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Mad Weather

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Using just a couple hours in the dark Tuesday night to plow and shovel the 9 inches of snow we received, left the overall job of cleaning up around here far from complete. I spent yesterday at the day-job again, arriving home with no interest in rushing out again to do the rest of the plowing or shoveling, so plenty of spots remain covered.

The deck ended up with a fascinating snowscape of waves and lines unlike anything I remember seeing before. We have ended up with a variety of interesting patterns over the years, but never one with peaks so tall while the slots between remained wide open.

It must have been the result of a perfect dryness of the flakes and lack of wind while they fell.

The pending challenge which we are very curious to have revealed, is whether the predicted next wave of snow will double what already fell Tuesday, and make our job of clearing paths and trails –and the back deck– even more challenging that it was already going to be.

Last night, Cyndie and I watched a rented sci-fi thriller, “Life” (2017), a movie that depicts a space station crew studying a one-celled life form picked up on Mars that unexpectedly grows into a threatening menace. At one point in the movie, the lead scientist ponders the terrorizing underway by the organism they had named, “Calvin”.

“Calvin doesn’t hate us. But he has to kill us in order to survive.”

While out in the snow last night, under a “downpour” of more freshly falling flakes, I realized I was feeling a similar sense about the multiple blasts of winter weather battering us of late. My mind tends to perceive the storms as having cognition and intentionally pummeling our region with increasing levels of abuse.

But the weather doesn’t hate us. It is just an unemotional result of ingredients playing out on a global scale. Somewhere, a butterfly flapped its wings and we got walloped by winter.

Still, I can’t deny the distinct impression that, even though the weather might not hate us, it’s behaving an awful lot like it’s a little bit mad at us right now.



Written by johnwhays

February 7, 2019 at 7:00 am

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  1. Funny: you realize that you are experiencing Zen moments – it is what true yoga/meditation strives to communicate, and it is there for you… without any great ceremony or even procedure. Your ‘where it is at writing’ describes the threshold – thresh hold – of all that is. No wonder, I appreciate it so… I was almost in tears at the thought of your return the other day: it feels great to be in touch with like-minded people as life is being fabricated terribly in our minds by the media. In sum, super-fake that doesn’t recognize the beauty of a single snowflake:-)

    Ian Rowcliffe

    February 7, 2019 at 9:04 am

    • We are crunching the details. Can we find coverage at home for a couple of weeks in a row? What time of year do we target? It was fall last time we came. I’d think we should try something different. Summer might give us better chance of our college helper having time available to house-sit for us. Can you offer a preferable time of year from your perspective?
      We are serious about striving to have this happen!


      February 7, 2019 at 9:42 am

      • John, you are welcome at anytime: even were we to have other guests, we’d find room for you. That said, you might also get to meet Patricia with her family that way – she’s talking about coming for a week in May and August but we don’t know if that will happen as baby number three is due in March and you never know how things are going to turn out with small children. That said, you might even stay in Machado’s huge house or his brother’s:-) That would be fun – I am sure you will enjoy yourselves one way or other, given your spirit of adventure – and be received with open arms wherever you go. People here remember the good things in life.

        Ian Rowcliffe

        February 7, 2019 at 5:38 pm

      • I’m leaning toward this spring or summer then. We will begin process of searching for coverage at home for an extended absence. I would hope we could achieve a two-week trip.
        It would be a real bonus if the timing matched a visit by Patricia and family!


        February 8, 2019 at 8:25 am

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