A new storm is passing much north of here and it’s just as bad as the previous ones were. But this time it’s much further north they say but I could have sworn we had it too The wind is howling and my little Mazda made it home in record speed
I’ll just write a short post today because I have several Yule cards to send over seas tomorrow and need to write down the addresses. For once I think I actually have saved all addresses and that must be a first Two years ago almost all cards disappeared and only two reached their destination. last year I think all reached their destination but then I was early sending them. I hope I have the same luck this year even if I am a bit late by now. Strange really since I’ve had the cards for weeks now I will also post it here in my blog on Christmas eve as a Christmas greeting for all of You.
Today I’ll have rice porridge I’m making it on my fire heated stove and I have problems finding the right spot on the stove between boiling like mad and simmering It should take 50 minutes to get ready but as it looks now I think it’ll take more than an hour
It’s time to go and stir it again so it won’t burn. If it does it’s inedible. I’m wondering if I should have rowanberry jam or gooseberry jam and if I chose gooseberry jam should I have the one with ginger in it or the one with cinnamon. Oh the problems I have
This photo was almost pitch black and I let photoshop edit it all by itself. Turned out quite well.
It’s warm again and I have to admit that most roads are much better already, for once it’s the village road that is the worst one. Since this is farm country tractors drive a lot on our gravel road and the melting snow has nowhere to go since the ditches are full of snow already. So now it’s more or less 20cm (8 inches) of slush on our roads. I really don’t want to get stuck in that but nearly did
I mean what on earth are two people doing taking a walk in that mess when it is pitch black outside? I had followed a tractor and turned left when suddenly two people just stood there to my left on the road I didn’t drive fast, that’s impossible when the road is like this but it would be fast enough to injure them if I would hit them. I managed to avoid them and hit the snow wall on my right side instead and since I really didn’t want to get stuck there I just continued to drive not turning to hard on the steering wheel because that would only have made it worse
It all happened so fast that I never got the chance to see who it was but since I didn’t hit them it doesn’t matter. I think it might be my newest neighbors since they have a tendency to take walks in the most horrid weather all hours of the day I’m not the one that says no to a walk but not even I would have walked on that road when it is as bad as it is today. I slid down the small slope to my garage and when I had parked one of the castles tractors came and scraped the road. I guess they have been driving on every road today to feed all the cattle and perhaps they have moved out cattle to the fields further in to the forest as well.
My legs feel better today but instead my fingers and right shoulder are a mess instead Easier to handle though but I’ll use a lot of Tiger Balm tonight again. Nova is the only animal that still wants to sleep beside me in my bed now It’s time to make that pot of tea and something to eat as well. I would love some rice porridge but it takes some time and I’m not sure I have enough with milk. Well, a sandwich with Yule ham and a strong cheese isn’t that bad either
Even Magpies are allowed to feed by the feeders even if they tend to scare all small birds. The photo is taken through a window so it’s edited a bit too much :-)
I didn’t care about shoveling around the car this morning, I just backed straight through the low wall of snow the plow guy had made I have to say that even if he almost made me cry last time he’s just fantastic when it comes to keep the road clean. If just the rest of the way to work had been just as good as it was here in the village! The road leading to the highway was reasonable good and that’s unusual. Normally that’s the worst part But the highway was truly nasty!
They had scraped the road but I don’t think it had been done since Sven passed here, all the snow that fell yesterday seemed to still be there but not as white and fluffy any longer. I started ten minutes earlier than usual and came to work ten minutes later than usual. The biggest problem was a lorry from Germany, it obviously only had summer tires or perhaps all year round tires (illegal here in Sweden now days, even lorries need winter tires on the wheels that drive the lorry. Sometimes the driver drove so slow that I could have walked and passed him The problem was that when we didn’t meet anyone the road was terrible and the few places the road was good we always met someone
But as soon as we passed to the neighbour county the road got better so I could pass him, otherwise I still would have been on the way to work right now They day at work passed rather painless because last night I put on liniment (called Tiger Balsam) over my legs, wore thick track suit pants and slept under a thick synthetic duvet. I sweated like a pig all night but it helped I probably stank a lot at work but who cares So I’ll do the same tonight because I feel it’s coming back again.
It was even colder than I thought the cold night this weekend, my house thermometer showed -18,4C (-1,12F) but when I looked at my car thermometer this morning it had actually fallen down to -22,9C (-9,22F). That’s very unusual this early in winter, especially since it just started properly. But already tonight it will turn towards warmer again and the roads will now be even worse since much of the snow will become ice when it flows out on the roads. Oh how fun.
It’s time to make that pot of tea and perhaps something to eat as well. I’m not really hungry so I might skip that. I’ll also open up that jar with Tiger Balsam
I’m not in the best of moods today, my body aches everywhere and it looks as if it is an unfortunate combination between too much shoveling with a slight cold and a touch of rheumatism. I can normally handle the rheumatism when it comes by itself but this combination is just disgusting. I can fix the ache in my neck and spine but the pain in my legs from the bend of the knees down to the feet is impossible to fix it seems.
In a red little cottage by the edge oif the forest, that would be a good start of a fairy tale wouldn’t it?
I have even used pain relieving salve which isn’t good for me because it hits my stomach even if I put it on my skin. You know the commercials for those salves? They can’t do a thing and then they use the salve and life becomes wonderful and they can do just about anything for the rest of the day? It doesn’t really work like that One needs to take it easy the rest of the day if it is going to work especially well I can’t say it didn’t work but I would lie if I said my pain was gone
Soon it will be impossible to see that there once stood a barn here.
The night wasunusually cold here, it sank down to -18,4C (-1,1F) but it got warmer fast in the morning when the snow came. It has snowed all day and it just keeps on snowing all the time and I can’t say I’m happy about it. The wind is rather strong as well but nowhere near to what it was when Sven passed. Still, they have been warning us from driving around since it is very slippery on the roads today. I’m soo looking forward to driving to work tomorrow, especially if I have to shovel away snow around my car to be able to get out at all
The snowfall just got worse by the minute.
I had to use ISO 500 this morning so close shots look a bit gravely I’m afraid.
This will all start to melt away already on Tuesday so this was just a big waste of garbage weather. But on the good side my poinsettia’s are still alive and still have all their leafs, that’s unusual It’s getting dark outside and it’s not even 3 pm yet, so I better go outside to fill the bird feeders and give the deers some food as well. I still haven’t seen any bucks here, just that one I think might have been one early in the morning. I do hope we at least have some left here.
The wind and snowfall were even worse on our second walk :-)
After that I’ll start the fire in the stove again and make a pot of tea. I’ll try to sit in a reasonable comfortable way and watch a dvd or two. I feel that today is a Life of Brian day
Every muscle fiber in my body aches and have done so all day. I’m hoping it is because I was out shoveling both yesterday and early today but I’m freezing as well so I’m fearing it might be a flu. I fell asleep around six pm yesterday and woke up at one am. My neck and shoulders were aching already then so I put a lot of liniment on, so much that my dogs refused to stay close and went to bed again.
I woke up at five am again and finally the wind had stopped blowing. So I thought it would be a good time to shovel some snow away from my car and as soon as I was finished the plow guy came Well he was kind enough to lift the shovel where I had already freed the ground from this white garbage. I would have started to cry if he hadn’t because it was tough enough doing it once
There’s nothing much to do on a Saturday morning in winter and I had no good book to read so I watched Spunge Bob Square Pants on tv One can’t but love that figure At 7:30 I drove to the super market to buy more fire logs and food for my cats, they had food but like all cats they are picky The roads were pretty bad even if they had shoveled them so I can just imagine how bad they were during the storm. But I think we were three persons out there so I could drive as slow as I felt without annoying anyone else.
We have been outside for a couple of walks but I have mostly been indoors keeping the fire alive in the stove. It’s going to be a cold night so I’ll keep it alive as long as I’m awake. We’ll get more snow tomorrow and it will stay cold a few days but some time next week warm winds will come and melt all this crap away again. The storm was pretty bad at some places, hurricane winds were recorded and a giant wave hit a restaurant close to the ocean so all the guests had to flee in panic. Why on earth were they out partying on a day when they knew the winds would be very strong
Looks easy enough to walk there, doesn’t it? 30 cm (12 inches) deep snow made it a bit harder than it looks :-)
Most times it was even deeper but here we were saved by the help of the wind :-)
It’s time to make a pot of tea and head up to the tv to see the rerun of yesterdays Startreck movie, The Wrath of Kahn. I’ll also complain all the time about how my body aches, not that my pets will care but I think it will make me feel better
Sune was the one leading us and we all followed in the tracks he made.
We didn’t follow all the detors he did though :-)
Have a great day!
The snow was way to deep for Bertil, so he stayed at home today.
It’s hard to see that the road was plowed not an hour earlier.
The storm hit yesterday morning and kept on blowing hard all day but then suddenly early in the evening it stopped. It was unusually calm and I was hoping they had predicted the path of the storm wrong this time too. They had but this time the storm came more north than they had expected. The wind came back and it has been strong ever since.
I went out early to shovel away the snow from around my car pretty early but the wind and snow filled up the space I had shoveled as soon as I started on the other side of the car. The plow man came late as well and he helped to fill up all spaces I already had shoveled clean A work friend told me that it was tough driving to work so I decided it wasn’t worth risking my life in my tiny little Mazda. I’m pretty sure there are funnier ways to die that to freeze to death in my car. It ‘s cold enough as it is even if I wouldn’t drive off the road
My neighbors girlfriend came by taxi from Falköping around noon and she was almost forced to walk the last five kilometers since the taxi almost got stuck in the snow drifts, and that was one of the roads they really tried to keep snow free Now she only had to walk one kilometer It must have been awful because I and my dogs walked a short distance to the bog and it was exhausting. It’s hard to say how much snow we’ve really gotten because the snow drifts are meter high (yard high) but then there are lots of places without any snow at all. But in places the wind doesn’t reach it looks like we’ve gotten 30cm (12 inches) so far and I’m not happy.
The wind never seems to calm down so no more walks today, I’ll just sit here in my cottage keeping the fire alive in the stove and drink lots of cocoa and tea. I think I’ll bake some cakes, I need something when the storm is blowing hard
Sven has blown in over the southern parts of the country and he’s in a nasty mood. The steady winds aren’t that bad yet but the gusts are nasty. It has the kind of force that makes drizzle hurt when it hits the face while being outside The rain will be more intense during the day and later tonight it will turn to snow and the temperatures will drop below 0C (32F). It will continue blowing hard until tomorrow evening so driving to work tomorrow will most probably be rather exiting, if possible at all.
Lots of people will lose power now and they say we should have lots of candles at home and water too just in case. We rarely lose power here but almost all of us have a fire heated stove so no one will be freezing even if the power dies out for a while. It isn’t the winds that will be the big problem, it’s the snow that will fall. Some places can get up to 40 cm (16 inches). We’ll not get that much but since I don’t like snow any snow will be too much
I had to do some things today so I stayed home from work. We were out walking while it still was drizzling and Bertil followed us like always. We were walking to the bog when Bertil started to protest, he really didn’t want us to go there and he went as far as to standing in my way to prevent us from getting there. Well I’m not the one that disobeys Bertil so we turned back home again. He didn’t calm down until we had walked quite a bit from the bog and he kept on looking back all the way. I do wonder what was out there?
I can see the branches moving on the apple tree and the gusts hit even my cottage sometimes so it must be blowing rather hard out there. I have the fire burning in the stove and I have a cup of tea by my side. I like the sound of storms and don’t mind them especially much if they come from the right side As long as it comes from south and turns towards south-west, then west and then north-west it won’t hit my cottage at all My neighbor’s house takes a lot of the wind, so does his garage and then the forest takes the rest
It’s time to go outside to feed the deers and fill up those bird feeders at the same time since I’m out there. After that I’ll just relax for the rest of the evening.
From when we walked to the bog last weekend. This ditch is the border to the Forbidden Forest. and it looks like much of the forest will be thinned out this winter. Lots of colorful plastic stripes could be seen on that side of the ditches.
It looks like there has been lots of stone fences in this part of the forest. The forest is just around 50 years old, this was just open fields before that.
The end of the road and after that it’s just a thin path to the bog.
Have a great day!
P.S. I just came in after feeding the outdoor pets It’s nasty out there and now it’s snow in the rain too.