Winter 2010-2011 (Part Deux)

By: crowe1 , 2:22 PM GMT on January 30, 2011

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With the official start to winter I thought I'd bring back the snow-counting from Lakeshadow on Sully's blog back in the "old days." As I recall, this is an old Iroquois (Onondaga?) method. The following is from LakeShadow's blog:

Snow Counting Rules:

How many snows will you get this year?

The calculation for snow-counting is as follows:

F + N = S ( F= First Snow Date of Month; N= Number of Days Since Previous New Moon; S= Snows For Winter)

Add the date of the month which you receive your first qualifying snow (see "What counts as a snow", below) to the number of days since the last new moon.

For example: Its forecast to snow on Oct 28th here in the Buffalo region. The last new moon was September 29th. It will be 30 days ago that there was a new moon from Oct 28th. add 30 (days since new moon) to 28(day of month) and you get 58. That is the number of snows that will be expected if the predicted snowfall happens.


What counts as a snow?
A snow is counted when there is enough of it to track an animal and it doesn't melt until the next sunrise or sunset. For example, if it starts to snow over night, it must cover and stick to the ground (grassy surface...not pavement) the next morning without melting for it to count. If it starts snowing during the daytime, it must still remain on the ground through sunset. This is easy to determine by watching for animal tracks or by putting a footprint in the snow once it stops snowing.

A new snow is counted when
a.) snow has melted between snows (after it has remained long enough to count in the first place) and surfaces are recovered to fit the snowfall criteria.

b.) Snow from the previous snowfall remains for the required time to be counted, new snow covers the footprints tracks left by animals and tracks stay covered through the following sunrise/sunset.

Many snows are too light to track an animal or melt away too quickly to be counted. So remember to take note...can you track an animal in the grass and has it stayed through the following sunrise/sunset.

If a snow is continuous through a few days without letting up through the following sunrise/sunset, it is only considered one snow. in other words, sometimes it snows for a few days and still counts as only one snow. On rarer occasions, two snows can be counted in one day. For example.. It may snow over night and stop before the sun rises, yet the snow remains on the ground past sunrise. Then the snow starts again in the afternoon while it is light and lets up before nightfall, covering all morning tracks and remaining on the ground through the following night. This counts as 2 snows for one day.

Thanks for visiting and participating!!! Keep us all posted on how you do with your corner of the world!!!

I thought this was fun so I'm doing it again. My first snow was Dec. 14, last new moon was 9 days before, so 14+9=23. I hope we come close:). As of 12/21/10 I'm at 2 snows.
3.) 12/23/10: .25"
4.) 12/26-27/10: C
5.) 1/4/11: .1"
6.) 1/7: c
7.) 1/7-1/8: 9.75"
8.) 1/12?: 5"
9.) 1/15: 5"
10.) 1/18: 5" (do I see a trend here?)
11.) 1/19: 2"
12.) 1/21: 4.2"
13.) 1/23: .3"
14.) 1/24-25: .5"
15.) 1/28: .2"
16.) 1/29: .2"
17.) 2/1-2/2: 8"
18.) 2/7: 4"
19.) 2/8: 2"
20.) 2/14: .5"
21.) 2/15: .2"
22.) 2/21: 3.5"
23.) 2/25: 7"
24.) 2/27: 6.75"
25.) 3/4,5: T
26.) 3/6-7: 10.5"
27.) 3/14: 1.75"
28.) 3/21: 4", Spring!!!

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252. listenerVT
10:15 PM GMT on June 01, 2011
Holy Moly, Massachusetts!!

Three tornadoes on the ground in western MA, during the evening commute!

Live streaming broadcast here:
http://www.necn.com/pages/necn_streampage
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251. listenerVT
5:37 PM GMT on June 01, 2011
I'm looking forward to week's end and the new post, crowe! :-)

Meanwhile, here's an ♥ Ally Update! ♥

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 11:12 AM, EDT

Ally's HAMA came back positive again.  Our instructions were to draw blood again in a month.  That makes me think her level is still high.  I have a call into the doctor to find out if it is at least coming down.  Ally being positive is good for our personal calendars (end of school craziness and she has swim lesson the weeks of June 27 and July 4), but we always want to be moving forward with treatment.  Plus, scan time is coming around again.  I am hoping to schedule them so I don't have to miss the last 2 days or school, or so that Ally doesn't miss swim lessons.....we'll see how that goes.

Other than that Ally has been doing well.  She is loving school, and we think we found a good match for her for next year.  It is a Montessori preschool, 3 afternoons a week, just a couple minutes from our house (as opposed to the 15 minute drive Grammy and Grampa are currently doing).

We broke out the sprinkler (a wiggly caterpillar) and Ally and our friend Max had a blast the other day.  Yesterday her fun time was cut short by a fall on the pavement and scraped knees.  The first of the season.  Our little Drama Queen was unable to walk for the rest of the night, and required that she be carried....luckily it was close to bedtime.

Upcoming for us: scans, closing out school, swim lessons, dance camp, and a twin sized bed!!!

Lollipop Mouth:
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250. crowe1
1:16 AM GMT on May 31, 2011
Beautiful picture Listener.
I've been thinking the same thing about the age of this entry. By weeks end we'll have a new one!
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249. listenerVT
10:47 PM GMT on May 30, 2011
Sunshine today...all day...without any thunderstorms...and with lower humidity...awesome!
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248. listenerVT
10:36 PM GMT on May 30, 2011
FORGET ME NOT


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247. listenerVT
6:30 AM GMT on May 30, 2011
Blessings upon your memories.

I am grateful for my uncles who served in WWII. Uncle Junior was 20 and engaged and his plane went down. Uncle Walter was wounded at Iwo Jima at age 18. The two events occurred five or six weeks apart.

I am also grateful to the loved ones who bore so much to support those who served. My poor dear grandmother. She had seven children, and all five boys were in the war as well as her husband...!!
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246. listenerVT
6:24 AM GMT on May 30, 2011
crowe: That's great about no hail damage!

Folks in Ohio had baseball sized hail and their car was totaled by the insurance company.

Congrats on coming through the semester!!

I'm very grateful for this place to meet up about weather and Ally and all else. No new Ally news in awhile, but that's good.

When Time Permits, I'm looking forward to a Spring thread, so this won't feel too much like Sully's lonely Winter thread.

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245. crowe1
7:44 PM GMT on May 28, 2011
Surprisingly, no hail damage. Our road and many in the area were closed due to trees down but that's the worst I know of. Pretty intense lightning storm last night about 1am too.

I can't speak for anyone else, but my absence has been due to 12 hour work days, full time college and the exhaustion that follows. Classes are now done, work schedule becoming a bit more forgiving so I hope to be around a bit more. (And I am a snow storm lover too)

Happy Memorial Holiday, remember all who have sacrificed their time and lives for our freedom, stay safe and have fun.
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244. listenerVT
4:30 AM GMT on May 28, 2011
Quoting crowe1:
How did you fair Listener?
We had quarter size hail here today! My daughter kept a piece in the freezer for me, pics will follow.


We fared fine at my house. Not so for MANY in our area, though. LOTS of flooding, roads completely underwater or just plain washed-out and ruined, some serious straight-line wind or small tornado damage, even 200 year old trees uprooted! And there's more rain in the forecast. Rough season.

That's large hail you got there! Any damage from it? How's your car?
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243. crowe1
12:53 AM GMT on May 27, 2011
Pouring here now.
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242. crowe1
12:50 AM GMT on May 27, 2011
How did you fair Listener?
We had quarter size hail here today! My daughter kept a piece in the freezer for me, pics will follow.
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241. listenerVT
12:40 AM GMT on May 27, 2011
Well, how's this for exciting?

Thunderstorm overhead (again).

*** 8:09pm...Tornado Warning: located near West Groton, VT moving northeast at 40 mph.
* Locations in the warning include but are not limited to...
Groton... Newbury... Peacham... Barnet... Danville... Passumpsic... Lower
Waterford... St. Johnsbury... ***

http://www.wunderground.com/US/VT/008.html#TOR

Sneaky tornado: waited until 9 minutes past the tornado watch expiration time!


Tree branch down on our road and a neighbour's big wooden lawn swing (bench style) got completely lain down.
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240. originalLT
4:58 AM GMT on May 21, 2011
Hi Listener, I guess people here get more excited about snow!, that's why it's so slow here(and on Blizz's blog too). Thanks for the Ally up-date, what a trooper!. And I think we will be here after 6PM Sat. God's not ending things,--yet! Take care, LT
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239. listenerVT
3:37 AM GMT on May 21, 2011
Gosh, where has everyone gone?

Has the weather stopped? Is this weekend really the rapture?

;-)
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238. listenerVT
4:28 AM GMT on May 15, 2011
XOX Here's the Latest Ally Update from Ally's Mom XOX




Saturday, May 14, 2011 9:26 PM, EDT

This past week Ally had a dentist appointment (she has to go every 3 months for this first year after her surgery). This is really the first time she has been awake for a dental procedure. She sat on top of me, wore princess sunglasses, and did EVERYTHING the dentist asked her to, without complaining, wincing or squeezing my hand in pain. She earned herself a trip to the Olive Garden (her favorite place to eat)!

Every night we hook Ally up to a feeding pump, through her Mic-Key Button. Every 3 months we have to replace the Button. This means we give her a good dose of Tylenol, wait about 20 minutes, then Daddy deflates the balloon inside her tummy, pulls out the old Button, then quickly "shoves" a new one in and inflates the balloon. Mommy's job is to hold Ally's hand. There is nothing really "gross", but Ally did have a look on her face some of you may not like. Just keep in mind she has to do this every 3 months. She is a trooper. (And really, as uncomfortable as it looks, we were in the car, and to the mall 15 minutes later picking out nice smelling hand sanitizer as a reward, with no ill effects on Ally.) (This is the 2nd reward story of this post...honestly we try not to give, give, give to our little one, but who could protest giving her rewards for being awesome at the dentist and having something ripped out of her stomach, only to be replaced by another one?)

Okay...I am just getting wordy now, and it is past my bed time.

PS: Ally is still in love with our across the street neighbor, Max. She is always peeking out for him and wondering what he is doing when we are not with him. This is going to be a wicked awesome summer! (Hopefully they will not get sick of us!)
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237. listenerVT
4:27 AM GMT on May 15, 2011
Our week of rain has begun. Lake Champlain went down a foot this week but may regain it as the week progresses. It's still several feet above flood stage.

Meanwhile, everything is leafing out beautifully and today I saw a Scarlet Tanager!

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236. listenerVT
8:25 PM GMT on May 13, 2011
TODAY in NW VT:
76.7 °F Scattered Clouds, Humidity: 31%, Winds: South at 7.0 mph
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235. listenerVT
1:08 AM GMT on May 11, 2011
xox Ally update...and thanks in advance. xox



Tuesday, May 10, 2011 5:45 PM, EDT

I called NYC today and learned that Ally is HAMA positive. I thought I would be happy about that, because that means we probably won't have to go to NYC until school gets out, so I was surprised when I was disappointed at the news. Moving forward with treatment is always our goal.

We follow other children that we have met in NYC and here in NH. I was recently reading one of my favorite kiddo's post (we have only met him on one trip, but the boy was so positive, full of energy and in love with Ally, that Auntie Kelly and I couldn't help but fall in love with him too). He has had a lot of progression lately, and they are running out of options. In this same post we learned that another little girl, with really awesome parents, passed away over the weekend. There is a lot of bad news in the Neuroblastoma/Cancer world, as of late. Please send out some extra prayers for all the kids.


Ally's Candle Page = http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l =eng&gi=allys
(click on a candle and follow the cues. Thanks!
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234. listenerVT
3:12 AM GMT on May 10, 2011
Lake Champlain crested locally on Friday at 103.27' (more than 3 feet above flood stage). Tonight on local news we heard that it could take 2 months to get down to normal.

Yowser!
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233. originalLT
4:36 PM GMT on May 06, 2011
Thank you Listener!
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232. shirley286
11:54 AM GMT on May 06, 2011
The weather seems gloomy for the UK's winter, the problems last year is still having a financial impact, hotels, parking and airport loungeproviders are still covering costs. On the plus side, weather is glorious in England today!
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231. listenerVT
3:59 AM GMT on May 06, 2011
I hope it was a good birthday, original! :-)

As I post this, you have two minutes left.
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230. listenerVT
3:58 AM GMT on May 06, 2011
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229. listenerVT
3:39 AM GMT on May 04, 2011
Vermont in Flood Season (record flooding here!)
Not only has the river flooded into the fields, but you
can see the current of the river flowing through the fields.


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228. listenerVT
4:47 PM GMT on April 29, 2011
original...sweet that your birthday is the same day as Ally's Mom! She will be 33 years old.


Here's a Lightning Strikes Map (shows all strikes in the last hour)
http://www.intellicast.com/Storm/Severe/Lightning .aspx
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227. crowe1
8:44 AM GMT on April 28, 2011
Well good morning Mother Nature!

Tornado Warning

Statement as of 4:12 AM EDT on April 28, 2011

The National Weather Service in Albany has issued a

* Tornado Warning for...
southwestern Hamilton County in eastern New York...
northwestern Fulton County in eastern New York...
southern Herkimer County in eastern New York...

* until 500 am EDT

* at 409 am EDT... National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a
severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado near West
Winfield... or 13 miles south of Utica... moving northeast at 40 mph.

* The tornado will be near...
Cedarville by 420 am EDT...
Frankfort... Ilion and Mohawk by 430 am EDT...
Herkimer by 435 am EDT...
Middleville... Newport... 7 miles southeast of Cold Brook and 7 miles
southeast of Poland by 445 am EDT...
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226. originalLT
3:44 AM GMT on April 28, 2011
Well Listener, no snow this year! I think that's over with. Happy birthday to your Hubby!. My wife's birthday is May 5th, mine is May16th. Thurs. could be a wild weather day around parts of the Mid-Atlantic and North East. It appears there are many dead in the Deep South. I feel really bad for them. Nice report on Ally. LT
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225. listenerVT
12:54 AM GMT on April 28, 2011
One year ago today we got 2 feet of snow that flattened our flowering bulbs and bowed our birches to the ground. The trees had already leafed out and it was a mess.
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224. listenerVT
12:46 AM GMT on April 28, 2011
Hot here today! Mid-70's and muggy.

We went to the garden center and picked up three Serviceberry (understory trees), two Red-Twig Dogwood, and a Sandcherry bush, and brought them home in our little pickup truck. It took us nearly two hours to make the trip that usually takes 45 minutes, because we drove slowly and on backroads. These will help to fill the big hole left by the trees that came down on December 1st. We're having 8 cu yds of soil mix delivered on Friday (my husband's birthday). Then our son and daughter are coming for the weekend to help us plant them all.

I can hardly wait!!
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223. listenerVT
12:42 AM GMT on April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 5:21 PM, EDT

Ally had a blood draw today, to check her counts from last week's chemo.  She did great!  Her white blood cells were around 2.5 (normal person = 5 or 6), her ANC was about 850 (last week it was about 1100, so not a huge drop), and her red cells looked good, her platelets even went up!

We will draw for HAMA next Thursday!  It would be a great birthday present for me [Ally's Mom] if she was negative!

We are having a super fun week.  Today we made some whoopie pies and delivered a few to Uncle Larry (who has pancreatic cancer but is doing well) and were surprised to see Uncle Andy and Aunt Deb there!  (I wonder if Uncle Larry shared the whoopie pies?)  Then, we delivered some to our neighbors, and Daddy is bringing some to work tomorrow.

Since Ally's counts are good enough we are even going to go out and about tomorrow and Friday, then we spend the weekend with Daddy and next week I go back to work (but less than 2 months until Summer Vacation!!!)

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222. listenerVT
12:36 AM GMT on April 28, 2011
Quoting originalLT:
Wow that's some report Listener, glad you are home safe. Hope you don't lose power. By the way, how do you get those local lightning strike figures?



We heard it on the local 11:00pm news. However, somewhere I have seen a "lightning strikes" map.
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221. originalLT
3:32 AM GMT on April 27, 2011
Wow that's some report Listener, glad you are home safe. Hope you don't lose power. By the way, how do you get those local lightning strike figures?
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220. listenerVT
3:25 AM GMT on April 27, 2011
How's everyone doing tonight?

We've been having wild thunderstorms.
Right now we're experiencing a second line of storms, even stronger than the first line that went through a few hours ago.

Some places had hail. I was so glad to get home from work and get my Mini Cooper into the garage!

131 local lightning strikes in 15 minutes.
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219. listenerVT
1:32 AM GMT on April 26, 2011


Sunday, April 24, 2011 8:35 AM, EDT

Happy Easter!

Ally has been great the past few days.  She has had 3 REALLY good nights of sleep (which means Mommy and Daddy have had 3 really good nights of sleep as well), has not had any more puking episodes, and has been full of energy.  The only effect of the chemo we are seeing right now is a very low appetite.  (We assume her blood counts are low as well, but we have not had a blood draw yet to see how low they actually are.)  Today is the first day we are not giving her her anti-nausea medicine, and we are hoping she won't need it.

NOTE! Today (Monday the 25th) is Ally’s parents’ 7th wedding anniversary!!!!!!!
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218. listenerVT
8:31 AM GMT on April 25, 2011
Lake Champlain on Sunday...
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217. listenerVT
8:29 AM GMT on April 25, 2011
Here's hoping everyone had a beautiful Easter Day!
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216. originalLT
1:55 AM GMT on April 22, 2011
Harrytitus, where is this and when was this? You need to put down more info. Thanks, LT. Stamford CT.
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215. harrytitus
10:31 AM GMT on April 21, 2011
Here is what the worst of it looked like.
Link
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214. listenerVT
7:20 AM GMT on April 21, 2011
We never did lose power.
Now we have rain and the promise of daffodils.

Okay! So here are TWO ♥ Ally ♥ updates:

***Tuesday, April 19, 2011 5:22 PM, EDT

Today Ally did her 2nd dose of Rituximab.  As you may recall, she did this 2 weeks ago, puked as soon as it hit her veins, puked again with an adult sized dose of another med that is meant to keep her from puking from the first med....it was a mess.  Anyway, today went much better.  There was no puke, no headache and we were out of there in 4 hours.

Tomorrow Ally gets low dose chemo.  The only side effects from this should be: puking (for a couple of days), low energy and low blood counts.  Basically we will need to keep her out of public and school for a couple of weeks until her counts recover.

Wish Ally and Daddy luck tomorrow!

***Wednesday, April 20, 2011 6:43 PM, EDT

Today went well.  Ally and Daddy were in and out in record time.  They got there for 8:00 this morning, and were on the road by 2:00 (this is a really good time for the kind of chemo Ally got today).

Ally will have a blood draw next week to check her counts.  We know they will be low, but we are hoping she will recover quickly.  Low counts will mean that we need to stay away from crowded places and sick people, hopefully we will still have lots of fun during vacation next week.  Ally really misses school, and we are hoping that her counts will be good enough to go back to school the first week of May.

Tonight the chemo does not seem to be affecting her at all.  She did not nap today, she is FULL of energy and hasn't stopped talking since I got home from work (Daddy said she has been like this all day).  The only thing we see is a lack of appetite, but it could be her just taking advantage of us not forcing food on her like we normally do.....someday I'll post about Ally's sticker charts.
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213. listenerVT
11:16 PM GMT on April 16, 2011
Loved ones in Selma & Smithfield NC fared okay. Whew!
I also have a nephew and his wife in Raleigh, and I suspect they're okay, but haven't heard specifically yet.

Whoa, that Live Feed from WRAL is showing terrible destruction in NC:
http://www.wral.com/news/video/9452204/#/vid94522 04



Here in VT, our lights are flickering.
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212. listenerVT
9:19 PM GMT on April 16, 2011
Unholy Moly!

It's VERY windy up here, but nothing next to what my friends in Selma, NC must be experiencing. He is on the police force in nearby Smithfield, too. Waiting to hear...

AT 449 PM EDT...EMERGENCY OFFICIALS REPORTED A DESTRUCTIVE AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO WITH VISIBLE DEBRIS OVER SELMA...OR OVER SMITHFIELD...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH. DESTRUCTIVE STRAIGHT LINE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 70 MPH ARE ALSO LIKELY WITH THIS STORM.
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211. listenerVT
11:45 PM GMT on April 13, 2011
Quoting Snowmog:
What a cute ponytail :0) I always think it makes them look more grown up, my daughter Tabitha too :0)



Yeah, the pre-teen years start really early. ;-)


More rain today here, but the snow is almost GONE!
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210. Snowmog
7:50 PM GMT on April 13, 2011
What a cute ponytail :0) I always think it makes them look more grown up, my daughter Tabitha too :0)
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209. listenerVT
7:28 PM GMT on April 11, 2011
Quoting crowe1:
Awesome Ally looks marvelously magnificent with her first pony tail!


I agree, crowe. I love her sweet profile. She looks a lot like her Mommy from that angle.

We had all three of granddaughters here this weekend! Bliss!
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208. listenerVT
7:24 PM GMT on April 11, 2011
We had an impressive thunderstorm this morning between 7:00 and 7:30am, with strong winds and wild rain, and long, deep rolls of thunder. Very cool.

We had another little touch of thunderstorm about an hour ago, too. Interesting day.

How's everybody today?
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207. crowe1
9:34 AM GMT on April 11, 2011
Awesome Ally looks marvelously magnificent with her first pony tail!
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206. listenerVT
5:44 AM GMT on April 11, 2011
*** ♥ Ally's Mommy writes... ♥ ***


Sunday, April 10, 2011 2:21 PM, EDT

We are having a great time with this warm weather.  The playhouse has been Spring Cleaned!!!

PS: We are allowed to say "awesome" now.  The new banned word is "radical".


Ally's first pony tail!
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205. listenerVT
7:03 AM GMT on April 08, 2011
Quoting originalLT:
Thankyou Listener, always praying for her.


Sooo grateful, original!!
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204. originalLT
12:46 AM GMT on April 08, 2011
Thankyou Listener, always praying for her.
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203. listenerVT
3:01 PM GMT on April 07, 2011
Yikes! Here's an ♥ Ally Update ♥ that reminds us that she still has a ways to go.


Thursday, April 7, 2011 9:17 AM, EDT

What should have been a 3 or 3 1/2 hour day turned into a 7 hour day for Daddy and Ally yesterday.  First, the NH medical center got a new computer system at the beginning of the month, so Ally and Daddy waited close to 30 minutes to check in (it usually takes 5-10 minutes).  When they finally got back there things started a little late, but she was happy in the playroom.  Ally gets premeds for the Rituximab, because it can cause severe reactions.  The first time she got the Rituximab she did not have any reactions.  This time she did.  Very soon after the medicine started going in she threw up.  They had to stop the Rituximab, re-order all her premeds and administer them again.  One of the premeds, when given in higher doses, can cause severe headaches.  A little after the premeds went in, Ally snapped up from her nap, grabbed her head, threw up and then screamed from the pain.  Poor girl.  Daddy said it was similar to the screams she does in NYC.  Luckily it only lasted 5-10 minutes and she was able to fall back asleep.  They ended up leaving the hospital around 4:30.  When we have to go back in 2 weeks the plan will be to give her some premeds at home, the day before, and even more at the hospital.  This should prevent another reaction.

On a positive note Ally was perfectly fine by the time she got home last night, and is very excited to go to school today...they are learning about the letter O this week, just like as in Octopus, which she told her teacher on Monday.


How I admire Ally's ability to stay in present tense, not dwelling on the pain and struggle behind her, but focusing on the current moment. May this be a Joyful Now sort of day for her...and you. Thanks so much for the good vibes, prayers and hopes! ♥

I'm reminding myself that her scans and bone marrows were all clear this month!
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Free the Bulbs!

On Wednesday, I shoveled 3.5 ft of snow off the bulb garden on the north side of the house.

And look what I found underneath!

...sun starved and needing to breathe a bit and stretch and blossom...and so deserving of my efforts.

The result (there are daffodils too!)...
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