Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Iris stays in bed on cold winter mornings

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Full Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Full Lunar Eclipse
Winter Solstice

Happy Solstice, Peaceful Yule!

It’s truly winter here, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

First, hop on over to Biblio Paradise, where Diane Parkin talks about her novel NIGHT CRAWLER. Leave a comment, so she’ll know you were there!

Then, hop over to my new gardening blog, GRATITUDE AND GROWTH, for its launch. Most of the time, I’ll post on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but I thought the Solstice on a Full Moon was a good day to start!

Okay, back now?

Yesterday was a good writing day. Finished, polished, and got off the big article on time, and my editors seem pleased with it. Prepped the two blog posts listed above. Caught up on email. Made some notes for a couple of projects — a play and a book — that have February deadlines.

It snowed all day, which was lovely. Mid-afternoon, I shovelled the walk and the driveway. It wasn’t too bad, but either I have to invest in a snowblower or hire someone if the whole winter is like this. I’m simply not strong enough if the snow gets much heavier.

It kept snowing in the night, and, when I went to turn off the outdoor trees at 10 PM, I couldn’t open the door! Not only had enough snow fallen so it blanketed the step above the doorframe, but more had blown against it. I wrestled the door open to get the trees unplugged, and went to bed.

I was awake on and off, hoping to see the lunar eclipse, but didn’t. Everything was that milky pale bright of moonlight.

This morning, the neighbors were up bright and early, with their snow blowers, and cleaned my driveway and walk for me. Isn’t that kind?

Yep, when we can get out of here tomorrow, I think it’s time for me to invest in a snow blower! It took them maybe 10 minutes to clear the drive and the walkway, so if I had a blower and did it myself, it would take maybe 20. I could hire one of the guys up the street to plow me out, but if we have a severe winter, the blower will earn its keep within a month or so.

And for some reason, the sound of the snow blower is at a different pitch and it doesn’t hurt the way leaf blowers do. (Just a reminder, the sound of a leaf blower causes the physical response in me that could trigger a heart attack, which is one of the MANY reasons I don’t own one. Why would I own a a machine that could kill me simply by turning it on?. The name of this condition is a very long word with lots of consonants).

I stuck my yardstick in a clear part of the yard, and it hit just under 13”. The weather folk keep saying yeah, the Cape got hit harder than expected (they said 2-4”), but we seem to have gotten more than the places they’re measuring.

My mom’s friend is supposed to visit today, but I don’t know if she can get here. After all, they had to close to Bourne Bridge for awhile last night, due to weather. And we’re supposed to get walloped over Christmas weekend with an even more severe storm, so I think we’re not going to make it to Maine for Christmas Day Dinner. Which is fine, I’ll just cook a turkey here (and hope the CO detector doesn’t go off).

I’ve got logs for the Yule ceremony this evening, and a chicken to roast tonight. I may call my favorite hardware store in Osterville and say, “Hey, babe, got a snowblower that fits in a volkswagen?” because why not give him a challenge, right? 🙂 I might as well be his resident eccentric.

I’m going to run the vacuum quickly through the house now (after sprinkling the carpets with lavender and peppermint) just in case my mom’s friend turns up. Then, I’ll get back to the page for awhile. I got very little done on yesterday’s To Do list (yes, I made a list for once), so I want to get a little bit more done today.

Yesterday was productive, and the quality was high, but today I need to add in some more quantity, too!

And I want to come up with something nice to do for the neighbors as a thanks!



  1. I’d LOVE that much snow! How beautiful.

    Looks like Iris has the right idea, too. 🙂

    Snow blowers don’t bother me, either. Maybe because they’re not running forever. People using leaf blowers aim them at damn near everything in the yard. Instead of leaving a few stray leaves, they have to blow them into submission at the price of my hearing.

  2. I never thought of that! You use dried lavender and peppermint leaves, right? Sweet!

    I loved having a snow blower. And the sound is not bad–they are a lot lower pitched than those @$%^&*^#$#!! leaf blowers. I’d definitely get one. It will save your back. Shoveling is MURDER on the lower back!

    Stay warm!

  3. I am so glad you moved in just in the nick of time to avoid the snow gods! It would have been just awful to have to move on a day like that. We have been hearing how the Cape got slammed, but it sounds like you all are dealing with it merrily. As for the neighbors, bake them a real German stollen and they will be your friends for life.

  4. Glad you got your article out… Mercury in retrograde scares the heck out of my–doesn’t that mean our brains should all be wonky right now? (okay, so I know just enough about astrology to be dangerous).

    I’m jealous of your snow–we have a little, but I’d love to be socked in for a few days… nice excuse to skip work (though I only have another day before we have a break). I feel like you do about leaf blowers–it is the whine over the motor… snow-blowers and lawn mowers are only about half as annoying.

    • Hart — Mercury Retrograde means no buying major appliances (but I’m getting a snow blower anyway), but good antique and bargain shopping. Don’t sign any contracts (I signed the one for the article before the retrograde), and travel and communication get wonky.

      My mantra: Stay low, stay quiet, go shopping!

  5. Ya’ll can keep the snow but I fear we have some in the forecast startin’ Thursday through Saturday. Uck, I’m so not a snowbunny! Heeheehe!

    I just wanted to thank you for your visit and comment over at my place. Please drop in often, the door of the Ponderosa is always open.

    God bless ya and have a very Merry Christmas filled with the love of family, friends and fudge baby…loads of fudge!!! :o)

  6. I don’t even know what a snow blower looks like. I think we only just caught on with leaf blowers. Maybe we don’t get enough snow … yeah, right …

    Today was a very productive day for me. Maybe it’s a good week for getting things done.

  7. I will actually be glad when this white stuff is gone and trees are in bloom again. I would love to see your alpacas.

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