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Fri, Jan. 3rd, 2014, 02:21 pm

So, Happy Deep Freeze -- erm, New Year.

Much of the country is under a thick layer of snow and a worse layer of sub-zero wind chills. Here in Ann Arbor and environs, it got down to minus Too Effing Cold last night, with a wind chill of Jayzus God Put The Dog On My Feet. Tomorrow it's supposed to reach a balmy 29° F, and then in the evening we have a Winter Storm Watch predicting up to 12" of new white stuff, followed by yet another bitter cold snap. (The forecast high on tuesday is -2° F.)

Please bundle up, don't go out unless you have to, stay alert, stay safe, and check in.

How are you getting through this? (It's perfectly all right to get through it by being someplace warm. We promise not to hate you. Much.)

This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1646023.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.

Fri, Jan. 3rd, 2014 07:45 pm (UTC)

"Jayzus God Put The Dog On My Feet" made me laugh. This is good. Laughter is warming.

I plan to be out and about tomorrow in the "warmup" ::koff:: because the Detroit Film Theatre is showing Warner Brothers classics at 4 p.m. ("One Froggy Evening" and "What's Opera, Doc" on the big screen!). After that, I shall stay indoors like a sensible person.

I'm just hoping that we get no snow on Wednesday or Friday. My sister is driving up from Ohio on Wednesday because I'm having surgery on Friday to remove the hardware from the arm I broke last summer. Wish me luck.

Sat, Jan. 4th, 2014 10:49 am (UTC)

I wish you luck. May the weather cooperate and may the surgery and recovery go smoothly.

Sat, Jan. 4th, 2014 01:31 pm (UTC)


Sun, Jan. 5th, 2014 01:55 pm (UTC)

:) Glad to make you laugh, Maia. Much luck and many hugs on the bionic downgrade. I hope the DFT was way fun...?

Sun, Jan. 5th, 2014 04:10 pm (UTC)

Alas, I didn't make it to the DFT -- there were so many people competing for so few parking spots that I turned around and went home.

So far we only have about an inch of snow here. I hope the final total is well below the forecast, here and where you are.

Fri, Jan. 10th, 2014 12:13 am (UTC)

Since you missed the Warner Brothers screening, this may serve as a bit of consolation: here's "What's Opera, Doc?" as a live stage play:


Fri, Jan. 10th, 2014 12:27 am (UTC)

Thank you!

Fri, Jan. 3rd, 2014 07:58 pm (UTC)

I got out the electric blanket last night. I need to at least venture out and make sure my car starts.

Thanks for the laugh on those temperatures! I hate winter!

Sun, Jan. 5th, 2014 01:55 pm (UTC)

My heating pad is at the ready over here -- not a blanket, but not bad.

Fri, Jan. 3rd, 2014 08:15 pm (UTC)

Well my work building is having heating problems so we're closing an hour early. I also saw the "low coolant" light in my car flash on briefly. If it keeps doing it I'll have to take it in again (I had the same problem in November which cost me a lot of money to fix).

Tomorrow they're predicting scattered snow showers which I hope doesn't happen because I'm taking one of my cats to her new home tomorrow afternoon/evening. Sadly Jo-Jo never fit in and when I got home last Sunday after Xmas I found someone gave her a nasty bite that required a vet trip. Jo-Jo needs to be the only pet in the house and I got [censored] lucky that my vet knew someone who was ready to adopt an adult female cat. I probably used up all my luck for the year for this, but Jo-Jo is worth it. I'll miss her but I have to do what's best for her.

Sun, Jan. 5th, 2014 01:59 pm (UTC)

Sad to hear about Jo-Jo. How did the transfer go?

Sun, Jan. 5th, 2014 04:57 pm (UTC)

The drive over was ... interesting due to the snow and degrading road conditions. I gave her new person the stuff I was given when I took Jo-Jo in back in August so she didn't have to buy anything. (Good thing too considering the snow.) Her new Mom seems like a nice person who is really interested in giving her a good home. When I left, she was on the edge of her carrier looking curious and perhaps ready to get out and explore.

I plan on giving her a call later today. The snowfall is continuing so I'm going to stay inside today. I'm going to make some split pea soup with ham and take care of some other chores I do every quarter.

Fri, Jan. 3rd, 2014 08:55 pm (UTC)

NYC didn't get hit that badly, but I am annoyed that my bosses decided that a museum being open is the same as "essential services." The governor was pretty clear about staying home, and yet...

Now, the cold. And then the less cold, and then the cold again. Like a weather roller coaster. Yay?

Sun, Jan. 5th, 2014 01:58 pm (UTC)

Yeah, yippee. We could (and have before, and will again) get into a whole thing about What The Hell Is Wrong With Bosses Thinking That Your Job Is More Important Than Your Life Family Health Etc. I love and support museums, but if your boss actually thinks anyone is gonna brave all this cold and snow for a visit....

Fri, Jan. 3rd, 2014 10:41 pm (UTC)

There wasn't much s**w here in Louisville, but it got cold enough that I had to call AAA to open the car doors.

Sun, Jan. 5th, 2014 01:59 pm (UTC)

That's cold enough....

Sat, Jan. 4th, 2014 12:01 am (UTC)

We are in a hotel in Kansas City where the daughter will be in dance workshops all weekend.

While we are here, Cheshire Moon will be doing a house concert at the home of Susi Matthews. So if anyone happens to be in the KC area this weekend and want to hear some music tomorrow night ... just saying ...

Sun, Jan. 5th, 2014 01:59 pm (UTC)

How did the house concert go? And how are things right this second (9:00 a.m. EST Sunday)?

Sun, Jan. 5th, 2014 02:13 pm (UTC)

We sold a CD to everybody in the audience! Yep, he bought a CD!

Things here are a bit snowy, but not terrible, a bit cold, but not nasty yet. The drive home should be ok. The roads in IA are fine, it may take us a bit of time to get out of the area due to the roads around KC.

The Daughter has been dancing all weekend and finishes this afternoon, so Lizzie and I are holing up in the hotel room until she's done. So it's kinda nice.

Sat, Jan. 4th, 2014 02:44 am (UTC)

Well at night I've been sleeping with my TARDIS blanket, which I got at thinkgeek.com and which is very warm :) so that helps. Also helps that tomorrow night I have a game night with a new alternate Saturday group that I meet with ever other week. It's funny actually Tom, you know the guy and have gamed with him before. His name's Gary if that helps. :)

His group's good people and they seem to like having me around, though I find it hysterically funny that I went from being the old man of my usual group to the youngest one in the other. lol

Sun, Jan. 5th, 2014 02:01 pm (UTC)

Gary Stahl? Yeah, he's good people. How did it go?

Sun, Jan. 5th, 2014 05:12 pm (UTC)

It went great. :) His group seems to like having me there and I like hanging with them, especially since no one is trying to out do the other. There's no drama and that makes it so much more relaxing and I really haven't enjoyed a campaign more in a long time.

He is good people, and I'm glad I met him.

Sun, Jan. 5th, 2014 11:37 pm (UTC)

Excellent. Yeah, I should give he and Susan a call. And they'll likely be at 'Fusion....

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 03:07 am (UTC)

He said they would be. It's why there's no game next time. I hope you all have a blast :)

Sat, Jan. 4th, 2014 05:21 am (UTC)
capplor: Storm?

Colorado is not being hit by THAT storm. It was pretty nice today, but will turn cold. I'm not particularly smug. Our turn usually comes several times a season; just not when yours does. Besides, the holiday left us with some killer upper respiratory illnesses (possibly not all the same, leaving the possibility of sharing for several weeks)


Sun, Jan. 5th, 2014 02:01 pm (UTC)
filkertom: Re: Storm?

Glad for the not-getting-hit yet. Unfortunately, you're right -- it'll be there.

Sat, Jan. 4th, 2014 10:56 am (UTC)

It's not cold here by your standards--we are not getting frostquakes. But yesterday there was a little dusting of snow caught at the edge of the road, and it was in full sun, and it wasn't melting. Which for us is pretty darn cold. A teeny little bit of wind came up on my walk back from the barbershop and it went from "brisk morning" to "wow I'm glad I only have a couple more blocks to go."

I'm sitting here in my flannel pjs with a fleece bathrobe, sheepy boots, a blanket around my legs and another blanket around my shoulders and I'm nice and warm but in a minute I'm going to have to get up and make another cup of tea, which will involve shedding the blankets.

Is it weird that I have a system for draping the shed blankets over the chair so they can be re-donned quickly?

Sat, Jan. 4th, 2014 03:40 pm (UTC)

I never heard of "Frostquakes" before a news story explained that these were the "thunder" we were hearing, from Toronto to Windsor. It was a pretty cool explanation.

Sun, Jan. 5th, 2014 02:04 pm (UTC)

Not weird at all. At this point, I'm in the habit of positioning all the pillows Just So, kinda folding over into bed, pulling on the layers one at a time (counting them as I go), and only then putting on the CPAP mask and settling in. And, yeah, even getting up for a minute out from under whatever nice cozy nest you're built leads to a moment of trepidation: Is peeing really worth it?

Sat, Jan. 4th, 2014 01:18 pm (UTC)

East-central MS isn't *that* cold, but we DO have frost on the grass this AM, and by Monday we may even have a single-digit temperature around daybreak.

Sun, Jan. 5th, 2014 02:04 pm (UTC)

Which is plenty cold enough. Please take care.

Sun, Jan. 5th, 2014 06:04 pm (UTC)

The latest estimate has been revised upward [into the teens] for a Monday Low.

Sat, Jan. 4th, 2014 02:09 pm (UTC)

it's not cold here relative to most of you, but the current 45 is cold to us in central FL - the scouts camping at the race track were complaining

Sun, Jan. 5th, 2014 02:05 pm (UTC)

I do not doubt it. I talked to my dad (who lives in Deland-ish) Saturday morning, and he was griping because it wasn't going to get much past 50°.

Sat, Jan. 4th, 2014 02:14 pm (UTC)

By the simple fact of the king size being in our bedroom, as well as three computers, our room has become the congregation point during really cold weather. I fully expect to wake up one of these mornings with at least one cat *under* the blankets with us, and possibly a teenager huddled on the couch in here, under several blankets and a layer of feline.

I'm not ready to think about the driveway after this stuff melts today, and then re-freezes tonight.

Sun, Jan. 5th, 2014 02:06 pm (UTC)

I tell ya. The one thing I do NOT have is cash to pay some kid to shovel. So I may be in here for a few more days than I've planned for.

Sat, Jan. 4th, 2014 03:35 pm (UTC)

I had to wear mittens to work yesterday. By the time I got out of work it was warmer though, and I barely needed the mittens. Never did put on the coat I carried just in case.

But then again, I'm kind of an Ice Age holdover...

Edited at 2014-01-04 03:41 pm (UTC)

Sun, Jan. 5th, 2014 02:07 pm (UTC)

Well, phooey on you. ;)

Sun, Jan. 5th, 2014 11:04 pm (UTC)

Don't be jealous, I get mine on the flipside, like today when the temperature soared into the twenties and I've been miserably overheated all day. Especially when I went out to shovel...

Sat, Jan. 4th, 2014 05:16 pm (UTC)
j_e_richards: snow

We're just back from the pre snow storm Kroger's run (along with almost everyone else in Troy. We also stopped at the library, pet food store, got ink for the printer, and bheer. I'm planning on starting to learn power point this weekend for a presentation on herbs. And the cold weather insures that I always have a cat on the lap every time I sit down.

Sun, Jan. 5th, 2014 02:07 pm (UTC)
filkertom: Re: snow

Yeah, Kroger was insanely busy Saturday. My other most important thing was dropping off the rent check.

Sat, Jan. 4th, 2014 11:52 pm (UTC)

I've been on a staycation this past week. If the snow is done before the Packer game, then we'll shovel. Otherwise, it'll wait.

When the World's Greatest Husband told me that the Madison (Wisconsin) School District already called a snow day for Monday, I e-mailed my boss telling him that I'm doing the same. If the Madison schools close, I don't want/need to travel because they have a damned high bench mark for closing.

The only times I plan to go outside in the next 48 hours is to take the dogs out, and I'm sure they won't stay out for long in this weather.

"Climate change? What climate change?" (yeah, right)

Sun, Jan. 5th, 2014 02:09 pm (UTC)

Indeed. Don't do anything stupid or life threatening for the sake of a job.

You saw that Trump is blathering again? Apparently winter is proof that there's no global warming.

Mon, Jan. 6th, 2014 03:09 am (UTC)

See this is why I stopped turning on the television except for certain shows. It saves me from face palming my glasses to death and it saves me from getting ulcers from the constant stress of seeing the sheer amount of stupid put out by guys like Trump.

Seriously are people still actually listening to that train wreck?

Sun, Jan. 5th, 2014 03:01 pm (UTC)


Will likely have to do that again today and once more tomorrow before I go to work. Thankfully it did resolve the problem.

Sun, Jan. 5th, 2014 11:38 pm (UTC)

Hugs, heat, and WD-40, m'friend.