Post 1639: I braved snow; Andy not so much


Andy decided to take another look at the snow while I was bringing in groceries. “Nope!” he thought, “Still not for me!”


I drove up on the grass and parked so the rear hatch was closer to my front door. After taking groceries in, I had a small problem with traction – see the two bare spots where the tire tracks abruptly slide right?

After a little slide, though, I regained traction and managed to get my car backed into my parking spot on the opposite side of the lane. Just love winter and snow!   

Post 1558: snow time…sort of

We had a few snow flakes yesterday. I’m not quite ready to give up my cargo shorts, but I can see the writing on the wall! That said, the kitty boys find snow fascinating. Today’s blog is about some of their snow experiences.

You may have seen some of these videos before if you’ve followed this blog long enough, but I hope you enjoy them just the same!



Hope you enjoyed the show!



Post 1285: snow fun…(‘s’no fun)

The day started out fine. The kitty boys begged me to play videos for cats, and they were exceptionally good kitties while the videos played.


Good fun for the kitty boys! And they were nice to each other while watching the videos.


Yeah. What I saw at 10 o’clock. That’s my black VW Sportwagen buried in a drift!

The day before I’d called the Good Samaritan office to let them know I needed to have the snow cleared so I could get to dialysis Wednesday, and that it needed to be done by at least 10 o’clock so I had adequate time to make the 11 o’clock start time. That, I figured, would give me extra time in case of getting stuck or other snow related issues.

By 10 o’clock Wednesday, no one had come to clear the snow. I WAS PISSED!


My neighbor, Gary, offered to help dig me out. His wife, Donna, told him he had no business exerting himself that way. I protested, too, telling him I expected Good Samaritan to do the job. NOW!


Gary pretended to have chest pains. Donna and I were not amused!

Here’s what the passenger side looked like. The snow was up to just about halfway to my knees.

Note that I park in a handicap parking spot. The Good Samaritan runs the apartment complex I live in, and they are responsible for clearing snow. Theoretically, they will clear snow first for people like me who have medical issues and have to make appointments. Dialysis isn’t optional!


Here’s the driver’s side of my car. The drift was crotch high! I didn’t know if I could even get into the car because the snow came up to a few inches above the bottom of the door.

I managed to get in the car. Gary walked down to the office to remind them in person I had asked for snow to be cleared the day before. Then a couple of maintenance people came over to help clear some of the snow around and behind my car off, but the main snow removal had to wait till the snow plow arrived from Hemingford, 19 miles away!

I tried to back up and got stuck. Gary and the maintenance people got me unstuck, and I drove down the lane and turned west on East 6th Street.

At the intersection of East 6th and Flack Avenue, I saw a pickup truck and a Bobcat blocking the intersection. There was a police car with lights flashing. It looked like an accident, but it might have been people clearing the snow at the intersection. Regardless, I couldn’t pass through the intersection to head north to the hospital. (Yes, I drew on my US Army vocabulary again to express feelings about that!)

I backed up to a turn off to the Good Samaritan parking lot, and headed east to what looked like the best way to get to 4th Street, which would take me to Flack, then the long way around to the hospital by 3rd Street, then Box Butte Avenue, two snow lanes that were cleared. Boyd Street looked impassable, so I turned down Lane 4, which had a path down it, thanks to a pickup.


Here I am on Lane 4…



Yes, I was thoroughly wet, mad, and running out of time to get to dialysis.img_20170125_101132

The final trial: I waded through drifts up to my knees to get back to Lane 2 to try to run down a ride and to leave my keys with Gary and Donna so Gary could park my car in my spot after the snow was cleared and the car was unstuck.

I got thoroughly wet below the knees, and barely had the strength to make the full trek. Leroy, one of the maintenance guys, had to come to me for the final stretch to knock down a path for me to walk. I still barely made it. Yes, I cussed like a Sergeant Major all the way. Cleared my lungs, I tell you!

Donna called to find a ride for me. She eventually got the Handibus lined up, and I got to dialysis just slightly later than usual. (The Handibus is a city-run service used mostly by non-drivers, elderly, or handicapped people. You can get door-to-door service at a dollar per ride.)

Did I mention Gary and Donna are the neighbors who took care of the kitty boys for the two months and 10 days I was hospitalized, then in rehabilitation in 2016? Very good people! They helped turn my disastrous snow crisis into a successful trip to the hospital for dialysis. 

Post 1267: let it snow…!

I heard on the news this morning than Florida was the only state of the fifty US states not to have snow. I haven’t looked out the window yet this morning to see if we had any locally – I don’t think any was predicted – though we’ve had some in the past week,

It reminds me that Andy and Dougy are intrigued by the phenomenon of snow. Andy likes to eat it. Dougy wants to go out in it and explore. I offer videos from earlier times as proof! (Older followers of this blog may have seen these before, but there have been many new followers in recent months who haven’t. Regardless, I hope all  enjoy seeing the kitty boys in action!) 



Post 1023: sun’s shining on a snow-covered May Day…!

We had a snowstorm yesterday, putting down many tree branches across town, knocking out power, and making my trip to the dialysis unit a bit treacherous. At one point, on Box Butte Avenue (the main street and the road to the hospital), I had to stop and back up because the way was blocked by a broken branch across the road.

For those who live in nice places without snow, a spring snowstorm usually is wet, heavy snow. If the trees have begun to leaf out or are in flower, the snow usually weighs the branches down to the ground, often breaking those with any weakness from rot or rodent damage. (Squirrels eat the bark, killing the branches, which then are vulnerable to breakage….!) It’s these wet, heavy spring snowstorms that cause heart attacks when old, out of shape guys try to clear the walks and driveways of their homes, too, so I’m glad that’s done by my landlord!dave's chicks and ducksHere’s what it looked like up in  the north part of the county at my friend Dave’s place just outside of Hemingford. That’s a fancy chicken house he won in a contest for producing a video about why he deserved to win the chicken house — a well done one, too, speaking as someone who knows about these things! — that the makers of the chicken house judged to be the best submitted.

Another friend, Marty, took this photo of a street in Alliance:marty jonesNotice the broken branch. Woe be to those who parked under a tree! I saw one pickup with a huge branch across it. April 31st, 2016. Ugh!


Andy and Dougy stayed inside, of course, though Andy licked up the water from melted snow on the door sill. Mostly they enjoyed a host of pine siskins and American goldfinches at the feeder outside the dining room window. The fir outside the back window kept them busy as well since the birds had to go somewhere when they weren’t at the feeder.

Andy (left) and Dougy press closer together. They are safer that way!

Andy (left) and Dougy like the snow in different ways. Dougy wants to explore it; Andy just wants to taste it.

I did some wash in my new machine. The boys were fascinated by what they saw in the window of the washer, which is kitty level. Andy was especially brave, which surprised me since he is the more timid of the two. Dougy was spooked by any new noises coming out of the machine, though he ran away then came back for more spooking.

I’m doing more washes in my new machine today, Sunday, since I have the time and the loads that need washing. Andy and Dougy, of course, are helping me by observing me and making sure that nothing unacceptable to kitties happens. Nice to know I’m safe from things unacceptable to kitties!


The first photo was posted on Facebook by Dave Minich. The second photo was posted on Facebook by Marty Jones.

Here's a new photo of Andy. Notice that his "horns" are up! Oh! Oh!

Here’s a new photo of Andy. Notice that his “horns” are up! Oh! Oh!

Post 771: May snowy wonderland…

Winter decided to hang on just a little bit longer here in the center of the country. The photos are looking out my back door.


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This is how it looked yesterday morning. By midday, most of the snow had melted.

Post 770: Afternoon excitement!

The day started out blah. By afternoon, though, things picked up significantly! 

“What’s up, Andy?!”

“Can you believe it?”

The boys can't believe their eyes...!

The boys can’t believe their eyes…!

Andy takes off but Dougy sticks around....

Andy takes off but Dougy sticks around….  Too much for Andy!

Here’s a short vided of what the boys saw and what Dougy found so fascinating: