The view from my perch on the mountain

Things is lookin’ up…….sort of

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WOO-HOO, I’m back online at maximum speed and I am happy about that! Now all I have to do is catch up on the 300 or so blog updates I haven’t been able to read over the weekend due to modem malfunctions. At this point I would like to thank Mrs. Francisco, my fifth grade teacher, who made us learn speed reading whether we wanted to or not! Even though I wasn’t very happy about it back then I am now.

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Buddy is home again, after a “sleepover at the vet clinic” last night. I don’t think he has discovered his missing parts yet, poor guy. It may be my imagination but I’d swear his voice has risen a couple of octaves. He’s a little puzzled by our refusal to play Buddy Ball …. throw the ball, he chases it down, you try to get the ball away from him, repeat …. but the post surgical instructions say no vigorous exercise until the sutures come out in 10 to 14 days. It’s just as well because he’s having a terrible time keeping his eyes open.

Buddy will need all the rest he can get in the coming days. He absolutely loves snow and it looks like he’s gonna have plenty to romp in if the National Weather Guessing, Star Gazing and Palm Reading Service get’s this one right:

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Winter Storm Warning

331 PM EST TUE JAN 25 2011

…HEAVY SNOWFALL WEDNESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY NIGHT….

A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL TRACK FROM THE CENTRAL GULFCOAST INTO EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA ON WEDNESDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON. SIGNIFICANT COLD AIR ALOFT COMBINED WITH SIGNIFICANT MOISTURE FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO WILL RESULT IN HEAVY SNOW AS WELL AS PERIODS OF SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN BEGINNING EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING AND LASTING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING.

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM WEDNESDAY TO MIDNIGHT EST WEDNESDAY NIGHT…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BLACKSBURG HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW, SLEET AND AREAS OF FREEZING RAIN WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM WEDNESDAY TO MIDNIGHT EST WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THE WINTER STORM WATCH HAS BEEN UPGRADED TO A WARNING.

* HAZARD TYPES…PROLONGED HEAVY WET SNOW IS EXPECTED.

* ACCUMULATIONS…4 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED. *

* TIMING…RAIN OR A LIGHT WINTRY MIX WILL CHANGE TO SNOW BY MID  DAY WEDNESDAY AND CONTINUE INTO WEDNESDAY EVENING.

* IMPACTS…DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS DUE TO SNOW COVERED ROADS ARE EXPECTED. DOWNED TREES AND POWER LINES ARE POSSIBLE DUE TO THE HEAVY WET SNOW.

* WINDS…NORTHWEST WINDS WITH SPEEDS INCREASING TO 10 TO 15 MPH AND GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH ARE EXPECTED WEDNESDAY EVENING.

* TEMPERATURES…FORECAST TO BE IN THE LOWER 30S WEDNESDAY WILL DROP INTO THE 20S WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

*Taking past performance on the forecasters’ part into consideration this translates to either no snow at all or 4 to 8 feet!

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Today Laura is getting a lesson in the downside of having her own vehicle. When she got her driver’s license 2 years ago we gave her the Jeep her mother had been using. While she has paid for such things as registration renewal, county sticker, fuel, etc. we’ve kept the Jeep in my name for insurance purposes. She’s covered under my family plan which means much lower rates than if she had her own insurance.

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She and her mother took great pleasure in applying this decal on the liftgate window. I didn’t mind all that much because this happened just after my accident, and the incredibly stiff suspension, made it impossible for me to ride in it, much less drive it.

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When Laura got the Jeep she added these decals and I have a feeling she’ll be wearing the same expression when she calls home during her break tonight. I just got a call from the garage. The $56 quote for safety inspection, oil and filter change and fluid top off has just gone up another $80 thanks to almost worn out front brake pads.

I shall not gloat. Godzilla is due for inspection in March and I already know of one minor suspension part that needs replacing. I’m praying that’s all it needs. This is the absolute worst part of learning to live with my physical limitations; paying someone else to maintain my vehicle. After 16 years as a master automotive tech knowing what is wrong and not being able to just crawl under there and fix it just grates on my nerves!

At least we have an honest, dependable and reasonably priced mechanic. We took our old minivan to a different shop once and their shop manager tried to convince me that it needed nearly $6,000 in repairs before they could release it to us because it “wasn’t safe to operate.” I very nearly got arrested over that…….and, NO, he didn’t get the $6,000 either! He was lucky to leave his office alive. Frankie had to use all her persuasive powers to keep me from beating him to death with his own clipboard……..because she wanted to do it!

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4 responses

  1. Fizz

    Dood. Your more over done about the dogs doods than he’s gonna be…. it’s ok…. he’ll actually feel better.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:06 PM

  2. Yay, for regaining your access to the world wide web 🙂 . Hope Lauras bill doesn’t increase anymore, cars can be a pain 😦 As for poor old Buddy I suspect he will still be bouncing much sooner than he should be, he looks the energetic type. Keep safe and warm in the nasty weather (I’d have to hibernate cos I certainly wouldn’t be going out!!!)

    January 25, 2011 at 5:07 PM

  3. Oh dear! Poor Buddy!! Nevermind he’ll be fine 🙂 I’ve assisted in many of those “sleepovers” and there’s nothing to it….really!!!! 🙂

    January 25, 2011 at 6:36 PM

  4. Buddy will soon get over his missing parts, and be grateful, as it can’t be much fun living the life of a playboy and no access to the ladies.
    Poor Laura, she’ll never have any spare money now, though I don’t think driving in your part of the world is as expensive as the UK.
    That weather forecast does not look good news. wrap up well.

    January 26, 2011 at 2:58 PM

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