TWTW February 4th through the 10th: Garage Broken

The only way into my garage is through the garage door. It has one of those keypad things with a battery that you punch the code into. The cover was frozen shut. I got a screwdriver and managed to force it open. The battery was dead. I had put in a new battery when I got the garage. 9 volt batteries always come in 2 so there has to be another one in the house somewhere. I couldn’t find one. So I tried using the key that unhooks the door from the motor so you can lift the door manually. I manage to get the key jammed into the lock in the middle of the door. At first it wouldn’t turn but eventually I get it to. But nothing happens.
At this point I am cold and my hands hurt from where I hurt my pinky opening the keypad. I decided to just call in and not come to work. I walked into my apartment and look up. I noticed the smoke detector. That will have a 9 volt battery in it. I used that.

Over the weekend I went home and made dogs very happy.

TWTW January 28th through February 2nd: Attack Of The Polar Vortex

SOOOO COLD. If you are reading this in the distant future, know that in the middle of this week a polar vortex descended on the midwest. I am pretty sure that Wednesday was the coldest I have ever experienced. Jobu and I were staying snugly and warm in the apartment. I did decide I should at least experience the supper cold a little bit. So I bundled up and went to throw out the garbage and check the mail. It didn’t actually seem that cold. I mean not much colder than when I had been out when it was about 40 degrees cooler. I had to take off my glove to get my key into the mailbox. My hand didn’t freeze off. About a minute after I got back inside my hand started feeling all warm like my body was trying to warm it back up. 

My coworker came up with a plausible theory. We are only capable of sensing about 0 degrees F so anything below that just feels like 0.  It’s like how my cheese making thermometer only goes up to like 150, anything above that just registers as 150. 

It warmed up a lot by the end of the week and everything got Foggy.


The cold killed my car. Even though it was warmer on Thursday it wouldn’t start. Then it wouldn’t start on Saturday. Looks like the battery is old.

The superb owl was boring. I made some pretty good smokey wings though.

TWTW January14th through the 20th: Icemageddon not really Snowmageddon 2 nope, Jobu loves me not so much

Icemageddon, Not really

During the middle of the week we had dire warnings of Icemageddon. Two nights in a row they told use that freezing rain would cover the land in slippery death. Cars would crash, people would fall, nobody would be able to get to work. Each morning I woke up, and everything was fine.

Snowmageddon 2, Nope

Next up we had Snowmageddon part 2. At first the forecast called for 6-10 inches of snow guaranteed for Friday and Saturday. As the weekend drew closer it got downgraded to 4- 6 inches. But it was still supposed to be a proper blizzard with lots of wind and blowing snow.

I woke up Saturday morning to maybe an inch of snow.. and no more fell. It was windy and got cold but, Worst Blizzard Ever

Jobu Loves Me, Not So Much

I was sitting in my easy chair. I don’t remember if I was watching a tv show or playing a video game, but I had my headphones on and was absorbed I what I was doing. Suddenly a paw gently rested on my shoulder so as not to shock me. Jobu climbed into my lap and purred. He loves me I thought. He then sat on the arm of the chair as I petted him. He wanted to be near me. I was touched. I had to get up and get something. As soon as I stood up he jumped into the center of the chair to curl up and go to sleep. He didn’t love me. He just wanted the chair.

TWTW January 7th through the 13th: Not A Snowmageddon And I Become A Frontiersman


I got all excited. They warned us that probably 8 inches of snow would be falling Friday and Saturday. I waited eagerly for the first snowmageddon of 2019. I awoke to about 4 inches of snow. I nice covering but not quite enough for me. Luckily, they informed me that this was just round 1 and round 2 would come later on Saturday and drop another few inches.




In the afternoon I went for a walk to take some pictures around the area. The roads had all been cleared and it was a fun time. Oddly a bunch of the local businesses were closed. I mean the parking lots were plowed the roads were fine. They missed out on some customers.



The second wave of the snowmageddon ended up being a disappointment. Only about another inch of snow fell.

I still decided to stay home on Sunday and be frontiersee. I made another batch of cheese and some homemade bread.

Inspiring Quote of the Week

It is not enough to have good ideas, you have to act. If you need milk, do not sit on a stool in the middle of a field in the hope that a cow will pass by. -Curtis Grant