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Watched the season finale of Downton Abbey last night, great show, now have to wait till January of next year to see how everyone fares.

 

Temp here is warming up - was up to -4c this morning, almost Springlike, if we can get up above zero the snow will start to melt and we'll be able to see grass again!

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In Edinburgh for a few days with my daughter and son in law. Snow this morning and rain this evening. We are having a great time there is so much to do.

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MORE winter precipitation on its way.  It has been raining non-stop for about a week, which is great because I think we've finally pulled out of our drought conditions.  But tonight, it's going to be ice and snow and below-freezing temperatures.  It'll warm up tomorrow and everything will melt, but STILL.  We are all getting home and hunkered into our houses by early evening.

 

We often get some sort of precipitation in the winter, but it's usually just cold rain.  When the temperatures turn cold enough, we often get ice (this was true in Atlanta, too, where I went to college, so it may be a feature of the southern United States).  That always makes the roads unsafe.  If we get an ice storm, which thankfully happens less often, the power lines break under the ice load, so we lose power and heat, and there is a lot of tree damage.  It's much less common for us to get snow and only snow.  There's usually ice mixed in.  The last time we got a big snowfall was several years ago and all of the magnolia trees were badly damaged.  They have huge leaves that were holding a lot of snow and the total weight load made entire limbs and even parts of trees break off.  Our next-door-neighbor lost half of his magnolia and it all fell in our driveway.  My husband had to help with a chainsaw and my son and husband helped haul everything to the street for pick-up.  We had friends who had lived  in Dallas and came back for a visit and the wife started crying when she saw the sad state of the magnolias.

 

We had none of this in Miami--we used to go on a picnic in the Everglades on Christmas afternoon in shorts and T-shirts--and it's not at all unusual for me at some point in the winter to think, "WHY did I move away?"

 

Thankfully, this weather will take a break for our road trip to visit colleges with my son.  We are driving from Dallas to Little Rock, Arkansas (Hendrix College); Memphis, Tennessee (Rhodes College); Suwanee, Tennessee (near Chattanooga) (The College of the South--they still wear gowns, which is not at all common anymore); Jackson, Mississippi (just to drive around a campus--no tour); Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Louisiana State University, my husband's alma mater); and New Orleans, Louisiana (Tulane University).  I'm exhausted just thinking about it.  There's some rain in the forecast for our trip, but no really cold temperatures, thank goodness.

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Sorry you are having rough weather Binker, seems unusual for your area.  I just hate when we have freezing rain, it's so dangerous and causes so much damage.

 

We were out for lunch today and there was actual water in the gutters, the temperature had finally risen above freezing.  Hopefully we've seen the last of the bigger storms, lovely to see dry roads, however, the side streets are still pretty messy with snow and slush.

 

The big Walmart store is near where we had lunch and we popped in there so that I could have a look at the acrylic yarn to incorporate into my latest afghan, didn't see any strange people in there like some of the pictures I get in my e-mail from time to time.

 

Hope your road trip goes well to warmer climes Binker.

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Mr meg mowed the lawns today

- Just sayin'

 

 

Can't believe you'd be so cruel Meg telling us about mowing lawns when here we haven't seen grass since before Christmas!   :quiver:

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Layer of ice covered by several inches of snow, leading to numerous wrecks. We are at home. Lots of interesting animal tracks in the snow.

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Layer of ice covered by several inches of snow, leading to numerous wrecks. We are at home. Lots of interesting animal tracks in the snow.

Do you get foxes and racoons? We see the occasional racoon and sometimes there are coyotes who get quite bold and people get worried about house pets outside. We haven't had a problem that way so far.

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We don't have foxes that I've seen, but lots of raccoons, possums, rabbits, squirrels.  Bobcats and coyotes are pretty common.  I think the pet threat is a bit over-stated for us because we have to much else available for them.

 

The snow is all melting and the roads are clear.  There's nothing like this in the 10-day forecast, thank goodness, and after that, it's unlikely that we'll get any more winter weather.  Very ready for this to be over.

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Watching Davis Cup on TV. USA v GB. The Isner v Ward game has been going for over 4hours and it's exhausting to watch.

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I guess Mr. Ward went on to win the next set as well?  Our tv broadcast finished at 2:00 p.m.  Am looking forward to watching Canada vs Japan in a couple of hours.

 

What was the matter with Ward's shirt, it seemed to have some pinkish dye on it, I heard the commentators mentioning it but didn't have the sound up very high so didn't catch what they were saying?  Didn't bother his tennis any however.  :)

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Leaving to go on my road trip with my husband and son to visit prospective colleges next week.  I'll check in when I can.  I'm not sure how fun this will be.

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Safe trip Binker, hope the weather co-operates.  

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First day this year that back gardens round here are adorned with washing drying in warm gusty sunshine.  Not quite like Wordsworth and his daffodils but all the same........

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Have been sitting all morning watching Jamie Murray and his doubles partner battle it out with the Bryan brothers of the USA in the Davis cup. Great tennis and it could have gone either way, it took five sets for the U.S. to win, was cheering for GB but unfortunately they lost out after a great performance.

 

Had a smile when they announced that the match was being played in the Emirates Stadium in Glasgow, didn't sound too Scottish.????

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It's been good to get out into the garden the past couple of days, and I have taken the opportunity to dig up vast quantities of snowdrops. The forecast is for another spell of gardening weather today, so I'm hoping to get the rest up.

They were planted around the edge of a growing willow cabin I planted 13 years ago, when our first grandchild was born. but it has gradually succumbed to the honey fungus which is rampant in this garden. Mr meg got rid of the willows last year, and we want to return the site to grass - a ring of snowdrops in the middle of the lawn will make mowing difficult, so the snowdrops have to go.

 

I have moved a lot to fill gaps in an area of the lawn that is already quite thickly planted with snowdrops & daffodils, and a lot more are going in pots to give to my sons for the gardens of their new houses (and some in pots to save for our own projected house move - next year, maybe).

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I love snowdrops and used to have some planted near the trellis but they seemed to disappear after a couple of years.  Right now where they were planted is covered by about four inches of snow so don't know whether or not they will make an appearance again.  I keep hoping.

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Listening to a debate on Radio 4 on porn and very shocked.

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What shocked you?

Well it was from a feminist point of view and the debate was rowdy.

What shocked me were the words used at tea time :) and the difference between male and female towards pornography

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b054yklg#auto

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Well it was from a feminist point of view and the debate was rowdy.

What shocked me were the words used at tea time :) and the difference between male and female towards pornography

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b054yklg#auto

Will try to listen later - the BBCNews is on now and it said that the video would be on after the broadcast. If it is is going to use Fifty Shades as an example then I don't think that kind of thing is of interest to me, porn is porn no matter how it is dressed up but it might be interesting to hear what intelligent women have to say, maybe.???? Edited by momac

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