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The Worst Thing Today

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Amanda
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Postby Amanda » Mon January 5th, 2009, 9:52 pm

"SonjaMarie" wrote:We lost power yesterday. Around 9:30, during Desperate Housewives, the power went out and didn't come back on till about 11am this morning.

When Harm got up to get ready for school, she called to see if there was going to be school and couldn't get ahold of anyone, so went back to bed. Woke up to find a Schoolreport.org message that school was going to be delayed by 2 hours cause it didn't have power either. But since we had no power I couldn't check the messages online!

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It was hot here yesterday. And its going to be hotter today. 38-41C they say. And tomorrow about 37C. And my poor DH took this week off work for backyard renovations. And we are not talking about a small job here! He hired a small earthmover the other day. He is out there now shovelling dirt before it gets to hot.

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princess garnet
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Location: Maryland

Postby princess garnet » Tue January 6th, 2009, 12:32 am

Getting stuck in traffic on my way into work because of street closure--the Pres.-elect took up his temp residence.

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Carine
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Postby Carine » Tue January 6th, 2009, 6:36 am

"Amanda" wrote:It was hot here yesterday. And its going to be hotter today. 38-41C they say. And tomorrow about 37C. And my poor DH took this week off work for backyard renovations. And we are not talking about a small job here! He hired a small earthmover the other day. He is out there now shovelling dirt before it gets to hot.


Hah, talking about opposites, it's minus 10 here in Belgium ! Brrrrrrr

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diamondlil
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Postby diamondlil » Tue January 6th, 2009, 10:49 am

"Amanda" wrote:It was hot here yesterday. And its going to be hotter today. 38-41C they say. And tomorrow about 37C. And my poor DH took this week off work for backyard renovations. And we are not talking about a small job here! He hired a small earthmover the other day. He is out there now shovelling dirt before it gets to hot.


We havent had very much warm weather at all. I think we have gone over 30 once.
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pat
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Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Postby pat » Tue January 6th, 2009, 11:30 am

"diamondlil" wrote:We havent had very much warm weather at all. I think we have gone over 30 once.



Visit Adelaide for a few days..... I have just been ou to water the garden and the heat radiating off the house...phew!
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Alaric
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Postby Alaric » Tue January 6th, 2009, 12:34 pm

We haven't really had our heat spell yet but it's going to be over 30 all week. I think the weather channel is showing 34 or so for the weekend, but this being Adelaide you can always be sure to add another two/three degrees onto that. Fun.

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Tue January 6th, 2009, 8:32 pm

Egad, today I was knocked down by a charging cow. If it weren't for Niffler distracting her, I might have been stomped. In all the years I have hiked amongst cattle, I have NEVER had one do that.
I was doing my usual morning walk up 'bunburner hill' (2.5 miles round trip, 500 ft elevation gain) and on the way down, a smallish herd with fairly young calves was all across the trail. They wouldn't shoo, and seemed to be in a belligerent mood. So after going through all my usual herding moves, I decided to hike around them. My dog was doing her llama thing, which means staying behind me and not looking aggressive, so it definitely wasn't her fault; but the cow just came after us.
I have a huge swelling on my hand where I punched her and one of my trekking poles is bent. Good thing she was more interested in chasing my dog than continuing the confrontation.

I lease public land for grazing, too, (and don't want to lose my rights over some incident) so I spent the morning contacting the rancher and going with him on his ATV to identify the culprit. That park is right next to a children's camp, so we had to warn the counselors to steer very clear of the cows today on the kids' nature hikes, at least until this group is moved.
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EC2
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Postby EC2 » Tue January 6th, 2009, 8:48 pm

So glad you're safe MLE. That's scary. I won't pass on your story to my dh. He's fine with most things but a bit phobic if it comes to crossing a field with cows in it. The tale of your experience would finish him off!
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'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

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SonjaMarie
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Postby SonjaMarie » Tue January 6th, 2009, 10:31 pm

MLE: yikes how scary! Thank goodness for Niffler! Glad you are safe if a bit banged up!

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Wed January 7th, 2009, 12:29 am

thanks, guys. my punching hand is now so swollen I have to type single-handed with the other, which is seriously messing up my workload. :(
This is the first time I have ever balled up a fist and really hit something with all I've got, the way you see in the movies. The next time I read about some hero doing that and being fine right after, I'm going to remember this...
Or maybe cows are just harder headed. I wonder if I'd gone for the jaw if it would have done any good?
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