21 Jan: Yeah! The sun finally popped out at 10:15 this morning - first time in 5 days! We've had clouds, clouds and more clouds, day and night. It's been so overcast it looked like twilight 24/7. And then fog for 2 days and 3 nights. And for dessert, rain, freezing rain and drizzle were impolitely thrust onto our laps. The girls got a day off from school because of the freezing rain and ice pellets that covered the roads during the course of one night. By 10:00AM the roads were safe to travel again, but there were still a few cold spots where the black ice seeked to cause accidents.
Bev, I had a nice collection of 45s, 33-1/3s and the old 78 rpm albums. A few years ago, my daughter and wife decided to clean out the basement and guess where my boxes of neatly cataloged records went before I got home? Taken to the dump! I had some 78s of Guy Lombardo, Dinah Shore and her Seashore Boys, Xavior Cuggot, Bing Crosby and many more. My personal favorite was the "She's Too Fat" polka. I did replace one album at the cost of US$70.00, but then decided that I wasn't going to spend US$50,000 replacing the rest (of those that still could be replaced). Even my old 78 record player was tossed! But, at least they didn't toss my old "suitcase radio!" It was covered in canvas and even had an antenna with suction cups to attach to the inside of train or airplane windows. That's my pride and joy.
Grandma (my wife) just too the girls out to visit our daughter, her cats and guinea pigs. The oldest one asked if "Happy" (dog) was going to be there. Grandma reminded her that Happy was in "doggie heaven," and she said, "that's right. I miss her - but not her jumping up on me."
We'll be enjoying this sun while we can as it will be clouding up again on Sunday evening. They're forecasting snow from Monday afternoon into late Tuesday morning. Hopefully the sun will show up again by next Wednesday.
After a week of below freezing temperatures, then a week of just above freezing temps, it's finally going to reach about 52F/11C today!
Oh, and when we had those howling winds a short while back, a fairly old oak tree that stood on the opposite bank of the stream behind my son's property began listing dangerously. It always had a lean of about 10 degrees, but by the time the winds stopped and we checked it, it was leaning over farther and was pushing on 2 smaller maples, causing them to lean slightly. The oak's roots had been getting exposed and undermined from several flash floods last summer and it was finally succumbing to the forces of nature. Each time there was a breeze we could hear a root pop, watch a branch break off that had been pressing against a maple tree, and even see it bowing up and down as it roots tried desperately to hold it up. Finally, we had to cross the stream and cut it down. On the bright side of this, the squirrels have a bridge to get across the stream with - until we get down there to cut it up. I was really sad to see that tree on the ground. It had stood over 70 feet/21.3m high and was approximately 30 inches/76cm in diameter. I told the girls, "No more acorns for the squirrels from that tree." The 4-year old was disappointed as each year she and I would collect the nuts along the bank.