Saturday, November 24, 2012

First Snow and Traffic Hazards

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?  Well, it's not enough snow to pull a sled in but here in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania it's going to snow on the annual Holiday Parade that rings in our favorite Christmas character, Santa Claus.


When I got up to feed the animals, Tipper, Jessica and Persian, there were a few tiny, more like minscule flakes being blown gently out of the sky.  Not enough to even lay on the car window.  Tipper always goes out around 4:30 am and there was just a gentle breeze of wind at the time.

It's now after 6 am and there is a light snow continuing to come down.

I'm sitting here writing this and listening to the police radio come alive as people make their way on this cold morning.  As usual the Highland Park Bridge is always active with accidents on mornings like this and I could never understand why that was the only bridge that got this kind of activity.  I got my answer a couple of weeks ago when my son told me to think about it.  The dam is right below that bridge and the mist rises to create the black ice on the bridge surface.

As you can see the snow is a light dusting and really the streets are just wet.  Nothing to worry about.  Right!!!!!  If I were to go to church this morning, that street is made of bricks and would be slippery and the car would want to slide at the stop sign.
I have learned over the years to avoid both of these areas on mornings like this.  I will go out of my way to take a different way to work by going to the 62nd Street Bridge and back tracking to whatever destination I need to go by crossing under the ramp to the Highland Park Bridge.  As far as going to church, I take a different street and park on the opposite side of the church.

Tipper is getting older now, but from the time she was a puppy she loved to play in the snow.  It was no different this morning.  Even though she has more difficulty going up and down steps, she went right out into the yard to let the snow fall on her.  It makes me happy to see her get excited about something because she has gotten to the age that she doesn't even try to play with her toys except for on a very rare occasion.  She bounded into the yard and walked around looking at the snow falling onto her face.

The snow is so beautiful, gently cascading out of the sky and today being the day after Black Friday, I wish you all happy baking for the upcoming Christmas season.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother Day

I know everyone has a special feeling and thinks that their children or grandchildren are the most precious children in the world.  My perspective on the subject is no different.  I have three generations of grandchildren.  That is to say, some are grown ups ranging in age from 19 through 23.  I have one teenager and an eleven year old.  Then there are the four that range in age from two through nine.  Two of these are overseas with their daddy who is serving in the Navy and I only interact with them through Facebook.  They are smart and precocious to say the least and their pictures make me happy.  The youngest two came to visit me last night for Mother's Day bringing me the most precious gift any mother or in my case Mema could ask for.

They made this card.  It is filled with real rose petals that are encased in a vinyl coating.  DJ was so proud of it that he read it to me himself.

Rose are red,
Violets are Blue,
We picked these
rose petals just for you.

I'm the happiest grandma in all the world and I thank God for my blessings.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Ivy Geraniums For My Porch Planters

Went shopping yesterday for supper. Came home with dog and cat food but no people food. On the way home I stopped at a local farm store and looked at the plants.

Last year, I could not get near their parking lot so I went early this year between rush hours. My budget is strained this year so I didn't spend the $13 per plant that I did last year for my porch planters and my hanging baskets.

This year I bought 6 plants again and I did the ivy geraniums but I bought the smaller 4" pots for a total expenditure of $21. 

I put a red and white plant in the two front porch planters and 1 white plant in each of the hanging baskets off my deck. I'm saving my biggest expenditure to buy a bougainvillea for the back yard with a trellis.

The biggest problem I had planting these was getting the roots from last year out of the planters.  Even though I pulled the biggest part of them out, I was having a difficult time turning the soil in the planters.  I lost a good part of my soil and I invested in good potting soil to start my plants.

For those in the area, Patty's Farm Store has a wonderful variety of flowers to choose from.  Just be aware as we get closer to Mother's Day you will have trouble finding a place to park if you want to browse.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Mother Nature's Revenge

Once more Mother Nature is going to deal the Pittsburgh area along with other eastern states a hearty laugh as she sends snow into our valley after continued good weather and our preview of the beauty that God has in abundance.

I recently showed you pictures of the gorgeous dogwood trees and azaleas in our neighborhood in abundance.  I have a picture of the flowering lily of the valley that are all going to be under a layer of wet snow as early as tonight.  Actually, lily of the valley normally flower in early June so this was a real push on that growth.

The main concern I have is that this latest backlash from Mother Nature is not coming in from the Southwest and is heading into our area from South to North and Westerly.  This equates to Northeastern, which when this type storm is rain, it is a storm of some magnitude and one to be ready for rather than just let it happen.

In 1963, I experienced my first Northeastern when I was supposedly vacationing at Virginia Beach in September.  We were traveling South and enjoying the shops and sights at Williamsburg when the rains started.  By the time, we got back into our car we were wet through and traveled the last leg of our trip to Virginia Beach in teaming rain.  Dry once again, it only took getting out of the car and into the motel office to get drenched once more.  We arrived on Sunday and were planning to stay until Saturday, but there was not a break in the weather the whole first part of the week.  The rains just kept coming.  Needless to say, our vacation was ruined and we left for home days in advance.

If this is what we have to look forward to in relation to snow, I'm sure we are in for a rude awakening after such wonderfully warm temperatures.  The weather forecasters are warning of the wet snow pulling down power lines and tree limbs.  I did notice a chill yesterday while it was raining but it never occurred to me that we were in for another interruption and backlash in our wonderful Spring.

So!  Batten down the hatches and get those coats back out of storage because you are going to need them once more.