Well, winter is officially here today. I am off work and decided that I needed to do a little writing. This morning I woke up a d turned on the news to discover that we were about to go into a winter storm warning. Snow was expected to it here about noon today and it actually began around 11:00 AM. It is now about 2:30 in the afternoon and it is really coming down. Lucky for me, no work today but I was supposed to go to a staff meeting at The Mac Store in the morning but just heard that it was cancelled, Alleleuia!
So, as I gaze out from my living room, it almost looks like a white out. In the Columbia Gorge, which is a little east from Portland, a blizzard warning is in effect, the first one in the last five years.
That was two months after we first arrived here, back in 2008.
In 2010, we moved to Honolulu, and there was no more winter for us for three years. I did miss the seasons and was happy to return here to Stumptown. Just in the last few minutes, the snowflakes have increased in size, we expected to get 2-5 inches of the white stuff from this storm and there is another storm behind this one.
To stay warm, we are running a couple heaters, ceiling heat in our kitchen and dining room as well as the wall heaters in our bedrooms, our electric bill will be a bit hefty next month. I am wearing two shirts and wool socks and Rox is wearing two of everything including blankets on her cold feet. We have discovered that there is very little insulation in our walls of our apartment, brrrr. But hey, we are stalwarts and doing ok.
This has been very interesting living here again. I grew up, my first 13 years in New Jersey, where the winters were pretty harsh, lots of cold and snow. My family then moved to South Florida where I stayed until I went into the Navy in 1969. I attended a school in Millington, TN, just outside Memphis and I was lucky enough to stand a watch on a Tarmac, in the snow in the middle of the night, that was brutal. After the Navy, moved back down to Miami in the Sunshine State. In 1976, ended up moving to San Diego, California where I lived for 29 years, again not much of four seasons. It wasn’t until 2008 that I got to experience a winter wonderland again. In December of 2008, Portland had a record snowfall of 18″, did not have to drive in it and it was truly magical.
Well, just got an alert on the phone, we are expecting up to 7″ of snow and winds up to 25 miles per hour, how fun. I don’t know but Hawaii sounds pretty good right now, lol. I still love this and will want to take a walk outside maybe later this evening. There is something about snowing, being outside at night. There are no sounds, just the wind and watching the snow fall under the street lights.
I apologize for the lack of writing here, between my work at the Mac Store and work for the Oregon World War II Memorial Foundation, I have been neglecting my Geerhead duties. I will not be working as much now and hope to get back into the swing if things.