Friday, February 08, 2019

Another Possible Snow Event

We don't have a lot going on here in Oregon in the winter.  Mostly it rains.  Or drizzles.  Or it just kind of is....the thick damp air surrounds us, confines us, until we reach for anything that is different and possibly exciting.

And so, the possible snow event of this weekend and next week looms a bit larger than perhaps it would.  Or should.

It's all the news stations talk about, and they send their news reporters out to drive highways where they might record a bit of a flurry that doesn't even stick.  Better yet, a weather related accident.

They debate how many inches might fall here, or there, and interview a now well known spokesperson for ODOT (our transportation department).  How can it be that I know his face better than the faces of most celebrities?  We have no real weather events in Oregon.

But we go nuts when we get snow in the valley or in Portland.  Especially Portland.

It will bring that city to a standstill.  Good.  We don't care that much down here.

We have been touched by God when we get snow in the valley.  We are special and everything is about us and our 1 to 4 inches of snow.

Reporters will not be allowed to sleep if there is even one half inch.

Anyhow, allegedly 1 to 4 inches of snow will fall tonight.  Then.....nothing more until Sunday when something else may or may not fall and maybe some more may or may not fall on Tuesday.  Or something like that.

I haven't paid due attention I confess.   The Portland news stations have cried wolf so often and so loudly over snow events that were not real, I ignore them now for the most part.  Finally tonight I read the report, like a faithful follower, just in case.

In other news, the maple is coming down tomorrow.   The truck is already out front and ready.  My brother is doing this for me and the  house.  It's a dangerous tree, but still, I will miss it.  Nobody should plant trees known to grow massive fast six feet from their house.  That's stupid.

Tomorrow will be long and very noisy.

And perhaps snowy.

Check out these eagles, enjoying a meal in a rural field.  Something is dead out there and they're eating it.






And the geese up in the park, the other day, when it was quite cold, all were standing on just one leg.  They must keep one leg and foot warm, when its so cold.



I had made a nice quick housing unit from a large carrier for Cheeky and her family this morning.  I stopped by there on the way to Lebanon.  I knocked but no one answered the door.  Finally I decided to just leave it around back on their patio.  I carried it around only to see they had already made a nice house for them out of a very large storage container.  I saw Cheeky, the little orange and white boy, and the bigger orange tabby boy.   I gave them some wet food long as I was there.  I couldn't help myself.

My crew were lazy today.   Check out the upper bunk.


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  1. Some great photos, especially of the eagle in the tree. It looks like you bothered the 'crew' when taking the photo.

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    1. Yes, I bothered them, even though yards away. I looked up when I heard eagle calls, to see the one in the tree right above me. Sad that my batteries went dead after two shots. There were others circling. I don't know what it was dead out there, something big enough that a lot of eagles were trying to eat. I saw no sheep in that field, otherwise I think it was a lamb.

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  2. Love the eagles - and the geese balancing on one leg. And your blissed out cats. Of course.
    Sad about the tree, but I guess it has to go. I hope the noise and inconvenience aren't too bad.

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    1. As I mentioned to Darla, the trunk won't be removed, but be left at about 8 feet and it will shoot out branches, like the other maple still does. It just has to be cut back to almost nothing, so I can manage it.

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  3. That's a parcel of cozy kitties. ~grin~ The company president where I last worked would freak out over the mildest snow forecast. We didn't mind when he gave us a day off, but it was funny for someone who grew up near Akron. With the lake effect, we sometimes saw snowfall measured in feet, not inches. Most times, schools and workplaces stayed open through many such storms.

    I'm sorry about your tree. I know you have enjoyed it. Our neighbor has the same situation. A branch crashed through their bathroom ceiling a few years ago. Yet the thing still stands. I just hope it never falls our way. I once rescued Tilly from that tree, back during our ignorant days when these cats were allowed outdoors. A dog scared her and she climbed to the top. I was trying to coax her down when she slipped and fell - right into my blanketed arms. Guardian angels were on point that day.

    Be well, my dear. And stay warm.

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    1. There's no snow here this morning. Anyhow, the tree trunk will be left, probably at 8 feet, and it will continue to grow, as did the other maple, whose trunk split! I'll just be able to manage it this way, like the other maple, whose branches now grow out 30 feet (was delinquent in pruning them back last fall). That is another danger of cats outside, being chased up trees that are hard to back down from, so yes Tilly's angel, and you, were on duty for her!

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  4. We get more snow than you do, but we have the same constant news coverage about any winter event. It gets old after a while especially if it's not enough for me to get off work. :)

    That's an amazing shot of the eagle. While I have seen them in distant trees, I don't think I have ever seen them that up close before.

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    1. I love to watch the eagles. They come to the valley usually in high numbers in January. I have seen frightening aerial fights between a bald eagle male and a golden eagle male. These are rather common. Driving to the fCCO with cats a couple weeks ago, two eagles nearly smashed into the ground, over the freeway, fighting, but caught themselves and took off two directions.

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  5. My area gets more snow than yours, but significant storms are still rare enough to get the news people in a frenzy.

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    1. They do seem to salivate over the possibility of a storm, like nothing else, but so many times nothing ever comes of it, few believe them anymore. We have no snow today. We were supposed to be floundering in it.

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