February 23, 2014
New Hampshire has seen plenty of snow the last couple of weeks. The berms have gotten so tall that if meltage hadn't occurred Friday and Saturday (and should continue today), the next snow would meen hand shoveling as the snow blower was at it's limit as to the height it could throw. As it was, it was a good thing the 13" of snow I got during the week was dry and fluffy, otherwise the shovel would have gotten a workout then.
Sorry the pictures are so dark, but I lightened them as much as I dared - they were taken thursday night when I got home from work.
With all the snow meltage over the last couple of days, I was gratefull to find that the sump pump is actually in working order. The garage floor has been very wet with seepage from the overhead door and it would be going into the basement if not for the pump. As it is, I have to squeegee the low spots so the water goes to the sump hole, but that is no big deal.
And the lights that Harry installed a couple of weekends ago do a great job. Once the vapor barrier and drywall are in, they will have LED, recessed lights, but for now I just have regular incadescents in there. There are 3 lights in all, which provides plenty of illumination.
If you made it all the way to the end of this post, with its stunning photos of sump pumps and light bulbs, then you really need to find better hobbies than reading my posts - LOL.
January 21, 2014
Interesting interactive map. NH looks good except that category where we come in 37th. Somehow that doesn't seem right to me, but what the heck do I know?
Hat tip to SayUncle
January 11, 2014
New Year 2014 Tidbits
For the New Year, we had cold temperatures, -18 at 4 AM
By 7 AM, it had risen to -10 but I'm not sure the temp got above 0 all day.
Since it had snowed while I was gone for the holidays, and more snow was expected, I went out and got myself a roof rake. I assembled it so it would be ready when the time was right.
January 2 I went to work, to be sent home around 1:30 because my boss was worried about my drive home in what was supposed to be nasty weather. My trip home was uneventful and there were few cars on the road, so I made decent time for the conditions. Work closed at 3:30 and stayed closed on Friday so I didn't have to make the commute with still nasty roads. I did have to work from home, but was able to use my lunch hour to snow blow - how convenient!
Saturday I finished cleaning up the snow, even using my new roof rake to clear off the edges of my roof. WS came over and installed an outlet for a pellet stove that is being installed at the end of next week. He also installed my gun safe and drove a bird feeder pole into the frozen ground. I got a bird feeder put on it, but haven't had any visitors yet.
Nothing overly exciting in this list, but since this blog has been silent for a couple of weeks, thought I would let you know that I haven't just been vegging out on the couch!
December 22, 2013
And this would be why I was frantically insulating the floors - picture was taken at 3:30 AM (thanks to the formewner that left the thermometer outside the kitchen window).
By the time I left for work, it was -12 and SIL informed me it was -14 when she left for work (a couple of hours after I leave).
August 26, 2013
Farmers' Almanac Predicts 'Piercing Cold' Winter
As long as there is lots of snow so I can make use of the snowmobile, I'm okay with this. Of course, if there is little snow, I can snuggle by the woodstove and read, which is fine by me also.
August 19, 2013
I remember this well - Heavy rain meant WS was out in a yellow slicker digging a trench behind the house to get the water to divert to the side of the property. Huge winds, but the neighbor across the street wasn't there yet, so the trees broke the wind from hitting the house. That was way before we had done any landscaping, so at least we didn't have to worry about that.
July 07, 2013
New England Dragway has held drag races in Epping, NH for many years (as long as we have been here). We went to them once long ago, but these were the up and comers racing - not the big names. Nothing wrong with that, but we have always wanted to see the big names that we see on TV. You know, John Force, Robert Hight, Cruz Pedregon, Antron Brown etc.
This year, the Dragway had been upgraded to accommodate NHRA top legue racing, and of course we had to go! This track upgraded from holding a couple of thousand people, to selling 20,000 tickets to this event (plus over 10,000 for the qualifying runs on Friday and Saturday).
We were impressed once we got in the gates. All tickets got you access to the pits - which were right behind the grandstands. A lot of tracks have the pits seperate and you have to have pit passes (much like Sprint Car racing). Since we got there an hour before the final qualifying started, we took advantage to see some of our favorite drivers' rides and crews.
Naturally John Force and his whole slew of drivers were highlighted at the front. We got to see John Force, Courtney Force and Robert Height funny cars on display (I assume these are former cars, or back up cars).
Then the races started and that is when the fun begins. The started with eliminations for dragsters. The stands shake as the cars flash from the start line (we were about 2/3 of the way down the track) and the deep rumble can be felt thru your body as the cars get closer. Then as they go by, there is a rush of air as the cars puch their way down to the finish line.
The pre race burn outs creat quite the show themselves with the roil of smoke that comes up from the tires.
And the culmination of the day was that for the first time, John Force and his daughter Courtney Force, faced each other in the finals for funny cars. It was about the best outcome that anyone there could think of and they gave us quite the show as neck and neck they came barreling down the speedway in about 4 seconds. You can hear Jimmy yelling at the end of the race:
A great day of racing in New Hampshire - can't wait to go again next year!
July 03, 2013
Crews battle fire at paper mill in Bennington
This is where WS worked when we first moved to NH. Hope everyone made it out safely and return to work soon!
June 30, 2013
Sunset Over Deering
On the 21st of this month, I looked out the front window and told WS that I would be back in a couple of minutes. He was confused, but I left in a hurry, bacause I saw a photo oportunity. I had missed a similar opportunity a couple of weeks earlier, and I wasn't going to miss this one.
I headed down the hill to the Deering View and snapped a couple of pictures of the sunset.
Oh, and I turned around, and there was the full moon.
Sometimes you just have to stop and appreciate the beauty that is around you!
Bike Week 2013
We had a faily cold and rainy June. A lot of days in the 50's and 60's (and 40's) and even in the middle of June I was contemplating turning on the heat because we had no sun to help warm up the house.
Bike Week started the weekend before Father's Day and as usual it rained for most of it. I road to work 3 times that week and everytime at least one of the trips (to or from) was in the rain. Friday I got so wet in the morning, that I had to hang everything out to dry in the sun when I got home that evening.
From left to right: Chaps (both legs opened up and spread out), neck bandana, jacket, vest, jacket liner. My boots were the only things that stayed fairly dry.
However, we did have some nice days - and those days coincided with the last weekend of Bike Week. WS stayed at the pig roast Friday night thru Sunday, while I made trips up there both Saturday and Sunday. We spent about 2 hours at Weirs Beach,and we parked off the boulevard in a back lot.
We spent some time riding around the lakes region and over by Plymouthand enjoying the scenery and at a gas stop found they had put in a wind farm since the last time we had been in the area.