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  •  At 80 feet above sea level on a granite (17+ / 0-)

    outcropping in Casco Bay (Portland, ME), I don't have to worry about the tides and flooding.  But I am at the top of this island and we can get hit with extreme wind as there is nothing to buffer it as it travels across the ocean.

    It is wild and wooly!  About an hour ago a wind gust came through that sounded like a hyena screaming.  I've heard my share of high wind sounds, but I have never heard anything like this before.

    I have waist-deep snow drifts on a covered porch.  I had great difficulty getting my front door open.  It faces North, and that is where all the snow decided to pile up.

    The walk in front of the house and my steps are entirely bare, however.  Drifts everywhere.  Light fluffy stuff.  Easy to shovel.

    I am happy to have my power.  I have been running my wood stove for about 24 hours now, just in case the power fails.  Fingers crossed on that.

    I fall down, I get up, I keep dancing.

    by DamselleFly on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:30:10 AM PST

    •  Heh! (5+ / 0-)

      I've had a fire going, nearly constantly...since NOVEMBER!!

      Only 3 nights without a fire this winter, and then only because hauling 60-80lbs of wood inside every single day gets old, so I took a night off...

      Stay warm! Keep the home fires burning, as they say!

      "The better I know people, the more I like my dog."

      by Thinking Fella on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:47:44 AM PST

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      •  I've burned about a cord so far this winter (6+ / 0-)

        I have a soapstone and it takes hours for the thing to heat up and radiate warmth.  If I get home from work by 4 or 5pm I can get the stove heated up to the point I can go to bed and it will hold the heat overnight.

        But if I get home after dark has settled in I find I can't get it to absorb and throw off enough heat before I go to bed.  It's like throwing the wood away.

        On weekends I really appreciate having it.  During the week it is much more of a chore because I am away from home from 7am until late afternoon for work.

        I fall down, I get up, I keep dancing.

        by DamselleFly on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 07:30:41 AM PST

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