I’ll update as things progress.
It’s been a fun week here in the Bogs. Fun, that is, if you like flooding, ice storms, and cold weather.
We had more flooding in the basement on Tuesday due to warm temperatures, a lot of snow melt, and some more heavy rains. It looks like the water is coming up through the floor rather than pouring in from somewhere. With all the snow, rain, and ice we’ve had this winter, perhaps the basement has become part of the water table.
Tuesday evening the temperature plummeted and the ice storm arrived. By 12:30am the power had gone out. We woke up to an icy winter wonderland. It really was quite beautiful.
The power stayed off until around 5:00pm on Wednesday. That was much sooner than Ohio Edison (our power company) had predicted on their recorded message. They were saying late Thursday night. M booked us a hotel room just in case. Thankfully we didn’t need it, and the power came back on in time for him to cancel the room without paying a cancellation fee.
I’m convinced the power company purposely overshoots their estimates of when the power will be restored just to make us grateful when it comes on a day or two earlier than expected.
As I’ve mentioned here before, no electricity not only means no heat, it also means no water. I think I could manage ok for a while without the heat (we have two fireplaces) or the electricity, but I don’t like going without water (or a shower!). Flushing the toilets under those circumstances generally means hauling up buckets of water from the pond (which M was kind enough to do before he went to work Wednesday morning).
The kitties and I spent most of the day sitting by the fireplace. I read a book while they stayed warm curling up next to or on me. Cats make wonderful lap warmers.
I also went out for a few walks, to admire the beauty of what Mother Nature had done. There were a few downed tree branches, but nothing major. Every now and then the sun would peek out and make everything glisten.
Last evening M and I went to Kent Stage for a concert, to listen to the Boys of the Lough. They are a truly talented bunch of guys, and I really enjoyed their music. Some of their jokes weren’t bad, either.
This weekend we plan to, well, hunker in, I suppose. The latest weather predictions have us getting hit with a foot of snow, beginning tonight. I’m hoping that might lead to some cross-country skiing on Sunday.
For the record:
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CLEVELAND HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON EST TODAY TO 4 AM EDT SUNDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
SNOW WILL DEVELOP THIS MORNING AS LOW PRESSURE MOVES ACROSS THE TENNESSEE VALLEY. ACCUMULATIONS DURING THE DAY TODAY WILL RANGE FROM 2 TO 4 INCHES… BUT ADDITIONAL SNOW WILL DEVELOP LATE TONIGHT AND PERSIST THROUGH MUCH OF THE DAY ON SATURDAY. BY THE TIME THE SNOW TAPERS OFF SATURDAY NIGHT…TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS IN EXCESS OF A FOOT WILL BE POSSIBLE.
GUSTY NORTHERLY WINDS BETWEEN 20 AND 30 MPH WILL ALSO ACCOMPANY THIS STORM. THIS WILL LEAD TO BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW AS WELL AS PERIODS OF REDUCED VISIBILITIES ON AREA ROADWAYS TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT.
A WINTER STORM WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SEVERE WINTER WEATHER IS EXPECTED. HEAVY SNOW AND/OR ICE WILL CAUSE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. IF YOU WILL BE TRAVELING IN THE WARNING AREA YOU SHOULD CHOOSE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE IF POSSIBLE, OR YOU SHOULD USE EXTREME CAUTION IF TRAVEL IS UNAVOIDABLE.
It’s primary day here in the Bogs. The Bogs being located in Ohio means we’ve once again found ourselves bombarded with television ads, telephone calls, mail, and visits from the candidates.
The phone was practically ringing off the hook yesterday. People calling on behalf of Hillary and Barack, recorded messages from Hillary and Barack (who have suddenly become our new best friends even if we haven’t actually met them), and the usual offers to drive us to the polls if we don’t have a way of getting there.
I’ll be glad when today is over. I don’t like wishing my life away, but I do want to wish all this campaigning away. In a state where so many people are jobless, without decent health care, and where education is underfunded, I find it disgusting that all this money is being spent on ads when it could be put to better use. If it were up to me, there would be no more campaign advertising. People would have to learn about the candidates by meeting them, by watching or listening to the debates or the speeches given when they visit the state (which of course would require an overhaul of the media so that everyone has access to this stuff), and by reading about them.
But, you know, it isn’t up to me.
I can’t recall ever wanting to vote for a candidate based on their advertising campaign. In fact, I’ve been turned off of candidates based on television ads (negative attack ads, etc.), but never turned on. A candidate who spent their money trying to make the changes they yammer on about would impress me more than all this advertising.
The weather didn’t start out well for today’s voting. We had icy rain for a while. I think it’s pretty much settled down now. The storm wasn’t nearly as bad as predicted although flooding will still be a problem. I’m happy to report that, so far, there’s no flooding in our basement. With the snow melt and the heavy rains, I thought it might flood again. It’s still a possibility I’m hoping won’t come to fruition.
I’ll be going out later to vote. I meant to go early, but didn’t wake up (from a very heavy sleep) until 8:00am. The lines are usually pretty long in the evenings. Ah well. It’ll give me more time to think about who I’m going to cast my vote for in the Democratic primary. I still haven’t made up my mind, ads or no ads.
(Snow on a white pine. February 2008)
Another week, another Move 2008 check-in. Week 9.
I had a great week. Here are the numbers:
- Walking mileage: 20.67 miles
- Cross-country skiing mileage: 4 miles
- Total mileage for the year: 188.87 miles
- Yoga: At least 15 minutes every day. Up to 30 minutes on a few good days.
- Strength/weight training: Twice this week.
As noted in a previous post, the cross-country skiing was a blast. It’s something I’d like to do more often now that I know I enjoy it.
(Oldest Son. 1978)
A happy, happy birthday to my oldest son! May your life continue to be filled with love, laughter, good health, and lots of fun.
This is a cross posting so if you’re reading both blogs, you can skip one or the other. I would’ve written a new post for this blog (since I decided I should post every day in March), but I’m dead tired so this will have to do for today.
I will add, before I do my copy/paste magic, that it was an incredibly fun day from start to almost finish (it’s only 6:00pm so we haven’t finished yet). Lots of spontaneity. Very exhilarating, all in all.
Well then, here’s the post:
(The 9-year-old me (on the right). 1967)
I had a great time today doing something I’ve never done before. I didn’t take the camera along, hence the blast from the past above. I suspect my smiles today were just as big as the smile in this picture.
In the eight years we’ve lived in the Bogs, M and I have wanted to try cross-country skiing. We’ve even signed up for lessons (something that has to be done weeks in advance), but the weather has never, ever cooperated. In fact, it usually rains on the days we schedule a lesson.
A nearby state park has cross-country ski and boot rentals, but they don’t offer lessons. Crazy people that we are, we decided not to let the lack of at least one lesson stop us.
M and I woke up to perfect conditions this morning. A good pack of snow already on the ground, a fresh 2-3 inches that fell overnight, and temperatures in the upper 20’s. Without giving it a lot of thought (or any thought, really) we made the decision to go for it. After a quick breakfast we bundled up and set out for Quail Hollow State Park.
I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting this to be a successful adventure. After all, neither of us had any idea what we were doing. The woman at the rental shop gave us a few tips as well as pointed out the best places for newbies to get started. When we managed to get out the doors without hitting anyone or anything with our skis, I counted that as a major success.
I was a little wobbly at first. I almost fell down trying to clip my boots into the skis. But once we got started I was surprised and delighted to find I’m a natural at cross-country skiing. After the first few minutes of klutzing around, I found my center and relaxed into the gliding motion. The downhill parts were fun and exhilarating. The uphill bits required work, but it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be.
Poor M spent a lot of time falling down. He stopped counting after about the tenth fall. I fell twice, and that was due to a not-so-bright decision on my part to try to turn around while I was half way up a hill. I should have continued up to the top and then turned around.
I had such a blast cross-country skiing. The whole day has been spontaneous, lively, and, well, the only word that comes to mind at the moment is merry.
I think every Saturday should be this much fun. 8)