Wednesday, December 31, 2014

CELESTIAL DANDRUFF

Once upon a time I worked for a radio and television combine in North Dakota.  One of the radio announcers, Bill Drilling, who I've long since lost track of, coined that phrase - celestial dandruff - to describe snowfall.  There were plenty of times to use that term in North Dakota. Not so many in Arizona.  But today, on this last day of 2014, we have a fairly rare winter storm beginning.


Regular readers of this blog will know there's a town and a mountain range out there but a whiteout has eclipsed them this morning.

Closer to home . . .










"I took the road less traveled."

The snow is forecast to continue through tonight and tomorrow with an expected total of 6 to 12 inches in the area.  That changes New Years Eve plans for lots of people, including the BRD and her Beau Jack.  They have decided to stay in and celebrate around a warm fire. We, too, will be home and warm though we gave up plans for going to New Years Eve parties many years ago.

But for those who may be celebrating a little too much tonight, whether home or away, here's something to begin the New Year.


Dr. Taylor is a distant relative of mine.  My father and grandfather discovered him in 1948 when they made a trip back to New England searching for ancestors and their descendants. This doctor was also an amateur genealogist and later sent us an extensive family tree, tracing the Taylors back to Yarmouth, Massachusetts in 1630.

And, apparently, he got some of the drunks off the street.

Have a safe and happy new year, folks.

16 comments:

  1. How fun. Maybe I will make my way up there this weekend. Think it will stick at elevations about 6,000?

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    1. It is supposed to get down to 2,000 feet or so, thus it definitely will stick up here. But be careful. Winter driving is said to be dangerous for the next day or two.

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    2. Thanks. If we go, it won't be until Friday. I have never driven in the snow but guess I need to start sometime.

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  2. It is 11 AM and snowing hard in Chino Valley which is 10 miles south of Prescott and 500 feet lower at 4,700 feet. I have visitors coming from Alaska tomorrow; won't they be surprised?

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    1. Opps, 10 miles north of Prescott; I know Bruce is a stickler on facts. Once a reporter, always a reporter.

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  3. No snow here - just brrr cold! It was 10 degrees when I left the house this morning. I wish it WOULD snow - I have nowhere to be once I leave work until church on Sunday :)

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  4. Bruce, welcome to the club. I guess you don't have a snow shove; No problem it'll melt.

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    1. I do have a snow shovel but I see no real reason to use it. It's going back up to the 50's by next week and I have plenty of Dr. Taylor's nemesis in the house.

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    2. Good on you. I also am ready to comfort my self, but need to clear a path for the car (grin).

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    3. Turned out I didn't have a snow shovel. SWMBO says we gave it away when we moved to Phoenix two years ago. But I have spent an hour with a push broom and an extended duster and a stool and two ladders finally getting snow off the satellite dish so I can watch the Fiesta Bowl. I'm gonna invent a heater for those satellite dishes that one can turn on with a switch inside one's home to melt the snow off the dish. If you'd care to invest . . . .

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  5. Lovely scenes, best seen from this distance. We are in the midst of a cold snap, but no snow. Blue skies, ample sunshine, fortunately. High today of 50 with an overnight low of 30. That's about 10 degrees below normal on both ends. No moisture forecast so unlikely to see snow on the higher elevations of the Santa Lucias. Your home looks cozy and "postcardish."

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  6. Crazy. No snow in Michigan. Last year we had two feet of it.

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  7. O love the sight of untrodden snow. Interesting ancestor of yours. Love the advertisement.

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  8. Whew! I misread that as "amateur gynecologist." Which would have meant he got something other than drunks off the street, perhaps.

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  9. I envy you your white New Years Eve! That is SO pretty. Just stay warm and enjoy this evening, and tomorrow, and the year ahead, too. :)

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