Archive for January 20th, 2014

20
Jan
14

Nature/Weather: Baby it’s Windy Outside……….

From my recollections in the Pacific NW over many years (65+ some), a cold East wind down the Columbia River Gorge (commonly called ‘the Gorge’) is a precursor to snow and/or freezing rain. This year the forecasts don’t show any moisture on the horizon. So as my snow loving/paralyze the city wife likes to say “we are getting ripped off” this year for a Winter storm. But, the wind is howling. How do I know this beyond the wise weather gurus that write about such things?

For years, we have had what we call the “gonger” that only gongs when the East/Northeast wind blows hard. Southerly/Westerly winds don’t make a peep. Tonight the “gonger” is loud and boisterous.

The Gonger SBYes, the weather buffs have their wind gages and networks to report the cold wind coming down the Gorge. Unfortunately, the moisture is not likely for a paralyzing Winter event. I will miss the news kids standing at the mouth of the Gorge reporting upon the NW equivalent of a hurricane, wild land fire, earthquake, flood, etc. etc. etc. 

Wind SBI mean that is pretty strong winds today. Add moisture and you have the once every few years of calamity in Portlandia. Not to be this year….”ripped off”.

20
Jan
14

Odd Fellow & Mental Health: La Isla de las Muñecas

Fanciful fun or mentally miss wired? Creepy visually and I wouldn’t go here if you’ve lost a child or your mind is impressionable. Many of the images are unsettling for some. I won’t be traveling to La Isla de las Muñecas ever.

isla doll2

“Over fifty years ago, Don Julian Santana left his wife and child and moved onto an island on Teshuilo Lake in the Xochimilco canals. According to some, a young girl actually drowned in the lake, while most others, including his relatives, say Don Julian Santana merely imagined the drowned girl….In 2001 Don Julian Santana was found drowned in the same area in which he believed the little girl had died.” (Atlas Obscura) more here (X) for the creepy gluttons.

isla doll 1Speaking of mental health issues: overload, burnout, numbness, an inner voice beckoning, searching for the harmony….it isn’t found in the above (sorry to some for the exposure at all). The weather is moderating (knock on wood) and Springtime (even a false Spring) is right around the corner. Winter doldrums are quite burdensome right now for many.

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.” 

Ernest Hemingway (A Moveable Feast)




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