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Old 01-26-2015, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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^^^ OMG did not think of that!!!!!!!!! Too funny!

negirl and in_ne, I hope you're well stocked.

Thanks for the well wishes barb, but my shovels are at the ready. Hopefully we'll only get the 4 to 8 inches and no more.

Have a great day, all
I have a huge pot of chicken soup simmering on the stove, smells great. I'll portion it into canning jars and place them in the attached unheated garage in case we lose power. We have the wood stove that heats the whole house and to cook with. We didn't buy a generator for this place. It would have to be hard-wired in, very expensive, and the reasoning is we don't know how long we're going to live here. If we decide to stay, we will invest in one. Our final house will have one.

We got the cell phone charger/car engine starter as a Christmas gift, it's going wherever we go.

 
Old 01-26-2015, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Keep a watch for any animals who need help. Thankfully, the temperatures there don't look that bad. I spoke to a client in Montpelier, Vermont yesterday who told me that she doesn't worry about snow or cold; they have it every year. I know that you have plenty of supplies, but I hope that you bought a generator.

The 8-14 day forecast shows a 90% chance of colder than normal temperature for your area but also lower than normal precipitation except for western New York and the New England coast.

It's too bad that you didn't buy the gym membership; you'd have a very good reason not to go.

Climate Prediction Center - 8 to 14 Day Outlook
We have a couple of ferrel cats around here that wander around the neighborhood. I worry about them, and yet if I feed them they will be forever at our door. Buying cat food on top of dog food for two is more than the budget allows. They must be in hiding now, because my Jack Russell has not barked at all yet today. He sits at the l.r. high up on pillows waiting for them and goes nuts when he sees them walk tauntingly by.
 
Old 01-26-2015, 01:35 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Yum, negirl, I made my chicken soup last week, one quart left.

Our snow will be light and fluffy so no worries about power here, thankfully. The generator is full and I have about eight gallons of gas stashed.

Got DH up to the shop where we jump started the plow truck and get it into position so it will be easier to jump it tomorrow if needed.

Apparently, the WalMart battery that we bought for it in '96 is finally giving up the ghost. Boy, did I ever get my money's worth out of that puppy. It will have to wait until spring for a proper diagnosis.

All of our ferals are inside now, the last old barn cat disappeared in August.

I saw a barn swallow yesterday in our barn, I can't ever remember seeing them so early.
Harbingers of an early spring, I hope.

I heard on the radio there is going to be record warmth in Colorado with seventy degree temps arriving. Enjoy!
 
Old 01-26-2015, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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I am amazed with the weather we're having. Very, very unusual to be warm the end of January. I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. Unless it's the make-up for last winter, which lasted forever. Will have to see what happens in February.
 
Old 01-26-2015, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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We have a couple of ferrel cats around here that wander around the neighborhood. I worry about them, and yet if I feed them they will be forever at our door. Buying cat food on top of dog food for two is more than the budget allows. They must be in hiding now, because my Jack Russell has not barked at all yet today. He sits at the l.r. high up on pillows waiting for them and goes nuts when he sees them walk tauntingly by.
I wish your "ferrel" cats well. Are there also some feral ones around?
 
Old 01-26-2015, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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I wish your "ferrel" cats well. Are there also some feral ones around?
haha, caught me at bad spelling....but still not as bad as Super Bowels party, LOL.

You missed an opp: I wish your cats ferrel.
 
Old 01-26-2015, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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I have a huge pot of chicken soup simmering on the stove, smells great.
I am now going to divulge my never to be repeated secret ingredient in chicken soup. But first, use two or three times the amount of fresh onion, garlic, celery, carrot and parsley as you normally would (I keep the skins on the onions and garlic, as they are full of nutrients). The onion skins give the soup a lovely color. Strain out later.

*****Top secret special ingredient: Whole star anise. Throw in 3 or 4 to a big pot of chicken soup while simmering. Absolutely delicious taste. And it adds to flu protection, apparently: "Star anise is the primary source of shikimic acid, a plant-based compound that is the precursor to oseltamivir, an antiviral medication that is marketed as Tamiflu...the secret ingredient in Tamiflu..." (Global Healing). Make sure it's the Chinese star anise, the only safe kind for consumption.
 
Old 01-26-2015, 03:47 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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meo, I hope you are right about things making up for last winter, truly awful it was.

Star anise? Who knew? Thank you negirl! I never thought to leave the skins on the onion and garlic.....
 
Old 01-26-2015, 03:50 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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haha, caught me at bad spelling....but still not as bad as Super Bowels party, LOL.
I figured that was a pun, not bad spelling.
(Montezuma's revenge, Aztec two step, etc etc)
 
Old 01-26-2015, 04:09 PM
 
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We're in for it too. 60% chance of rain after 4:00 P.M. and high for the day in the low 60's. Imagine that - RAIN! I feel your pain.
It's in the 20s here in Sydney. Of course, that's Celsius.

It's been a nice four days here, culminating in a great fireworks show last night in celebration of Australia Day. We leave this afternoon (Tuesday) for Tasmania and then on to New Zealand. We'll be returning to Sydney on Valentines Day. In celebration of which, I just spoke with the hotel's concierge and purchased orchestra seats to see Madame Butterfly at the Sydney Opera House that evening.

it's been a wonderful trip so far.
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