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Saturday, April 14, 2007

The blizzard that wasn't



The news here is that it didn't snow. Despite predictions that we'd see almost a foot of snow Thursday night into Friday morning, only a few random flakes fell. Chance of precipitation, they told us, was 100 percent. Actual precipitation? Nada.

The local competing newspaper even ran a story — on their front page — about how Boulder residents were set to awake to to ten inches of snow at least and how flights were being cancelled due to the snow storm, & etc. D'oh! (And why do newspapers report on the weather, anyway? Can't we see what's going on for ourselves?)

This is actually very good news because for the first time in the history of my garden, I have a tulip bonanza. Now, it's nothing like what you'll see on Nes's blog. But I have perhaps fifty pink tulips all popping up at the same time, all BIG and tall and graceful, and all very lovely. I wasn't anticipating this and would have hated to see them all squished under a foot of snow.

Normally, my tulips are stubby — short leaves and flowers that bloom almost next to the ground, hidden among the leaves. Colorado is a very dry state, and there's rarely enough moisture over the winter to keep tulip bulbs happy. But thanks to the five feel of snow that fell between December and the end of February, we had moisture aplenty.

I'm told the storm blew south very suddenly, and Kat and Ray are reporting that they got snow. Which is wonderful because they've had a drought going on down there for what seems like ages.

So today the sun is shining, and the mountains are vivid white, covered with a few feet of fresh powder. And that's how Colorado should look.

As for me, well, I'm trying to write fiction and not feeling great. We're coming up to the two busiest weeks of the year at the paper, as well. So through the end of April is going to be an absolute zoo. But at least I have my sweet little lipsticks back...

So despite feeling kind of cruddy — my stomach isn't appreciating all the tea I drank this week and feels like I ate a bag of razor blades — I'm starting the climax of my novel.

I'll try to have an excerpt for you tomorrow. How's that?

I'm glad you all enjoyed the Lipstick Diaries. Now if I can stay sober and Evil Libby can stay out of my purse... (wink)

Seriouly, that Libby is a darling and tons of fun, and I'm so glad she's almost my neighbor.

7 comments:

Debbie H said...

I am so glad you didn't get any snow. We got lightening, thunder and rain, oh my! We needed it and loved every drop. Don't like the cooler weather, though.

Your tulips look absolutely beautiful. My new home has day lilies and bearded irises, mock orange and some bush with tiny white flowers on it. Monday will be two weeks and counting to closing. I am trying to pack because I DO NOT want my DH to pack. He will throw things willy- nilly in boxes and I will never find anything or worse, he decides I don't need that item and he pitches it.

Take care of yourself during this upcoming stressful few weeks. Be sure to take time to breath and sit quietly, O.K.?

I can hardly wait for another excerpt!! Thank you!

{{{Hugs}}}

Ronlyn said...

Your tulips are gorgeous! We're actually going to head up to the tuplip fields tomorrow I think for the annual tulip festival.
http://www.tulipfestival.org
it's one of my favorite places to visit.
I'm sorry your stomach is upset. I thought I'd kicked this "morning sickness" (HA!) for the past few weeks, but I've discovered this week that stress triggers it back with a vengance. :P
Be kind to yourself.
(((hugs)))

I've decided that the media and stores have some kind of agreement between them -- forcast snow or horrible weather: milk and bread disappear, batteries -gone, comfort food - picked over. The only sure thing is the liquor stores and even then you might walk out with something other than you wanted. After fighting all the old ladies who take things out of your cart (that actually happened to the husband), the moms with a hoard of screaming kids, what happens? Nothing.

I've come to depend on window weather - look out the window and that's what you're getting. Of course they are saying we are in for a Nor'easter at the moment. Torrential downpours, possibly an inch of rain an hour plus high winds. And because I didn't run out and get provisions, this will be the one time it really comes.

Debbie h - I know exactly what you mean about the packing. My husband did some of the packing once and, trust me, it wasn't a pretty sight! Good Luck with that.

Ronlyn - sorry to hear the morning sickness came back to haunt you. When are you due? Soon, I hope. If not maybe you should just find the source of the stress and clobber him. LOL

Pamela- I hope things calm down a bit for you. Just curious - why would this be the busiest time of the year for the newspaper? I would have thought November and December would be the craziest with all of the holidays and such.

If it gets too nutty, try taking a nice long soak, maybe a candle or two and a do not disturb sign on the bathroom door. Sometimes taking a sec to give yourself a chance to do nothing more than breathe helps. Just a thought.

And your tulips are gorgeous. Again, I am jealous. I have got to get a flower garden going, that actually grows something!

wow...that was a really long post. Sorry... didn't mean ramble on like that! LOL

Bo said...

Just push that snow & rain southwest if it comes *G* I'm happy today b/c it's overcast here.Okay,and I'm happy b/c I called in to work,LOL.

Tulips are pretty.I'm not much of a flower person,but tulips and roses are very nice.I remember when I was a kid my Mom had a HUGE garden,and every year she planted 2 or 3 beds of tulips,and every year she'd get pissed b/c only half of them grew.*G*

Oh,yeah,keep the excerpts coming,turn the screws just a little tighter,LOL.Love every word.
I'm excited that you get to start Morgan's story next,too! Another MacKinnon to drool over must be a good thing,right? *G*

I laugh at the weather reports on tv.My DH watches them alot,and why he puts stock in them,I do not know.I figure,what the hell is the point of a five-day forecast when tomorrow it will all be different? Yes,a general idea of the conditions is good,but the idea of the weather being what is predicted is a joke to me.

I hope you get some time to relax soon,some time for yourself.I don't know how you cope.I would be sitting in a corner,drooling & rocking back and forth and talking to myself.I'm just about there now,LOL.Linda & the other RBL's might have to bodily stuff me in my car when it's time for me to leave Vegas.*G*

Kristi said...

Your flowers are beaUtiful... Here, it is uncommonly cold STILL.. 34 F*cking Degrees today -- I am NOT happy. HeLLO, it is APRIL. Hope all is well with you and you survive your hectic 2 weeks or at least have some calm moments. I am thinking of you, girlfriend -- find me when you can. xoxox, K

karmull said...

Good luck with the next couple of weeks.

My kids were so amused with the lipstick negotiations that they made up their own story to go with it. Of course it helps that my son has about 20 Legos Star Wars sets! But they were very cute about it. B wanted to do Jabba gets upset with taxes since that's what I was working on Saturday. He put a pencil in Jabba's hand an put him in front of a calculator. Pretty funny.

Karen

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