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Today we had a red fox trotting through the woods out back. It has been quite a while since we saw any foxes hereabouts. There were tracks outside the dog's fence the day before, and The Huntress was quite anxious both yesterday and today when out with me, sniffing the air and listening intently. The tracks led from one of the rabbit thickets to the other's. And funny that this critter appeared so close to the raccoon's arrival as both species are rabies vectors and have had their populations decimated in recent years. This fox looked quite well, fortunately.

And deer! Too bad the camera malfunctioned yesterday as they were gallivanting and gamboling about in the wild winds and cold temps right out next to the driveway. Today I got a shot or two when they crossed the back yard, but these pictures were not so good as the deer were on the move and many trees separated us.

Best I could do. The other shot that came out was basically a butt/flank ;o)

We are due for a large storm Tuesday, so I made sure the snowblower had fuel and the cables were adjusted. Our storm Friday left only a few inches of snow but I used the blower anyway just because it had been almost a month since the last storm. I had gravel shooting 30' because although we had accumulation the driveway was still not frozen after all those 50 degree days.

The calm before the storm.

I had to shop today because tomorrow will be panic at the stores as folks remember they only have limited foods packed away for the 'event.' I also topped off the gasoline in the truck because it adds more weight for traction ;o) We now have our recommended 4+ gallons of milk, four loaves of assorted breads plus English muffins, two dozen eggs, lots of coffee (and Kahlúa, just in case). But this is normal for us anyway.

To hell with French toast!

And in a very loosely related note- Google photo picture search gives a kind of Sesame Street array of results here:

One of these things is not like the other... presented with no more comment :D

Who is Blur anyway? I was actually thinking of this song when I rhymed the subject ;o)

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Date: 2017-03-13 01:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't know what kind of plant that is, but I can definitely say that a Care Bear's butt is not food! Well, maybe dessert for some! *chuckles*

Date: 2017-03-13 01:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
A most bizarre result! ;o)

Date: 2017-03-13 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They're talking over a foot of snow! :O

Date: 2017-03-13 09:56 am (UTC)
moxie_man: (Default)
From: [personal profile] moxie_man
IE, normal New England winter storm. (chuckle)

Date: 2017-03-13 10:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
To think there was severe weather not that long ago. DX

Date: 2017-03-13 01:49 pm (UTC)
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I'm surprised our Closings Page isn't full yet. It seems obvious we're going to get very nasty weather no matter what.

Date: 2017-03-14 09:57 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] moxie_man
The outskirts of the storm are on the ME/NH border as I type this. The cancellation page is pretty short compared to the Feb. "blizzard" at this same time, roughly 250 closings so far including schools, businesses and parking bans. Among the schools, half on the list are closed, half plan to dismiss between 11:30am and noon. I don't blame them for trying to get a partial day in. If they make it to 11:30am, it doesn't count as a cancelled day that must be made-up in June. All schools up here plan for 3 to 5 "snow days". Most of them used those up back in Feb., so any additional snow day results in the school year getting extended. Normally, school ends after the first week of June. Some of our schools are trying to find a different way to make up those snow days as they're running out of days in June for make-up. As a youth, in two different years, we had Saturday make-up days.

Date: 2017-03-14 10:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
There are 866 listings on our Closings Page now. These encompass parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut and I think the majority are Day Cares. My mom told me that when we lived in New Hampshire (1955-1958) she would keep my big brother inside to wait for the bus because they did not close school even when it hit -30°F.

We had a dusting overnight but the big bands are coming our way. 2"-4" per hour they say, then we will get rain. I have to pick the right times to shovel and throw.

And there goes a salt truck...

Date: 2017-03-13 01:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Lots of potential in this one. The rain/snow line keeps wavering.

Date: 2017-03-14 12:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's what makes it difficult to forecast snow totals. A shift of 30 miles in the storm track completely changes the forecast. DX

Date: 2017-03-14 09:54 am (UTC)
moxie_man: (Default)
From: [personal profile] moxie_man
Thus why New England is considered the most difficult place to forecast for in the USA.

Date: 2017-03-13 09:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
To hell with French toast!

Well, beer is liquid bread, isn't it. :) Good luck for the storm, I hope you're all stocked up on the essentials. (And the not-so-essential-but-nice-to-haves, too.)

Date: 2017-03-13 01:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My usual fear is that we could lose power. We can handle anything else :o)

Date: 2017-03-17 10:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
One should always be prepared, of course: a box of a good porter, a gallon or two of oak-aged cider.. ^_^

Blur? They sort of gave birth to Gorillaz. Strange how that works.

Date: 2017-03-18 08:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We usually have a good stock of foods and beverages about the place anyway, but the forecasters get everyone antsy thinking maybe there should be even more!

I had never heard of Blur until I inverted the lyrics to the Mamas and Papas!


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