Posts Tagged ‘weather’

Snow Day


Well, the predicted storm was not a bust. It was right on time. Weather Guy said snow would arrive between 11 am and 1 pm and right at 11:10, it started. Slow, steady. Now, less than three hours later, in my yard we have a little over an inch. It’s still snowing. The wind is blowing. The temp is steady at 31 to 32 degrees.  I checked in with my daughter and she’s at home, no work today, so I’m relieved about that. I can relax a bit.

I chose to stay at my house so it’s nice and quiet. I’m debating if I want to bake some cookies or just veg out.

For those that get a lot of snow, this seems like nothing but here, where we don’t often get more than a dusting of snow, we just aren’t prepared. The city of Portland owns very few snow plows and they just can’t keep up with the snow if we get more than a half inch. They also don’t own de-icing trucks. And then there is the fact that people see that it’s pretty out there so they go out in it and end up crashing their car, getting stuck in the elements, freezing, or otherwise causing problems for themselves and others. So this is a big deal, especially because they expect it to turn to a thick layer of ice (an inch or more) this evening, with little change in the temperature to do anything to melt it.


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The worst part about listening to the weather reports and the National Weather Service’s winter weather watches and warnings is the waiting. At least for me it is. I don’t think it will be a major event, or at least not for my area. And it’s supposed to be a relatively short storm. The worst of it for the area is supposed to be from about 11 AM to about 8 PM with the latter half of that being freezing rain. So if that’s right, I’m fine. I have food and water and lots of blankets and layers if the power goes out.

But it’s the waiting. I can’t concentrate on anything but the storm and how my daughter, Susie, who is new to Portland, will do in the storm. She has to drive about 30 minutes to and from work…of course in this kind of weather it will be anyone’s guess how long it will take her to drive to and from. And she goes over a bridge and several overpasses which are the first to get icy. So this worrying mama is worrying. Of course, she’s in a lower elevation than we are here and she’s closer to downtown than we are. Her work is across the river in North Portland.  We’ll see.

Anyway, tomorrow I will either post that the storm was a bust or I will post some snow/ice pictures. Either or.

It’s the waiting for it to begin that I can’t stand. Too calm. Too quiet. Too unknown.

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If we were having coffee, we would be bundling up. It’s 50, according to one of my weather apps but it feels so much colder than 50. The winter weather advisory for Monday/Tuesday has been modified to Sunday, with a chance that it will come in tonight. Ugh!

Tonight my daughter and I are supposed to get the boys out of the house for a few hours so their dad can set up their Christmas present. My ex and his wife sent them a huge TV for their bedroom and their dad is wall mounting it for them and setting up some bean bag chairs for them and then is planning on having hot chocolate and popcorn with a new movie when we arrive back home. He’s doing it tonight because the box is huge and there is no place to keep it hidden until Christmas so they will have an early Christmas gift. Hopefully the weather won’t interfere with that tonight.

Let’s see, what else can I tell you? Yesterday I had 198 views on this blog! It threw me for a loop because I usually get only less than 20, although I’ve been getting closer to 30-35 each day in the past couple of weeks. I came hope last night to check on the laptop. I have a program that gives me the IP address of the people looking at my blog and which post they viewed and how long they were on each post. It turns out that whoever was looking at my stuff was looking at the pictures of Mt. Hood and a few other scenic pictures I have posted in the past couple of weeks. I’m wondering if my pictures will end up on the internet someplace. They, whoever they is, also clicked on my Creative Commons license on my sidebar. Clearly an indication that they want to use my photos.

I’m going to try to write a few new Christmas memoir pieces for this month. I don’t get to do that enough and when I do, it feels really good to get that done! So I’m crossing my fingers that I will get to do that.

I had amazon credit (well, I still do) during Cyber Monday sales and I could not resist buying myself some Kindle books! I got four ebooks, all best sellers, for $15 when they are each normally about $13. So I am hoping to get to start one of them this weekend! By the way, I have recommended it previously but I will do it again. My new favorite Christmas story (well not really new but as about four years ago) that I like to re-read every Christmas is called O Little Town by Don Reid (formerly of the Statler Brothers). It’s a little story about a little town that gives the reader many warm feelings and a great deal to think about. I highly recommend it. I won’t start reading my copy yet. I’ll wait until closer to Christmas.

Well, I have to run and do a couple of errands up the hill. I was going to do them later but if the weather does what they say it will do, then I had better get up there before the road gets icy. Where I’m going it’s about 10 degrees colder than here so I should skedaddle!

Have a super week and I will be coming around to read coffee share posts this weekend. I just have to let my eyes rest a bit between reading posts because my sight is getting worse and worse. But, I will come around.

#WeeklyCoffeeShare is a blog link up hosted by Diana at Part Time Monster Blog.  Come by and check it out!wp-1452479910314.jpeg.

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To join in the fun of #WeekendCoffeeShare, write and publish your post then head over to Part Time Monster and enter your post’s URL into the Linky at the end of Diana’s post.

If we were having coffee, we would be indoors some place with air conditioning.  It’s hot here in Portland, unseasonably hot.  Not as hot as it is other places but still hot for us.  Because we don’t usually have more than five or six consecutive days of high heat each year, many people don’t have AC.  I don’t.  So I suffer through it.  My daughter ordered a window unit for me but my windows open side to side so I would lose my window (or half of it).  I thought if something window-like could be put in, like maybe plexi glass, it would be okay.  Or maybe it can be put in so that it can be removed when we get through our hot spell?  I don’t know enough about it and I’d have to find someone who can do it because, although I do have my daughter’s boyfriend that says he’ll do it, he’s unreliable as to time so it could be another couple of summers before I get to enjoy that window AC.  So I think they’ll end up using it for my grandsons’  bedroom when it arrives on Monday (don’t you just love Amazon Prime?).

I suppose you’ve noticed my photo at the top of the post.  It’s a selfie that I turned into this photo using an app on my phone (Pho.to Lab Pro).  I have the android version on my phone (got it in the Amazon App Store) but there are versions for iOS and for use online.  It’s kind of fun to play with.  Maybe we can play with it while we chat over coffee?!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’m more than pleased with the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision declaring gay marriage legal.  Wow!  it is about time.  I’m so happy for many of my friends and a few of my relatives that are ecstatic over this decision making their love legal.  It makes me smile and I’ve also shed a few tears thinking about the happiness it has brought, although there are more than a few people vocally angry about the decision.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am slowly tackling all the clutter in my house.  After years (at least a couple) of not being physically able to lift and carry things,  a lot of “stuff”  accumulated so now I am tackling one corner at a time and carting it to the Goodwill.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am still struggling to learn a new OS, a new browser (Chrome), and the new laptop!  Oy vey!

If you have a few more minutes, I’d like to share my answers to Conny’s Would You Rather Book Tag.  Don’t worry, I won’t tag you!

Would you rather only read trilogies or only read stand-alones?

Stand alones

Would you rather only read male or female authors?

Equality in all things, including authors!

Would you rather shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?


Would you rather books were made into TV shows or movies?

Neither.  I think most books should be kept as books.

Would you rather read only 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

5 per week.

Would you rather be a professional author or reviewer?


Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?


Would you rather read only your favorite genre, or every other genre but your favourite?

I’d rather read all genres, including my favorite (which varies from time to time)

Would you rather only read ebooks or physical books?


If you want to, consider yourself tagged, if not no problemo!

If we were having coffee, I’d finish up by asking you what you are up to.  What has been frustrating this week?  Triumphs? Puzzlements?  Challenges?  Tell me!  I want to hear!  Oh, and the answer to the question in my post’s title is here.

That’s it for this coffee share…I’m off to grab some iced tea and tackle clothes sorting!  Enjoy your week!

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Power Heart

I’ve begun posting here everyday since November first and I am determined not to miss a day.  Today, about twenty minutes in to writing my post and just before I hit the publish button, the power went out. We’re in the middle of a stormy couple of days with a lot of rain and high winds. 

I’ve checked the power company’s website and this outage is one of many in the Portland area. The cause shows up add under investigation and no estimate for repair. It has been out for an hour and a half. It’s getting darker.  And the water supply in my house is from a well which runs on electricity. So I have no power and no water. That means no food (electric stove) , no drinking water, no toilet flushing.  Fun.

I’m posting from my phone app and my phone charge is down to 30%. So, along into this tiny view if today’s challenge, I will leave you with a picture of a zentangle inspired heart drawing I made and sent to my pen pal last month.  I’ve written about zentangle before. I can’t link you but you can search for the zentangle tag to find the posts. (Hopefully the picture will post!)

May your hearts be full of the power of love, today and every day.

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I’m sitting here listening to the sound of my windchimes singing to me and to the neighborhood on this very, very windy day, and I’m thinking of what I should write for today’s blog post.  Nothing.  Well, I can’t do that so I’ll just fake it.  Here goes:

I’m glad I can hear the sound of the chimes and the leaves.  I’m very deaf.  Last year I got myself a pair of hearing aids.  I didn’t get the fancy ones that cost thousands of dollars but I got some you can get online.  They are amazingly good.  Now I can hear my grandson cry when he wakes and I can hear the windchimes and the leaves outside.  It’s amazing the difference that it makes.  I no longer have to ask people to repeat themselves or ask them to speak louder.  I can just turn the volume up if I need to.  Of course, if I don’t want to hear something, I can turn the volume down or shut them off altogether!  A bonus!

I’m waiting.  The National Weather Service is saying that we are getting “winter precipitation” by daylight tomorrow.  It’s very early for such weather in Oregon but we’ll see.  They have been issuing warnings since the weekend and today’s warning says all of the valley area (Portland) will most likely get freezing rain and those of us east of I-205 will get snow.  That’s a more certain forecast than on previous days when they were saying there was just a possibility but confidence in it was low.  So now I wait.  I’ve gotten groceries so I don’t have to go out and drive in whatever mess we end up with.  I’ve stocked up on batteries and have my flashlights ready.  And blankets.  If we lose power, it will be awfully cold so I’ll need the blankets.  In fact, it has already been quite cold. Last night we dipped to 32 and with the wind chill factored in, we were at 24.  Very cold.

So now I wait.  I’m trying to keep the cell phone charged and the laptop charged and the tablet charged so that if power goes, I will still be able to function, somewhat.

And I wait.

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Pre Christmas 2008

My first December in Portland has been very interesting.  I was prepared for the rain but not for snow.  At least not in the amounts we have gotten.

The first snow storm came through on Sunday and dropped a couple of inches in downtown Portland and as much as 8 inches in the areas surrounding.  I got six inches at my house.  Portland doesn’t get a lot of snow so city services are not really prepared for what falls, nor are Portland area drivers and residents.  I don’t think people expected the weather forecasters to be as right on about the weather report as they were.  As a result, Portland has basically been shut down since Sunday.  Today more people were able to get out.  I got out and as far as the Post Office about six miles from home.  At that point my car started skidding so I promptly turned around and came back home.

Now people believe the report for the next storm which is supposed to drop twice as much snow as Sunday’s storm along with ice and rain over a two day period.  That’s supposed to begin early Wednesday morning.  People are trying to get chains and/or snow tires but guess what?  The stores are out of them.  The demand has far exceeded the supply and even Les Schwab’s warehouse is empty.  They’re hoping to get more in Wednesday or Thursday.

And that’s not all.  There is a third storm coming on Sunday/Monday which is expected to leave twice as much snow as the Wednesday storm.

Luckily, I got groceries on Friday and made tamales on Saturday so I’m set as far as food goes.  However I have Christmas shopping to do that probably won’t get done now.  I also wanted to buy a dining room table and chairs so we can have Christmas lunch (my daughter catches a plane on Christmas afternoon so we have to make it a lunch) sitting at a table.  That might not happen either.

I was telling my son about this on the phone last night and he reminded me of another Christmas when we didn’t eat at a table.  One year I had everything ready for the kids and I to eat Christmas dinner and I had asked the kids to clear the dining room table and get it ready as I did the cooking.  I asked them several times but they never got around to it.  When it was time to set the table, they hadn’t cleared it off and everyone was starving.  I didn’t want to fight with them so I figured I wouldn’t make a big deal.  We resorted to an “indoor picnic”!  We had done this before when it was wet out so this year we did it for Christmas.  We got the plastic liners for our table cloths and put them on the floor in the living room and then put the linen table cloth over the liners.  We set the table, on the floor, using our good china and crystal, just as if we were sitting at the table.  That year we had an indoor picnic in the living room, next to the Christmas tree then when dinner was over, we played Scrabble and just took it easy.  No pressure.  It turned out quite well.

This year we may be having an indoor picnic again, but for different reasons.  I guess it really doesn’t matter as long as we’re all together.

It was tough to get my son and daughter’s schedules to work so they could fly up here for Christmas but we did it.  Now, the only really tough thing will be getting them to the airport to pick them up!

Anyone in the Portland area have a van or SUV with snow tires or chains willing to make a trip to the airport on Sunday night?

Santa?  Wanna led your sleigh?

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