Mar. 15th, 2014 03:20 pm
sharon_dubois: (ash)
We have had a number of days of above freezing weather.  The glaciers are beginning to recede. I can actually see mulch ( as there is no grass in my front yard.


The cats are very busy this afternoon shedding everywhere. I'm doing laundry and I am glad they are not helping.


But damn it I want daffodils and I WANT THEM NOW!!!!!!  Not in photographic form but real.

sharon_dubois: (cailleuch)
Not a lot of plowing had gone on when we went out to see North by NorthWest on the big screen.  Getting into the theatre was a joy.

Current views:

Down the street

Up the street

Towards the back

I am officially sick of the shit!!!
sharon_dubois: (house w/snow)
A complaint in continuing parts.  Well, it snowed during the overnight. I haven't been outside today but from the evidence on my car it looks like another inch.  All the snow is pristine white again. (Luckily I don't have to head for school for a few hours yet.) I am really running out of places to put the snow.  My front yard is city small, 33 feet wide with most taken up by driveway and sidewalks.  The icon is from a few years ago but these are from last night.


It is snowing AGAIN!!!!! but is supposed to be an inch more.  This is lake effect and the next snow is supposed to be Sunday.

I realize that I have lived through worse but I am getting sick of this.  Even my poor Chinese Witch Hazel in the back yard is not will to relieve this.  It has buds but they have not opened yet.  It normally flowers for Imbolc.


Dec. 29th, 2013 12:30 pm
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Next week we have two days (Monday & Friday) with sun predicted and the rest will see some snow. Looks like we are back into a normal winter cycle for Michigan. Cold air across Lake Michigan = lake effect snow.


Dec. 12th, 2013 11:22 pm
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This morning it was cold!!!!! Single digits, wind and a whopping wind chill. I thought I was going to freeze on the way into my doctor's office. Thankfully the clouds and snow have moved in so it is not so cold. We are about twenty degrees below average for not even winter yet.

sharon_dubois: (cailleuch)

Did the dim sum and a movie routine with Cami this afternoon. When I left the house noonish little snow pellets were falling from the sky. This turned to snow while at the restaurant and was continuing when we went into the movie. Upon exiting the movie the sun was shining and the temperate had risen about twenty degrees.

Went to see 42 and I highly recommend it. Cami was going to tweet a clever tweet about 42, you know the ultimate question and all. Crossovers are good. EtA: Cami on 42

Got home and the Purple Tomasinianus Species Crocus were open. They finally agreed it was warm enough. They will eventually take over the patch between the sidewalk and the road. This patch started with six a few years ago. I'm glad they are happy.

Some of the daffodils are thinking about opening but are not there yet. They are nearly a month later than last year and later than the last few actually.

sharon_dubois: (cailleuch)

It has been raining for days and it is still raining. On the way into school this morning I saw a Mallard pair at the bus stop on Cedar. Even ducks don't like the weather? It has been in the upper 30s this week with somewhere around 4 inches of rain.

Had a bunch of errands to do when I left school so I took the scenic tour. The river by the zoo is over it's bank but not yet to the houses on the other side of the road. Sycamore "No Longer A" Golf Course was a lake. Every lowish spot in the city is underwater. The MSU Golf Course is underwater but there the ducks aren't trying to flee town. Made a few more stops and then headed towards home. Had to stop for the flock of wild turkeys on the Trowbridge entry ramp.

Got home and took a picture of the poor Iris reticulata looking very cold in my front yard. All the crocus (crocuses or croci?) are tightly closed because "it is too damn cold out there".

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But it certainly looks like they might. The sky is black with that weird green light. I got home as quickly as I could tonight, I do not own a flying car.

I am now turning off my computer but will post some pretty garden pics later. I have roses blooming on May 3rd!!!


Apr. 10th, 2012 01:05 pm
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As I walk out my front door for the last little bit it has "snowed" petals from the neighbors pear trees. So when I stepped out today I did note that is was much colder than it had been and noticed flying white things. The size differed from the petals and I had one of those WTF moments. The white stuff falling from the sky was snow!

Oh joy, I wonder how long winter will last?
sharon_dubois: (bloodroot)
Or at least make that "seasonal" weather. 39 F currently. Due to the unseasonal weather we've been having my gardener was here getting a head start on weeding. If I sit on the ground I need someone to help me get back up, if I bend over I like as not fall flat on my face, so yes, I employ a gardener. She takes care of the labor intensive thing that is my perennial garden yard. It has taken many years to get to this state of beautiful so someone needs to take care of it. That someone is no longer me. I double dug the entire yard myself. I planted it all and now I get to enjoy it.
sharon_dubois: (romy eye)
Had another back procedure yesterday so I'm still a little dopey, sleepy and sneezy today. Three out of seven isn't bad.

Cooler today (54F) with thunderstorms later. This is what the weather has been like for the last couple of days. Maybe more maple flowers will litter the streets. One can only hope.

Off for another nap. I may even be able to convince Romy to assist me in this endeavor.
sharon_dubois: (Default)
Today in the low 70's F.

Two mocking birds sitting on my porch roof. I did not help that chipmunk to commit suicide. Watched a SMART squirrel get across a busy street by using the sidewalk overpass (constructed so children don't cross at street level).

Daffodils blooming all over the neighborhood as was a Kwanzen Cherry and a Star Magnolia. Saw a Tulip tree that should be open by tomorrow.

Wandered around my back yard when I got home and found the following:


more daffs, some single blood root and in the neighbors yard some scilla:

hellebores and a closeup:

and a rugosa rose already unfurling it's leaves:

The willows are at that lovely yellow-green haze stage. Some maples are flowering which explains why I was sneezing so much when I opened the windows yesterday. We are about a month ahead of things by my figuring. I looked back at old garden pictures and found some comparisons.

The daffs in the side bed on March 31, 2010.

The backyard March 31, 2003. Not much of anything is up.

The hellebore by the back shed, in comparison to the one above from March 27, 2009.

These are all old established plants so size, etc. has to do with weather. I could do more but it is just amazing how much further along we are. This week is supposed to be in the upper 70s F all week. So some of the daffodils and definitely the bloodroot will be past their best by the end of the week.


Feb. 10th, 2012 10:43 pm
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It started snowing this morning. We now have about 4" or so but it is really nasty out there. I know this because Karren, Mike and I went on a Romy rescue mission to the Vet School. She was there having her glucose levels checked all day and then needed to come home. I love driving through a blizzard. Yes, at this point I think it qualifies. High wind and a lot of blowing snow. Roads have not seen sand or plow. My car's computer was having fun keeping me from slipping and sliding. I wondered how the getting wheel chair into building part was going to work but the sidewalk at the front entrance to clinic was snow free. It almost looked as if the sidewalk was heated but the handicapper slots were also snow free. They knew I was coming?!

Herself is home and curled up in front of a heat register. Twenty minutes until I can feed her.

Earlier today I shot this photo -- each flower had a little snow cap.


Jan. 1st, 2012 04:49 pm
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... and starting to snow. At least the weather beans got it wrong about the transition from rain to snow including ice. No real rain, no ice and now just snow. The got the prediction of windy conditions correct, however.

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sharon_dubois: (kermitFlailing)
Three days in a row of sunshine! We paid for this with cold air and wind chills in the single digits positive F. I make note of this fact because this is a rare occurrence in Michigan in December, January & February. Cold air blowing over un-frozen large lake means clouds. As we are surrounded on all sides it doesn't matter which way the wind blows, we almost always have clouds and/or snow.

Went to see Arthur Christmas this afternoon. When I first saw the ads I figured gak! another Xmas movie. Then I discovered that it was from Aardman the makers of Wallace and Gromit and it became a whole other thing. The animation was good and the script was excellent. It is a totally different take on Santa and a lot of fun. Highly recommended.

I just finished with the Fall semester torture devices, otherwise known as Final Exams. Sent them off to be copied. Torture begins tomorrow. Grades due a week from tomorrow and then three weeks off. Joy!

Officially got the check from last weekend, I actually made money as long has you don't count my time.
sharon_dubois: (kermitFlailing)
The show went well on Saturday. I was wrong, I made expenses. I also bought a print of a friend's new oil painting. I cannot afford the original but the giclee prints are very affordable. I went home and collapsed. Luckily I didn't have to do anything else this weekend.

Today Cami and I went to the movies and saw The Muppets. The kids (at the show) liked it but I think the parents were more appreciative. We were at times the only ones laughing at the self-referential jokes. I was a big fan of The Muppet Show. Not quite up to classic Muppets but good none the less. I wanted something that required no thought and was amusing and this certainly fit the bill. The movie ends with this and unless you want Mahna Mahna playing in your head for hours don't click. Choice is good.

The semester count down clock is currently set at two weeks. One more week and then exam week and then two weeks off. Usually we have a longer break but this time we start back up on the 3rd.

All the snow melted, this weekend was in the 50s F. More snow coming later this week.
sharon_dubois: (romy)
I got home just as it started to get nasty. A fair amount of wet snow happened. This morning all of the trees in the back looked like the two poor shrubs on the left side of the image. They were bent nearly to the ground under a load of really wet snow. It is sunny and warm and the snow has been flooping off in cascades. I don't seem to have lost any branches which is good, so not like the East Coast earlier in the season. I also include a picture of the front where I was really worried about the witch hazel.

New snow removal person was great, much better than the city. Which won't be removing this "little" snow fall.

I get to drive to Grand Rapids later today. I'm on an Advisory Committee for Ferris State University. Glad the meeting wasn't last night.

Oh, by the way, Romy was extreeeeemeeely happy last night. She did her snow dance all night, back and forth to all the windows in the house. She loves watching it snow and feels that running across my head on the way to the bedroom window is a good thing.


Nov. 17th, 2011 01:04 pm
sharon_dubois: (Default)
Snow, not snow, snow, not snow. So begins the lake effect snow squall machine for another year.


Oct. 20th, 2011 12:58 pm
sharon_dubois: (Default)
More of the same today. Rain and wind and cold. 43 F with a wind chill of 35F and this should continue through the weekend.
sharon_dubois: (romy)
I had to actually turn on the furnace last night, I got home and it was TooDamnedCold (tm) without it. My cat with the long fur coat even complained about the temperature and was much happier as soon as warm air exited from the grates.

It is currently cold, raining and gray -- yuck. I was however greeted by this sight as I was opening my front door. Oh the many reasons I love Sugar Maples...


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