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Re: A taste of spring
  • Subject: Re: A taste of spring
  • From: Pam Evans <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 15:16:30 -0600

I'll take the south any day.  after the dreadful interminable winters in NE
PA, even the worst winter has to throw at us here seems like child's play.
Almost like summer today thank God but Tuesday we have the worst norther
we've seen in a while coming w/ freezing rain and sleet.  Should be grand
fun getting home from work that day.  Won't get above freezing Wednesday so
I'll probably be taking a vacation day.  Three nights at least in the teens
coming, unheard of all in a row like that.   I'm in a pier & beam house but
all my pipes are well wrapped.  Promises to be a dreadful week come
Tuesday.  Oh well, as mother says "this too shall pass".

On Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 3:00 PM, <Aplfgcnys@aol.com> wrote:

> I lived in Pensacola in the dark ages - 1950-52.
> There used to be a beautiful row of oleanders down
> the length of Palafox street.  They were killed by that
> cold spell.  I wonder if they were replanted.
> I'm sure it is a different city now, but I thought it was
> a pretty city then.
> In a message dated 1/30/2011 3:55:37 PM Eastern Standard Time,
>  dp2413@comcast.net writes:
> When did you live in P'cola? I have friends there, and their homes are
> better insulated than mine.
> Even here, we follow the "let the faucet drip" on the coldest nights,
> because our water supply pipes aren't very far underground (our meter is
> about 8" down, covered with a metal disk at surface level, but we don't
> have
> anything like that.
> d
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Sunday, January 30, 2011 2:07 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] A taste of spring
> > Daryl,
> >   I grew up in the Florida panhandle, and spent some of the
> > most uncomfortable times of my life in that area. One of my first
> > jobs was at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, and that winter
> > the temperature dropped to 8 degrees.  The water-heater tank in
> > my apartment froze, and the pipes under the kitchen floor froze
> > and burst.  In the bathroom basin, the faucets were set out on
> > a couple of inches of ice.  And this apartment was heated with
> > a couple of 18" gas heaters.  Talk about cold.
> >
> >  I remember another time in my grandmother's house when
> > I went into the kitchen in the morning and found the floor a sheet
> > of ice like a skating rink. Knowing it was to be cold, we had left
> > the faucets dripping - that was standard practice on cold nights -
> > but the drain pipes under the house (like all old southern houses
> > this one was built on stilts for passive air-conditioning) had frozen,
> > the sink had filled and run over, and the floor was all ice.  In the
> > more than 50 yearsI have lived in the Hudson Valley, I have never
> > had anything like that happen.  We have had occasional problems
> > with power outages, but we have a small generator that gives us heat
> > and water.  Even on the coldest nights we are snug and warm.
> >
> > I'm glad you enjoy the South, but I would never ever want to live
> > there again. However, I am a bit bored with this winter.  It started
> > early and just goes on and on.  Today is sunny and a bit milder -
> > 38 degrees - but it it predicted to go down to 6 degrees tonight, and
> > then more snow mixed with freezing rain on Tuesday and Wednesday.
> > Enough already!
> > Auralie
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX
zone 8A

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