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November 20, 2014

Winter has arrived early, with a vengeance. The wooly worms that predicted winter would come early and hit hard, have been vindicated.

There have already been two major winter storms (named by the Weather Channel) and it is only mid-November. There will be a minimum of six feet of snow on the ground in the “lake effect” areas by the weekend.

Even though all we had for snow was a dusting, school was on a two-hour delay Tuesday morning due to icy road conditions with a low temperature of 16 degrees. The temperature was down to 14 degrees one morning last week and it was almost that cold the next day.

There has never been anything like this early start to winter in my lifetime. If we had an “Indian Summer,” it was just one day, maybe.

I believe it might behoove all of us to stay stocked up on essentials from now until April, or later.

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Next week is the beginning of deer season, and I wonder if the weather will stay crisp and cold with a little snow or warm up too much to hang a deer from a tree in the yard. The last few years have been warm one year and cold the next. I think it will probably be cold, rainy and miserable at the start of the week, until it turns to snow and bitter cold for Thanksgiving.

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Jeanne continues to improve every week. We walked down in the yard to our fire pit and back last weekend, and it went very well.

It is a trip of about 250 yards over typical West Virginia terrain, down and then level before going back up the driveway to the steps, across the deck and into the house.

Soon, when the weather breaks, we will go to the fire pit, build a small warming fire and sit in our swing for a while.

 

 

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