Cherry Saturday, January 6, 2018

Today is Cuddle-Up Day.  

Because if you’re in eastern America, you are freezing your freaking whatsit off.  MY GOD IT’S COLD.  It’s going to get down to five below zero tonight, but I cannot complain because up in Vermont, Krissie’s going to be facing twenty-five below.  Even so, I’m cuddling up with an electric mattress pad, three dogs, a good book, and chocolate in some form, which I will consume with my fingers crossed, praying the electricity doesn’t go out.

You know what I want?  A nice Cherry Saturday.  IN APRIL.

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54 thoughts on “Cherry Saturday, January 6, 2018

      1. This is allegedly a La Nina year, which means a lot LESS rainfall than average, so we’ll burn before we’re washed away here.

        All y’all stay warm! I hope everybody has a way to do so that doesn’t require electricity, just in case.

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    1. Yes, we were sending planes half full from Canberra yesterday because they can’t take off or land above a certain air temperature. The same thing will probably happen today. It’s only supposed to get to 38C here, though. I think that’s about 100F? Not entirely sure, but it could be a lot worse.

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      1. So the Southern Hemisphere is broiling while we freeze. The weather is probably the only reason the Four Horsemen haven’t arrived: nobody wants to go out in this.

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        1. I’ll take the heat over your freezing temperatures any day. I honestly don’t understand how people survive that kind of cold.

          I wonder if they’re up there drinking mulled wine, or down here drinking sangria?

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  1. OmiGoddess, it’s SATURDAY?

    Somehow my body has decided it wants me to be up at 3am or 3.30ish.

    So now I’m trying to heed the call. I hear 3.30am is a good time to read journal articles for literature reviews!

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  2. Yeah, I don’t need to be awake this early on a Saturday either.
    However: I got into a show! It’s gonna be crazy! Never been on a “rehearsing all the time every night” schedule in my life (though this is only for a month), so we’ll see how it goes.

    Here on the West Coast it’s not freezing (hell, I’ve done outdoor hikes during the last stint of not raining), but it rained like hell yesterday when I had to be driving half the day and all night. It was scary. I don’t know how you East Coasters do it. Today we are to have a break in the rain, huzzah.

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    1. Thanks – sounds fun. I wondered why I hadn’t heard about it, but it’s from 1995, well before the days of listening when it suits you.

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  3. Virginia is cold but not New England cold. I have a collection of shawl wraps and microwave heat packs for sitting in the office to use the desk top.

    My sister gave me an electric blanket for Christmas and I’ve had it on the bed since. I didn’t even wash it to get the “new fabric” smell out. It’s too cold.

    Right before writing this facebook’s algorithm showed me an ad for a pet bed that is essentially a pillow cave. It was a fail because I don’t have pets, but I kind of want a person size one.

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  4. Went to Ludlow for the day, and my friend and I were complaining how cold it felt (3 or 4C, and damp air) – but came home to headlines about how cold it is across the pond, so we’re feeling toasty. But I’ve decided to keep the Christmas tree up this evening rather than dismantling it as I should, and sneak an extra day of Christmas cheer.

    We had a good time in Ludlow, exploring the wonderful medieval miserichords and stained glass in the parish church, and all the architectural details in the castle and along the streets. I wanted some American friends and relations to wow with it. We agreed Britain’s a great place to live, since there are so many quirky places to explore.

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    1. I’m putting together a trip to England from late March through late April: 12th c. medieval & pre-medieval stuff for me and train & industrial revolution stuff for my husband. We’re definitely including Ludlow!

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      1. There’s a sheela-na-gig south of the Golden Valley in Herefordshire, I think; and of course the Ironbridge Gorge Museum at one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution (with Wenlock Abbey down the road). Blists Hill is fun, too, and has a lot of industrial stuff. It’s one of those places where they’ve reconstructed buildings and have people in costume (c. 1900). The penny buns were good.

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        1. Oh, and your husband might like the aqueducts and railway viaducts at Chirk and Pontcysyllte (the canal was engineered by Telford).

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          1. JaneB, thanks very much. I forgot about Kilpeck Church — we last visited it in 1980. That’s where the sheela-na-gig is. It’s going to be strange to return and see replacement sculptures for the ones we saw back then. (On the other hand, I didn’t know about sheela-na-gigs back then.) I’ve copied your suggestions and we’ll hunt them down. I appreciate your advice!

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  5. Like a cat I’ve been following the sun around the living room to stay extra warm here in New England. The bay is freezing with ice forming at the edges. When the tide goes out it will take the ice flows with it and redistribute them elsewhere in the harbor. I did manage to finish a book that I started the other day, The Ghost of Fort Leavenworth, a military legal thriller by Kelly Antoine. Her writing reminds me of Jessica Scott who writes contemporary books with a military background.

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  6. Over the last few days, hubby has checked the weather several times and announced it’s -40 C. Again. The wind factor adding in its bit to get that feels-like temp. It’s especially tough on the pup’s paws. She has a fab coat but won’t wear booties, so time outside is speedy.

    We humans are keeping the cocoa flowing and counting down to Monday when temps are supposed to be sane again. After first adding more snow to the mix, of course.

    I made a comment to hubby about how award season is starting and how different it would be if celebs had to walk the red carpet around these parts. To which hubby replied by showing me this:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/sarahleavittcbc/media/grid?idx=0

    Funny but oh so true:)

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    1. 40 below is, if I remember correctly, the same in Celsius and Fahrenheit. Which just goes to show that some things are too cold for anyone, anywhere!

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  7. I’m still trying to shovel out enough of the driveway to get my car unburied, doing it in infrequent half-hour increments — no real rush, since I don’t need to go anywhere for a few days at least. Then when I come into my really quite chilly house (I’m talking 10-20 degrees F below what normal people consider room temperature), it feels tropically warm for the first half hour or so. The cats, however, are in cuddle puddles or are lurking near the steam radiators.

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  8. What leaves remain on the privacy grape vine are red and dry, just hanging on until a good wind. Sky is grey, and before sunset a dense fog rolls in fast and the foghorn moans. We counter with bacon and eggs for dinner tonight and red wine.

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  9. It is supposed to be minus 25 F here tonight. I’m just hoping they were wrong since last night was supposed to be minus 19 and it was “only” minus 1. I’m down one cuddler, so I’m struggling.

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    1. Oh Deb, I’m so sorry! I went back to find out who you’re missing. I’m happy you got those extra weeks with Magic! I was at a friends house today and her Petunia, who is a rather large cat, was kind enough to purr and sleep on my lap. I hope you will have many more purrs in your future that will comfort you as you remember your sweet kittehs.

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      1. Thanks, Kelly. I actually got an extra two months after the first cystic tumor almost killed her on October 25th. And she got to go out when she was ready and on her turns (like she lived her whole life), surrounded by people who loved her and the vet who had taken such good care of her. I am grateful beyond measure.

        Sadly, her brother, who has been fighting lymphoma since May, has gone downhill badly since her death and I suspect I am about to have a Very Bad month.

        Is it spring yet?

        (On the bright side, it only got down to -9 last night instead of the -25 they predicted. Who knew you could be happy about -9?)

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        1. I know. I just went out in 10 degrees and thought, “Oh, this is nice.” Of course, the sun is out and that helps, but still. Freaking cold out there. Next week is going to be downright balmy in comparison. We’re going to have a couple of days where it’s above freezing, even at night. I’m ecstatic.

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        2. I wish there was something I could do to help. Losing loved ones is never easy, but it would help if we had time in between losses to recover.

          Side note, it was 47 F on my way home tonight. Snow was melting. It was feeling tropical🌴

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  10. We’re supposed to get a storm midweek in L.A. and I hope we do. It’s so dry and warm, but midweek I’m to drive to the desert. I hate that drive in a storm as there is snow expected in the mountains and the Fwy runs close to them. I get to drive in the sleet with drivers who act like maniacs. Maybe I’ll cancel.

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  11. I am so thankful the plumber was able to fix my pipes. The heat is on. Which means while the only really warm spot is next to the woodstove, the rest of the house isn’t actually freezing, it only feels that way.

    It’s only -9 degrees here, which is warm compared to what they were predicting. The dogs and I are happy. I’m having to go outside with the dogs at regular intervals and make sure they do their business, otherwise, they would stand on the porch for three minutes, ask to be let back in, and the little ones would then feel free to do their business on the floor. They are both from the south and are pretty sure these temperatures were sent to torture them.

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  12. It’s currently 1F/-17C but feels like -10F/-23C here in Michigan. I’m looking forward to the predicted warm up!

    As I mentioned above, I was fortunate to have a kitty sit on my lap today. She made it a little warmer.

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    1. I’ve got dogs on my bed, but Milton wants to go out. It is finally up to 10 degrees so it’s not below zero anymore, but the cold makes him limp, so he’ll run outside, realize he’s up to his nose in snow, and then try to plow his way back, looking pitiful. And yet we must go out.

      It’s going to hit 50 here next week. I may sunbathe.

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      1. We went out, the sun was shining, Milton and Mona romped in the snow, I brushed off the car so the sun could do its good work on the windshield, and then we looked at each other and thought, “It’s ten freaking degrees. Go back inside.” Veronica, of course, did not join us. She has a heated mattress pad and paper down in the shower. Veronica does not do Nature, especially if it’s too cold or too hot or too wet or too Nature-y.

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  13. I’m writing because I need your and the argh crowd’s help. Tuesday I go to a Cancer Center for a liver resection (wierd cysts and a nodule so either they take it out or they do a liver resection. I also have a blood problem (too many platelets and a weird gene that means I could stroke. I’ll be in the hospital for 4-5 days. I’ve bought Fire and Fury to read on my iPad. Will I be laughing at the idiocy or will I be stricken at the stupid,inept and malicious guy at the White House and his minions, er staff. I’m not sure it’s a good book for healing. On the other hand I could be laughing my stitches out. What do you think?

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    1. All the best with the procedure/s.

      I have no idea, but our presidential expose, called The President’s Keepers by Jacques Pauw is pretty involved reading. If it were me, I’d take a backup comfort read or three.

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      1. I agree with Sure Thing. No idea on the book, so bring a sure thing of a book you enjoy. Best wishes on a speedy recovery without complications!

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        1. Thank you both! I’m taking my iPad so I can read everything. Just a little worried. Actually I’ll br hooked up to machines and if my blood pressure goes up I’ll quit reading it.

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          1. You’re more likely to get bored. But again, I’m only halfway through.
            It is an interesting behind-the-scenes look at how everybody stabbed each other. Ivanka and Jared Kushner using Joe Scarborough and Mika B to feed stuff to Trump, Bannon leaking to everybody to shiv Kushner and Priebus, Priebus leaking to everybody to shiv Bannon and Kushner, Kushner leaking to everybody to shiv Bannon and Priebus . . . . And Trump in the middle of it saying, “Where are all these leaks coming from?” The saving grace appears to be that everybody up there is so inept that they’re getting nothing done.

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    2. I’m finding it boring. It’s a gossip book, and it pretty much says what everybody has been saying. Some of the stuff is OMG stuff, but that’s getting featured on the news a lot anyway. I’m only halfway through, and if it had been riveting, I’d have been done by now.

      Basically, these are not smart, witty, interesting people, so this is a story of power struggles among dumbasses who were handed incredible power and then thrashed about, stabbing each other in the back and getting nothing done. I’m sticking with it because I want to see what happens to these people when Kelly gets on the scene, but so far, the exerpts on the news have been the (barely) interesting stuff.

      What’s really interesting is what’s happening in real life because of the fallout: Bannon trying to crawl back, Jake Tapper shutting down that little tick Stephen Miller, the Mercers dumping Bannon (the Mercers do not come off well in this book, but then nobody does). It’s not something I’d read for fun.

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  14. I got a hi-tech hot water bottle/pillow for Christmas, and it has come in handy! You plug it in and ten minutes later, you have a warm little thing for the next five hours.

    But it’s made in China, and it’s got ever-so-many warnings on it (don’t charge it sideways; don’t charge it upside down; don’t over-charge it; blah, blah, blah). What was the hi-tech toy a couple of years ago that kept exploding? Hover boards?

    So, January will be my month for living dangerously with either a soothing hot-water bottle or a small bomb waiting to go off. (-: I love a little adventure in my life.

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      1. I’ve seen electric carpets, too, and I’m very, very tempted. (-: It’s just that I’ll have to clean a lot of house in order to get space to lay down an electric carpet. I wonder if the mattress thingy would work on a sofa, or if being that bendy would be too dangerous. (I worry too much.)

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        1. You can get a twin size. I’m not sure about electric carpets–spill a Diet Coke, electrocute a dog–but the mattress pad is great. I have one on my couch, but my couch cushion is also a twin memory foam mattress, so it works just fine.

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          1. Exactly. Kentucky Fried Kitties when my cocoa spills on the couch. (-: But honestly, it’s a worst case scenario, so I’ll look and see what the White Sales have in stock.

            Because the best case scenario is cozy reading nest.

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