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All That Stays Is Dying. All That Lives Has Gotten Out. [Dec. 17th, 2013|02:14 pm]
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17 December 2013

I woke up today, and found the frost perched on the town. Actually, it was more like the frost had grasped the town by the base of its snarglies. It was 8 F when I left the house this morning, about as cold as Boston gets, generally. It's almost as though it were winter.

Saturday, it started snowing.I went to the diner and the supermarket, as usual, and found that I had to park at the very back of the market parking lot, where usually Russian Thistle tumbles. Place was densely crowded, though to my surprise there was still plenty of French Toast supplies. Well, bread and eggs – the milk was pretty ravaged, though mostly in the smaller sizes.

We got several inches of nice dry fluffy powder. Then it turned to rain and became soggy slush. Then the temperature dropped drastically and everything froze in place. It wasn't an ice storm, but the result was similar. I made it to church, but there were less than a dozen people there, and the roads were freezing up. I dropped off the milk, found someone who'd make a small pot of coffee after the service (no sense making 80 cups for 8 people), and scampered home. I feel silly, but I also didn't slide off the road. I shoveled all the slush out of our parking space – my back does not thank me – and spent the rest of the day indoors.

Monday, I encouraged my wife to work from home. The roads were icy, the sidewalks were icy, and all together it was dangerous. Obviously, no one was driving anywhere, so I picked my way very carefully to Columbia and caught the subway. Place was a Slip-n-Slide; I skidded several times. Luckily, each time my other boot was on something a little more solid. Subway was working fine, even though last week the rails had broken is several places from the cold. (I figure, with no evidence, that the shrinking rails had parted bad or weakened welds). The day was cold, but sunny, so there was enough bare sidewalk and roadway for me to get home without falling after work.

It's snowing again, now. Supposed to snow until tomorrow. Janet's working from home again, wisely. I'm not absolutely thrilled about walking home when I can't see what I'm walking on, and it's covered with inches of snow. On the other hand, it's supposed to be in the 40s by Friday, and I'm hoping some of this will clear off.

Funny how winter isn't as wonderful now that I have to shovel it and drive in it. Once again, adulthood puts the kibosh on everything. (Well, not everything, but advancing age and illness have put the kibosh on that, too.)

More snow next week. My excitement is palpable.
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[User Picture]From: wldrose
2013-12-17 07:38 pm (UTC)

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This will be first year in a dozen or so my 73 year old dad wont have to shovel, he is gleeful but disapointed since he lives by the ocean all snow storms have melted away
[User Picture]From: rolypolypony
2013-12-18 12:14 am (UTC)

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What?! Snow next week - bite your tongue! We'd better not get any more until February!!
[User Picture]From: liddle_oldman
2013-12-30 10:31 pm (UTC)

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Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow
In the bleak midwinter, long ago -- or, well, next week...
[User Picture]From: rolypolypony
2013-12-31 11:40 am (UTC)

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Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuugggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhh!
[User Picture]From: fairy69
2013-12-19 04:48 am (UTC)

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Hey you know the old adage, be careful what you wish for. I lovingly tell you that this is what you get for groaning in about the women being cold in your office :p
[User Picture]From: natevw
2013-12-29 11:04 am (UTC)

BRrrrrrrrr.........

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Whew ~

Once again I am *so* glad I moved away........

It's 12/29 and I just realized I've not checked in since before my surgery , LJ won't let me look at anything older than this entry .

I don't remember trolly rails breaking in the cold when I were a laddie , I *do* remember every year tradesmen getting stuck in their trucks and dying of monoxide poisoning whilst running the engine & heater waiting for overnight rescue.....

I don't miss rusty vehicles one bit .

-Nate
[User Picture]From: liddle_oldman
2013-12-30 10:36 pm (UTC)

Re: BRrrrrrrrr.........

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I've never heard of trolly rails snapping in the (not very bad) cold either. Maybe it's a new feature?

Frelled if I know wht's wrong with the site now. How's your back doing? How are you healing/ Any better??
[User Picture]From: natevw
2013-12-31 04:01 pm (UTC)

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I'm feeling slightly better now thanks for asking ! .

Shirley says I now snore like a kettle drum , I wonder if the Dr. damaged my trachea when he moves it aside during the (anterior) surgery .....


HAPPY NEW YEAR ! .

-Nate
[User Picture]From: liddle_oldman
2013-12-30 10:32 pm (UTC)

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*snicker*

'course, it's all melted by now. :)
[User Picture]From: rolypolypony
2013-12-31 11:41 am (UTC)

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Do not fear - we still have a good 6" of FROZEN SOLID snow here in Maynard, and another 1-2' coming Thurs-Fri. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!