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The Moose is Back Up and Running :-)

By: jitterymoose, 3:17 PM GMT on May 30, 2008

Well, THAT took about a month longer than I'd wanted! :-) The Jittery Moose online shop is back up and running. I'd gotten some pretty good fly fishing books (including one for young women who are interested in getting into the fun of it all), but I still need to find those amid the boxes and get them online. The 2008 Milepost will be up there, too. :-) I can't wait until we figure out how to do a brick and mortar or rolling shop here in the next few months. Should be lots of fun!

Another clear, windy day here. There were storms all around us yesterday evening, but it only spit a bit of rain at us. You could tell just south and east of us was getting hammered. Casper had some pretty heavy weather, too.

I can't believe I went through box after box before we moved, and now we're doing it again and getting ready for a garage sale. :-) The kids are really into it, and anything that weeds down the toys is something I'll support. Besides, both their birthdays are coming up in a couple of weeks. I told 'em they had to make more room for when the grandparents send stuff.

Hope everyone's having a great day! JM

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Gumball-sized hail & tornado sirens, OH MY!

By: jitterymoose, 11:05 PM GMT on May 22, 2008

It got as dark as a Barrow, AK day in early January in Rawlins today! WILD WEATHER. Hubby went out to the field toward Laramie and was there for the aftermath of the tornado--near the K-Mart in town and hearing the tornado sirens blaring. Apparently, the storm damaged 2 schools and the Wal-Mart. He sent home pictures of gumball-sized hail, I-80 and the road through Medicine Bow (Hwy 30, I think) shut down for awhile, wind was high, and temperatures plummeted. It's about 39°F here at the house, and really overcast, but not like it was. I talked to my mom earlier today and joked that it looked like one of those skies we used to get in Kansas, and I wished I had a cellar I could take the kids down into (the cellar at this house is gross beyond belief, so we just keep it closed off). It was the heavy-dark sky with a nearly STRAIGHT LINE edge on a black cloud that soon began to get a bit jagged. You could really see the windsheer up there, but it was spooky dead calm down here. It's supposed to snow tonight, so I'm bringing in the flowers. At least the trees are starting to leaf out. :-)

Hope everyone's having a nice, safe night. It looks like Riverton, WY and Thermopolis are continuing to get hammered. They've been in the red in the radar all day. At least Wyoming's fun for a weather geek!
Cheer! JM

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Packing and Moving ... again

By: jitterymoose, 2:31 AM GMT on May 16, 2008

Luckily, it's just down the street this time. My house didn't close, but I'm all smiles about it. I wasn't very fond of the potential buyer, and really struggled because I really like my neighbors and it's such a great neighborhood, BUT THEN, the phone rang and there's a family moving up from the Lower 48 who have lived in Fairbanks before, AND they're friends with one of our neighbors, AND they're friends with our engineer. We're going to do a lease to beneficial occupancy sale. They sound so nice. They're knowns to folks in the neighborhood, and it's just a wonderful feeling to sell a house to someone who will love it as much as we did. :-) I'm finally all smiles, even though we're on the move again and it's a month to month deal.

Dad came through Treatment #2 with flying colors. :-) Only 4 more to go! 78 and still working even though he's going through his second round of cancer treatments. Is it any wonder the family motto is "walk it off?" :-)

Have a great night! JM

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Rawlins 36°F and snow...Fairbanks, 61°F and sunny

By: jitterymoose, 5:06 AM GMT on May 13, 2008

Wow.... just had to share (and the sun's probably still out in Fairbanks -- getting close to the 24 hours of visible light...). What a difference 3,284 miles and probably 4,000 feet in elevation make! :-) 'Night all! JM

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Snow and wind ... ?? Is it May or March?

By: jitterymoose, 7:22 PM GMT on May 12, 2008

I have to say one thing about Rawlins -- most of the people I've met here are REALLY NICE and friendly, and everyone's really tired of the not-yet-spring that's been this year (after the horrific winter). Well, it's May 12th and hubby called from the office -- is it snowing there? After having listened to the rain driving against the side of the rental trailer for hours, I noticed at that moment, that I wasn't hearing it anymore. :-) Heavens above -- wind-driven snow. It's about 42°F at the moment, and still windy and snowy. It's probably not going to stick much. We had about 2 1/2" of snow on Saturday morning, but it was gone by early afternoon. Arlington (where the wind farm is) had white-out conditions again. Weird, weird weather.

North Carolina's having storms (I guess they're having storms all the way up into New York), but mom and dad haven't lost power....yet. Now that they're living closer to town and out of that rural area, they're losing power a lot less frequently. I remember one winter storm and they lost power for 3 days. My dad's comment was that he hadn't been that cold since Korea, and since it had taken him 50 years to warm up.....you get the idea. :-) Gotta love that sense of humor.

I've been reading about Picher, OK. AP has a story about a lady named Sue Sigle. Wow. What a lady. What an inspiration. She's a widow who's so matter-of-fact about faith and belief in the face of losing so much, she's really amazing. Folks like that, you know they'll be okay. Probably even better than okay.

Nearly 130pm. We haven't done much today, but it's a lazy day. Still have to find a place to live. I'm thinking that's what's on the agenda for tomorrow. :-)

Have a great day, everyone! JM

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More snow in the forecast

By: jitterymoose, 4:20 PM GMT on May 09, 2008

Tonight and tomorrow. Ugh. Of course, it'll probably warm up and not be a problem for long.

The connex got here yesterday. My "luck" continues. I'd made arrangements with U-Haul to get a truck (because there's no walkboard that came down with the connex), had the reservation, checked the truck and everything. Yesterday morning, the connex was early, I went over to U-Haul where the gentleman at the Sinclair gas station (the U-Haul place) was VERY apologetic because there was no equipment yesterday. Oh....nelly. No one in town could rent me a walkboard, so the kids and I went over to the connex and started unloading boxes. The driver helped us. What a God send! Then, the towing guy from IronJ Towing showed up to help us get the ATV down, he looked in the connex and said, wow--you've got some big stuff in there, let's just put it all on the lift. So, everything big got gently lowered to the ground. We had 2 hours to unload the connex. We started at 12:15 and finished at 2:14pm. Whew! Then we had to put it all into a 10x20 storage unit. We got just about everything in, so I'm glad that part's over.

The real estate situation has caused me to retain an attorney. Just amazing. I guess I should have known, though. It hasn't been a pleasant process this time around at all. Still, if the deal falls through, there's another party just waiting in the wings to swoop down and get the house. Joan (the original owner) is right -- it sells itself. There's now a state of emergency in Fairbanks because of heating oil prices. The result is to loosen up a lot of state aid for winterizing. Not to brag on the house, but it used fewer than 100 gallons of fuel from 24 Feb until 4 May. It's not like it was particularly warm during that time, either.

Gotta run and recycle cardboard. It never ends. :-) Hope everyone has a great day! JM

Updated: 4:22 PM GMT on May 09, 2008

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I-80 Closed from Rawlins to Laramie

By: jitterymoose, 9:54 PM GMT on May 02, 2008

...because of snow....on the 2nd of May....trucks are piling up everywhere (not in a bad way, but they're parked end-to-end in all the parking lots and along the on and off ramps of I-80. Just amazing.... I guess it'll be open tomorrow after the snow squalls have passed, but I'm sure it has more to do with wind than snow.

Just wild....

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