News. Not all mine.

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Feb 262013

I haven’t posted in while, not because there was no news – but because it was not really mine to tell.

Lisa’s uncle Francis (everyone called him Frannie) passed away. He died in a hospital bed with complications from pneumonia. He was fairly fit and mobile until he fell last year, breaking his hip. He never fully recovered, and the months spent on the hospital with a respirator tube, made him much weaker; frailer. Watching the downward spiral was sobering and sad, and illustrated something I hadn’t known before. When people “die of old age” it seems more a matter of not being able to recover quickly or completely after an illness or injury.

I believe he was 82 years old, and we consider that pretty good for a human lifespan, but Frannie didn’t want to go. Eight decades, with everything he saw and all of the people he knew, and if he had been given a choice, he would have went on with his life as best he could.

My German friends just had their baby. That was a refreshingly bright spot in what is often my litany of woe. Mother and child are doing fine and went home around six hours after the birth. I’m sincerely happy for them; this is what you hope for your young friends!

[I’ll ask his permission to post a photo, here.]

That’s enough life and death for one day.

Winter Storm Nemo, pt 4

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Feb 102013

Well, we had good news today. With a lot of help from our neighbors, we got Lisa’s car started, Marilyn’s car unburied and moved, and even our wayward snowblower started! Between our snowblower and our neighbor’s, everything got cleared for us and the old folks that live right next to us.

I didn’t end up doing any shoveling or snow removal, so I can’t take credit for it. I’m just glad for the folks who did!

Everything should be, mostly, back to normal. Back to work tomorrow, etc. Here’s some photo’s of the successful “Big Dig on Business Street.”





Winter Storm Nemo, pt 3

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Feb 092013

I suppose I could subtitle this post, “The Big Dig.” Marilyn had two guys come over to help us clear our walk and driveway, Paul and Bill. Lisa woke me up to go help them, around 11am. I was in full on ‘bear’ mode, namely I had eaten a lot of calories yesterday and wanted to keep hibernating until this whole thing was over!

Instead, I got up and put on my snow gear, then trudged through snow that was higher than my knees, to get to our snowblower. We’ve kept it out and covered with a tarp all winter, just waiting for the day we’d need it – today was that day!

It wouldn’t start. 🙁

In retrospect, we should have tried to start it a week or two ago and made sure it would. We could have had it serviced then, before the big day. In any case, it wasn’t helping us today!

I did some shoveling with Paul and Bill, and then some of our neighbors came over with a snowblower to help clear the front of our driveway. Even with all of these people working on it, it’s not finished. Everyone got exhausted and had to call it for the day. Paul will be back tomorrow, and hopefully the sun will melt some of this by then.

We also couldn’t get Lisa car started, and we have no idea what that’s about. I’ll try again tomorrow and jump it; if that doesn’t work we’ll have to get it towed to the service station at the end of our street.

Though we’ve had these two cases of equipment failure, at least we’re not among the 500,000 without power! We haven’t lost our satellite signal (thanks to occasional extend-o-broom sweeping) and even our broadband Internet connection has stayed solid throughout. So, we really don’t have much to complain about at all!





Winter Storm Nemo, pt 2

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Feb 082013

The build up of wet, sticky a ow on our satellite dish blocked the signal. Over dinner we discussed how we could clear the dish, and it turns out it’s only about 10 or 12 feet from a second floor bedroom window. So, we taped three (3) broom handles together and then I reached out of the window with my extend-o-broom and brushed the snow off. It worked like a charm, the signal was back!

We’ve already had to brush the dish off twice more to keep our receivers from losing signal. On top of that, we’ve had to shovel snow out from in front of doors so that we’ll be able to open them tomorrow!

This is pretty crazy; some areas are getting 5 to 6 inches if snow … an hour!

Winter Storm Nemo, pt 1

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Feb 082013

So today is the beginning of Winter Storm Nemo, with an estimated precipitation of 24 to 36 inches of snow.

My M-i-L has been shopping for days to make sure we have enough food. Lisa and I were short on a couple “nice to have’s” like breakfast cereal and Ovaltine. The closest grocery store, Shaw’s, was packed out and every single shopping cart was being used! I’ve never seen that before, and this was after a week of warnings about the impending storm. So, I drove down to the next grocery store, Stop & Shop, and while busy, they had carts and were processing people at a steady clip.

As of right now, there’s just a light, wet dusting of snow. But, starting around 7pm tonight, it’s going to start coming down very, very hard. I’ll update (as I can) while this unique storm progresses.