Feb 6 2016

More rendezvous weather.


After last week’s one-day blizzard, we went right back to temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s all week (that’s Farenheit; for the rest of the world, 5 to 10 Celsius).  That’s sweater weather!  (Or if you’re a Brit, jumper weather! And if you’re German, Pulli-Wetter!)  Everything melted.  It was lovely.

And then today, this:


That's about eight inches.

That’s about eight inches.

I was itching to get to the office, having missed the previous day due to some needed chores.   I’d just about given up when the sun came out, and the snow left on the roads melted, so I just popped right over.  Everything was clean and pretty and shiny.

Local branch of the Mighty Quinnipiac.

Local branch of the Mighty Quinnipiac.

And now, past midnight, they’re telling me that the snow that melted on the roads is going to freeze, and it’ll be black ice as I go home.  Well.  There’s an advantage to being exactly two miles from home.

This weekend: More time at the writing office!  I like weekends here especially, because the building’s other tenants mostly stay home, or don’t stay long.  It’s quiet.  Plus, I can be noisy, if I like.

Also looking forward to hearing some live music from the Mendelssohn Choir, of which a pal of mine is a member.  They had to postpone their previous performance due last week’s blizzard.  I’m hoping the ice and snow issues resolve before I have to drive down to Fairfield in the evening.

Thanks to all for the map info and suggestions; some good ideas, and I’ll be mulling them over.

Meanwhile — Ack!  1AM. I’d better head home.



Jan 25 2016

Blizzard? Not so much.


We had one day of totally blizzard weather, with about a foot of snow, but then it was all over.  Nothing at all like the hit New York City or the Connecticut shoreline took (south of us).

I handled it by staying at home and doing all my household chores for the week.

The following day, all the roads were plowed, and the trip to my writing office (all two miles of it) presented no problem at all.

I would have gone during the blizzard, if not for an unavoidable treacherously steep hill.    No matter which route you take, you have to go down a steep, twisty road that ices over really quickly, and leads directly into a busy intersection.  Saturday was a good day to not do that.

Upside: I could observe all the birdie-pal action at home!  Our restaurant is very popular in winter, being the only one in the neighborhood with a heated birdbath.   Not that they’re bathing — it’s drinking water, and it saves them from having to eat snow and spend precious calories heating it up with their tiny birdie bodies.

We always get the cardinals and sparrows and chickadees, with some juncos tossed in the mix.  Downy woodpeckers, and red-bellied woodpeckers.   The mockingbird comes by once in a while.  But Saturday, we were also mobbed by the starlings.  Good move on their part: we had liquid water, birdseed, a hanging block of suet, and a cedar tree whose branches are loaded down with a good crop of cedar berries.   A well-balanced diet, no foraging in the blizzard required.

In other news:  I totally skipped Arisia, and will probably skip Boskone, as well, due entirely to my dropping the ball during the job-loss officialdom scrambling.  Except, I might possibly drop by for a day, as audience, not panel participants.   Readercon, however: I responded to their request to let them know if I was interested in participating, with a definite Yes!  Last year I got lost in the shuffle, and didn’t make it on the program; this year I want to stay on top of things.

Also: Worldcon is coming up in the middle of August (didn’t it always used to be over Labor Day?  When did that change?), and I really do want to be on the program!   As does every other writer in the universe.  Plenty of competition, there.  Well, I’ll attend either way, but I really want to get back into the swing of panel-participating and fan-meeting, and writerly professional schmoozing.

Okay, enough of this  blogging stuff… I have some actual work to dig into!

— Oh, all right, one more thing: Walk Off the Earth.


The dancers are guest stars, and I bet you didn’t know that your fly could double as a percussion instrument.

One of these days I’m going to have to see those guys in concert.

Jan 12 2011

Snow Day


They told us yesterday at the DayJob that the company would be closed for the blizzard.

So, day off! Except, entirely without monetary remuneration. Unless you use up a vacation day.

Still, I was very glad not to be out driving in the blizzard.

Snow was knee-deep when I shoveled out a path to the birdfeeder….

Cafe now open for business!

And hip-deep when I went out to help uncover cars in a multi-unit collaborative car-clearing. Only hip-deep where it was new snow on top of last blizzard’s snow — but still.

I myself am buried in various projects, and trying to prioritize. When I don’t want to prioritize at all, I just want to play!

Because — hey, snow day!

View from what is, in nicer weather, a green and peaceful meditation nook

I’m curious as to what it’s like where you are… I don’t think the comment box lets you drop in photos, but if you email a photo to my “contact me at” email address and let me know what part of the world I’m looking at, I’ll create a post of Views of Blizzard Day. (You took some pictures, you know you did. You already put ’em up on Facebook, right? Well, just slide ’em over here.)

Persons in the southern hemisphere are welcome to gloat. Bet you went surfing today.

Send us a picture of that!