By: joealaska , 4:21 AM GMT on February 09, 2017

When I was going out this morning to open the gates I noticed the keys to our truck were not in my pocket. This was not good, even though I knew where they were. My guess was I left them in the truck the night before, which was a drain on the battery. Sure enough, that was the case. Dead battery.

OK, first things first. Open the gates, then I jump the truck. I jumped in my Camry. But when I turned the key there was just a murmur, then nothing. Damn. Turns out my trunk was open, barely. It was hard to tell, as there were a few inches of snow and ice over most of the car. I assume it was a an accidental opening where my electronic key in my pocket was activated when I turned in some awkward position and the key was squeezed. It is not that unusual with me, happened a couple weeks ago. Walked outside and the trunk was wide open.

When is a trunk not a trunk? When it is a jar.

So, this morning I still needed to get the second gate open, which is about a quarter mile away. So I took off on foot. It was -7 at the time, but calm. I was well layered and in sandals. On my way back, a guy in a pickup truck stopped and asked if I wanted a ride. He told me what direction he was going, which was my way, but I was just a minute away and declined. It WAS cold. Nice guy.

So Nichole came in and I used her vehicle to jump the truck, then I used the truck to jump Red. Pretty busy for my morning off. Now I am working Wednesday in the afternoon, with the morning off. And I will be off Saturday and Sunday. A change in my schedule.

I quickly looked at the WU club site. Looks fine, I may post stuff there. I think anyone who wants to see my photos on Facebook are already doing so. Otherwise posting to a small private group is just about the opposite of I want to do. I will try a few sites and see how it goes. If I have to pay for anything, I would just as soon set up a web page with GoDaddy like I did a few years ago.

It was -7 this morning, and tomorrow it will be 50 or so. High winds with a warm front. 30 mph with gusts to 65. Massive meltage with the temps and winds. We plowed again just yesterday and the piles are back to about 10 feet high for now. Chance of rain! Between 30 and 50 most of the coming week.

Mona is fine. Dutch is fine.

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39. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
4:03 AM GMT on February 23, 2017
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38. miyuki
8:21 PM GMT on February 22, 2017
Hope you are on the mend UK. You think of everything, re: 'fog'.
Take care and get well soon!
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37. insideuk
9:45 AM GMT on February 22, 2017
Still here...slightly stooped and slow moving...

I'm awaiting the arrival of Storm Doris on Thursday. Looks as though she is going to give a wallop to my area with 60-70mph gales forecast through lunchtime. Its a north westerly storm so the side garden fencing is going to be at risk of going on a wavering walkabout. To take the optimistic viewpoint, at least it will be light enough to see where the damage is.

That road to Winifred would be much shorter in thick fog...

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36. miyuki
4:52 PM GMT on February 20, 2017
Oh good Lord Joseph! You have a knack of picking out steep remote roads with no guard rails. Hope the road is wider in person than on film.
Isn't there supposed to be snow there this time of year?
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35. Parshall
1:32 PM GMT on February 20, 2017
The Back Roads Photographer
Someone on the new WU FB site mentioned this as a great photo place.
It looks to me like it's just for viewing of one persons photos but I'm not sure.
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34. dotmom
3:23 AM GMT on February 20, 2017
The Road to Winifred is a bit scary! Seems like an old wagon trail. Pretty narrow. The wildlife is lurking and ready to run out in front of the car!!!
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33. joealaska
11:18 PM GMT on February 19, 2017
The Road To Winifred

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32. Parshall
4:37 PM GMT on February 18, 2017
Arbie the Fronts map is back and now some of the other maps are saying no longer exists. Something must be messed up.
Fronts is gone again along with several other maps.
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31. Arbie
3:41 PM GMT on February 18, 2017
Parshall, I can see the fronts on my phone if I open that general map that shows when you open a particular location. Then you can go to the layers, turn on u.s. fronts, and zoom out. I don't know if it is the same as the map you like though.
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30. Arbie
3:32 PM GMT on February 18, 2017
Loved seeing your kitty, dhaupt. As well as Mona romping around, and Dutchie. It reminded me that I need to make more time for my kitty and have us both some more fun.

The partially raw diet for her is going well, by the way. She loves any kind of raw meat, it seems, and she loves the chicken liver that comes packed in blood and broth. I found some canned food that is just meat including lots of different organ parts, tripe, and vitamins. She gets that 3 times per week, interspersed with the raw stuff and a little hard food. The hard food is because I haven't found a way to feed her bones. I'm surprised how little hard food she needs with just little mouse-sized portions of the raw food and the canned food that is just meat.

It will be up into the 80s f here today. We've had even less of a break from the heat than usual, it seems. It may seem worse than usual because I'm working in downtown Houston right now, and I don't often make it up out of the tunnels during the work days.
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29. Parshall
1:14 PM GMT on February 18, 2017
Now my favorite Fronts map 'no longer exists' ? I may be wrong but I always thought this map was one of the most important and used/ useful charts there was. No explanation. No word as to its being redone. We can use WunderMap but it doesn't work well for me on tablet.
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28. Parshall
12:25 AM GMT on February 18, 2017
Oh Miyuki, I didn't even get that . Thanks for bringing the pun to awareness.
Cool stories about all your cat friends everyone!
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27. miyuki
10:26 PM GMT on February 17, 2017
lotis2, LOVE the name 'D Claude' ! Very creative.

We had a cat, Rudy, that would bring us his favorite toy, a purple dinosaur we named, what else, ' Barney'. He would carry Barney in his mouth all over the place and would drop him at our feet, our gift from him. They were best friends and were buried together.

My parents cat sat for us and one year at their house I brought his basket of toys with him. My Mother about had a heart attack when she found a mouse he put in her clothes closet. He also stole her powder puff off her dresser and presented it to her. He knew when 9 o'clock rolled around, that was treat time. He would sit and stare at her until she gave him his treats.

Our Frank only has one eye. He is the one that sees the gnats in the windows in the summer, or the lady bug that snuck into the house. He loves to play 'pucks' on the wood floor. He starts yakking up a storm and that means its puck time. We throw a piece of hard food in the air, he catches it or knocks it around on the floor and eventually eats them.

We have 60 degrees here today. This reminds me, shedding season is just around the corner.
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26. lotis2
2:44 PM GMT on February 16, 2017

My daughter had a cat named D. Claude that liked to chase the sleeve from the morning paper tied into knots and bring it back.
You could always find a couple of spare ones under the couch or chair.
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25. DHaupt
6:56 AM GMT on February 16, 2017
Very cute. We've never had a cat that would fetch. Actually, never had a dog that would either. We have had some very playful cats who would wear themselves out knocking some silly little thing all over the house, preferably something that we DID NOT buy them; those seem to get boring very quickly. Favorites are like the little rings that come off when you open certain bottles or the little plastic plugs that you pop out of milk and cream cartons. Sniffles plays hockey with those.

The best interactive play items seem to be those feathers on a string pole and other such toys. I tire out before the cats do. We've also bought some of those expensive motorized toys which were a big hit until the cat came up with a foolproof strategy -- don't wear yourself out chasing that crazy mousy thing, pounce on it and sit on it and listen to the diabolical hidden motor burn itself out!

Seven days of rain approacheth. Thankfully, not very heavy here. Oroville says they are ready.

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24. miyuki
10:22 PM GMT on February 15, 2017
Great video Joe, thanks for sharing ! Love Dutchies trot, too cute, and Mona, what can I say, she is teaching you at an early age!
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23. dotmom
7:43 PM GMT on February 15, 2017
That video is so darn cute! She is a sweet kitty. Patience to teach her to fetch - or did she teach you?
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22. osdianna
6:00 PM GMT on February 15, 2017
What a lovely cat Mona is. I have heard of cats who play fetch but this is the first time I have seen one in action....nice job of training her...lots of patience, and time. Also cool to see that last few frames of Dutchie trotting to you. You are SUCH a good Daddy!
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21. Parshall
5:49 PM GMT on February 15, 2017
Are you sure it was Mona who got bored? I can't believe you taught her to fetch. My cats have always expected ME to go get THEIR toys after they chased them.
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20. joealaska
4:29 PM GMT on February 15, 2017


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19. Parshall
3:29 AM GMT on February 15, 2017
Haha! Well I guess that's pretty obvious considering we've all said some pretty negative things about how WU has been going.
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18. joealaska
1:58 AM GMT on February 15, 2017
Hey. We have a new disclaimer at the bottom of my blog.
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17. preacherskidd
1:38 PM GMT on February 14, 2017 Dante's Peak was filmed in Wallace. One of our old family traditions like independenceDay or Lord of the rings.
Interesting video doing side by side comparisons.
The inserted the mountain computerally in the movie. No volcano in the real Wallace.
You can see it in the video.
Your Wallace vid and this popped up in my UUUUtub just now.
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16. DHaupt
12:34 PM GMT on February 14, 2017
Lotis2: Pie are round. Cake are square. I know because I are an injuneer
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15. DHaupt
8:03 AM GMT on February 14, 2017
Oroville! I'm about 200 miles south of there and even if the entire lake emptied, I'd be safe. Basically it is just another example of human stupidity and governmental "thrift" No one thought that water would ever reach the 900 foot level in the lake so they opted not to put concrete cladding on that section of the dam. About 10 years ago (?) the Sierra Club and other environmental groups fought to get the job done and revoke the original environmental impact reports. The government prevailed because it might have cost $100M to do it. Well, what has it and what will it cost now to do it right?

What they are now doing is drawing the water level down as quickly as possible using the damaged concrete overflow spillway. The plan is to drop the level a good 50 feet. More storms are on the way and will start coming through Wednesday through the following Monday. Parts of the Bay Area may see 4-5" of rain total. Much more possible up north in the dam's catchment area.

But, there is sometimes a little justice to be done: lt. General Flynn has resigned from the Trump team abruptly and in disgrace! Another one bites the dust!

P.S. UK, I'm sort of lame with back problems right now myself. It started about 3 weeks ago when a "safety" office chair dumped me on my arse and shot backwards across the room. Good days, Bad days. Today was a bad day. Muriel had minor surgery a week ago to replace an old pacemaker. Got a new digital spiffy model now -- but, she can't drive, pick up anything hardly with her left arm, has to ride in the backseat of the car because of the risk of an airbag detonation. So, I had to drive her up to Kaiser Permanente in Walnut Creek. Her appointment location was at the far end of a huge atrium. I started after her and realized that I was not going to make it, had to swallow my pride and ask for a wheelchair and attendant to push me there. A little more mobile tonight. Got pain meds, but no muscle relaxant. I've taken them before and they made me loopier than any opioid. I can't recall the name of the drug, but I think it was invented by the Nazis, maybe it was the CIA.
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14. lotis2
7:11 PM GMT on February 13, 2017

I'm still around (and square too). Still not back in my home yet. Getting permits then inspections, then more inspections, it never ends.

Now comes all of the picking & choosing. AND I HATE SHOPPING!!!

I know what I DON'T like when I see it. But there is too much of everything I DO like.

And trying to decide if it all goes together with what is staying.

Anybody want to come take over and surprise me with the end results? PLEASE??!!
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13. insideuk
5:40 PM GMT on February 13, 2017
Am thinking the sandals bit is a joke....though he has been locked out his place in a snowstorm BAREFOOT before now. I'm pretty sure the cats told him that was stupid. I'm certain I told him too.

Am here nursing a bad back, caused by lifting and twisting around with heavy boxes. Getting tired of the extremely debilitating muscle spasms, I have so very little patience for being out of action like this - 48 hours feels like a week. Moan, moan, moan....

Gobble, gobble, gobble on the anti-inflammatory meds.

Would like to hear Dave's thoughts on the CA dam incident. Reading the main blog and comments is frightening the living daylights out of me. It needs to stay dry, and cold, and the people working to fix this mess need a huge amount of good luck. I wish them all of it.
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12. Ylee
5:55 AM GMT on February 13, 2017
Spoiled rotten? Never would've guessed it.... :' )
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11. DHaupt
8:37 PM GMT on February 12, 2017
I wondered about that sandals and -7ยบ. That is definitely frostbite conditions. Any colder and it's much worse. I had an acquaintance when I was at the U of Wyoming who dashed out into the cold on some short task only to freeze a shallow nerve in his neck controlling facial muscles. His face was completely whopper-jawed for nearly a year.

Mr. Sniffles is a handsome dude and he knows it. He is exceptionable and God has placed all of us in his life to serve him. Just another way of saying he's spoiled rotten.
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10. osdianna
6:51 PM GMT on February 12, 2017
Sandals in -7 degrees? Oh, brrrrr! There is an insurance commercial out here that talks about how those of us in the PNW wear sandals and socks and knee-length shorts (guys) with our fleece jackets, it's a tradition. But not in the snow. My mom told me to wear wool socks because even when wet they will keep your feet warm.....and she was right! I have been wearing my ankle-high boots a lot but it sure makes me crave a comfortable pair of already broken-in cowboy boots.

Mr. Sniffles is one handsome cat.
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9. miyuki
6:27 PM GMT on February 12, 2017
Sniffles is one handsome dude !!

Parshall, thanks for letting me know how long my favorite pics will be available here.
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8. Parshall
1:37 PM GMT on February 12, 2017
Thanks for the pic! He's lovely!
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7. DHaupt
11:42 AM GMT on February 12, 2017
Quick comment about just Sniffles. Sorry for the confusing typos. Sniffles shows no sign of disease. His eyes are both clear and sparkling; he is his usual "full of it"; he likes his food, and ours, and wants out as much as possible. He's really engaged with his little cat world. That is just how we all want it to be.

A mischievous mind lurks behind those lovely whiskers.
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6. DHaupt
11:39 AM GMT on February 12, 2017
I hear you dot. But you have to balance the fact that our pets do not live all that long. What I think is important is that they receive love, good food and warm beds. Veterinary medicine has changed over the past 25 years. I think a lot of vets are frustrated brain surgeons. They studied all these advanced concepts in vet school but, lacking access to major hospitals and the finances available for human health care, and actual MD degrees, they still want to play the same game.

The old-time vets, like Dr. Pol in Michigan, make a lot of their money off their large animal practice. They aren't going to starve. They treat small animals, our pets, more reasonably knowing that we aren't going to sell Pixie's milk for thousands of dollars or her carcass for $1400. And, they have the guts to tell you when it's "just that time". Instead, so many of these modern vets will lead you up the garden path, wring your heart out and sway you into unrealistic vicarious medical adventures in a vain effort to stave off the mortality everyone and everything of us face.

My heart really goes out to a friend in UK who, with his family, was basically conned into spending over $10,000 to remove a brain tumor from a 14 yo lab with bad kidneys and liver, a beloved family pet, only to have it die on the operating table.

The sad thing is that I know a lot of people who have spent $10,000, as much as $20,000 on a beloved and aged pet only to end up with a $20,000 dead cat. I just can't justify that. Just think of all the other orphaned pets and humans one could materially help with that money. I certainly draw the line at chemo theray for old dogs. I really feel for people with cancerous Golden Retrievers and the like, they are such wonderful pets; but their short life expectancy just must be accepted and respected. Always own a puppy! Or a kitty.

I think Joe has done just the right thing by adopting Mona.
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5. dotmom
4:14 PM GMT on February 11, 2017
Dave: (bankrupt us or do him is, is not free of any visible disease) I think you mean is NOW free of any visible disease. And that is a good thing! These pets are family and we will not stop at anything to get them well.

CA has certainly gotten their share of rain. Too bad we can't program it as to our needs. KY has had a lot of rain in the last month but never in torrents - just enough each day to be dreary.
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4. DHaupt
7:23 AM GMT on February 11, 2017
Try to remember that you just started off to unlock a gate. "Production engineers will always make it their goal to anticipate all difficulties, prevent all mistakes and devise ingenious solutions to all problems as they arise. However, when up to your ass in alligators, remember that your original objective was to drain the swamp."

How is Dutchie coping with his first really cold winter? I'll bet they are both glad to have that nice cat tree by the window. Our Sniffles-the-cat that we thought had some sort of lymphoma in his left eye that was going to either bankrupt us or do him is, is not free of any visible disease, is ornery as ever and loves to attack his feathery toy. It only cost us about $500 for useless opinions and unnecessary tests. I wish we had Dr. Pol just down the road!

This is our first dry night in nearly 6 days. I haven't seen the storm total, but it must be a couple of inches. Of course, the North Bay counties and Santa Cruz Mountains got buckets more. Mild sunny days and cool nights for the next 6 days; the it looks like another round of moderate storms will move in.

Now, back to watching owls sitting on eggs. Just love all the hooty noises.
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3. cybersuze
5:53 AM GMT on February 11, 2017
We had those warm temps yesterday -- finally seeing the grass for the first time in 2017! Lots of flooding! Such a relaxing day off you had!
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2. dotmom
11:50 PM GMT on February 10, 2017
Sounds like a lot of "jumping." Sure glad that is over! Well at least for this week!
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1. Arbie
12:00 PM GMT on February 09, 2017
Joe, fwiw, I like the idea of putting your photos on a major photo site where they can be easily found and purchased, then putting the blog on a major, searchable blog site, for the same reasons. Then you can link the two. I think it would be worth paying a little. My two cents! :)
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