sleeplessinftwayne(z4-5 IND)February 10, 2011

I keep glancing out the window at the 14 inches of snow on top of the Skippy, wondering why, after 20+ years in Wisconsin, I am so reluctant to go outside and enjoy the 0oF weather. Funny that I used to go out in this kind of weather with only a down vest over my regular clothes and could spend half an hour before starting to chill. That started to change when I came down with Fibromyalgia but when the sun was out and I was warm, I still loved the ice and snow.

This is the first house in twenty four years where we don't have a fire place. I miss it, wood cutting and all.

The blizzards seem to be over for now but it didn't seem to be that bad to us. Of course people here really aren't that used to extreme snow but I swear I remember snow above my knees and black ice when we lived here before. Having lived in Texas and seeing the response there to less than an inch of snow I wonder what it was like this time around. You need a sense of humor to be a Texan.

I've decided I wouldn't like to live in any city that has exploding manhole covers. Then there was the 1935 article about the poor half frozen reptile meeting up with the young Italians and their snow shovels. Despite the disclaimer of the author, stranger things have happened in New York.

I'm sure there are many other interesting and amusing articles to be found. What is your favorite?

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koijoyii(NE Ohio)

Hi Sandy:

Hope you are staying warm. I am so ready to get out and work on the pond. It will take forever for the ice and snow to melt. Today we are at 14 degrees with a high forcast of 22 degrees. They say we may be in the 50's in a few weeks. We need time to let the ice melt slowly, but Mother Nature has her own ideas.

Here is a link to an article about a frozen pressure regulator that caused a massive explosion a few weeks ago in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. Thank God nobody was killed, but a lot of people lost their homes. Don't know what is happening with all the natural gas explosions lately. We also had a tragic story of an elderly couple whose home blew up. They think that one may have been a faulty propane tank. Unfortunately neither one survived the explosion.

I so miss my fireplace too. I have a wood burner fireplace insert that I had to stop using because my allergist said I was killing myself. Didn't realize how dangerous wood smoke was till I surfed the Internet and read about it. I used my fireplace for months before I got deathly ill with chronic bronchitis and, asthma flare-ups, and rosacea flaring up. When I went to the doctor the first thing he asked me is if I was burning wood. He told me point blank: "I'm not going to tell you what to do, but you are slowly killing yourself." No matter how efficient fireplace inserts are some of the smoke will escape. This smoke contains small splinters of wood that are not visible to the human eye. When these splinters are inhaled by an asthamatic they imbed in the lining of their lungs which causes complications. When I stopped using my fireplace my asthma got better and my chronic bronchitis disappeared. So much for saving on my gas bill.

Bundle up. Stay warm. Spring is right around the corner.


Here is a link that might be useful: Fairport Harbor Explosions

    Bookmark   February 11, 2011 at 8:24AM
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