Tag: Blizzard

Operation Floral Chef: Pizza, Banana Bread, & a Side of Pollen

 

I had heard that Saturday was going to be the worst day for deliveries, and the weather certainly lived up to that. Blowing snow and biting cold is a pain to drive in, and harsh on flowers. We need to warm up the van and make sure all the flowers were well wrapped, or we would not live up to our reputation for quality. Everyone knows you can get poor quality flowers at Walmart for cheap – we can only compete via quality. You could say the invisible hand is holding the bouquet…

Previous installment here and here.

High Plains Blizzard: Discontent on a Montana Highway

 

Move across the Great Plains in November and you are chancing sudden, serious winter weather. My parents did this twice in the 1970s with four young children. As we recall, the family dog was flown instead of sharing in the road trip both times. This was before hotels and motels catered to people with animals.

November 1977 found the Brown family convoying west from Fort Knox, KY, to Fort Lewis, WA. Dad had been reassigned from an Army hospital, commanded by a colonel, to an Army medical center, commanded by a one-star brigadier general. This was very good, as it meant he was moving into position to be promoted, as a clinician rather than administrator, from lieutenant colonel to colonel. What was not so good was the weather.

Our two-vehicle convoy’s make-up had been driven by family size and the oil crisis. When we had driven east, we rolled in Detroit steel. Then the oil crisis hit, and it was time to consider new vehicles. Dad got himself a Mercedes 240D. “D” is for diesel, the superior fuel economy and fuel price per mile choice at the time. Mom wanted something other than a station wagon around 1975, so she got Bessie the Bus, a VW with a bus shift lever linked to the four-on-the-floor transmission by a long wire. The engine was around 65-70 bhp.

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We here in Western Washington don’t get much snow in most winters. So when we have a blizzard, we milk it for all it’s worth. Kids make snowmen out of sparse snow, and we shutterbugs get out and take pictures. The photo above is out our high plant shelf, looking out on the green space […]

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Here outside DC in scenic Great Falls, VA, we are stocked with firewood, batteries, non-perishable food (I.e., peanut butter) and with all electronics fully charged, as we await THUNDERSNOW!  This is a term I have never heard, but as a Georgia native I suppose that isn’t a surprise.  We have been told to assume we […]

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(Sorry, I’m late—-life, etc….) This happened at least thirty years ago, while I was ‘between jobs’.  I was home, doing dishes, looking out the east window.  We have a small crop field east of our driveway, and I was watching a light snow come down.  It was mid-morning, and the weatherman had predicted ‘a chance […]

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(Note: sorry to publish early, I’m going on a snowmobiling trip this weekend) Todd Minter came out of the john and made his way back to the bar. The Keg-o-Mine had been their third stop of their snowmobile sledding night. As was customary, Todd and his friends had fortified themselves against the cold night with […]

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The Great Blizzard of ’15!

 

Get the cows into the barn, Martha!  There’s a blizzard a-brewin’!

And by that I mean there’s a substantial No’Easter hitting/about to hit New York and New England.  There are a lot of Ricochet members (and, um, everyone else, like 60 million people) that live in those parts.