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We had an inch of snow last week, but this is the first snowfall of the winter that anyone would bother shoveling.  The blizzard warning says "accumulations of 15-20 inches" before the storm tapers off around midnight, but I think that may be an underestimate: as of 10:00 AM, I measured 10" on the front steps and 15" in the middle of the lawn.  It's still falling at a good clip.  I shoveled the steps and halfway to the sidewalk, just so there's a bit less shoveling to do later on and so the dogs can get out and relieve themselves.  It's lovely, fluffy snow, neither slush nor powder.

Being snowed in would be a lot more fun if the oven worked.  As nearly as I can tell, the bottom igniter gave up the ghost two or three days ago: the stove and broiler still work, but not the thermostat-controlled "oven" part.  The recommended procedure to confirm that the igniter needs replacing involves an electric multimeter, which I had for many years but which has disappeared in the past few months (I have a vague memory of throwing it away because I couldn't find all the parts).  An igniter costs about $65 and can apparently be installed by an ordinary person, but I don't know if anybody within (say) five miles would have igniters for this particular model of oven in stock, and I'm certainly not driving anywhere to get one today.  I guess we can mail-order an igniter and just not bake anything for the next few days.  We still have, as mentioned above, various other cooking devices: stove, broiler, microwave, crockpot, waffle iron, sandwich press, etc.  And if we REALLY need to bake something, we can use the broiler in combination with an oven thermometer.

If the storm takes out our electric power, of course, all we've got is the stove.

Edit, 7 PM: I did another round of shoveling after brunch, and another just now.  There are 27" in the middle of the front lawn.

Edit, 9 AM Sunday: The snow plows have come through, both in front and in back of the house.  Which means there's a sizable wall of snow between the curb and the roadway, in addition to the stuff between the garage and the curb.

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Roses, in more or less full bloom.  On January 3 in New York.

hudebnik: (devil duck)
March 31.  There's an inch of fresh snow on the ground outside my office, and it took me an hour and twenty minutes to drive to work.  (I normally take the train, but I have to pick up [livejournal.com profile] shalmestere from a doctor's appointment this afternoon so I drove.)
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When we woke this morning, the snow had already stopped falling. There was about a foot on the front sidewalk, so I shoveled it off, saw [livejournal.com profile] shalmestere off to her gamba class, and took the Things to the park.

After [livejournal.com profile] shalmestere got back, we went to the local art theater to see "Life of Pi", which was gorgeous and surreal and disturbing and all that. Walked home amid melting snow.

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Last week I called one of our regular dog-sitters to ask about her availability for some upcoming weekend dates. When I finally got her on the phone, she said "I haven't gotten back into my house yet. When I came back after the evacuation, there was a forty-foot boat in my front yard. I had four feet of sea water in my [one-story] house. Everything was destroyed: furniture, clothing, appliances, everything. I've been living in a hotel for seven weeks, and my own dogs are still in boarding. They say there's some chance of me getting back into the house in February."

There are still thousands, if not tens of thousands, of people in her situation.

One of my department colleagues, who lives much farther from the ocean, got back into his house only around Christmas, and the last time I spoke to him he still had power in only half the outlets in the house.
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Well, the good news is that we don't have to worry about the 100-year-old maple on the corner falling on our house. The bad news is that it fell the other way, blocking both streets at the aforementioned corner. And, of course, that we've lost another 100-year-old tree -- this makes at least four within a block of our house in the past five years.

Added after sunrise...

The view from our bedroom window:
tree from window

From ground level:
tree roots

tree across road

And another tree a block away:
tree pulling up sidewalk

Paris

Jul. 7th, 2002 07:19 am
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[transcribed from paper diary]
The plan from here:
Sunday (today): Musee d'Orsay
Monday:
Tuesday: Angers 08-36-35-35-35
Wednesday: the Louvre, yet again
Thursday: Senlis/Chantilly
Friday:
Saturday: Provins
Sunday: wander Paris
Monday: fly to NYC, see Dorothy, Charles, Odo & Basbeaux, etc

Lunch & snacks: 11€. Dinner: 30.50€ (card) Boat tour: 19€

Museé d'Orsay today. There was a long line, because it's the first Sunday of the month, when this and many other museums are free.  We saw a variety of 19th-century Romantic sculptures, Arts & Crafts furniture, models of architecture, and a special exhibit on Piet Mondrian's early years, which showed quite clearly the path he travelled from realist with touches of Impressionism, through luminism, cubism, to (not included in the exhibition) his later pure geometric figures of pure colors.

We also wandered around the Jardin des Tuilleries, since (mirabile visu) the weather was clear, warm, and sunny.  But by 4:00 [livejournal.com profile] shalmestere was exhausted, so we returned to the hotel and, without meaning to, both took a two-hour nap.  We then went out for dinner, walked to l'Ile de la Cité, and took a guided boat tour up and down the Seine.  Touristy, yes, but quite enjoyable, and not obscenely expensive.  The guide mentioned that "if you spent twenty seconds in front of each item on display and the Louvre, day and night, it would take you three months to see everything" in the "18 km of hallways".  She also pointed out the oldest house in Paris (on the northeastern side of l'Ile St-Louis) and the smallest (just east of the Museé d'Orsay, facing the river).

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