the wood shed but I can't open any doors to get out of the house. My 7yo son is excited that he might have to hop out a window to dig us an escape route. I'm glad I put a bunch of wood in the basement as a 'plan B'. We still have power for now, but everyone is safe and having a great time sitting on the living room floor playing monopoly.

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    1. Update:
      We never even tried to go outside today - we had no need. The monopoly game is still in progress but on hold until tomorrow morning. The snow drift that is blocking the side door is now almost 6 feet high and it is still snowing. The wind has been the big factor. Some parts of the yard are scoured down to the grass but most parts seem to be about waist deep. Reports from local PD's say that most roads are impassible and that even emergency vehicles and DPW plows were getting stuck. The driving ban that was imposed by the Governor is scheduled to be lifted at 12AM EST and school has been cancelled again for tomorrow. So far we never lost power (knock on wood), not that that would have been much of a problem for us with wood heat and plenty of spare food. Experiences like this only serve to strengthen my resolve to be even more prepared for the next time, and the next time, and the next time...

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    2. Good to be prepped, isn't it?

      - Patrice

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  6. A close friend lives in Maine and weathered the storm while my children and I had an outdoor picnic here in Texas.

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