Saturday, January 6, 2007


You betcha!

Who'd have thought you'd see see Dolly, Nancy and Lynn
out running in SHORT SLEEVES on a JANUARY 6!?!

We hit the 60-degree mark!

Saturday Morning

It's 56 degrees and soggy. It's been raining all night along.

WKTV's Update at 11 PM on Friday: Rain and mild conditions continue! We officially hit 59, tying the old record set in 1993. The rain should begin winding down overnight. Again, some sun is possible on Saturday morning/afternoon popping us to near or above 60.

We tied the record high for January 5th by hitting 59 degrees at the old Oneida County Airport. After 7 PM, we should know if we hit 60. Temperatures should not fall below 50 officially tonight. Many outlying areas will drop into the upper 40s. Rain is moving in this evening and will be steady to heavy at times overnight.

This will taper off to showers after sunrise on Saturday. Then the clouds will begin to break and southwest winds will kick up. It may seem like mid-spring out there with widespread 55-60 degree readings. Some areas may break 60 degrees tomorrow with enough sunshine. The record high of 58 degrees will be in jeopardy. After about 1-2 PM though, cooler air will begin being felt, so expect temperatures back to near 50 or in the upper 40s by sunset. A few scattered rain or even snow showers are possible Saturday night. But then high pressure nudges in here for Sunday, leading to sunny skies and highs 20 degrees cooler or so than Saturday...but still 10 degrees above the low 40s.

The Weather Channel Forecast

I only took one photograph, yesterday:

I had gone to the Kountry Kupboard to stock up on sugar-free cookies, and there - right in front of my car, amongst other of Earleys' nursery stock items - was a fine specimen of Salix discolor:

Pussy Willow!

Today's the day that the blogger and her family finally get to have their Christmas Gathering!
Dick will be here for the day and, if all goes as planned, will be checking out of Harding's on Monday.

I'll be a little busy, but if I see - or hear of - something really news-worthy, you'll find it here!

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Friday, January 5, 2007

It's Fish-Fry Day!

Every Friday during January

The Clifford J. Fulmer Post
American Legion


from 4:30 - 7:30 P.M.


It even feels like Fishing Season! It's 48.2 degrees at 6:15, and sort-of drizzly.

The WKTV Channel 2 Weather Forecast:

Today: Cloudy and mild with morning rain, tapering off to showers. High 55
Tonight: Mostly cloudy with rain showers. Low 49
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, very mild, with rain showers. High 57 Low 40
Sunday: Partly sunny, turning cooler, with a morning flurry possible. High 42 Low 32

Jean B. Davis sent this picture of yesterday's sunrise,
as seen from Sanger Avenue.

"Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning!"

It's 48 degrees in Dallas, 66 degrees in Orlando, 65 degrees in Savannah,
and the Canada Geese still havn't decided where to go!

Thursday, January 4, 2007


55.9 degrees at 1:30!

Walkers and bicyclists are making the most of a good thing,
and I found three fun Springthings to take pictures of.

There are dozens of these pretty little "English Daisies"
blooming on the front lawn of the Harding Nursing Home!

A few Honey Bees were venturing outside their
winter quarters on the South side of our barn, and ...........

......... one bright red pansy is blooming next to a
lamp post on our front lawn.
Not a perfect specimen, but perfectly stupendous,
all the same!

from the Waterville Times
Wednesday, January 3, 2007

New Library Director Settles In - Photo-story Interview with Jeff Reynolds at the Waterville Public Library.

Another Eastman Invention Done - About Master carpenter Russell Eastman's dovetailing tool cleanup device.

Madison Co. Man Killed in Logging Accident - Terrance N. Cook, 38, of Hubbardsville.

Town of Augusta News - search for township office space may result in construction of new building.

Trophy Time - Photo story. Martin Cleary, who started the Waterville Times All-star Tournament 20 years ago, hands out trophies.

Quilt Won - Lauren Jones of W. Winfield won the First Pioneer Credit's Annual Scholarship Raffle.

Brookfield Hearing - at 6:00 P.M. Jan. 8th re: proposed housing improvement project.

Waterville Garden Club Decorating Winners. Categories include "Best of the Best," Overall, Doorways and Business.

Thursday Sunrise

Val Schenk just sent me this picture that she took of the Sunrise, this morning, as seen from Forge Hollow!

(I've had to use Picasa to upload it, but will try Blogspot again, later on, in hopes that you'll be able to get it in the really "wide screen" version!)

Thanks loads, Val!

Thursday Morning, continued


28.6 degrees at 6 o'clock, and there's no precipitation.

The WCS Boys' Varsity Basketball Team beat Hamilton, 50 - 47.

Everyone agrees that this weather is generally grand for traveling - whether to Basketball Games or to the far South.

(Click to enlarge.)

These were two of the largest -and loudest - Gaggles of Geese I've ever seen!

The only local travelers who are being hampered by the currently green conditions are the members of WASTA: the Waterville Area Snow Travelers Assoc.

Teams of members have been out marking trails, but only a very few have had a chance to ride on any of them.

The WKTV Weather Room statement doesn't give snowmobilers any reason to cheer, either:

"Friday will see us under the influence of a "dirty" southwest flow, that will leave us with a good amount of cloud cover, perhaps some breaks of sun, a few showers and mild temperatures. This will lead to a second round of steadier rain on Friday night and early Saturday. Aside from an early rain or snow shower, Sunday should be dry and quiet. A weak coastal low will pass by on Monday and could touch off a few rain or snow showers. Slightly cooler air filters in for Tuesday and Wednesday, along with the chance of a few snow showers. But almost immediately, mild air starts to work back in here for the remainder of next week.

Any return to sustained chilly weather with snow chances appears to be on hold until at least next weekend, if not later. "

The blogger is glad that there's no HUGE storm in the very immediate future because Mr. B. is now able to leave the Harding Nursing Home for rides in the country, lunches out, visits to his home-based television set and OTHER favorite big chair.

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Wednesday Morning


The temperature at 6:30 is 26.4 degrees and there's no precipitation.

7:00 P.M.
at the Municipal Hall.

(Have you filled out the questionnaire that came with your Water Bill, yet?)

An article in this morning's Utica Observer-Dispatch will be of interest to those who know - or who have heard of - Blair Raker, who grew up on W. Bacon Street.

Yesterday, the Department of Public Works was taking down the wreaths and banners that had decorated Main Street.

I had the urge to shout "No! Wait! We havn't had Christmas yet!"

At least it never looked like Christmas!

It was a little bit more wint'ry "up" towards Paris ......

...... near "Spring Farm Cares" the shrubbery looked as if it had been "flocked,"

and there seemed to be some real snow up in the Deerfield Hills.

On December 31st, I found in my "mailbox" a Happy New Year greeting from a WBARTLETT in Rochester. "Thank You!" I wrote, "But I don't think I know who you are!" And now, several E-mail exchanges later, the man that Dottie Ruane always refers to as "Junior" Bartlett and I are old friends!

Thanks, Walt!

Not only that, but he wrote to his nephew - Pat and Clem's son, Brad Cowen, in Wilmington, Delaware - and I've just gotten a nice long letter from him! (He's apparently read the entire blog and followed all the links!)

Thanks, Brad!

Also following the link to "Heaps of History" was Mr. David Sullivan, the owner of "The Brunswick." He sent an update on the renovations to the old building and its current status as an apartment house and asked me to add it as a "comment" to the write-up on "Heaps of History." I've added his letter, instead, directly to the Brunswick page.

Thanks, Dave!

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

It's Tuesday morning

It's one of those brain-bending "Monday-holiday" weeks.


Tomorrow (Wednesday) is BIG TRASH DAY!

Thursday is Recyclables Day, and

Friday is Garbage Day, again!

It's 32.2 degrees at 6:00 A.M.

Here in "the hollow" it's just drippy, but the snowplow/sander just went past the house, so, if you live at what is usually referred to as a "higher elevation," you may have slippy conditions!

This "screensnap" of today's Weatherchannel forecast has been uploaded in the "oldfashioned" manner as an experiment to see how long the image lasts! If you find a "missing picture block," that's all you missed and I'll know that the system still isn't working right!

Here's what the News Channel 2 has to say:

Tonight: Mostly clear. Low: 25
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High: 45, Low: 25
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High: 50, Low: 32
Friday: Chance for showers. High: 45, Low: 38
Saturday: Rain, then sun. Very mild. High: 53, Low: 25
Sunday: A mix of sun and clouds. High: 42, Low: 28
Monday: Chance for rain. High: 40

The blogger is not the only one to be effected by this warm spell: a few other's have been siezed by the unrealistic urge to declare that "it's Spring Cleaning Time!" (Yes - even windows!) They may be getting ahead of everyone else, but I'm just catching up!

I'll add "news" when I find it!

Monday, January 1, 2007

Happy New Year

It's already almost 40 degrees!

The WKTV Newschannel 2 Forecast doesn't include any real "Winter!"
New Year’s Day: Rain in the morning, followed by showers. High: 44, Low: 30
Tuesday: A few snow showers. High: 36, Low: 22
Wednesday: A mix of sun and clouds. High: 40, Low: 24
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High: 47, Low: 25
Friday: Rain likely. High: 40, Low: 28

At least New Year's Eve Party-goers didn't have to worry about icy roads as much as yesterday's predictions would have led them to.

There was a full house at "Michael's," where reservations had been sold out for a week or more, and another party with Dinner, Music, Doorprizes and Fun took place out at the American Legion.

Details when available, and I may be able to find more flowers blooming, too!

For those of you who are willing to aim Northward to go skiing or snowboarding, here's a new site to save as a "favorite!"

Have a great day!

December 31 wrap-up

December 31st:

the temperature reached 45 degrees.

Walkers, joggers, bikers and kids on new scooters were out in force.

Mark Mowrey took a break from yard work to chat with neighbors;

all the bays at the Car Wash were full;

and just outside the front door of the Harding Nursing Home

a dandelion bloomed!

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Sunday morning - the last day of the year!

It's 29 degrees at 7:00 A.M.

(Sleeping late could get to be a habit!)

Some readers are taking too literally the post time that appears on the blog and are wondering "Do you ever sleep?" That time - fed into the post automatically by - is CALIFORNIA time: three hours earlier than Eastern Time!

Yes: I sleep!

The national weather map is colorful, and an article in this morning's Utica Observer-Dispatch warns of Slick Roads on New Year's Eve.

Trivia for the day: it's tradition - but "Why?" Read the history of Auld Lang Syne and you'll either sing more loudly - or more softly!