December 1, 2003
Cold and snow showers all day long up here. Trying to get all of my computer equipment and papers sorted out. Had dinner yesterday with Norman and David, and then went to Normans for a bit to talk. Paul went as well. He doesn't like heights. So I don't think he liked Norman's windows.
Weather maps still show a huge storm this weekend, if the computer models were actually correct, then there would be a big snowfall from Illinois and Indiana all the way up here to Canada and into the Northeastern United States! Everyone can stay tuned on this storm!
We woke up to some light snow this
nice dusting, maybe an inch, but it is melting now! Trying to work on some
projects around here, so staying busy enough for now. Hope everyone is
doing ok back home. Paul and I are not getting along very well. Not
sure but I think he might be going back to Western Kentucky or Tennessee.
December 3, 2003
Sunny here today, waiting on
snow, waiting waiting waiting. Still a dusting on the ground though.
December 4, 2003
Norman is out of the hospital, they ended up not doing his surgery. They are going to try and do it in 2 weeks just got an email from him :) So that is the update on his situation.
Flurries here in Toronto today, nothing major though. Seems like we get a lot of flurries! Just no big snows, at least not yet. South and east of here they are getting more than a foot of snow from a big storm system in the east.
Paul left this morning at 9 a.m. He
is heading for Memphis. I hope he will be ok. I don't think either
one of us is happy right now. A frustrating situation.
December 6, 2003
Blizzard warnings for New York City and areas down their way. :) through tonight, wish I was there, would love to be in all that snow! I guess I will have to keep on waiting. Last year at this time we had already been on the receiving end of several major winter storms! Looks like this year is getting a slow start at least for Toronto.
I am sitting here watching the satellite television, New York City has a blizzard warning and the Boston area! They are showing a ton of snow. heavy snow with low visibility, high winds, huge drifts!!!! :) :) :) someone get me a ticket to the BIG CITY!!!!!!! It is cloudy here this morning, with no snow. Maybe next time will be our turn.
Went to eat lunch with Erick. It was cold outside walking. Winter you know.
My friend Shawn is coming over in a bit.
David returns from Switzerland tomorrow. I might go over to Waterloo for a couple of days. I need to get away from the city.
Looking at the new computer models, HOLY COW :) There could be another snowstorm later this week, but this time in the Midwest! Looks like a powerful storm system moves through the Ohio Valley on Wednesday!
Cold here - 19 degrees at 7 pm.
December 7, 2003
When I said on December 1st that there
would be a huge storm this weekend, well this is what I meant :)
Now, I wish that was snow had fallen here! Next big storm is on the weather map already. It will bring either a lot of rain or a mix of rain and snow into the Ohio Valley Wednesday into Thursday! If the low tracks a bit further east then everyone down in the West Kentucky area would get a good snowfall! Have to wait and see on this one.
Morning - Sunny here right now. Has been sunny all day! No snow, still. It is cold, the temperature got down to about 15 degrees last night. BRRR.
David is coming into town tonight so might go see a movie or something, depending on how tired he is.
MORE PHOTOS FROM BOSTON
Dreaming of that much snow here.
Went to the movies with David, we went to
ELF. It was a good Christmas movie! :) cold outside though, my fingers are
December 8, 2003
Morning everyone! Cold start to the week here in Toronto. But still no snow! Where is the snow? I will be singing that song all week I guess. Perhaps we can get something towards the weekend. Looks like a rain event here though midweek.
Extremely cold air pours into my families area later this week. The coldest air of the season so far and perhaps a snow threat down there towards the end of next weekend or the beginning of next week. Still no major snowstorms for Toronto on the horizon.
Going to meet with my immigration attorney later today, working on finally getting my Visa papers together and turned in. We are behind schedule
December 9, 2003
Well it is a cloudy day in Waterloo, Ontario, and I don't see any snowflakes falling out there. AND RAIN IS
IN THE FORECAST! Someone get me a tissue before I CRY! What happened
BUT SNOW is on the way for my family down in the states. This coming weekend will bring the first real chance for significant winter weather, to their area! Good luck to all of you. I know the kids will be thrilled!
So anyway, I am in Waterloo, which is about one hour or so from Toronto (west). I am visiting David's home. There IS snow on the GROUND here! :) so I am happy about that.
Yesterday we met with the immigration lawyer. It was a tough meeting, with a lot of very difficult decisions to make. We are way way behind on all of this, but as I told David everything has a time and a place and it will all work out in the end. Norman said he took care of some of this but it ends up he didn't. Not sure why he told us differently. He seems to do that from time to time.
We are trying to get me a Visa, but it is not going to be easy. There are some short term concerns about me going home for Christmas and going back and forth here at the border. We will have to work them out though, in order for me to be home with my family. Anyway, one way or another I will be in New York City with my mother on the 18th through the 22nd! Then my mother and I will travel to St Louis and drive home! I am looking forward to some holiday fun! I am looking forward to seeing my sisters and nephews/nieces!
David and I left the city of Toronto around 5 pm and slowly made our way to Warerloo. Rush hour you know, and I'm not talking about the radio personality there!
We watched National Lampoons Christmas Vacation last night. David has never seen the movie! A laugh a minute - I love Chevy Chase - great movie!
So anyway, now I am trying to catch up on emails.
OK, well I took a tour of Waterloo. :) Actually I went to get my car winterized, if that is a word! CLOUDY here and it is supposed to rain still nothing yet though. :) Still wishing for snow!
Went to Chapters Bookstore and bought some books, some on New York City and some on Boston. Might go over to Boston this week and check that city out, with the thought that eventually I am probably going to have to move from Toronto, at some point. At least Boston has a bunch of snow on the ground. I don't know if I would want to live in Boston. I am checking it out though - it might be on the list.
Anyway, hmm what else, David is leaving for Japan later this week, so maybe I will leave also and Doug is in California! Everyone is AWAY :) or going to be AWAY!
My friend, Dru, is getting ready to go to Vancouver! He is going to be spinning there at a club there, this is all very good for him. A nice opportunity to make some contacts within the club arena! Dru is a great DJ, and plays music with lyrics :) my favorite.
Still looks like snow down south for my family this weekend, I would guess 1-3 inches (if I had to make a long range forecast and that is a ways out still winter storms are almost impossible to forecast outside of 24 hours)!
Heading out in a bit to meet with an attorney, then watching a movie.
Ok we are back at the ranch errr farm!
It is starting to. cough cough, RAIN HERE in Waterloo. I know it's all very sad. I mean it is December and we SHOULD be getting snow. I am trying to not cry but it is all very difficult. :) I will get over it - I guess!
Anyway David I went to do lawyer projects, then we went to eat at East Side Marios. Neat little place to eat, we eat there all the time in Toronto.
We are getting ready to watch Anger Management, supposed to be a funny movie!
So anyway, let me back up and talk about Boston. I am thinking about going to Boston this Thursday, then from Boston I will take a train down to New York City on the 18th. Mother will be meeting us there.
I am thinking about moving to Boston, among other locations! Minneapolis? New York City? Who knows, as long as they have snow :) well there are other requirements. Storms would be nice as well :) Boston doesn't have a lot of storms, but they do have snow, e.g. those recent photographs!
OK, so my trip to Boston is an "exploring" trip. I am going to check out the real estate market, check out the downtown area, meet with someone from the Red Cross, and well generally just see if I like the city.
If I find that I like the city then we will explore even deeper, perhaps next month with a second trip or in February, depending on what is going out up here in the great white (not so white) north!
I will keep everyone updated as to what is going on and what decisions we are making. I guess that is why I keep this journal.
December 10, 2003
Well it is cold outside and cloudy, but nothing is falling from the sky just yet :) Rain is coming though - rain through tomorrow!
I still think my family back home will see 1-3 inches of snow this coming weekend. That is my forecast at least. The National Weather Service only has a 30% chance of snow in their forecast. So take your pick.
Working on all kinds of stuff today, from the New York City trip to Boston. So, I am staying busy.
David is at NDI working. Doug is on his way home from California and Erick is at home waiting for everyone else to come home.
Nothing new today from Norman, as I mentioned he has to have some more eye surgery. I will post an update as soon as he tells me something new.
That is it for right now stay dry out there and warm!
OK, well so it begins :) Rain is falling pretty nice rain out there - a COLD RAIN!
Where is WINTER - where is SNOW???
OK, WHATEVER, on another note my snow
forecast (since Sunday) remains the same :) 1-3 inches for West Kentucky and
Southern Illinois this coming weekend. A very nice storm system will be
moving out of the Gulf Coast northeastward into the Southeast United
States. Should be enough moisture and cold air available for some snow
across the Tri-State area. Hope I am right :) The kids will love
I am leaving for Boston tomorrow evening, will arrive after dark.
Thursday, December 11, 2003
Morning everyone! It is going to be an extremely busy day, leaving Waterloo for Toronto, then Toronto to Boston this afternoon. I will post when I have time.
I am at the Pearson International Airport now! :) Cold and Cloudy, also extremely windy. Some of the flights to the Northeast have been cancelled but the one to Boston appears to be ready to go. So that is good news.
Paid $6 bucks for one of the worst Roast Beef Sandwiches I have ever had, here at the airport. It had ONE slice of Roast Beef in it! When I looked at through the window of the place I bought it from it looked A LOT bigger. :) I think they swapped it out! Well maybe not, but anyway! Maybe they will feed us on the plane.
Doug and Erick are getting the house ready for Doug's Office Christmas Party. I am sure they will have lots of fun and great food.
So let me see here, I am excited about going to Boston. Looking forward to exploring the city, checking out the downtown area, and hopefully go outside the city itself. I know it is a BEAUTIFUL area of the country. Right on the Ocean - nice Harbor Front area and old New England type houses everywhere. Everything I love! Will I like it enough to move there one day? Time will tell. Who knows what tomorrow might bring.
First impressions mean a lot, so we shall see what I think after tomorrow night.
Talked with some of my family back home, they are all getting ready for a weekend of Christmas Shopping and SNOW SNOW SNOW! I told them it looks like 2-4 inches for Western Kentucky and about the same for Southern Illinois. Hard to say where the heaviest snow will be but it appears everyone will receive a WHITE WHITE WEEKEND! Hope they enjoy the snow!
For me???? SNOW IN BOSTON THIS WEEKEND!!!! Now looks likely! Heavy snow and wind changing to rain then back to snow! Possibly another Nor'easter!
Next week my family will warm up and see rain! SO ENJOY YOUR SNOW WHILE IT IS AROUND!
Anyway the plane is loading so I guess I better get going.
More from BOSTON later this evening.
I HAVE ARRIVED IN BOSTON NOW :) Raining lightly and foggy. Some snow on the ground still from that last big storm they had. Ok going to explore.
December 12, 2003
Heading out here in Boston to explore
Final forecast for Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky 1-3 inches of snow. Tough call though
Also look for 2-4 inches of snow in Toronto Sat Night into Sunday Night. Environmental Canada says FLURRIES :) At least that is their current forecast, so one of us will be wrong. I think Toronto will see heavier snowfall from this storm.
Looks wintry here in Boston tomorrow, before the snow changes to rain.
BOSTON IN PICS
HEY DOUG CHECK OUT THE OUTDOOR BOOK SALE :)
OK, so I headed out this morning around 10 a.m. :) It was pretty cold outside but not too bad! I did have to wear a jacket and there is a lot of snow on the ground.
I walked around the city, well mostly walked, a few taxis here and there. It was fun just exploring.
There was one area where the streets were all brick lots and lots and lots of stores. Everything was decorated for Christmas and you could hear Christmas music playing as you walked from store front to store front. I took a few pictures of that area (see above).
Stopped by a realtor just to see what real estate prices are like. Not too bad actually. We talked for awhile and I told her what I would be looking for, if I did indeed move here. She gave me some sheets of information and her card.
I am meeting with someone from the Red Cross on Monday or Tuesday.
Meanwhile, in the weather department, Winter Storm Watch for Boston! I am getting excited about the snow prospects.
So :) There you have it! A wintry forecast.
Saturday, December 13, 2003
Well it looks like the dry air monster killed the snowstorm for Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois, where only light snow fell this morning. I guess my sister is happy though, because she went down to Nashville to go Christmas Shopping. Glad I wasn't down there for the busted forecast :( I hate it when snow is forecast and it all falls apart. It seems to happen a lot in the Ohio Valley. I am surprised just how little snow and sleet fell though. I don't think anyone has anything on the ground in Western Kentucky or Massac County either. Cal Sisto is probably not happy because he loves snow just as much as I do! Sorry about that everyone if you wanted snow that is.
I guess I should smile about the huge snowstorm, near blizzard, on its way to Boston! :) Looks like a big one here! They are calling for high winds, heavy snow, and even thundersnow!!!!
Just getting back in from Quincy Market. Not too far from the hotel here. It is a large area that has all sorts of places to shop places to eat and music. Everything was decorated for the holiday season :)
Cold out therein the mid 20s. BRRR. Cloudy here
So anyway, back at the hotel for a bit now. It is getting dark outside already, seems like it gets dark here awfully early.
Big snowstorm coming here tomorrow, then rain. The snow should be fun though while it lasts.
I am liking Boston. Seems like a nice
city. Not sure if I would want to live here or not. Hard to say.
But is has been a nice trip so far. I am sure Spring and Summer would be
really nice around here.
OH THIS HAD MY NAME WRITTEN ALLLL
Sunday, December 14, 2003
Ok well there is supposed to be a big storm here today, could be snow changing to rain though. Being along the coast that is the way it goes! I will post photographs if something good happens - good meaning SNOW of course!
Just woke up to the BIG NEWS
Jumping up and down here :) :) :) :) :)
:) SMILING FROM EAR TO EAR!!!!
13:33 Iraqi Governing Council member:
DNA tests confirm Saddam Hussein`s capture
600 US Forces Involved in Capture
SADDAM HAS BEEN CAPTURED BY US AND BRITISH FORCES!!!
THE MAN WHO TORTURED AND KILLED HUNDREDS
OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IS NOW UNDER ARREST!!!
Dancing in streets of Baghdad
Shortly after word leaked out about the capture, hundreds of Iraqis flooded the streets of Baghdad, firing guns into the air, singing, dancing and throwing candy into the air -- celebrating the apparent capture of the man who had ruled their lives with terror and repression for more than three decades.
"I'm very happy for the Iraqi people. Life is going to be safer now," said 35-year-old Yehya Hassan, a resident of Baghdad, told The Associated Press. "Now we can start a new beginning."
Earlier in the day, rumors of the capture sent people streaming into the streets of Kirkuk, a northern Iraqi city, firing guns in the air in celebration.
Sen. Joe Liebermanquote
"Praise the Lord. This is a day of glory for the American military, American intelligence, and it's a day of triumph and joy for anybody in the world who cares about freedom and human rights and peace." — Sen. Joe Lieberman
This is a major, major step, a remarkable day for the world." — Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist R-Tenn.
President George W. Bushquote
Bush Greets Saddam Capture as
President George W. Bush to address Saddam's capture at noon ET