Monday, February 13, 2017

Blizzard!

Snow has fallen for the last four days! The whiteout conditions were so bad today that many towns and the Maine DOT pulled their plows off the roads because it was too dangerous to be out there with zero visibility.














It's supposed to snow more tonight, so it's not over yet!


Update: 14 February 2017 (Valentine's Day!)

When I pulled my car out of the snowbank, this is what was left.


See the streak marks around the inside of the snowbank? That's how dirty my car was! It left a car-print on the snow. The banks here are mid-thigh to waist high. We got somewhere around 20 inches of snow during the last storm, but the high winds created very deep drifts. Not fun shoveling, that's for sure. More snow due tomorrow (Wed) into Thursday. I need to get the snow off the roof (since the ice dams are already thick), but I don't know where to dump it. <sigh>

Early (Wimpy) Winter

Up until about ten days ago, I thought we might not have a real winter. It looked like we would have some cold, and LOTS of ice, but not much snow. When the temperatures were unseasonably warm, we had lots of rain and, then, when the temperatures dropped, everything was coated in ice. Normally in winter, the river ice is white. This winter, though, we had had so much rain that the ice on the river looked smooth and clear.


One day, I even saw an eagle fishing through the broken ice.


The JayBee had ice formations s l o w l y sliding off the roof.




When the outside world is this coated in ice...


...I can feel miserable and housebound pretty quickly. Luckily, I have crampons to wear outside so I can still get around. The ice didn't slow the cats down much.




Then, snow fell, and the world was white again.





Sunny days quickly melted the snow on the hillside that faces south.


But the snow revealed that what I think of as quiet winter existence really is a world full of activity.

Cat tracks, of course.


Deer tracks and fox tracks.


A bounding hare's tracks.


Lots of turkey tracks.




And, then, lots of turkeys.




Monday, January 23, 2017

Women's March on Washington!

Disclaimer: This post has absolutely nothing to do with building the JayBee, so feel free to skip it if you're only here for tiny-house stuff.


Yes, I was one of the hundreds of thousands of participants in the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, 21 January 2017. Rode all night sardined in a bus, marched all day (well, actually stood in a packed crowd for many hours and then marched in two marches until we found a metro station we could access), then repeated cramped bus ride to get back home again.

I feel honored to stand with millions of people all over the globe who feel the United States should move forward, not backwards, on women's rights; LGBTQ rights; racial justice; immigration reform; workers' rights; health care access; eradicating violence against women; embracing diversity and all abilities; addressing climate change; and restoring civility, compassion, and truth to policy-making. That was the best part of the event: being a part of such a huge PEACEFUL gathering on behalf of a common cause. I only took two photos the entire day. I felt so penned in for most of the day that it was too much work both to dig out my phone and to access the food I was carrying. Here was my view for part of the day:


I'm standing in the middle of 7th Street, halfway between Independence Avenue (ahead) and Jefferson (behind). This was a moment near the beginning of the speeches when the crowd around me had shouted out to "lower signs"--and the throngs complied--so we could see the proceedings on the jumbotron way up in front of us. We didn't hear more than a few words of any of the speeches; the stage was blocks up Independence (to the left). I have since watched all of the speeches online from the comfort of my own home. My favorite speech was Ashley Judd's performance of Nina Donovan's poem (and Nina does it even better--watch her spoken-word performance online!). I have also watched videos that pan the crowd from overhead. Wow! (Our spot is included in this incredible overhead view.) We saw three or four medical emergencies play out around us over the course of the day. I have no idea how the medics were able to learn of the problems and respond to the correct locations so quickly, but it was impressive. All of the police, metro workers, and organizers we encountered throughout the day were pleasant, helpful, and welcoming; couldn't ask for more. I have read that there were no arrests.

Second best part of the day: making connections with the people wedged up against me in the crowd. We couldn't hear the speeches, and we were stuck together for hours, so we chatted about our lives, our reasons for being there, etc. And, coincidentally, we bumped into some of them again later in the middle of a march!

Third best part of the day: the signs. I will recite some of my favorites below. Passion, creativity, and cleverness were on display big time! (I'm not repeating the solely anti-Trump ones here.; you can always find them by searching online, if you're interested.) Power to the people. Keep on rocking on with the important work!

Respect Existence or Expect Resistance

Listen to your Mother Earth

Hate does not make America great

Protect Our Future

We are the RESISTANCE

This is what PATRIOTISM looks like

Build BRIDGES Not Walls

Public cervix announcement: People of quality believe in equality.

Support your mom

A woman's place is in the revolution

I'm with her    [with arrows pointing in all directions--and most often carried by a man]

Men of quality don't fear equality    [carried by a man]

Revolutionary white folk don't mistake privilege for progress: Fight 'til we're all FREE!

Keep your laws (and your paws) off my body!

Hate has no home here.

Now you've pissed off Gammie!

In OUR AMERICA:
   Black Lives Matter
   Science is Real
   Diversity is Celebrated
   Water is Life
   Kindness is Everything
   Women are in charge of their own bodies
   Love is LOVE!

Real men are allies    [carried by a man]

Nasty women make HERstory

My uterus is private property

Make America THINK again

Make America KIND again

My pussy
My choice
My body
My voice

We are the great-granddaughters of the witches you could not burn.

HOPE over FEAR

EQUITY    DIGNITY    POWER

I will not go quietly back to the 1950s.

NOT up for grabs.

Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.

GENDER JUSTICE
RACIAL JUSTICE
ECONOMIC JUSTICE

Reject Misogyny
Respect Humanity

All that is required for injustice to thrive is that the good do nothing.

Our sisters are asking 4 respect & equity: Please LISTEN    [carried by a man]

Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage RAGE against the dying of our RIGHTS!

We will not move backwards.
We are moving FORWARD!

Well-behaved women don't defeat empires

Work for the change you want to see in the world.

Equality and justice for all.

Liberty and justice for all.

This nasty woman won't give up.

This nasty woman fights back.

Don't tread on me.

We are women!
Hear us ROAR!

This is what a feminist looks like.

Integrity matters

Our children are watching

Stronger togetHER

What do we want? Evidence-Based Science
When do we want it? After Peer Review

So bad, even introverts are here.

Tweet women with respect.

Boys will be boys GOOD HUMANS    [carried by a man]

Women deserve ALL RIGHTS

Women's Rights are Human Rights

Human Rights are Women's Rights

Without Hermione, Harry would've died in Book 1.

Support investigative journalism

A woman's place is in the revolution!

A woman's place is in the resistance!

Grab America Back

Cliterally done with this. Facts matter.

Girls just wanna have FUN-damental HUMAN RIGHTS!

We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.  -Elie Wiesel

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016!

Merry Christmas, everyone! (or happy whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year, of course!)

Yes, work has stalled (again) on the JayBee. Too busy getting the old house patched together enough to survive another winter, getting ready for the holidays, blah, blah, blah. I will get back at it after the holidays, though.

The day before a big winter storm, I got up on the old rood and patched it as best I could. I always love this view of the JayBee; it looks like a dollhouse.


I may not be living in the JayBee yet, but I love to see it decked out for the holidays...



Wintertime supermoon.



Christmas Kitty.


Ho ho ho! See you in the new year.