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Old 12-04-2016, 10:21 AM   #3389
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Snow today, 2"-4"...
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Old 12-04-2016, 02:46 PM   #3390
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I think that tomorrow morning will be my first snow-shoveling since Doug died, and my first in at least 20 years.

I will shovel the driveway, because I can, and because it should be done, even if I don't have a vehicle in there right now.

It is a beautiful, wet snow, clinging to the trees and bushes...picture perfect.

A slow news day at the little house...tended to a few things, finished hats for my grand-boys, and an ear-warmer for Miss Emma that matches the scarf I made her on Thanksgiving.

They are still at an age where they love to wear the things Grandma makes, tho there will likely come a time when they won't.


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Old 12-04-2016, 07:04 PM   #3391
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Hi Maggie!!! I wore the hat you made me today... I won't out grow your gifts!!! Hahaha... lovely looking snow... cold here, (that's relative of coarse) but no snow... not on the coast anyway...other places around the state... oh geez, I just looked up at the tv weather report.. now they're predicting snow here..!! Oh well..I'll just stay home...hugs and love to you two.. keep having fun!!!
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Old 12-05-2016, 10:54 AM   #3392
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Hi Gail.

It's not quite cold enough here for hats for me, but later this week we are looking at highs in the 20's.

Maybe then...I have a new one, made by a friend.

Lily didn't get a walk yesterday, as it was basically raining snow all day , but we had a good one this morning....pulled out my Bogs, put my levelers in them, and off we went.

Temps above freezing here, so the driveway has cleared itself, and no need to pull out the snow shovel, tho I do know exactly where it is.

I am very leery of walking in sub freezing temps with any precipitation on the ground, as I have never been sure-of-foot and fear falling, so we may miss a few days later this week.

Doesn't take much for things to get very slick, and down I could go. I have zero footwear that are safe on ice...is there such a thing?

In the meantime...it is good fire weather.

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Old 12-05-2016, 06:20 PM   #3393
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Hi Maggie... there is a thing you can chip on to the soles of your shoes.. like tire chains for shoes... they sell them in Big5 stores here in Oregon... me, I just stay home... I fell a couple of times when I first moved up here...California..what do I know from ice!!! Ok, keep the fires going... hugs and love from out here....
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Old 12-05-2016, 07:16 PM   #3394
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Yes Maggie, They make traction cleats that slip on the bottom of shoes. A must for freezing rain events. Look up yaktrax on Amazon. They also have something similar at Cosco. Cost is around 20.00,
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Old 12-05-2016, 09:05 PM   #3395
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These work great in ice and snow.

(Not very practical unless you are out all day- I used similar ones building boardwalk out to Cape Alava and Sand Point in the winter)

The Yak trax or similar work fairly well.
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Old 12-06-2016, 04:59 AM   #3396
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Thanks, all, for reminding me of those items that clip to the bottom of your shoes.

Ummm....I had a pair of those when I was still working, and had no choice but to go out and about in all kinds of weather. I just forgot about them, that they even existed.

I gave them to my sister after I retired, when I didn't have to go out, and when I did always had my arm tucked securely in Doug's....who cleared walkways, salted surfaces, started the car.

I will order a set. I do have salt to put down.

The only place I need to go this week is needlework group on Thursday...via Uber, and I won't walk the bike path home.

Sigh. Another widow-thing, that has kind of snuck up on me.

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Old 12-06-2016, 05:38 AM   #3397
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Rain here for most of the weekend. First hard freeze forecast for tonight. Blackie and I stayed inside mostly, and I've been able to clear up the last of the moving boxes in the house, almost. Some happy memories in boxes of stuff stored in this second home years ago--pictures my mom had kept for the scrapbook she was going to assemble someday. Some sad memories in the box that held the stuff from my desk at the old house--note pads with things I had to do in the days immediately after John's death.

So, some good days and some sad days. All I know to do is get through them and go on.

Today I plan to burn the pile of brush the tree-trimming guys left for me. Saves money over having them haul it off. Nice way to be outside and still keep warm on a cold day. The grass is very wet from the rain, so that will keep the fire well under control. Just need to call the county fire marshall and get their OK.

You're right, Maggie. Once they're gone, the chores fall to us.
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Old 12-06-2016, 05:58 AM   #3398
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Hi Mimi..

It's hard.

We get up every day, do what needs to be done, and just keep on going.

I'm still finding things in Doug's handwriting...I keep them, or give them to the grands, depending, as there won't be any more of those.

I was re-writing yesterday some address pages in my "home book" I keep, and carry when traveling...entries by him, left in place.

Sounds like you are doing pretty well...I do those heavy chores and remind myself it is good I am able to do them, and am sure you do the same.

On another note....a pair of these is on its way to me...
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Perfect!
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Finished some pen-and-paper tasks this morning, and did the wood haul, again...it is high-consumption time, and that is okay with me.

My sweet SIL fell in love with the woodstove the very first time he visited here with my daughter....people unused to a woodstove are just not used to being so warm...so I send him little videos of the fire burning, so he can enjoy it vicariously.

They are househunting, their first, and wanting a fireplace.

When the kids were here the other day, Caleb laid himself down on the hearth, as close to the stove as he dared get, to warm and toast himself a bit.

The grands favorite spot in cold weather is on that hearth.

I leave to head south three weeks from Sunday, and the next few weeks are going to be busy, so this morning I started pulling together some cool-but-not-frigidly-cold clothing into packing cubes to store under my rear bench...one has to have very warm clothing when doing winter travel in an RV, as it's just plain not as warm in there as in any house, much less my house.

So, the microfleece...my most favorite, cold weather travel item ...is on hangers and ready to go, along with long sleeved things, all for the Interstate closet.

As I'm putting things in packing cubes for later in the trip, Lily came into the room, tail a-wagging, ears up, and an expectant look on her face...are we going bye-bye in the motorhome??!!??

She knows the signs.

Not just yet, Lily.


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If, like me, they are too lazy to deal with all that wood, a gas fireplace with a blower insert is a decent alternative. Not as romantic, but still warms things up a bit.
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Old 12-06-2016, 11:31 AM   #3402
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Yes, the gas fireplaces do a pretty nice job, and can be dialed up for more flame and heat.

I expect they will want to do wood for awhile. He was born and raised in the big city, so woodfires and even backyards were a novelty for him.

When they were here last June, his favorite spot was the patio with a fire going in my new fire pit...he just kept tossing a log in there, sat at the table under the awning, and enjoyed it.

They are looking for something slightly upstate...more affordable, and more likely to offer what they want.

Commutes are already a way of life for them...


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