Saturday, January 19, 2019

1/19/19
We are like a snowflake.  All different in our own beautiful way.

Clear,7 with a light west breeze.  Mostly cloudy today with a brisk north breeze, a high of 11 and a low of 2 tonight.  Snow showers are expected to start about eight this evening with heavier snow coming in about three am.  Temperatures in the single numbers with 20-30 mph winds and snow until mid afternoon when a wintery mix is forecast to. mix in with the snow.  Temperatures will rise into the teens.  Freezing rain about seven in the evening followed by snow showers overnight.  A foot or more of snow and ice is expected.  There may be power outages.  Cloudy Monday with continued NW winds, a high of 11 and a low of 2.  Sunny Tuesday, still windy but not as strong, a high of 19 and a low of 5. 1-3 inches of snow Wednesday morning, rain/snow in the afternoon and 1-3 inches of snow Thursday night.  NWN breezes with a high of 36 and a low of 25.  Partly cloudy Friday with a WNW breeze, a high of 32 and a low of 13.  Clouding up Saturday with a NW breeze, a high of 22 and a low of 2.  Partly cloudy Sunday with a brisk NW breeze, a high of 16 and a low of 2.  snow showers are forecast for the week of the 28th with highs in the teens and lows around 0.
      Darel had a good day yesterday.  His pulse were in the normal range for the first time in ten days or so.  He has been working hard, doing the exercises the therapist gave him.  They did not seem so hard yesterday.  He is determined to maintain the strength he has.  Last week he kept looking for words, that's not a problem this week.
       I did little besides redoing the mailing list yesterday. Hoping to finish it today.  Took a break in the evening when Heather and Mike stopped in.  They picked up some chicken and bird feed for me.  Cold and snow equals hungry birds.  Chicken feed went up two dollars a bag.  That is a big jump in a month.  Heather and my conservations seem centered around seeds and gardens.  Johnny's has sent out a list of seeds in short supply.  We may not be able to get the red and orange peppers we want.  Heather and I did talk about clothes and how thankful we are that Kendra didn't get hurt.  Heather would be happy to lose weight as I try not to .
     Have a good day, Sally

Friday, January 18, 2019

1/18/19
Our days are happier when we give people a piece of our heart rather than a piece of our mind.

Calm, some clouds and 8 degrees.  Snow showers today with a south breeze and a high of 30.  Partial clearing late tonight with strong WNW breezes and a low of 4.  Cloudy and cold tomorrow with a north breeze, a high of 11 and a low of 0.  12 t0 18 inches of snow Sunday, a few more inches Sunday night.  Strong NNE winds with a high of 11 and a low of 0.  Cloudy Monday with a NNW wind, a high of 9 and a low of -2.  Sunny Tuesday with a stiff NW breeze, a high of 19 and a low of 7.  2-4 inches of snow Wednesday and Wednesday night with SW breezes, highs of 34 and a low of 22.  Snow Thursday and Thursday night, 6-10 inches forecast with a NW breeze, a high of 27 and a low of 12.  Partly cloudy next Friday and Saturday with NW breezes, highs about 27 and lows about 8.  Still partly cloudy next Sunday, only a few degrees colder.  Snow showers the week of the 28th with NW breezes, highs about 20 and lows in the single numbers.
     Darel had a good day yesterday.  Went with me for a haircut in the morning.  Which I never got because just as I got there Gilbert called and the power was off so I headed home.  The therapist came around noon.  When she left Darel convinced me we needed to go to town.  We went to Sam's and he enjoyed riding around in the cart.  I don't enjoy his ride as much as he does.  He drives very slowly, which is good as his reaction time is slow.  And he struggles so to get out of the cart, I'm never sure he is going to manage it.
      Yesterday wasn't too good for me.  Though I'm thankful Gilbert was home and realized the power went off.  and was here to start the generator and help me run the cords.  A lot of people lost things because there was a five minute brown out before the power went off.  Pellet stove are known to be easily damaged by brown outs and surges.  I have a good surge protecter on it..  I was relieved when it started right up after the power came on.  Just after the power came on our generator quit.  Gilbert hadn't been able to start the generator Andrew left here for us.  It is in the kitchen ,  Gilbert is going to try starting it today when it is warm.  I got more gas when I went to town yesterday.  They are warning us to expect power outages Sunday.  Because I have a battery backup I din't expect problems with my computer and printer.  But the printer was messed up.  I shut it off a couple of times this morning before it fixed itself.
     I quit last nigh when i almost deleted the part of the mailing list I was working on.  Today will be a new day.  So far so good, the printer fixed itself and Darel slept well even though his pulse was vey low last night.  Have a good day, Sally

Thursday, January 17, 2019

1/17/19
Just because your past didn't turn out like you wanted doesn't mean your future can't be better than you can imagine.

 Light west breeze, 0 degrees ad clear.  Sunny today with brisk WNW breezes, a high of 15 and a low of 3 tonight.  Snow showers tomorrow, adding up to an inch?  A light SW breeze with a high of 30 and a low of 3.  Mostly cloudy Saturday with brisk NNW breezes, a high of 9 and a low of -5. A foot or more of snow Sunday with NNE winds and a high of 7.  3-5 more inches of snow Sunday night with north winds and a low of 6.  Snow showers Monday with NNW winds, a high of 10 and a low of 3.  Mostly sunny Tuesday with stiff NNW breezes, a high of 19 and a low of 11.  1-3 inches of snow next Wednesday with WSW breezes and a high of 30   3-5 inches of snow Wednesday night with NW breezes and a low of 19.  1-3 inches of snow next Thursday morning with brisk NW breezes, a high of 29 and a low of 11.  Partly cloudy next Friday with a NW breeze, a high of 23 and a low of 5.  Snow showers the weekend of the 25th and 27th, with highs of 23 and lows of 6  More snow showers with highs around 20 and lows in the single numbers for the last week in January.
     Darel had a pleasant day yesterday with lunch at the church.  He stayed home last night why i went to a Sunday School meeting at church.  Yesterday afternoon I prepared the Sunday School lesson for next Sunday and took it over.  Listening to the weather forecast I may not make to church Sunday morning.
     I din't get much done yesterday.  I worked on the mailing list.. I'll probably work on it a lot today, the temperature and north breezes don't invite me outside. Redoing the mailing list will take up most of my time the next few days.  I am going for a hair cut this morning.  Darel will ride along with me. The pansies are up.  It won't be long before they will need the table in front of the big window, the one I'm using for a desk.  4 weeks and a day or so and it is time to start the greenhouse fires.
     Have a good day, Sally

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

1/16/19
Gardening-the original full body workout.

 Calm, cloudy and 21 degrees.   Sunny and 33 degrees this afternoon with a brisk SW breeze.  Clear and 0 tonight.  Sunny tomorrow with a NW breeze, a high of 13 and a low of 1.  1-3 inches of snow Friday with a light NW breeze, a high of 27 and a low of 4.  Mostly cloudy Saturday with a NNW breeze and a high of 10.  -1 Saturday night with NNE breezes as a winter storm moves in.  Snow flurries become steady in the early am with 1-3 inches of snow.  NNE winds with a high of 13 on Sunday with the potential for a foot or more of snow. 3-5 more inches of snow Sunday night as the winds change to the NW and the temperature drops to 5.  Partly cloudy Monday with a NW wind, a high of 8 and a low of -4.  Sunny Tuesday with a WNW breeze, a high of 15 and a low of 5.  Back to back storms next Wednesday and Thursday may give us another 6-12 inches of snow.  Snow showers start Wednesday afternoon with a light west breeze, a high of 26 and a low of 12.  More snow showers possible next Thursday afternoon with a NNW breeze, a high of 30 and a low of 15.  Mostly cloudy Friday, the 25th, with a WNW breeze, a high of 27 and a low of 18.  Snow flurries on the weekend aren't forecast to amount to much. A high of 31 Saturday, the 26th, with a low of 12.  A high of 24 Sunday with partly cloudy skies and a low of 6 Sunday night.  Partly cloudy skies the week of the 28th with highs about 20 and lows in the single numbers.
     Darel had a quiet. comfortable day yesterday.  We are planning to go to the lunch at church today.
     It was such a nice day yesterday that i got to spend quite a bit of time in the garage.  Not only has stuff accumulated there over the yers but I have returned greenhouse stuff to go through.  Since it is made of plastic and plastic come from oil I try to recycle it.  But I  know why lots of greenhouses don't take plastic back.  There is stuff of the kids in there from years ago,  stuff from when Darel was fencing ad machine and fencing stuff of Dougs.  Every so often I have to have Doug come in and go through a pile. I'll get back out there this afternoon.
    It finally warmed up enough so the snow slid off the greenhouse. i hate to have the snow pulled off, it would be so easy to knick the plastic. Lil Andrew shoveled it away so there is room to slide off if we get the big storm forecast for Sunday.
   Have a good day, Sally

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

1/15/19
Staying positive doesn't mean you have to be happy ally the time. It means we always know better times are coming.

 Some clouds, a light north breeze and 16 degrees.  Partly cloudy today with a light NW breeze, a high of 27 and a low of 10 tonight.  Morning clouds/afternoon sun tomorrow with a brisk SW breeze, a high of 32 and a low of 0 tomorrow night as 10-20mph NW breezes bring the Canadian cold back in..  Sunny and cold Thursday with brisk NNW breezes, a high of 13 and a low of 2.  3-5 inches of snow Friday with light and variable NW breezes, and a high of 28.  Partial clearing after midnight with aNW breeze and a low of 7.  Mostly cloudy Saturday with a NW breeze, a high of 13 and a low of 2.  3-5 inches of snow Saturday night with a NE breeze, the start of what looks now to be a significant winter storm.  8-12 inches of snow Sunday.   NNE winds become NNW winds Sunday night with another 3-5 inches of snow possible.  Sunday's high is forecast to be 18, the low 6, but there may be some wintery mix.  The storm is still five days away, there may be changes. Partly cloudy Monday with stiff NNW breezes, a high of 11 and a low of -3.  Sunny next Tuesday with a brisk NNW breeze, a high of 16 and a low of 0.  Partly cloudy next Wednesday with a WNW breeze, a high of 21 and a low of 9.  Another storm is forecast to bring significant snow the end of next week.
      Darel seems stuck in the middle of the roller coaster after last week's dip.  He is comfortable and back to himself mentally.  Yesterday afternoon we shut the pellet stove off to clean it.  The house was plenty warm but Darel was cold and I let him talk me into cleaning it before it was cool enough.  It takes the stove a long time to cool down.  Hot ash damaged the vacuum filter. It is a stainless steel vacuum but the filter is cloth.  I finished cleaning the stove with a spoon and started it back up.  I had ordered a new filter yesterday morning, it will be here tomorrow.  Next time I will give him a blanket!
     One of Doug and Nicole's  daughters, Kendra hit a tree on her way home from work last night.  Lots of prayers as we waited to find out if she was ok.  She is, she'll be very sore this morning.  The car was totaled.
     Yesterday started off nice.  Sunny with no wind, I worked cleaning the Quonset hut garage for quite awhile.  Long enough so I called to have the dumpster man stop on his way by this morning.  I wasn't sure He could stop so i didn't carry everything out to the dumpster.  i have do that first thing.  I'm glad this is a warmer morning.
      Have a good day, Sally

Monday, January 14, 2019

1/14/19
There are seven days in a week and someday isn't one of them.

 Calm, clear and 0 degrees.  Sunny today with a gentle NW breeze, a high of 23 and a low f 7.  Partly cloudy tomorrow with a NNW breeze, a high of 27 and a low of 9.  Morning clouds Wednesday with afternoon sun, a SW breeze, a high of 33 and a low of 0.  Sunny Thursday with a NW breeze, a high of 13 and a low of 1.  3-5 inches of snow Friday with a WSW breeze and a high of 29.  Clearing Friday night with a WNW breeze and a low of 6.  Mostly cloudy Saturday with a NW breeze, a high of 16 and a low of 2.  A strong winter storm may bring us 8-12 inches of snow Sunday with strong north breezes, and a high of 9,  10-20mph north winds Sunday night on the back side of the storm with a low of 5.
Strong NNW breezes next Monday with sun, a high of 15 and a low of 3.  Sunny next Tuesday with NW breeze, a high of 18 and a low of 6.  Partly cloudy next Wednesday and Thursday with NW breezes, highs about 25 and lows about 9.  Another winter storm is predicted for Friday, the 25th and the weekend.
     Darel had a good day yesterday, Sunday School and church in the morning and a football game in the afternoon.  Gilbert watched the game with him and the right team won.  He isn't as strong as he was before this last dip in the roller coaster but he is still getting around, just slower and needs more help getting in the truck and in bed.
    In six weeks there will be fires in the greenhouse stoves and I'll be getting ready for boxes of plugs and cutting to arrive.  Maybe I'll have been able to move the plants out from the house.  Maybe I'll be waiting to use the boxes the shipment come in to move them out.  Usually when we have January weather in January we have February weather in late February and March weather in March, not January weather in March like last year.  We'll always have March snows but I can do without the low temperatures when the fires are trying to keep the greenhouse warm.  We"ve gained about twenty minutes of sun in the afternoon.  The sun is strong enough so that afternoon when it shines in the windows we shut the pellet stove off.  Maybe not for long today, the cold is seeping into the house.
  This is the week of the winter letter.  A good week to be mostly inside!  Enjoy your day, Sally

Sunday, January 13, 2019

1/13/19
Our lives are a window through which others may see that Jesus, the reason for the season, is still with us.

 Calm, clear and 0 degrees.  Sunny today with a light NW breeze, a high of 20, dropping to -4 tonight.  Sunny tomorrow with a gentle NW breeze, a high of 24 and a low of 9.  Partly cloudy Tuesday with a NNW breeze, a high of 26 and a low of 9.  Morning clouds/afternoon sun Wednesday with a brisk SSW breeze, a high of 34 and a low of 2.  Sunny Thursday with a WNW breeze, a high of 13 and a low of 0. 1-3 inches of snow forecast for Friday, another inch Friday night, with a SSW breeze, a high of 30 and a low of 13.  1-3 inches of snow is forecast for Saturday, another 1-3 inches Saturday night, with a NNW breeze, a high of 18 and a low of 0.  1-3 inches of snow forecast for next Sunday afternoon with a WNW breeze, a high of 7.  3-5 inches is forecast for next Sunday night with strong north breeze and a low of 4. Clearing next Monday with strong NNW breezes, a high of 19 and a low of 8.  Mostly sunny Tuesday, the 23rd with a WNW breeze, a high of 19 and a low of 8.  Another round of snow days is forecast for the rest of the week through the weekend.
     Darel had a good day yesterday, good vitals and a better outlook.  He seems to have lost some strength but we did go to the bean supper last night.  I think we'll be going to church today.
       We went to the bean supper early last night so i would have time to straighten out the Sunday School room and put away Christmas.  Some thoughtful person already had done it.
      I just have squash, pumpkins and cucumber seeds to order.  I'll try to do them today.  I'll send in an order this month, February and March.  I'll put the seed catalogs away so I don't get tempted but I'll be able to add to the orders if I get any special requests.  My orders are large enough so I don't pay shipping.  I try to avoid ay orders for just one or two pkts.
      The birds do appreciate the heated water this cold weather.  There is nearly always some birds drinking.  They go through at least a gallon of water a day.  The "junk" Christmas trees provide a good windbreak around the waterer.
     Have a good day, Sally