Fire and ice

Free water for the trees. ’Ray!

“It’s a winter wonderland out there!” Herself exclaimed last night.

“No way,” I replied. Last I’d looked, just minutes earlier, it was raining.

“Totally,” she said.

So I looked again, and as usual, she was right. Coming down like Chinese balloons it was.

The forecast has been something of a combo platter for the past few days, as the weather wizards try to cover all the bases (rain, snow, sleet, wind, plague of toads, bloody stones, UFOs, zombie apocalypse, etc.).

With this in mind I availed myself of a pleasant 90-minute ride on Stupor Sunday (48° and sunny). Then yesterday Herself and I enjoyed a short trail run (54° and sunny with a stiff wind out of the SSW).

That breeze — Yahweh’s postal service — was apparently what delivered three of the predictors’ prognostications more or less at once last evening: wind, rain, and snow.

I never know what’s going to be in these packages once I unwrap them — big box of nothin’ or visit to the chiropractor — so I got up way too early this morning and had another look-see.

Oh, goody. About an inch and a half of feathery fluff, but still some moisture to it. Good for the trees.

I broomed the driveway clear for Herself’s launch to the lab and skedaddled back indoors, where the coffee would be once I got around to making some. First things first, as the fella says. If I let any kind of snow sit on that north-facing black-diamond driveway of ours on Valentine’s Day it will stay there until St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe Easter.

And now, we get right back on that meteorological roller coaster (rain, snow, sleet, wind, plague of toads, bloody stones, UFOs, zombie apocalypse, etc.). Also, keep a weather eye out for smoke blowing up your ass.

Naw, it’s not another controlled burn gone sideways. Just Nikki Haley’s presidential campaign. I’m not hearing any fire alarms.

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17 Responses to “Fire and ice”

  1. Pat O’Brien Says:

    We have the same here for the next few days, albeit a tad warmer. But, we will be drinking it in July. And if this wet winter moderates the severity of the fire season, then let it snow!

    Nicki vs dumpster should make for some interesting chatter for the next few weeks. “She was a terrible UN ambassador and she’s disloyal. I should have fired her. She’s just a nasty woman”.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Every little bit helps, hey? There’s some more circling around over by the Sandias. We might get another little squirt if the wind doesn’t blow it out of Dodge.

      The New Republic isn’t impressed with Nikki’s candidacy. Writes Prem Thakker:

      In her ad, [Haley] described herself as “the proud daughter of Indian immigrants.” But she registered herself as “white” on her 2001 voter registration card. She has also previously invoked her Indian roots as she backed Trump’s 2020 bid, claiming “America is not a racist country,” in the same breath that she recounted discrimination her family has faced upon immigrating to America.

      And the immigrant tale may be a tad overwrought. In India her dad was a professor and her mom acquired a law degree. They prospered in North America, to be sure, but it ain’t like they came to Americay from County Clare in a coffin ship.

  2. SAO' Says:

    Our winter weather has been a non-stop combination of disparate elements, I’m surprised it doesn’t come with a medium drink.

  3. Libby Says:

    After a huge 4-5 day arctic blast we have had milder temps and wind for a week plus. It’s even sunny today which is especially welcome because I used so much heating fuel during that cold spell.
    I listened to “Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey”.
    The musicians always celebrate baseball on SB weekend. Here is Dave Frishberg’s rendition of his own “Van Lingle Mungo”. The lyrics are entirely comprised of the names of baseball players.
    Here is one of the songs they played

    • Tony Geller Says:

      It looks like you’re hitting all the bases. I’m a big fan of John, Jessica, and Dave. I remember first hearing Van Lingle Mungo on Robert Klein’s summer replacement TV show. And Jessica Malaskey singing for Ebay.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I don’t even wanna think about our heating bill. Natural gas prices shot up in New Mexico, and even though we keep the thermostats at 68 and under it still dollars up right smart.

      I’ve thought about burning some of our old furniture in the fireplace, but we haven’t had a sweep since we bought the joint and all the heat goes up the flue anyway. Especially if the chimbley catches fire.

  4. SAO' Says:

    Seems like I’ve been brooming more than shoveling this year. Of course, being Irish, maybe I’m just gravitating back to my comfort tools. But we’ve had that light fluffy stuff that sweeps right away, if you get to it fast enough, but sets like Mapei Keracolor Unsanded if you let it sit there. Then one set of tracks from backing out of the garage and now you have longitudinal speed bumps that won’t go away. Pinstripes look good on the NY Yankees but the HOA uses them as an excuse to send otherwise law-abiding citizens nastygram.

    • Shawn Says:

      No honey.. ! Don’t drive or walk on the snow until I can get it broomed / shoveled off. But you are a fine soul for seeing that your Honey Bunny Valentine has a clean driveway to roll out onto. “Honey Bunny” stated with respect of course.

      Didn’t the place where rumors are created say that Nikki Haley wanted her campaign song to be Hall & Oates “Maneater”. I believe she wanted Der Orangemop to know that he was going to be facing more than just a cheeseburger fight.

      I keep thinking of the American Werewolf in London flick when viewing your overnight weather photo. Cold, wet and similar to an old London alley. What’s that I hear in the distance. Arrrroooooo!

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        “An American Werewolf in London.” I think that was the first time I ever saw Griffin Dunne in anything. He was great in “After Hours.” Man, I love that flick.

        • Shawn Says:

          Yep, that’s a good one. One that I need to add to the see again soon list.

          Griffin was great in American Werewolf. Trying to talk David into killing himself.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I don’t think we’ve had a snowfall of any consequence this winter. Of course, now that I’ve said that, we’ll get hammered, probably tonight. Otherwise it’s been brooms all the way down.

      Our driveway is a weirdo — shallow, steep, then shallow again. Clearing it sucks, whether you start working it from the top or the bottom, and the middle is the worstest. Plus the top stretch stays in the shade, so if I let it ice up Herself has to come in a little hot with the 2WD CR-V. One of these days that Honda is gonna be parked in the kitchen.

  5. Pat O’Brien Says:

    Well, it’s official. Election denying trumpists are in charge of Cochise County. They broke state election law in the last election with their canvassing delay and cost the county $100K in attorney fees protecting them. They have not received any penalties for their action.

  6. There and back again | Mad Blog Media Says:

    […] I don’t think we’ve had a snowfall of any consequence this winter. Of course, now that I’ve said that, we’ll get hammered, probably tonight. — Your Humble Narrator, yesterday […]

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