Category Archives: Weather

Wow…

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We have had one heck of a thunderstorm.  Continuous rumblings of thunder for close to 2 hours.  Lots of rain, pea sized hail and the tornado sirens went off twice.  I know tornadoes were spotted on the ground, just not really sure where.  It’s just raining now, with an occasional rumble of thunder.  Meow-Yen has come out of her hidey hole and is curled up, sleeping, and snoring, on my feet.  Don’t mind at all.

Bleeding Hearts

Got some of my plants in the dirt.  A super sweet 100 cherry tomato, rosemary and a bleeding heart.  Those got planted yesterday.  Today I got 3 more tomato plants, given to me by a friend who has a farm and has too many tomato plants for the space they have.  They are labeled.  Two are “F” type tomatoes and 1 is a “J” type tomato.  Have no clue, but they will get planted tomorrow.  As will my sweet corn, some beets, some marigolds and maybe some watermelons –  if I have enough pots and dirt.

I noticed, today, that all the rain has helped my two vines out immensely.  The wild grape ivy is about 10 inches high.  The trumpet vine is about 5 inches high.  Need to figure out how to get a net up so the vines have something to grow on.  I also think my mint is starting to grow, too.  Can’t find my poor little rose bush, but I’m seriously thinking of buying one or two full grown rose bushes for that corner.  With lots of thorns, for anybody who thinks they can just knock them over.  (Long, angry story that I’m not in the mood to go into just now.)

I need to trim my red cedar bush, but I need to get a good, sharp, heavy duty pair of clippers.  My red cedar tree lost a branch in the last storm (not the one that just ended).  That made me sad.

Well, that’s all for now.  On a personal note,  I am getting better everyday.  Still working on the stamina part of recovery, but I feel better and breath easier every day.  Does make me very happy.

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The Winter Solstice

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(Before I go any farther, I have to say that the above picture is from a site called http://esperancestonehenge.com.au/  They are in Australia and this is a replica of Stonehenge at the Winter Solstice as it would have been seen around 1950 BC.)

Today is the Winter Solstice.  My favorite day of the year.  Yes, it is the shortest day of the year, and winter officially begins today, but that’s all okay, sort of.  The days will start getting longer again.  Yes, I know we still have “the dead of winter” to get through, but from my depression’s point of view, it’s all good now.  There will still be snow and cold and grey skies, but I can see the end of winter coming in three months.

Now, while over all, I’m very happy, I know there are going to be days when I will have to deal with my S.A.D., but that’s okay.  I have dealt with it for many years, and it does get easier as the days go by and the light stays longer.

Christmas is only 4 days away now.  Even though I didn’t do much decorating this year – couldn’t afford to pay for the extra electricity- I am still looking forward to spending time with my family and just being together.  We may have an Aunt and Uncle come and my brother may try to come for Saturday, so we will have lots of good times and laughter and food.  And that’s the most important part for me.  Being with the people I love, and who love me, and letting them know how much they mean to me.

So, for all of you who are reading this, Have yourself a very Merry and Blessed Christmas and a very Happy and Healthy New Year.

Time Passes…

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It has been quite a few days since I last posted.  Reasons are many.  The biggest one has been my S.A.D.  It has really come into its own in the last few weeks.  Especially in the last couple of days.  With this “arctic blast”, named Bozeman, sending massive amounts of nasty cold weather and snow, with the days getting shorter and darker, is it any wonder I find myself sitting and crying, sometimes for no other reason than a sad kitty story, or a story of a romance gone wrong.  Sometimes, I just cry.    (In case you are wondering, S.A.D. stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder.  It means I get really depressed during winter or when there’s no sunlight for long periods of time.  A rather simplistic explanation, but you get the point.)  I still have a little over a month to go before the Winter Solstice.  Sigh.  Another month of short days.

On another topic, for those vaguely interested, my hernia is healing nicely.  I’m going to have a few interesting scars on my left side and it begins to look like I will be on oxygen for a fairly long time, but that’s okay.  I do have a bit of a rash on my tummy.  the Doctor called it Touch Dermatitis, which means that I’m now allergic, just on my tummy though, to something in my clothes.  We’ve tried changing the laundry soap and it seems to help a little.  Its still there, but its not so obvious.  So I’ll keep experimenting till I figure out how to get rid of it completely.

Then my re-certification for food stamps and LEAP hit a rather large snag.  My case worker, whom I have had for 2 1/2 years up and quit and didn’t bother to let any of her clients know.  So, I’ve had to re-apply for both, again.  With LEAP, it’s not a big deal, it doesn’t end till the end of this month.  However, with SNAP (food stamps), my benefits expired on Halloween, so I have been living on bacon and eggs and cereal and soups and oatmeal.  That’s okay, though.  I get a hot lunch at work 4 days a week and I can go over to my Mom’s anytime for lunch, too.  I did find out yesterday that I have been approved for both.  Benefits to start December 3.  (Now, for those of you that complain about people on Food Stamps and LEAP, let me just say this – my take home pay for the month, most of the time is $522.  That has to pay rent and utilities and put gas in my car.  This last month, my take home, because of surgery, was just over $250.  Fortunately I have a very understanding Land Lady and I had paid most of my bills before I left for surgery.)

I’m looking out my front windows and there is blue sky and fluffy white clouds.  Then the wind blows and the snow flies and I look at the indoor/outdoor thermometer and its 19 degrees.  SIGH  I really hate winter.

An update and a few things…

Train Your Dragon 2

Just saw “How to Train Your Dragon 2”.  If you haven’t seen it, GO.  Go now.  I loved it sooo much.  It will make you laugh and cry and cheer.  Sometimes all at once.  You can bet I’ll be getting this one as soon as it comes out.  And if you haven’t seen the first one, GO, rent it or buy it, then go see 2.

Now for the updates…|
I have a new roof on my garage.  Yea!  And it looks real good.  And the City Building Inspector has already been out, looked it over and approved it.  That was on Monday.  Then the rains and hail came.  Lots of rain and pea sized to marble sized hail.  We got 2 inches in two days.  For down here, that’s a lot.  Way more than we got all summer last year.  Talked to the guys yesterday, showed them where the hail had punched holes in the patch and showed them the, once again, caving in roof.  They were here this morning to patch the patch.  Hopefully, we’re done with the rain for a while so they can get back up on the roof.

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My front outside faucet was leaking, the plumbers were here this morning, before I left for work, and now I have a new, not leaking faucet.  (I called it a spigot and then had to explain what I meant.  What kind of plumbers don’t know what a spigot is?)

We had an unexpected death in the family, my cousin Clay’s wife’s brother died last week from an asthma attack that couldn’t be stopped.  The really sad thing was that he hadn’t told anybody he had asthma.

My job has just turned awesome.  In October, the current board members of the Genealogy Society time is up.  The lady who is the current president wants out – badly.  She has some health issues and other things going on and she just wants to be a member and not in charge of anything.  So, I’ve had 4 other members approach me to be the President of the Genealogy Society.  Well, of course I said yes.  And the Senior Citizens Board is also looking at spots on the board and I have been asked about taking one of those spots.  Yes.  The only small problem I have is that I still don’t know if I can make the next meeting – reason – hernia surgery, and that’s when I have to formally accept the nomination for President…

And that brings me to the last update – my hernia.  It’s still there and I still don’t know when I’ll have the surgery, but the consultation with the surgeon is just over a week away…

Monsoon Season

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June is Monsoon Season in Colorado.  Up north and west, it is a bit scary.  Down here, not so much.  I do have to say that we have gotten quite a bit of rain.  And we are gratefully, but its a drop in the bucket compared to how short we are on rain and how dry it will be during July and August and September and, probably, October.  Oh, and here’s another sign of extra moisture in Colorado – there’s still snow in the mountains.

One of the Ski Resorts, A Basin, I think, is planning on staying open until the end of June, maybe even through July 4th.  Doesn’t happen often, but it does happen.

Any way, back to the High Plains.  Woke up this morning to a lovely nice rain.  Right now, there’s wind and thunder and lightening and big fat, wet drops of rain.  I was sitting out on my front porch, but finally decided it would be a bit drier and less windy if I was watching from inside.  Don’t know how long it will last, but we’re under a Severe Weather Watch and a Tornado Watch until 8 pm.  Two and a half hours from now.  Just got a good look at the weather map and there is a big yellow and green line of storms heading our way.

Oh, and here’s an interesting thing; just had a big clap of thunder (Meow-Yen is currently in hiding) and the rain started coming down in buckets.  Yea.  At least the wind has lessened…  Maybe.

Well, just lost the satellite signal.  Happens a lot when the weather gets “weird”.  Below is a picture of part of my front yard and the rain.

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Have a good evening all…