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Polar Vortex Part 2

The Polar Vortex never went away.  Even now, it’s swirling over the Hudson Bay.  Its home is somewhere far away,  On Yukon, Barrow and Prudhoe Bay. Then why is it here, holding its sway, Spoiling my mid-western winter day? Presenting the same My city versus Barrow, Alaska comparison (as before, note the RealFeel temperatures which…

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Polar Vortex in my backyard

The Polar vortex swept through most of the US this week, and like everyone else in the US, I suffered. I suppose I should feel lucky that I was not, for instance, stuck in a snowbound Amtrak train or wasn’t a passenger in one the thousands of cancelled flights.  I shouldn’t be complaining about the…

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In Deep Freeze

It’s not just the blog that is in deep freeze.  This was how the weather here looked the other day: Frustrating at so many levels.  This is not unprecedented cold, mind you, just too cold for early December.  We do get this kind of weather in mid-January and February.  But to start winter with this…

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The Big Thaw

A strange figure came over the other day, someone whom I no longer recognized (or believed in).  He called himself the  Piper of Spring, and claimed he could chase Mr. Winter away.  I didn’t believe him – Mr. Winter didn’t look like he was going anywhere.  But the Piper started his magic anyway. It started…

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Snowthrowers and hibernating bloggers

It wasn’t until a friend pointed it out to me that I realized it – I was hibernating.   That explains a lot, of course, including why this blog has been silent for so long.  You wouldn’t have thought that humans hibernate, but perhaps if we are faced with winters like these, everyone should. In other…

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Wishing for winter

Something strange happened a few weeks ago – I wished for winter.  Well, not winter exactly, not for cold – raw winds – winter, but for snowfall.  Not three feet high- piled in the driveway- snowfall, but the kind that dusts your driveway and lawn and makes it seem like someone sprinkled cake frosting in…

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From snowstorms to Condo Central

As much as I love snow, and  as much as my garden looks like a winter wonderland, there are only so many snowstorms one can take.  This year the snow Gods seem to have been a little over-enthusiastic in spreading the bounty.  I wish they would be enthusiastic elsewhere, like, say, the Sahara, but apparently,…