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An eventful few weeks

During the break between fall and winter quarters, I had high hopes of getting in a lot of work on my new websites, as well as some of the old ones.

Of course, immediately after school was out, the plan was to just crash for a few days, and I accomplished that with no problems whatsoever. I didn't even want to go snowshoeing with Laurie.

When the Pineapple Express hit us in November, it dumped 18 inches of rain on Mt. Rainier in just 36 hours, and the damage has kept the park closed ever since. So Laurie had to find an area to go up near the northwest corner of the park, where she could walk in till there was enough snow on the ground.

Another tree goes down

It looks like we lost another tree due to the wind today. This one is a little mor annoying than the snags that we have lost, as this one is a live douglass fir that was helping block some of the sun coming through my computer room window in the evening.

Unlike the snag that snapped it's trunk about 3 feet up, this one lifted out it's rootball. Oddly enough, it was less than a foot away from a much larger snag that didn't go over.

We woke up this moring to the sound of the wind blowing hard, but when I checked wunderground a couple hours later they said that the winds were 5 mph, gusting to 8. Interesting. Now that the rain has come, and the wind has dropped down to a gentle breeze, wunderground is telling me that the wind is at 10, gusting to 11.

Snow damage

That really wet snow on Thursday night seemed to do quite a number on some of the big trees in the area, and on some of the trees and shrubs around our property. Down the street, one of the houses that has some of the 150'+ Douglas Firs has about a dozen branches down in their front yard, some of which are almost a foot in diameter and 20'-30' long.

I didn't think that we really took any damage, but this afternoon I noticed that the climbing rose in front of the garage, wasn't just drooped over, but one large section was actually broken off. Then when we were taking Sammy for a walk around the corner, one of the shrubs in the back hedge was bent over all the way to the ground, and another one had it's trunk snapped at around 10 feet.

4 inches of snow and the power goes out

It snowed all day yesterday, but nothing was sticking till about an hour before sundown. The weather report called for it to taper off with maybe an inch of accumulation.

What a shocker, they got it wrong! By the time I went to bed at 2:00 there was at least 3 inches out there, and we were woken up at around 6 this morning by the UPSs in my computer room beeping because the power was out.

The real problem with the power going off that early on a cold morning is that the furnace was on the night time setting of 64, so it just got colder from there. By 7:30 it was dropping below 60.

We do have a fireplace stove insert, but we don't use it much because it makes the whole house smokey. It's a sealed unit from the 70s and when the doors are closed it doesn't draw enough through the vents to keep the flames going. If we just use the screen in front of it, the smoke doesn't get into the room while the fire is roaring, but it does once the firs starts dying down.

We got snow this year!

Okay, it wasn't a *real* snow like I've gotten in other places that I've lived, or even like we've had here for most years, but it was at least enough to stick on the ground for a few hours.

Last year, we had a full 2 minutes of snow that I noticed, and for most of the winter there was not enough snow to snowshoe up at Paradise on Mount Rainier.

It was also the first real snow that either Max the cat or Sammy the dog have been in. Neither one wanted to walk out from under the patio roof to find out if that white stuff falling in big clumps was dangerous. Sam wanted back in the house pretty much immediately, whale Max wanted to sit there and look up at it falling.

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