Saturday, January 31, 2009

Ice Storm 2009 and 2007


I just received an email from my cousin who lives in southeast Missouri. I tweaked it a bit to keep their names out of the story. But this is what the past week has been like for them.

All power went out on Tuesday but they were able to buy a generator.
They emptied out the refrigerator, and put everything in the garage since it was cold enough to keep the food they had. With the generator they were able to run the refrigerator, a light, one TV and computer They can't cook so they are eating pbj's. .
Her husband works for the telephone company and is still working out there trying to get as many people back in phone service as possible. It isn't always possible because there are so many roads closed and they can't do anything until the power company deals with their lines that are down. He has to be extremely careful and test every wire before touching. He says it really is like walking in a war zone...he never knows when a tree limb or line, or building could just crash down on him. He said, "I am wearing my hard hat and that's the best I can do". He is working 7 days a week until this is done but isn't working past dark because of the increased danger of walking on a live line that is down. Her son worked until the big semi took out the two main lines that were sagging which took out most of the businesses. It was a huge flash and it sounded like a bomb. She couldn't believe all the crashing and rumbling that has been going on just around their yard. They do have a limb on their house but her husband doesn't think it damaged the roof, won't know until he can get up there to see though. They can't get in and out of the drive way because of the broken limbs. They have a flag pole in their yard and when her husband came in he was singing," and the flag was still there oh say .....just a little mild humor there but true.
So many roads have been closed and sometimes truckers won't go through if there is a line across the road. Her husband helped one yesterday between here and Poplar Bluff. The line was hanging down low and the trucker was parked on the side of the road trying to decide what to do...he couldn't go forward because of the line, he couldn't drive back...the wrong way, couldn't cross where he was. Her husband got his line pole out and held the wire up a little higher while the trucker got through...lots of stories out there like that.

I think this may have been President Obama's first declaration of a disaster area. Not sure though. Her story reminded me of our ice storm in 2007. The picture I posted is of our Weeping Willow tree. It was a huge tree that provided us with a lot of privacy around our pool area. We had to have it removed after that storm. Just last fall we planted another one. We tried a Pine Tree that rotted out from all of the wet weather we had last spring. This current willow should be okay. They grow like weeds. Our weather has been very peculiar these past few years. The ice storm though was one of the strangest things I have ever witnessed in my life time. It was so hard to describe, other than just "EERIE". Hope all the folks that were affected by the ice are doing okay. You don't know how grateful you are for the simplest things until you don't have them.

City Names



Why is St. Peters named St. Peters instead of St. Peter? My husband and I have had this conversation a few times when we drive through and see the street signs. We are all familiar with St. Peter, so who is St. Peters (no apostrophe). We live in St. Charles and know that this town is named after St. Charles Borromeo. Today while out running errands, we again wondered this pondering question. I made up my mind to google it and try to get an answer. I have not been able to find an answer to my question yet, but in the process of searching for it I stumbled upon oddly named cities in America. The list is very long, so I chose what I thought was the oddest of each state.

Aimwell, ALABAMA
Unalaska, ALASKA
Chloride, ARIZONA
Flippin, ARKANSAS
Frying Pan, CALIFORNIA
Hygiene, COLORADO
Giants Neck, CONNECTICUT
Cocked Hat, DELAWARE
Howey-in-the-Hills, FLORIDA
Between, GEORGIA
Papa, HAWAII
Hellhole, IDAHO
Roachtown, ILLINOIS
Toad Hop, INDIANA
What Cheer, IOWA
Buttermilk, KANSAS
Lick Fork, KENTUCKY
Waterproof, LOUISIANA
Beans Corner Bingo, MAINE
Assawoman Bay, MARYLAND
Mashpee, MASSACHUSETTS
Bad Axe, MICHIGAN
Embarass, MINNESOTA
Hot Coffee, MISSISSIPPI
Tightwad, MISSOURI
Square Butt, MONTANA
Colon, NEBRASKA
Weed Heights, NEVADA
Contoocook, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Love Ladies, NEW JERSEY
Elephant Butte, NEW MEXICO
Yaphank Yonkers, NEW YORK
Gum Neck, NORTH CAROLINA
Concrete, NORTH DAKOTA
Worstville, OHIO
Happy Land, OKLAHOMA
Idiotville, OREGON
Nanty Glo, PENNSYLVANIA
Quonochontaug, RHODE ISLAND
Round O, SOUTH CAROLINA
Peever, SOUTH DAKOTA
Bugscuffle, TENNESSEE
Who'd Thought It, TEXAS
Hardup, UTAH
Notown, VERMONT
Lick Skillet, VIRGINIA
Humptulips, WASHINGTON
Big Ugly, WEST VIRGINIA
Spread Eagle, WISCONSIN
Meeteetse, WYOMING

I am pretty sure that you have got to have a great sense of humor to live in these towns. There were so many to chose from, it really makes you wonder doesn't it? I am going to take a wild guess and say that the population of these towns is...... small. Trying to give directions or spell these to someone over the phone would be a hoot!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My Neighbors Rock!

Before shoveling



Back Yard

Sunny Day


Care for A Dip?





I went to bed around 2 am this morning just because I knew I didn't have to get up early. I awoke around 8 am to what looks to me like 8 inches of snow. This was not in the forecast during the 10 pm news that I heard. I went out to clear a path in the driveway, when two angelic people appeared with shovels to help me hand shovel our driveway! They were just finishing up the lady that lives next door to me and across the street from them. I have to think of something to show my gratitude to them. Hopefully, they saw it in my eyes when we finished and I thanked them, but I would like to think of something else. They just moved in about 2 years ago and I haven't gotten to know them very well yet.

I am too tired to take a picture of the shoveled drive yet. Even with their help, it was tiring.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Movies Filmed In St Louis


This past weekend, people living in St. Louis had the opportunity to submit applications to be extras in a new comedy starring George Clooney called "Up In The Air." IMDB says that it is about a professional who specializes in "career transition counseling" (a euphemism for firing people) looks to accomplish his two main goals in life: to accumulate 1 million frequent flier miles, and to land a job at a mysterious management company called MythTech. They were asking for about 2000 extras. I haven't heard how it all went yet, because our weather has stolen all the headlines the past few days. It had been icy and we did get a couple inches of snow, and it has been very cold, highs only in the 20's. I have been busy the past few days spending time with Maddie and doing some charity work, etc.
The filming for this movie will be here in St. Louis at the airport and some of the hotels. I think they start filming the first part of March. I may have to see if I can check it out some of the days they are filming, if they allow it. I kinda doubt they will, but we will see. I researched how many other films have been filmed here and here are some of the ones I found.

"Meet Me In St. Louis" We have seen this many many times. It is one of our Christmas favorites.
"White Palace" I have seen this and it is hard to find to rent. It wasn't a bad movie really. I know the diner they filmed it in. James Spader and Susan Sarandon were in it.
"Game of Their Lives" Based on a true story, this film tells the tale of the 1950 national soccer team who, against all odds, beat England 1-0 in the small town of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Most of the players were from St. Louis and much of the movie was filmed here in “The Hill” (the Italian neighborhood of St. Louis, with some of the actual soccer players from 1950 making an appearance.
" The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery" Steve McQueen stars in the true story of a robbery of the Southwest Bank (corner of Southwest and Kingshighway). Some of the St.Louis police officers who worked the original robbery portray themselves in the movie. This movie was both set here and filmed here.
Larger Than Life Part of this Bill Murray movie was filmed in St. Louis.
"A Will of Their Own" TV mini-series, starring Lea Thompson, was filmed in St. Louis,St. Charles, and University City, Missouri.
"Planes, Trains and Automobiles" Scenes filmed at our airport. This movie is one of my favorites!

I have been watching a little more TV than usual lately, and still trying to finish a knitted sock. Almost there! I really don't like the yarn I am using and will never buy it again. It is sock yarn and stretchy and I can't feel it on my fingers very well for tension. But the colors are pretty.

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
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