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Musings on a (not quite) Winter Morning

I generally love living out in the country - I've even converted my city boy of a husband - but there are some downsides to living out in the middle of nearly nowhere.  Take yesterday, for example (please!).  Most of you might view a half-hour commute to work as a long ride, but that half hour turned into an hour and a half as a huge snow storm dumped a nearly two feet of snow on top of the six inches we already had.  I made in, but it was dicey.  Getting home was even more so.  The place where I work is in something of a basin, and going out of it requires climbing hills . . . not a pleasant prospect in a city where plowed streets are a luxury even on days when its possible for the plows to keep up.  So, add another two hours onto the commute home, white-knuckling it most of the way.  My new car (yes, I broke down and bought one) was pretty good, but getting traction up a 10% grade in stop and go traffic was no easy thing.  It was snowing so hard I had to get out several times while I was stopped and brush the snow off of the side and back windows so I could see.  No fun.

But there *are* some compensations.  :-)  This was the view from my front window this morning:







And there was a great deal of traffic at our bird feeders this morning:  Cardinals, Blue Jays, Downy and Red-Bellied Woodpeckers, Red and White Breasted Nuthatches, Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, Dark-Eyed Juncos, Goldfinches, Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, House Finches, and White-Crowned Sparrows all partook of the banquet this morning.  Now, if only I could stay home and enjoy it! 

It's still lightly snowing, even though the clouds have broken, and we're expected to have another inch before the day is done.  Miss M has her Holiday Orchestra Concert tonight, so I'm hoping it will stop before then.  In the meantime, back to the salt mines! 

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albalark
Dec. 10th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)
But I'm always freaked by the white-knuckle driving
That makes two of us . . . I would much prefer to stay home when it gets like this. No choice, yesterday, though. At least they took the plows out after everyone got home and cleared the roads overnight.

Concert was fab - I'll bore you with the details tomorrow. :-) Did you get a chance to look at my drabble?
kellychambliss
Dec. 10th, 2010 02:38 am (UTC)
I sent a message to your yahoo account. Google says I don't have permission to view the file. Is there any chance you could send it to me as a doc file or in the body of an email?
albalark
Dec. 10th, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
I screwed up that first posting - I was on a shared computer and it ended up being posted to my tech's google docs account. Oops. :-P So, you should have gotten a second email from me directing you to the proper account, which is showing you as an editor. Look, and if you didn't get the email (from albalark), I'll send it again. My 20-something tech (who, thank heavens, wasn't offended) thinks it's pretty funny that her 41 year old employer writes HP fan fiction. :-D
kellychambliss
Dec. 10th, 2010 03:40 am (UTC)
I did use the second posting. I haven't used Google Docs before, and I suspect that the problem is that my Google account (so far used only for GoogleGroups) is not in my fanfic name. I'll see if I can set up a new account in this name. It might have to wait till morning, though -- sorry! I don't mean to slow you down. I just didn't realize how it all worked.
albalark
Dec. 10th, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
'S alright. I've still got plenty of time.

I *love* google docs for beta-ing, so I think you'll be glad you set up an account. I usually set up an appointment with whomever I'm editing, have them post their document, and then we get together and chat about what I've done, and work on it together. It's very enjoyable to work that way. :-)