Friday September 14, 2018

Gym this morning. It’s been raining off and on all day with temperatures in the upper 30’s. I guess we are lucky it’s not snow or ice. And, all the salt has been washed off the roads and my car.

I went back to the gym to work my midday shift. Today was senior lunch day. It’s usually the first Friday of the month but Steve, our director who cooks the lunches, was out of town last week. Today we had tortellini soup with salad and rolls. Yum. They play bingo for an hour than serve lunch. Anyone who comes in is welcome to attend but it’s usually the same 25 or so folks who come.

Otherwise, it was not very busy the rest of the day with the weather being so nasty out. And, I brought home a container of the soup.


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Thursday December 13, 2018

I left around 3pm yesterday afternoon for Winston to have dinner with Nancy and Betsy at Fratellis at 5:30. Al came up early last evening to take care of Colin. I spent the night at Frances’. This morning I left her house a little before 8am when she left for work. I went to Panera Bread for breakfast then ran a couple of errands before my 10 haircut appointment.

From there I did a small Costco run before meeting Bonnie downtown at Hutch and Harris for lunch. We did our annual visit to the Deck the Halls craft show then I headed back up the mountain.

It was the first time I’ve been away over night since Bob died. It was nice to get away and I always appreciate Al coming up to take care of Colin.

The sun is shinning with temperatures in the upper 40’s. The snow has melted off some, even the large piles. Now, we are under flood watch starting tomorrow afternoon through Saturday due to a chance to 2″ of rain on top of all this snow.


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Wednesday December 12, 2018

I am reading Signs of Blood by Vicki Lane.

Gym, drugstore, and grocery store this morning. It’s been cloudy all day keeping temperatures in the upper 30’s which is not helping to melt this white stuff.

Colin and I have carved out a path along the foundation of the house that goes along the sides and around the back to under the deck. He stands on drive and looks at the mounds of snow blocking his way into the yard, which is still too deep for him to get through easily, and wonders why he can’t get over there.  At least this way he can find places along the path to go potty.


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Tuesday December 11, 2018

Lots of sunshine with temperatures in the mid 30’s today and no wind. I needed to run an errand this morning and decided I may as well open the bookstore at the regular time. Main roads were mostly clear but side roads are still a mess. With temperatures below freezing last night, all that melted stuff was frozen over this morning. Same again for tonight as temperatures dip back down into the low 20’s.

I closed the bookstore at the end of my shift because the afternoon folks could not get out and I had a 2 o’clock appointment.

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Monday December 10, 2018

We had around 18 inches total.

This morning I tried shoveling the drive after I cleared a path down the middle of the sidewalk.  After 30 minutes I had a small square in the front of the left garage door. At 64 years old this was way too much snow for me to try to shovel.

Here is picture of the driveway after hiring the two guys who do my neighbor’s drive to  plow it with a four wheeler and a small tractor. Took them a little over an hour.

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Sunday December 9, 2018

Hello from snowy Sparta. It was 22 degrees with about 8″ to 10″ of snow. Colin went down to his favorite back corner, did his business, and came running back to the house.

I cleaned the bathrooms and vacuumed. We just came back in from outside. We now have over a foot of snow with more to come all day. I cleared off the bird feeders and shoveled the porch and the steps. I threw some bird seed on the porch so the little guys could get some food. My resident woodpecker and a cardinal have been to the mesh feeder.

A couple of months ago I bought Colin a 12″ Hol-ee Roller Dog ball for snow so we would not loose the ball like we did with the small regular ball. It gives him something to play with in the snow even though toss and fetch is out of the question. However, my rubber snow boots are 14″ tall. Future outdoor play times will require snow pants to go over the boots.

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Saturday December 8, 2018

It was nice outside this morning. 30 degrees, cloudy, and no wind. After I took Colin out for his morning constitutional I ate my breakfast then headed back out. By nice, I mean, with calm winds and not too cold temperatures I was finally able to get back to cleaning up the small piles of downed pine from the ice storm that was either embedded in the ground or iced into a clump. The days we had nice weather I was working or down in Winston and not been able to get back to it.

James needs to cut the big stuff with a chain saw and haul it off. The big stuff was still scattered into several piles so I organized them and made several piles of small stuff. At least that storm mess is organized in the event more comes down after this next big storm on the way.

I filled the bird feeders. Speaking of which. I have a red bellied woodpecker that has been coming regularly to my hanging mesh feeder. I’ve never had one to make regular appearances at the feeder.

I did a load of laundry and have chicken breasts cooking in the crock pot. They will make several freezer meals with the chicken as the main dish for me add sides to. My snow boots, both short and tall, are out and ready for action.

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Friday December 7, 2018

I am reading A Shoot on Martha’s Vineyard by Philip R. Craig.

It was 33 degrees this morning with partly cloudy skies and not much wind. I went to the gym, bank, and library, then back home to shower and head back to the gym to work. Temperatures today did not make it out of the 30’s. All conversations today with folks coming in the gym was about the impending snow storm starting tomorrow afternoon or evening. We are in the 15″ to 20″ forecast region but we will see what happens.

Regardless, I am ready.  I have plenty of food and necessary provisions if I loose power including my new generator to keep the fridge and freezer running.

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Thursday December 6, 2018

It was 22 degrees, sunny, and breezy this morning. Although the sun was shinning today the temperatures did not get out of the 30’s but thankfully no much wind. I worked my mid-day shift at the gym so it did not matter since I was indoors all day. We had off and on snow showers all day yesterday. It would snow like crazy sticking to the deck, grass, and natural areas for half an hour. The sun would come out and melt it then it would do it all again. The shady areas still have snow on them today waiting on the big storm that is supposed to come in this Saturday.

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Wednesday December 5, 2018

Gym and grocery store this morning. It was 27 degrees, cloudy, and windy with snow flying around. There was a light dusting on the deck and natural areas. High of 31 today with winds gusting 25 to 30 mph and snow flurries. Flurries and cold temperatures all week with not much in the way of any sunshine.

I’m cooking boneless port ribs in the slow cooker for dinner.

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