The Cold Wind Is Back on the Prairie

By: plapman , 12:41 PM GMT on February 07, 2011

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Today will be cloudy with sunny periods and with a 30% chance of flurries this morning and early this afternoon. There will beclearing this afternoon. The wind up to 15 km/h (9 mph). The high expected for today will be -15C(5F) with wind chills near -25 this afternoon.
Tonight will be clear with the wind becoming westerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) near midnight. The overnight low will be -24C(-11F) with wind chills of -36.

From my Basement Window

I got lazy and took a nap instead of taking Abbey out into the cold. The Queen took me out shopping in the morning and the wind chills made up my mind for me.
The White id cane CNIB gave me sure eworks well. People hold doors open for me and stop giving me the right of way when crossing roads.It's nice to see the resoect the cane gives me. Even thouh I'm not completely blind I live in a tunnel with no peripheral vision. The macular degeneration and cataracts don't help. I wonder how long it will be before I can;t see at all.
I had a visit from the CnIB technical advissor and he led me to a free site that will read text fron the screen. You can copy and paste text into it and it will read it in a much nicer voice than Microsoft's Sam.
I'm up early today. I have a projection clock that gives the time on the ceiling over the bed. I thought it was 7:45 but when I got up and turned the coffee on I saw it was only 6:00. I'll have to check it to see if Giving me the right time.
Today's Events in history from
2010 Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, commands Iraq's atomic agency to start enriching uranium at a higher level
2010 Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, commands Iraq's atomic agency to start enriching uranium at a higher level
2009 Melbourne, Australia records highest-ever temperature, sparking the deadliest brushfires in Australian history
2008 Space Shuttle Atlantis, STS-122, launches to deliver laboratory to the ISS
2006 Egyptian ferry, Al Salam Boccaccio, sinks killing over 1200 people in the Red Sea
1998 18th Winter Olympic games open at Nagano Japan
1998 NHL's Dallas Stars retire Neal Broten's #7
1997 U.S. and Russia announce summit set for Helsinki, March 20-21
1995 Last day of Test Cricket cricket for Graham Gooch and Mike Gatting
1994 21st American Music Award: Whitney Houston wins
1994 Howard Stern stops a would-be jumper on the George Washington Bridge
1994 Jim Nabors undergoes a liver transplant
1993 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 23-20
1993 Tammie Green wins LPGA Healthsouth Palm Beach Golf Classic
1992 Shannon LA Rhea Marketic, 22, (California), crowned 41st Miss USA
1991 Jean-Bertrand Aristide sworn in as Haiti's 1st elected president
1991 Bob Knight, Larry O'Brien, Tiny Archibald, Dave Cowens, Harry Gallatin and Larry Fleisher elected to NBA Hall of Fame
1990 Karachi police kill 22 anti-nationalistic demonstrators
1990 U.S.S.R. Communist party agrees to allow opposition political parties
1990 Lisa Leslie of Morningside HS in Inglewood California scores 101 in 1st half, South Torrance HS decides not to play 2nd half and loses 102-24
1989 40th NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 9-5 at Edmonton
1989 Tennis superstar Bjorn Borg, apparently attempts suicide in Milan
1988 38th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 138-133 at Chicago
1988 Heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson marries actress Robin Givens
1988 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 15-6
1988 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic
1987 "Ronnies Rap" by Ron and DC Crew peaks at #93
1987 Dennis Conner and Stars and Stripes bring America's Cup back to US
1987 Madonna's "Open Your Heart," single goes #1
1987 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano
1986 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Debi Thomas
1986 Haiti's President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier flees to France Henri Namphy becomes leader of Haiti
1986 Philippine Corazon Aquino defeats incumbent dictator Ferdinand Marcos but fraudulent returns gave the election to Marcos
1985 "New York, New York" became the official anthem of New York City
1985 Marshall U's Bruce Morris scores a basket from 92'5"
1985 New York Devil Don Lever becomes 57th NHLer to score 300 goals
1984 Bruce McCandless, U.S., makes 1st untethered space walk
1984 Michael Jackson awarded a 4-ft-high platinum disc by CBS
1983 Elizabeth Dole, 1st female secretary of transportation, is sworn-in
1982 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
1982 Luis A Monge elected President of Costa Rica
1979 "Supertrain," TV Anthology, Superbomb of 1979, debuts on NBC
1979 Colonel Benjedid Chadli succeeds President Boumedienne in Algeria
1979 Faoud Bacchus scores 250 for WI vs. India at Kanpur
1979 Pink Floyd premiered their live version of "The Wall" in Los Angeles
1978 Ethiopian offensive in Ogaden desert
1977 Soyuz 24 launches with 2 cosmonauts
1976 Larry Groce's "Junk Food Junkie" peaks at #9
1976 World's largest telescope (600 cm) begins operation (U.S.S.R.)
1975 NBA New Orleans Jazz end a 28 game road losing streak
1974 Grenada gains independence from Britain (National Day)
1974 Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles" opens in movie theaters
1973 1st time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
1973 Senate createse Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities
1971 Swiss men accept female suffrage
1970 "Hollywood Palace," last airs on ABC TV
1970 "Jingle Jangle" hits #10 on the pop singles chart by Archies
1970 LSU's "Pistol" Pete Marovich scores 69 pts in losing cause
1970 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
1970 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood
1969 "This Is Tom Jones," debuts on ABC TV
1969 Al-Fatah-leader Yasser Arafat becomes president of PLO
1969 Diane Crump becomes 1st woman jockey at a major U.S. racetrack (Hialeah)
1968 Arthur Miller's "Price," premieres in New York City
1968 Belgium government of Vanden Boeynants falls
1968 WLED TV channel 49 in Littleton, New Hampshire (PBS) begins broadcasting
1966 KWCM TV channel 10 in Appleton, MN (PBS) begins broadcasting
1965 George Harrison has his tonsils removed
1965 Operations begin at Grupo Folklorico Antiyano on Curacao
1965 U.S. begins regular bombing and strafing of North Vietnam
1965 WVIZ TV channel 25 in Cleveland, Ohio (PBS) begins broadcasting
1964 Baskin-Robbins introduces Beatle Nut ice cream
1964 Beatles land at New York's JFK airport, for 1st U.S. tour
1964 Roger Sessions' 5th Symphony, premieres
1962 Gas explosion in Luisanthal coal mine Voelklingen Germany kills 298
1962 President Kennedy begins blockade of Cuba
1962 Sam Snead wins LPGA Royal Poinciano Plaza Golf Invitational
1961 Jane Fonda made her acting debut in the NBC drama "A String of Beads"
1960 Old handwriting found in at Qumran, near the Dead Sea
1959 "Whoop-Up" closes at Shubert Theater New York City after 56 performances
1959 Castro proclaims new Cuban constitution
1959 Cessna lands in Las Vegas after 65 d without landing (refuels in air)
1959 Dorothy Rigney sells 54% of White Sox to Bill Veeck for a reported $27M
1958 1st showing of DAF 600 auto
1958 Dodgers officially become the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc
1958 Dutch auto-transmission car DAF 600 introduced
1956 Autherine Lucy, 1st black admitted to University of Alabama, is expelled
1950 Georges Bidault forms French government
1950 Senator Joe McCarthy finds "communists" in U.S. Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1950 U.S. and Great Britain recognize Bao Dai Vietnamese regime
1949 Joe DiMaggio becomes 1st $100,000/year baseball player (New York Yankees)
1948 "Cradle Will Rock" closes at Mansfield Theater New York City after 34 performances
1948 Omar Bradley succeeds Dwight Eisenhower as Army Chief of Staff
1947 Arabs and Jews reject British proposal to split Palestine
1946 Filibuster in U.S. Senate kills FEPC bill
1945 General Douglas MacArthur returns to Manila
1945 President Truman appoints Irwin C. Mollison judge of U.S. Customs Court
1945 U.S. 76th/5th Infantry divisions begin crossing Sauer
1944 Bing Crosby records "Swinging on a Star" for Decca Records
1944 Germans launch counteroffensive at Anzio Italy
1943 Shoe rationing begins in U.S. (may purchase up to 3 more pairs in 1942)
1942 1st indoor 15' pole vault (Cornelius Warmerdam 15' 3/8")
1941 Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey Orchestra record "Everything Happens to Me"
1940 British railroads nationalized
1940 Walt Disney's 2nd feature-length movie, "Pinocchio," premieres (New York City)
1936 A flag is authorized for Vice President
1936 Felix the Cat, Cartoon Character, by Van Beuren from Otto Messmer
1935 Monopoly invented by Charles Darrow symbol Rich Uncle Pennybags
1934 1st contract for TVA power, Tupelo, Miss
1933 Colonial troops in Suriname kill 2 demonstrators
1933 Social-Dem meeting in Berlin "As thousands cheer" Marxism is dead
1931 U.S. opera, "Peter Ibbetson," by Deems Taylor premieres at Met Opera New York City
1928 1st solo England to Australia flight takes off (Bert Hinkler)
1924 Mussolini government exchanges diplomats with U.S.S.R.
1922 John Willard's "Cat and the Canary," premieres in New York City
1915 1st wireless message sent from a moving train to a station received
1915 2nd Battle of Masurian Lakes: German armies surrounded a Russian army
1914 Charlie Chaplin debuts "The Tramp" in "Kid Auto Races at Venice"
1914 Steel work completed on Exposition (Civic) Auditorium, San Francisco
1912 2nd Dutch 11 city skate (Coen de Koenig wins (11:40)
1910 Edmond Rostand's "Chantecler," premieres in Paris
1908 Connie Mack sells hurler Rube Waddell to St. Louis Browns for $5,000
1905 Dominican Rep signs treaty turning over customs collection to US
1905 Oklahoma admitted to statehood
1904 Baltimore catches fire (1500 buildings destroyed in 80 blocks)
1903 VVV '03 Soccer team forms in Venlo
1901 Queen Wilhelmina marries Prince Heinrich von Mecklenburg-Schwerin
1900 British troops vacate Vaal Krantz, Natal
1900 Labour Party forms in England
1891 Great Blizzard of 1891 begins
1889 Astronomical Society of Pacific holds 1st meeting in San Francisco
1884 Canadian Rugby Football Union forms
1883 Lt-colonel Borgnis-Desbordes founds Fort Bamako Niger
1882 Last bare knuckle champion John L Sullivan KOs Paddy Ryan in Miss
1881 Battle at Ingogo, Transvaal: Boers beat superior British forces
1877 1st Guernsey Cattle Club organizes (New York City)
1876 President Grants private-secretary Orville acquitted in Whiskey Ring
1872 Alcorn A and M College opens
1864 Federal troops occupy Jacksonville, Florida
1862 Federal fleet attack on Roanoke Island NC
1839 Henry Clay declares in Senate "I had rather be right than president"
1836 "Sketches by Boz" (essays) published by Charles Dickens
1831 Belgium adopts it's Constitution
1827 Ballet (Deserter) introduced to U.S. at Bowery Theater (New York City)
1818 1st successful U.S. educational magazine "Academician," begins (New York City)
1812 8.2 earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri
1812 Lord Byron makes his maiden speech in House of Lords
1795 11th Amendment to U.S. Constitution ratified, affirms power of states
1795 Dutch Prince William V accepts British occupation of Dutch Indies
1792 Austria and Prussia sign anti-French covenant
1792 D Cimarosa's opera "Il Matrimonio Segreto," premieres in Vienna
1668 Dutch Prince William III dances in premiere of "Ballet of Peace"
1653 Nicolas Fouquet appointed superintendant of Finance of France
1639 Academie Franeaise begins Dictionary of French Language
1613 Michail Romanov (16) becomes czar of Russia
1569 King Philip II forms inquistion in South America
1550 Giovanni Maria del Monte elected Pope Julius III
1522 Treaty of Brussels: Habsburgers split into Spanish/Austrian Branches
1301 Edward of Caernarion (later Edward II) becomes 1st prince of Wales

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5. masshysteria
5:47 PM GMT on February 07, 2011
Good Afternoon Tony!

Glad to hear that you and yours are still managing to hold your own with what winter's thrown our collective way! I'm still relieved that our roof is still holding its own nicely and this week's weather forecast isn't as dire as first thought. Fortunately, we should only receive an inch of slushy stuff overnight into tomorrow and Thursday's storm is heading out to sea! We all could definitely use a big break right now!

Glad to read that you have found a reliable online audible reading system to assist you with your peripheral eye problem. Thank goodness technology continues to progress and assist those with disabilities. Great that your cane helps you get around and others behave in a more compassionate manner. Sadly, most don't learn civility and compassion these days, especially, to those disabled.

Hope that we can all hang tough and receive better weather news in the days ahead. This winter could wear even the heartiest soul plumb out! I think, if at all possible, it would do us all good to get a nice afternoon nap in and recharge those batteries! I know mine are running on low to nearly empty.
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4. Ylee
2:55 PM GMT on February 07, 2011
Hope you get your clock situation straightened out. Being confused over the time is never a good feeling to me! Take care and stay warm!
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3. unclemush
2:14 PM GMT on February 07, 2011
Hi Tony.The cold is coming back today I guess.I just got out of bed.All this talk of naps makes me sleepy.:)
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2. Alleyoops
1:58 PM GMT on February 07, 2011
Good morning Tony. Sounds like you had a busy day yesterday and even got your power nap in. I got to go shopping too and managed my nap around 3 PM. Slept till 6, fed Molly and put food out for the feral cats then started dinner. Glad I got out for a bit yesterday. Was starting to go stir crazy in here all the time.

Anyway dear one, enjoy your Monday. Will have to go and have another nap later as it was after 3AM when I finally fell asleep and up at 7AM for Molly...who needs an alarm when you have a hungry cat...LOL
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1. OGal
1:50 PM GMT on February 07, 2011
Hey Tony, can you take a power nap in the morning? It is so yucky outside. It is gonna rain again. Sure don't feel like doing stuff. Hope you have a good Monday. Mickey and Minnie are going to get wet here. The Green Bay Packers are here for a big Disney parade at 2:00pm. They might need umbrellas.
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