Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Goodbye, 2008! (add-on)

It's Recyclables Day!

It's also 21 degrees, snowing and blowing and - therefore - perhaps not a very good day to put your recyclables out if they're in a container that will either blow back onto your property or be buried by a snowplow only to be found in the Spring!!

The snow on my front porch - which was about 8" deep at 5:30 this morning, has now reached the 1' mark!

This is one morning when "the Sidewalk Plow" earns the name:

"The Intrepid!"

9:13 - Gil Condon just sent me an Email identifying the sliding hill behind Memorial Park School as "Wilburs' Hill." (Thanks, Gil!)

WKTV's forecast as of last night. "Snow will be heavy at times, especially south of the Thruway late tonight and tomorrow morning. Lake effect snow will develop in the wake of this system, but with winds a little further northwest than what we saw today, it should not be too heavy in our area. Here's our snowfall forecast through tomorrow (Wednesday) evening:

"In addition to snow, cold weather will become a major headline for New Year's Eve. Temperatures will peak around 20 degrees tomorrow morning, then fall through the teens during the afternoon. For the celebrations, expect temperatures to drop back into the single digits to below zero everywhere with at least a 5-10 mph wind as well, making it feel more like -5 to -15 degrees. Those with plans in the Syracuse area may see some locally heavy snow out that way tomorrow night, while much of Utica-Rome and areas east may even see clear skies for a time."


Winter in the Country!

"Lake Hanover" is a slushy mess!


We're ready!

A bright flag warns snowplow drivers of an easily-buried mailbox on Route 12 south of the village.

Dick Martin

was out clearing the sidewalk next to Route 12, yesterday afternoon.

On Putnam Street, this snow-shoveler seemed to be enjoying the "sport!"

How many of you remember sliding on this hillside behind the Memorial Park Elementary School?

Thirty years ago it was completely bare and was a magnet for children with sleds and "tubs" and skis!


I noticed that the Magi and their camels had arrived at their destination on the side lawn of the St Bernard's rectory some time during the past week.


Two years ago today.

There were even dandelions, here and there, in sunny spots!

One year ago.

(That's just what my porch railing looks like this morning.)


And now it's New Year's Eve, again.

It's a tradition.

Auld Lang Syne
by Robert Burns

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And auld lang syne?


For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne!

( ...and if you want to keep singing.........)
We twa hae run about the braes,
And pu'd the gowans fine,
But we've wander'd mony a weary fit
Sin auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl't in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin auld lang syne.

And there's a hand, my trusty fiere,
And gie's a hand o' thine,
And we'll tak a right guid willie-waught
For auld lang syne!

And surely ye'll be your pint' stowp,
And surely I'll be mine,
And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne!


Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
And days of long ago !


For old long ago, my dear
For old long ago,
We will take a cup of kindness yet
For old long ago.

We two have run about the hillsides
And pulled the daisies fine,
But we have wandered many a weary foot
For old long ago.

We two have paddled (waded) in the stream
From noon until dinner time,
But seas between us broad have roared
Since old long ago.

And there is a hand, my trusty friend,
And give us a hand of yours,
And we will take a goodwill draught (of ale)
For old long ago!

And surely you will pay for your pint,
And surely I will pay for mine!
And we will take a cup of kindness yet
For old long ago!


Coming tomorrow -

a new link to a new year!

Have a great day, everyone!