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Getting ready for more snow…

According to the weather rep;ort, we’re going to have snow tonight and into the early morning hours (before the sun comes out and melts it all off again.) That’s been the routine once or twice in this Spring-like Winter… not like the snow drifted Winters I grew up with in New England.

In a way, I feel sorry for kids who don’t get to experience the snow-fort building, snow angel making opportunities of February. Too bad.

The snow we’ve been getting here is half rain and very squishy… makes your shoes all wet. It’s very unpleasant to walk the dogs in (they don’t seem to like it either.)

Oh well, groundhog or not, Spring isn’t far away.

We’re off to Morgan’s Grove Market… but the weather looks chancy…

Elly and I are volunteering for Peter Corum today over at the Market. He has to leave early, so we’re going to help out n the afternoon getting all those veggies sold and just keeping things moving.

Instead of it’s usual 9 – 12 hours, we’re joining the Farm Day celebrations locally and saying open all day. I had hoped the overnight thunderstorms would have gotten all the rain out of the sky, but the Weather Bureau is calling for a 30% chance of rain today, with the biggest chance this afternoon. The clouds are pretty thick as well… not sure we’ll see any sun.

But the Market goes on Rain or Shine… so if you are in the neighborhood, come on by and you’ll get groceries, crafts, snacks, live music (starts at 10) and more… and you can take a look at the Sustainable Shepherdstown Community Garden (where the corn is now has high as an elephant’s knee). Elly is still signing people up for the few remaining plots… very inexpensive (provides for water and deer security).

Saturday Morning… Market, Voting, Making Pie

Elly is off at the Hagerstown Community College graduation with the rest of the faculty, leaving me and the dogs behind. The weather is threatening… right now there is an ongoing drizzle, but it is threatening thunderstorms. Even so, after feeding and taking the dogs for their morning walk, I left for the second week of the Morgan’s Grove Market.

Because of threatening weather about half of last week’s vendors didn’t show up… attendance was lower as well, although about half the parking area was filled. In general, the weather was not terrible, so it was a shame that more folks didn’t show up.

The Entertainment, billed as Gregorio and Friends (there were only 2 of them, so I guess some friends were absent), arrived and started playing.

Al Thomas was doing a demonstration of old-fashioned, hand turned wood which he was happy to answer questions about…

After helping Ruth Robertas out at her Four Seasons Bookstore booth for a few minutes so she could go and get a donut (I sold seven lottery tickets for the community garden!), I took off to go and vote in the Governor primary (this was an unusual Saturday election day).

Then I came home to further develop my Vegan Key Lime Pie recipe.

Tonite we’re going to see 1776 at the Apollo Civic Theater in Martinsburg.

Busy Saturday.

New Republican Strategy: Tell Dems it’s going to rain on November 2nd.

Today there was a string of articles…started, I think, by Politico (whose affiliation with the political right has been sort of present since its creation)… warning Democrats in advance that it was going to rain next Tuesday.  On top of the weather report is the series of “expert” statements that bad weather keeps Dems home from the polls, while Repubs seem to love voting in the rain.

Now, as one who has stood in line outdoors with many other Democrats to vote over the years, I’m not sure I want them to convince me that I don’t vote in the rain. In reality, I’ve voted already, as have more Dems than Repubs as I understand it from the news, and it was raining the day I voted. Oh well, I didn’t know rain was supposed to keep me home. I should have asked the other Democrats who were voting that day (there were a bunch) if they knew about our weather wariness. Apparently they didn’t.

And this piece turned up at The Hill (which also, it seems to me) is a non-progressive publication:

According to Laurel Harbridge, a Northwestern University political science professor, GOP voters are not typically discouraged by rain. “Republicans are helped by bad weather … it does harm Democratic prospects.”

Wendy Schiller, a political science professor at Brown University, echoed Harbridge. “Bad weather almost always hurts Democrats,” she said. “The traditional Democratic base tends to include lower-income people and the elderly. Both of those demographic groups have a hard time getting to the polls.”

Anyway… I think this time bad weather might even help Democrats. We will realize much more clearly that a great pile of these Republican/Tea Party candidates are more like bad weather than good government.

After a rainy night, a sunny day…

There was a heavy rain last night, which is great, since it has been so dry around here throughout the Summer and into the Fall. Our rainfall is a couple of inches below last year and it is not likely to catch up, so any big rain is welcome. And it keeps me from having to water the garden today, saving our water bill a tiny bit.

However, as I got out of bed this morning (at the urging of my dogs who were waiting to walk) and looked out the window, I saw the sunshine lighting up the puddles on our wet back deck and looked up to a blue sky with white, fluffy clouds. And while Yahoo’s weather report on my monitor says we will have partial rainfall this morning, it looks to me like it’s gone.The weather report goes on to say that rain is likely to return on Thursday, so I guess I’ll be ready when it comes. Maybe by the weekend we’ll have nice weather (hope it stays cool, too… the last couple of days have been great.)

Today I’m getting back to my car hunt, in case something happens with Linda’s Subaru and that doesn’t go through. I also want to find out about transferring license plates from my dead car and I also want to see if I can sell the Toyota Echo off for parts. Even a few bucks to go into the next vehicle would be appreciated. Anybody out there interested? It has a new radiator and everything but the engine is in good shape. drop me an email at btchakir@mac.com if this is something you might want.

Thunderstorm last night… rain at last!

It has been dry here for so long…what a relief to have a day when I don’t have to force water the garden. The thunder started booming at Midnight last night… my smaller dog Byron is afraid of thunder, so he followed at my heels as I went around the house closing windows on the rain-in side.

Checking the weather on line, it’s supposed to rain again today. The grass may turn green again from the dead brown it has become. We have had only about half the rainfall this year as we had last year, and last year was less than the year before. The climate change is affecting us here in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia as it is all over the country… and it’s not good. We have water now to regularly water gardens and wash cars, etc. What will happen if that water disappears?

I read the other day that by 2055, assuming everything continues as it is now going and we don’t take on any worldwide steps to stop or reverse the change, our water will be highly limited and what we have left will be too polluted to drink or use for farming. Time is working against us. I don’t imagine I’ll be around in 2055, but my son probably will… and my grandchildren, who are entering into a new world that I am, at this point, happy to avoid. Why can’t we convince the world that change has to be made now?

SUN!

O, that this too too piled snow could melt
And wash like water down to the drains…

The sun is out and I’m hoping the temperature goes up enough to clear some roadway ice and let me get over to the grocery store for a few essentials that we have run out of.

We’ve just completed a second multi-day snowfall and the plowed piles outside are mammoth. It’s going to take a long time for this all to melt off… and, given our luck this season, it will probably snow again before it has a chance to disappear from the ground.

AccuWeather says it will be partly sunny and cold for the next five days with a good chance of some more snow by Monday. With any luck this won’t be moe than an inch or so and we’ll get right back to the sunshine.

I hope.

Is it Winter?

It rained all night here in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, but the temperature went up to 60 degrees, which is where it is now. I just came in from walking the dogs and was impressed by the amount of rain had fallen into the drainage pond down the road. And how warm it felt.

This is crazy weather.

Now I’m back in the house starting my daily job search and working on the casting problem at Hunting Of The Snark.  Onward and upward.

20° Outside… walking the dogs is going to be a near death experience.

It’s that time of the morning where I weigh the immediate need for a second cup of coffee against the immediate need of Nestle and Byron to go outside for a walk. We are now three days past the end of the big snow and it’s still out there close to 2 feet deep on the ground, only now the road and the cleared paths are icy and slippery.

Nestle watches me as I ponder the empty coffee cup in my hand while listening to Morning Joe on TV arguing with Senator Barbara Boxer over whether or not the Insurance companies are making out like bandits with he Health Care bill. He doesn’t give a dog’s damn about politics, but he sure wants to go out and pee on the snow (which, in its own way, is not much different from the politics we are experiencing in the split party era.)

As it turns out… as it usually does… Nestle and Byron win and I’m about to bundle up and head for the poorly plowed road (a recent series of complaint letters from our neighborhood association to the powers that be notwithstanding.)

Have a nice day.

Right-wingers divided over God’s motivations behind DC snowstorm

This is a clip from Media Matters (there’s more to it than this, but you get the idea – the motivations of God are so important to Conservatives.)

Read on, McDuff:

clipped from mediamatters.org

The right-wing noise machine is sure that a snowstorm in
December is proof of something, they’re just split on what exactly.

Newt Gingrich became the latest to play the ridiculous “it’s
snowing so global warming must be a hoax” card. Gingrich took to Twitter –
where he’s been schooled
before – on Saturday morning to share a few thoughts about the storm:

newtgingrich As
callista and i watched what dc weather says will be 12 to 22 inches of snow i
wondered if God was sending a message about copenhagen

newtgingrich After
the expanding revelations of dishonesty in climategate having a massive snow
storm as obama promises our money to the world is ironic

newtgingrich There
is something jimmy carter like about weather service upgrading frrom winter
storm to blizzard as global warming conference wants US $ 

Of course as Media
Matters
has pointed out ad infinitum, individual
storms have nothing to do with human-caused climate change.

But maybe the DC “Snowpocalypse” is a sign
of something else.
  blog it

The article will also give you the opinion of RedState.com’s Editor, Erick Erickson – whose publication says: Silly Brian Beutler, It’s God, Not Mother Nature as he responds to an article at TPM.