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When it's mowed, even a lawn that's mostly weeds looks pretty good!

And I finally sorted the big pile of rocks that we dug up when planting Marya. The big/medium-sized ones are on the patio, waiting for rain or sprinklers to finish cleaning them off. Then I'll line the flower beds with them. Another day.

nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (glamour)
Nothing much to report again.  Let me see...

It was ridiculously warm. 84 at least. Now they're saying 89 tomorrow, before a cold front comes through Thursday overnight.

I got a bag on ASOS. Anyone heard of Lavand? It's clearance, probably left over from summer. I love the colors, and it's a cute design without being too cutesy.  I won't use it as a purse. Usually going in to work I have my purse and my small lunch bag, but fairly often I have extra things. Like 2-liter soft drinks, or half and half for my morning tea. Or a clean tea mug. It's not glamorous and actually rather annoying to drag those in with a Walmart bag, or try to negotiate everything into the lunch bag. This is the perfect size for a 2-liter and lunch bag, and really no bigger. PLUS it has a top zip. Absolutely imperative, since when it storms it's usually when I'm walking the nearly quarter mile from my car. So that's nice. I won't be able to use it tomorrow, but I probably will Monday.

 
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (amused)

We had an unusually pleasant day today, getting above 70F and sunny most of the day. Except for that part with a line of small but intense thunderstorms moving through in late afternoon.

The camera on one of the tall buildings in downtown Fort Worth caught a nice shot of it coming from the west.



I got some pretty nice rain and a little bit of lightning. Apparently the storms strengthened slightly as they moved east. There was some small hail, but nothing severe.

It does make it a bit complicated on figuring out what to wear on winter days like this. The mornings are chilly and the house stays cool, but it can be quite warm in the sun, and especially in the greenhouse-like car.  I went grocery shopping this morning and was happy in my knit dress, with fleece-lined tights and leather jacket. The drive home was uncomfortably warm. So I ran my second set of errands in the afternoon with bare legs and ballet flats and the A/C on in the car. Turning it up or down depending on whether the sun was out or behind a cloud. I'm so picky! :p

nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
Apparently most of the U.S. is pretty cold right now. Here? 82F.

Yes, a cold front just hit in the last hour (the wind went from calm to northwest at 15, gusting to 23) but it doesn't feel like winter. Yet.  I don't forget it was two years ago in February that we didn't get above 23 for 72 hours...
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Regency winter)
I feel so drained... it's been a busy week at work. I'm having a hard time thinking right now.

1. Getting a lot done at work. Sure beats a busy day that doesn't accomplish anything. That happens all too often.

2. An unexpected evening to myself. I watched Dick Van Dyke and continued to play with some embroidery. Flossing, this time. ;) Pictures after Christmas!

The weather is being interesting. It has gradually warmed up since last week's cold front (low 20s), so yesterday was 79 degrees. This morning started in the low 60s, with the pavement drenched from dew and a strong south wind.  It's still gusting, and 78 degrees.  The wind is supposed to continue for the next day and a half, although about midnight tonight it's supposed to change to the north.  It's forecast to be steady at 25-30 mph, gusting to 50 mph! Yikes!

Christmas week actually looks unusally cold.  Usually Christmas Day starts chilly (just under freezing), and with clear skies gets into the 50s or more.  This year it'll be a chance of rain and high only in the mid 40s.  Not only that, but the whole week following won't get above 60.  We're going to a college football bowl game on Saturday - that will be an event to bundle up for!
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
1. A long-overdue cold front. I love warm weather and open windows, but it does feel strange when the Christmas tree is up! Especially when it lasts for a week on end.
2. Grilled mozzarella cheese sandwiches for dinner. Yum! If only I can quit burning the first side...
3. Watching I Spy on TV while finishing the gathering stitches on Heather's petticoat. I have all the shows on DVD, but there's something nice about watching it "for real"! Especially with a fun episode like "Always Say Goodbye."
4. Cutting my fingernails short, while the show was still on and I was done with the petticoat. Nails longer than 1/16" rapidly drive me bonkers. It feels so good to have them short again!
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (wind)
... I think spring has begun.  Without a Greenland high, this has been a joke of a winter. I forecast a brief two-week spring, follow by a beast of a summer scheduled to arrive, oh, by spring break (middle of March).

One good thing: It'll be our first warm Easter in probably a decade. Christmas is usually gorgeous and clear and mild, even in a harsh winter; Easter is ALWAYS cold and/or wet. One year it snowed!  We don't get white Christmases, oh no, but we can managed white Easters and Thanksgivings.


And now that I've predicted it, watch winter come up and catch us and all the plants napping. A year ago today we were dealing with the worst ice and snow storm in many decades.
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Chill...)
9 days ago: Snow on the ground.

Today: Temperature 80* and climbing.

Tomorrow: Forecast 87*.

Surgery day: Severe thunderstorms.

At least I like SOME kinds of change!
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Chill...)
9 days ago: Snow on the ground.

Today: Temperature 80* and climbing.

Tomorrow: Forecast 87*.

Surgery day: Severe thunderstorms.

At least I like SOME kinds of change!
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Chill...)

 

 


I guess "Hi" and "Lo" are relative, huh?

nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Chill...)

 

 


I guess "Hi" and "Lo" are relative, huh?

nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Chill...)
It's 94 degrees outside.

Guys, it froze two weeks ago.  It froze so decisively there are tiny blackened leaves on our holly bushes. I don't even remember seeing things actually killed by late frosts before.  Ever.  And for the last 10 years it's scarcely gotten above 90 before Memorial Day.  Some years before Independence Day.

This is already a weird weather year.  And "weird" for North Texas is really weird.
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Chill...)
It's 94 degrees outside.

Guys, it froze two weeks ago.  It froze so decisively there are tiny blackened leaves on our holly bushes. I don't even remember seeing things actually killed by late frosts before.  Ever.  And for the last 10 years it's scarcely gotten above 90 before Memorial Day.  Some years before Independence Day.

This is already a weird weather year.  And "weird" for North Texas is really weird.
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
I didn't realize that this front, which has dropped us now into the upper 30s from the lower 70s, brought snow to Amarillo.  Not just any snow, either.  Blizzard!  12 inches and counting!  In less than a day; I'm not sure exactly how many hours.

Huzzah for crazy March weather!  The Extreme Seesaw continues!
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
I didn't realize that this front, which has dropped us now into the upper 30s from the lower 70s, brought snow to Amarillo.  Not just any snow, either.  Blizzard!  12 inches and counting!  In less than a day; I'm not sure exactly how many hours.

Huzzah for crazy March weather!  The Extreme Seesaw continues!

Cool!

27 March 2009 06:59 pm
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
At our home weather station, the temperature fell from 73 to 57 in one hour.  Nice.  Three hours later and it's fallen another 10 degrees.

I AM working on Bible study. Slowly.  Y'know what's the Distraction of the Day?  The Gate of Ivrel.  Yep, I just happened to pick up the Morgaine books again today.  I've read it four times already and it still distracts me.  At least there's no hope that I'll finish it in time to get back to work. :p

I am branching out a little more in Cherryh's work, though.  I read Fortress in the Eye of Time some months ago, based on comments at [livejournal.com profile] cj_cherryh that its fantasy setting is closer to the Morgaine books than her other SF novels.  Unfortunately I found it unexpectedly heavy on the magic (very un-Morgaine-like) and, more importantly, unpardonably dull.  So I have no inclination to try the rest of the series.  Other reviews indicate that it's pretty much more of the same.

I did read the Faded Sun trilogy while on my trip to Michigan two weeks ago.  It's a trilogy like The Lord of the Rings is a trilogy, in that it's one story broken into three parts.  It kept me pretty riveted.  To me it's not as good as the Morgaine books (less action, although there's a good amount), but still quite good.

And now I have Foreigner, which is the first of what seems to be her best-known (or newest?) series.  It finally arrived via BookMooch today.  At least I've resisted temptation enough to not open that one up already.  *g*

Cool!

27 March 2009 06:59 pm
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
At our home weather station, the temperature fell from 73 to 57 in one hour.  Nice.  Three hours later and it's fallen another 10 degrees.

I AM working on Bible study. Slowly.  Y'know what's the Distraction of the Day?  The Gate of Ivrel.  Yep, I just happened to pick up the Morgaine books again today.  I've read it four times already and it still distracts me.  At least there's no hope that I'll finish it in time to get back to work. :p

I am branching out a little more in Cherryh's work, though.  I read Fortress in the Eye of Time some months ago, based on comments at [livejournal.com profile] cj_cherryh that its fantasy setting is closer to the Morgaine books than her other SF novels.  Unfortunately I found it unexpectedly heavy on the magic (very un-Morgaine-like) and, more importantly, unpardonably dull.  So I have no inclination to try the rest of the series.  Other reviews indicate that it's pretty much more of the same.

I did read the Faded Sun trilogy while on my trip to Michigan two weeks ago.  It's a trilogy like The Lord of the Rings is a trilogy, in that it's one story broken into three parts.  It kept me pretty riveted.  To me it's not as good as the Morgaine books (less action, although there's a good amount), but still quite good.

And now I have Foreigner, which is the first of what seems to be her best-known (or newest?) series.  It finally arrived via BookMooch today.  At least I've resisted temptation enough to not open that one up already.  *g*
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Nhi Vanye i Chya)
No sewing tonight. Got a bad headache at work. Made it through the rest of the day, the drive home, and class, but now Mums is sending me to bed.

I didn't get any studying done last night, either. Nor have I yet ordered that blasted textbook. Bah.

I did read nearly an entire Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine, though, trying to get to Dickson's "St. Dragon and the George."  [livejournal.com profile] jordannamorgan, 'twas good and 'tis going on the wishlists.

And I did at least mark the hem. Good, since it was more of a pain than I thought it'd be.  But because I have to go to bed I won't be finishing it tonight to wear tomorrow.


Severe thunderstorm up on the Red River tonight - very large hail and potential tornado last I saw.  We largely missed out on yesterdays's unessential excitement, along with the essential rainfall.  Less than .5" in that whole mess of storms. Double Bah.  And Winter Rides Again tomorrow.  Tonight's low: 63.  Tomorrow's high: 62.  (Figure that one out.)  Temperature falling to 44 by 5 pm.

Texas doesn't have a real Spring season.  It's called a couple of months of Extreme Weather Seesaw.
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Nhi Vanye i Chya)
No sewing tonight. Got a bad headache at work. Made it through the rest of the day, the drive home, and class, but now Mums is sending me to bed.

I didn't get any studying done last night, either. Nor have I yet ordered that blasted textbook. Bah.

I did read nearly an entire Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine, though, trying to get to Dickson's "St. Dragon and the George."  [livejournal.com profile] jordannamorgan, 'twas good and 'tis going on the wishlists.

And I did at least mark the hem. Good, since it was more of a pain than I thought it'd be.  But because I have to go to bed I won't be finishing it tonight to wear tomorrow.


Severe thunderstorm up on the Red River tonight - very large hail and potential tornado last I saw.  We largely missed out on yesterdays's unessential excitement, along with the essential rainfall.  Less than .5" in that whole mess of storms. Double Bah.  And Winter Rides Again tomorrow.  Tonight's low: 63.  Tomorrow's high: 62.  (Figure that one out.)  Temperature falling to 44 by 5 pm.

Texas doesn't have a real Spring season.  It's called a couple of months of Extreme Weather Seesaw.
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Chill...)
Two weeks ago tonight, we had a fire in the fireplace, watching one of the most significant ice storms in the last decade.

Tonight I'm not only barefooted but barelegged in my usually-chilly house, watching a truly nasty-looking mess of severe thunderstorms barrel inexorably toward us.

It's the 5th or 6th day in a row with highs in the 60s or 70s, and   There are lots of yellow severe thunderstorm warning boxes up on all the counties to our southwest, west, and northwest. Latest word is some are capable of producing golf-ball-sized hail and 70+ mph winds.  (The red boxes for tornado warnings are all up and over the Red River into Oklahoma, although the whole area is under a tornado watch.)  It's early in the year for this sort of thing, but neither ice nor ordinary severe weather is that unusual.  It's the rapid change that's noteworthy.  (But also typical.)

I wonder if we'll lose power.  I was going to post pictures about my Terrifying Try at Fitting Trousers, but that may not happen tonight.

It's also entirely possible we won't get a drop of rain.  (We've had about 1.5" since December.  That's dry.)

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