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  2. Mackie

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    ANOTHER one?? You don't get much time in between, do you … We, on the other hand, had a spring day today. Blue sky, 15° C. The doggy and moi took a wonderful long walk along the river that ended at sunset. It was completely gorgeous and now doggy is
  3. Last week
  4. bess

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    cats and their postcards about diverting another hazard! i ordered a mid-range generator online w/delivery to the local hardware store iin a week.can pick up a small ceramic heater from them in the meantime, to plug in to the back-up battery i use for the router should we lose power again so soon (and moi should have thought of that sooner. like after the December outage ) the Environment office sent another weather warning through next week
  5. Mackie

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    oh how very cooperative of Kristi so typically cat, isn't it. And a bout the emergency clipping session. Wow. good thing you noticed! And about the "overreaction" - much better safe than sorry. If it had gone the other way and you had been too "relaxed" about it, you would be so angry with yourself. Yes, that is true, about less community sense in the city. Fortunately we live in a quarter where at least some of it is still there. But where we lived before, we had spent almost seven years in the house and knew only two people when we moved out. That is very different here.
  6. Goli

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    i think urban disasters can be worse because in many cases there isn't the sense of community. It's looking much,much better than what i had been concerned about - the stuff seems to be melting slowly and nothing is coming up into the driveway. It's probable that i over-reacted, but better to be safe than sorry, and even if i don't need the barrier bags this time, i will have them for next time. Because, unfortunately, if you do gamble in these situations and it all turns out okay, so much of the time you do NOT do the preparation for the next time once the "this time" is over. i know i wouldn't have, and next time, if we have a heavy snowfall and then a fast warm-up, well . . . The crisis of this morning was discovering that the pussy willow tree had wedged some of its branches in between the hogwire and under the railings on the deck. So, when the weight of the snow is all gone, and the tree branches try to bend back up Needless to say, i was out like a shot, with clippers, loppers, and a little saw. i got everything disengaged from where it didn't belong. Sadly, that meant chopping off some of the rose canes, but better the pretty roses, than the tree. Or the deck. Hopefully the tree will be okay - problem is there was a bunch of ivy growing up the back - it was the snow on the ivy that caused some of the bending way too low. Anyway, for now i have done what i could. Since the emergency work interfered with the breakfast schedule, Kristi helped out by barfing her wet food :thonkcat:
  7. bess

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    It is ok urban disasters are not good
  8. Mackie

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    whoa, Goli. small wonder you were stressed out. Having a flood in the house is no fun at all. I am very glad you have nice neighbors, and I bet the kids will be delighted! That is the kind of situation where having a community is life saving in so many way. bess, the gas generator does sound like a good plan going without heat, light and cooking is not a fun option, and to have something to fall back on is a good thing. wow, now I feel like a pampered big city dweller without a clue of real life.
  9. bess

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    yerss to more such events i've been looking at different units, pluses minuses to each of them. :study: A portable unit makes sense, one that I can store indoors when not in use, to avoid corrosion and what-all from outside that could prevent its starting when needed most Stay tuned
  10. Goli

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    At one point, i DID feel like crying - i cannot describe how stressed out i had gotten, so whether or not it turns out i needed the gravel bags, it was well worth the $50 or so i spent on them, and since my neighbor will stack them in the garage for me once the snow crisis is over, i will have them for next time. i'm afraid we are going to see more and more of these weather events. i will be VERY interested to see how the generator works out, and which one you choose, because i am thinking i should consider getting one myself.
  11. bess

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    That was a brilliant gesture of thanks to your neighbor most kind. What he did and they did and you did made me weepy Really Have decided not ever to put up with this situation again, getting a portable gas generator and connect-to-house apparatus to power some light, a microwave and an electric heater
  12. Goli

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    Western WA is woefully unprepared for So far, the power has stayed on at my house - the power has been out at my friend's house since yesterday morning. Last night, i took a look at the front of the house, and the amount of snow and the lack of real drainage except for one grate at the far end of the yard. i SHOULD have realized there might be a problem earlier, but was more worried about the power while it was so i got out the shovel and dug a trench from the driveway to the grate and shoveled what i could away from the garage door. Depending on how fast the stuff melts, and which direction it winds up going, there was a good possibility of water getting under the garage door and into the garage, which means also into the first floor of the house as well. Damage would be considered "flood" and NOT covered by insurance. This morning, my solution didn't look all that great, and there were some small trees down across the entire width of the road (hidden under the snow). Fortunately for me, a neighbor up the road was willing to take me to Home Depot for a solution, and, as he is a great snow driver, get us out of the development in his Subaru. Driving it past someone in a Jeep who was calling for a tow truck to get him up our hill. We got to Home Depot, and they were already sold out of all of the stuff you could use to make a barrier against the melting snow. One salesgirl suggested stuffing plastic bags under the door. A salesman came up with a better solution - a plastic doohickey to stick under the door. As we were going to pay for that, we ran into a third salesperson. HE told us they HAD some bags of road gravel that would do the trick, that they hadn't sold ONLY because they were stacked in an area of their lot that their forklift couldn't get to. My neighbor offered to try his luck with the Subaru. The salesman wouldn't let him do it, and instead took his own Forerunner and got enough bags of the stuff to stretch across the door. My nice neighbor wanted to buy some firesticks, but Home Depot was sold out of those as well. He decided to try the Walmart, also sold out. Fortunately, the Walmart was teeming with toys and candy and stuff for Valentine's Day. So i bought a stuffed toy for each of my neighbor's kids, a couple of little hearts full of candy, and some better, i.e. adult worthy candy- Ferrero Rocher, Dove, and Ghirardelli. i knew he wouldn't take any $$$s for helping me out, but the kids are, of course, a soft spot. He also put the bags, too heavy for me, up against the door.
  13. Mackie

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    whoa, that does sound like a bit much of an outage, bess Yu made the best of it, it seems. *snuggle* Good work, Goli
  14. bess

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    I have been quiet since power and interweb went down Friday night, fixed as of 2 this aft. In a snow storm Bad in WA too I think. I got cold Warming up now that we have electric heat again but 'way behind in stuff Yu hibernated under a pile of warm blankies which was brilliant, she ate only a bit, we did not have to make an emergency trip for catfood. Can do so this week when the snow changes to rain and driving is safer. Of course could flood Goli if not quantity, quality I'll be back to get my badge
  15. Mackie

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    well, it probably was a very comfy place Yes, you need to work on your post count
  16. Goli

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    with a forecast including snow and wind for yesterday, and a low of 17 (F) for early this morning, i had taken the precaution of getting out a bunch of clothes i could layer in case the power went out, and piling it all in one easily accessible place. The power stayed on, so perhaps i could have put the stuff back in the various closets and drawers, except the pile acquired a squatter:
  17. Goli

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    My back deck this morning:
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