Category Archives: local

frankenstorm preparedness, kellypuffs style

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With the weather reports sounding ever-more alarming, we headed out for our weekly errands with an unusual sense of urgency. Many sorts of dire possibilities await over the next few days, including the possibility of days without power.

We’ve been to this rodeo once or twice before. Most recently, there was the Halloween storm of just last year, featuring over 2 feet of snow, downed trees, days of no power. Perhaps this is the new Halloween in New England.

We even have a French Toast Alert. when a storm threatens, everyone needs to rush out and buy bread, milk, and eggs.

So let’s review our purchases today, shall we, and see what constitutes hurricane preparedness in the Kellypuffs household.

  • 2 almond croissants
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 limes
  • blueberries
  • blackberries
  • bananas
  • korma sauce
  • two-bite brownies
  • 4 cans tuna
  • 1 jar marinated artichokes
  • Ruffles potato chips
  • 1 really cool string of LED lights – purple bats
  • a houseplant
  • cat litter
  • paper plates

oh yeah, and ….

  • milk
  • bread

We are READY! :-)

Edited: added the missing EN in frankenstorm in the title.

mud season

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You may be happy to learn that winter is finally easing its grip and the snow is finally melting.

My colleagues in North Carolina report that the spring flowers are in bloom. I’m trying not to be jealous.

We’ve still got a few weeks of mud season to get through. It’s my least favorite time of the year here in New England. Melting snow reveals a season’s worth of road salt/sand, and the bare patches of ground that are starting to show look brown and dead.

The vernal stream is in full spate, with all the melting snow. What snow piles that are left are steaming. Every time Dog goes out, he comes back smelling like Lake Michigan. That observation is courtesy of Himself. I’ve never had the pleasure.

Personally, I am reminded of Onondaga Lake.

In any case, maybe that goes some small way to explain my color choice here, which I absolutely love:

Wait til you see what color I paint the stairs! :-0

batten down the hatches … again

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Blizzard warnings flying in Massachusetts this day. We are very happy to hunker down and ride it out at home. We have food, heat and plenty of new books in various formats to amuse ourselves with, thanks to Santa.

The Girl is reading Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods.

Himself is reading Marching Bands are just Homeless Orchestras by Tim Siedell (Twitter’s @badbanana)

I’m reading The Wave, by Susan Casey.

Speaking of waves, check out this story posted today on the Good Morning, Gloucester blog. (via Universal Hub) The video (also embedded below) is wild. Did I mention you should batten down the hatches?