Saturday, January 30, 2016
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Saturday, January 23, 2016
A very serious blizzard is taking place in the US with some places receiving 3' of snow, and whiteout conditions because of the wind. New York and Washington have basically shut down for a few days as they deal with the storm.
BBC on the Internet had some shots of the snow (as well as some cheerful high school kids from North Dakota stuck in Pennsylvania who are used to worse weather than this) and wrote a reasonable article about the storm. But at the end of the article, they had tips on how to survive a bad winter storm.
OK, all you Canadians, judge for yourselves how good these tips are:
1. Have at least 3 gallons of drinking water per person, per day.
my note: make sure you have at least one bathroom per person
2. Tape bubble pack to your windows.
my note: bang your head against the wall because you never bought twenty rolls of bubble pack last time you went shopping.
3. Use your dog to measure the snowfall.
my note: Sorry Jaws. I know you only measure about 18" high but I'm supposed to throw you into the 3' snowdrift. Maybe I'm supposed to time how long it takes you to surface.
Oh, well. The tips were good for a laugh.
The US officials gave the best piece of advice: Stay home!
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Botanus has some intriguing plants but it is based in BC so many of them are not hardy where I am (zone 3-4). Still it is a very attractive catalogue that is fun to look through.
Monday, January 18, 2016
The WeatherNetwork posts record highs and lows for our town.
In 1996, the high was a record at 16 C.
In 1997, the low was a record at -31 C.
January is a wacky month.
Today we're somewhere in the middle at -10 C. Cold enough with the wind, but dressed properly and with handwarmers in my mitts I was fine to shovel some of the new snow.
Friday, January 15, 2016
Our winter has been pretty benign this year. Hard to believe that we are already halfway through January.
Sunday, January 10, 2016
I am not one to make New Year's resolutions such as losing weight or getting fit, but I do like to set myself some goals for the year. This year I want to do more knitting of my own patterns and try out some more exotic yarns. My other goal is to sort through stuff that's hiding all over the house. You know, all those treasures that just accumulate over the years. I want to shift at least a garbage bag a week - some of it destined for the thrift shop, some the garbage. At the end, the house will feel more organized and spacious.