“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Saturday, November 1, 2014

First snow storm of the winter.



We've had our first snow of the year.  Yesterday as the sun went down, the temperature plummeted from the high 50's right down into the 20's.  The wind came up, strong.  When the snow began, it was very light, and fluffy.  The wind was driving it horizontally sometimes, and while it immediately stuck on the ground and in the trees, it took awhile before it began sticking on the paved surfaces. I think at the lower elevations it probably melted pretty quickly, although I didn't venture down the mountain to see.

We are in good shape here. The house is warm, and we have all we need.  I slept most of the day because I stayed up most of the night.  The snow stopped around eight this morning, but it never got above freezing.


  The new C. Crane catalog got here yesterday, and I've been looking through that.  I need to do some replacement work on some antennas, and I'm considering electrically tuneable antennas as opposed to wire or whip antennas. I would have to do a lot less repairing and replacing that way.

I might pick up a larger SW set.  Most of mine are very small, although they have all the bells and whistles. Still, a nice big set to go in my bedroom would be nice. I listen to SW a good bit late at night, and right now I just have a small, and rather basic Bell and Howell set in the bedroom.

Most of my gear in the main house is up in the study, and I have an easy chair there, so that's where I do most of my listening. I do have a radio room downstairs, with a big old Motorola set, but I don't seem to go down there much anymore.

The apartment has my SSB CB and a nice "travel radio" shortwave, but that's another place I haven't been spending a lot of time in late.



The new Backwoods Home magazine is out. I have only scanned it, but it looks like there are some good articles. Usually they have one or two stories per issue that I am really interested in, and the rest I just read because they are there.

18 comments:

  1. We went to town and when we got home, it had dropped to 38, and as soon as I lit a fire, and hour later it had warmed up into the 50's, the weather is so unpredictable now.

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    1. There was some kind of cold air mass coming down from the arctic, according to the Weather Channel, that caused the snow so early. I hope that's all it is. All the "signs" people here use to predict the weather say a bad one is coming, while Weather Channel says it will be mild and they are predicting cheaper propane. I hope they are right but I trust oak trees and woolly booger caterpillars more than the W.C. computers, to be honest.

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  2. Something has to be out of whack in the Universe for there to be snow in Georgia before there is snow in Minnesota. We are looking at daytime temps in the 40s and 50s for the next week. Not complaining, mind you. I'll take it and be thankful.

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    1. Vicki, it's a little after two a.m. here (or three, if you don't take into account tonights time change.) Outside temperature is 25 but at least the wind has stopped. I don't remember snow in the first week of November here before, though I guess it could have happened. This is my 32 winter her and I don't remember everything perfectly anymore.

      Supposed to start warming up a little tomorrow, though. I hope so.

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  3. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Yeah' a big cold front pushed through here and yesterday and we got a lot of rain and 'slightly lower temps.
    I would like to have a ham radio and or a two meter CB with a big antenna. The two meter radio is the Galaxy 40 channel, SSB CB.
    On the hams, I as looking at some used ICOM radio's.

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    1. Are you going through the licensing process? I'd like to but I don't think I can really take on any more regular responsibilities , I'm already having a hard time just getting to gun club meetings. I especially don't like going out after dark.

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  4. Oh to have some snow lol

    Keep warm.

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  5. If I could, Dani, I would give you some of what we have here. I have a feeling there will be an overabundance this winter.

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  6. Harry - can you believe that people think that because we are in Canada that we would have snow already? no sign of snow, the weather here is still pretty nice for our area of atlantic canada and we rarely see snow until late november and that isn't staying snow - just snow that falls and melts as soon as it lands. staying snow doesn't usually stay until january. our temps right now have been pretty mild - 12-17C during the days and only one light freeze the other night. i am still harvesting tomatoes if you can believe that. our weather people are predicting a normal winter for us which is supposed to be dry and mild this year. by mild, they mean no staying snow until the end of december/beginning of january and that snow will melt over a few days until the next snow comes through about mid-march. it is very temperate where we are with the 4 full seasons lasting about 3 full months each. i like that. that wicked awesome greenhouse that jam built for us is really extending our growing season.

    we are still waiting for a good frost in order to go and pick our cranberries. did you read the link about high iodine foods that i left in your last post? i am sure that there must be cranberries on your land. much love to you and yours always, my dear friend!

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. woops - that should say that no staying snow until december/early january which stays for a few days and melts and that happens until mid mid-march.

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    2. Kymber,

      I just saw your comment about iodine and will check that link. I haven't really been on the computer much in the last couple of days and lost that "thread" on the posting. But I just checked the email on that address, which is how I find most of the comments after it has been a day or so, and I saw it.

      I don't know why it is still nice up there and turning so cold here. I always thought of Canada was being either big arboreal forests with nobody living in them, or vast plains of wheat, or rocky coastline but I always thought of it as cold until the kids went up there. I sent you that link with the info on the immigration lawyer from that episode, if you didn't get it let me know. I'll re-transmit it.

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  7. Harry - got your email...thanks for telling me you sent it -like you,i get buried in emails because all comments from the blog go there and sometimes i miss important emails! thank goodness for understanding friends who let you know when they have sent you an email eh?

    Harry - we live in a very temperate climate. it doesn't start to get real cold until at least december and even then it will be really cold for only a few days, then a few nice days, then cold again. our winter doesn't truly start here, where we are, until january and is done by end march. i love the seasons here. back in ottawa it went from summer to winter in 3 days - and it was excrutiatingly cold in ottawa for at least 4 months with a ton of snow and ice. not so here. one of the reasons we chose this place to bug out. it really is very temperate here.

    off now to search for your email. when it comes to your kids - you know that we will do anything to help. much love, buddy, always! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Hey Kymber,

      (captaincrunch)


      Yeah' I sent you an e-mail a ways back. How can you ignore 'El Capitan Crunch!
      That's Spanish, pronounced 'El Kapitan'
      I am 'El Jefe (pronouncd el hefe) or big guy in charge.
      Kymber, theres your Spanish lesson for today. Maybe you can teach me Polar Bear language, like how does a Polar Bear order a beer in a bar, Does he growl for it in Canadian???

      Really, we will have another Polar Vortex this winter I was reading. It sounds plausible. Back in the 70's we had very harsh winters similar to the last winter and they came in cycles of two to three years.

      The opposite will occur three to six years out for us and it will be colder for you guys up north.
      The Earth has been doing this for like what, 4.5 billion years!

      Everyone freaks out, harse winter, its another Ice Age. Hot summers, warm winters, no snow, Global warming. Then, Al Gore makes a butt load of money to add to the 300 million dollars he's made off of this global warming bullshit scam already.

      The only thing green in my house is the mold in the microwave Radiation don't kill mold, trust me, I have been trying!
      I need a Gamma Ray Microwave. That' all Nuke the crap outta that mold and my frozen meatloaf!

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    2. Kymber, I have so many email accounts that I recently missed an important message because it was sent to an account that I don't use much, and just didn't check. I'm not making that mistake again! It was the old email account from the old blog.

      I just wanted to make sure it got to you.

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    3. Harry - Why not set up a forward from the mail accounts you rarely use to the one account you use most often - it'll help you keep track of all and any mail whilst still allowing you your privacy :)

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    4. Dani, I probably should do that. I don't know how to, but I imagine I can figure it out. I set up the accounts originally, each for a specific purpose, and it works fairly well except in the case of the one where the original purpose doesn't exist anymore. I really should just close that account, but unfortunately I don't know how to do that either. I need to clean up my email one way or the other, though.

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  8. I'm sure we'll get hit with snow very soon. Sometimes it snows by Halloween here. Just not this year.

    Stay safe.

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    1. We usually don't get snow til late November at the earliest, and ordinarily we don't get a really hard snow til January. This year, we are starting early. I hope it is not a harbinger of things to come.

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