Press "Enter" to skip to content


  1. Pat
    Pat January 21, 2016 11:34 am

    I’m pretty sure I’ll be OK where I am; I’m more worried about Beth.

    As for “hysterical politicians” – they’re everywhere, there’s no getting away from them.

  2. Josh
    Josh January 21, 2016 12:58 pm

    Actually Pat, I’ve found that the best hysterical-politictian refuges are anywhere where actual physical labor is expected or required.

    Also don’t see too many at the gun range 🙂

  3. Beth
    Beth January 21, 2016 3:08 pm

    Hi, Pat and Claire! Thanks for the well-wishes, and back atcha.

    Don’t worry about me. The cats and I made it through last winter’s bitter cold and big snows without even electricity. Now that we have power and baseboard heaters in the tiny studio, we’re livin’ large.

    I’ve got my propane heater and kerosene lantern handy just in case, and I cook with a camp stove anyway. Mini-fridge and pantry are stocked, and if the power goes out, it won’t be hard to keep food chilled. Real books are at hand too.

    And not having plumbing means there are no pipes to freeze!

    You stay safe and warm too, Pat. Sounds like you might get some icy weather over your way, and more wind maybe than we will.

  4. Tim
    Tim January 21, 2016 3:35 pm

    Anything that shuts down Washington D.C. for a few days can’t be all bad..

  5. Claire
    Claire January 21, 2016 4:16 pm

    Wow, Beth. I didn’t realize you were still living primitively. I’m impressed! Were you expecting this kind of weather when you set up to live like that?

  6. Pat
    Pat January 21, 2016 4:42 pm

    Hi Beth, Glad to hear you’re set up better this year. Yeah, we’ll get ice over here, but I’m stocked up and won’t be going out for a while. Take care of yourself!

  7. Historian
    Historian January 21, 2016 4:50 pm

    Here in the mountains, we know how to deal with snow. And power outages. Mordor-on-the-Potomac, not so much……. At least we don’t have to worry about earthquakes! Oh, wait…..

    Appreciate the kind thoughts, Claire, warm wishes to you, too.

  8. RustyGunner
    RustyGunner January 21, 2016 5:35 pm

    Southern MD is battened down for the storm. If it gets too cold we’ll just toss another climate scientist on the fire.

  9. Beth
    Beth January 21, 2016 6:51 pm

    Thanks, Pat. Glad (but not surprised) to know you are all set for the storm.

    Claire, all I knew was that I didn’t have much cash to work with. But where I’ve been living for the past four or so years, in the mountains of Virginia, I’ve found true neighbors and friends, some of the best folk you could imagine. They’ve been a true help and comfort, and they’ve taught me about community for real. They’ve shown me great kindness and genuine respect.

    My situation grew rough a couple of years ago when I basically had to resign from a steady, well-paid job I really wanted to keep — because the director was a lying, defrauding malignant narcissist, entrenched in her position for life and resentful of me for being more competent than she. While at that job, I’d adopted several cats from a local rescue group, and even when money got tight later, there was no way I was going to abandon my sweet faithful furryboys.

    But I had my beloved little sliver of land, the thing that had led me here in the first place and the other thing I wasn’t about to give up. So I set up a canvas tent and we lived here like that for about seven months, April to November, while I figured out a plan to build a little shelter. That’s where my friends and neighbors really shone. They came out for several old-fashioned “barn-raisings” and we had a marvelous time.

    Even the building department was cooperative in approving the electrical permit, once I dared to look into the possibility — I’d originally built the place too small to require a basic building permit, since time and cash were short, knowing that I probably couldn’t get power to the place until I was ready to build a real house and turn this into an outbuilding. They basically looked the other way — I think because they knew I’d done the best I could do, and I’d been up front with them, and they knew I hoped to put a real cabin here someday, when that becomes possible.

    So we muddle along, and I admit, the going was very hard for a couple of years. There was recovery that needed to happen, and it needed a lot of time and tears. But I can honestly say now that there are days when life is better than I’ve ever known it to be. I have work much better suited to me now (although much lower-paying) with friendly, thoughtful colleagues and plenty of autonomy, and it gives me a meaningful role to fill in a place I have come to love.

    Anyway, enough about me. ;^)

    Warmest wishes to all you Commentariat members dealing with rough weather! Stay safe and cozy and free.

  10. Jim B.
    Jim B. January 21, 2016 8:59 pm

    Well, this storm can’t be all that bad, after all it made the President get stuck in a traffic jam. Right?

  11. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty January 22, 2016 5:04 am

    He didn’t remain “stuck,” now did he Jim? Rats.

    The big “storm” that was supposed to hit here the last few days pretty much fizzled, as has been the pattern this year. Forecast says we’ll have a high in the mid 40s today, and a low of 28 or so. No real snow or low temps predicted for the next 10 days, anyway. Another warm, and sadly dry winter in NE Wyoming.

  12. Jim Bovard
    Jim Bovard January 22, 2016 6:48 am

    Thanks for the good wishes, Claire.

    I’ve stocked up with extra beer, ammo, peanut butter, and cigars. If the power stays on (or goes out only briefly), then no big deal.

    Helluva asterisk, but…

  13. Claire
    Claire January 22, 2016 8:35 am

    Beer, ammo, and cigars. Clearly the essentials of life. I hope the peanut butter is sugar-free and made from sustainably grown peanut trees. 😉

    And if things get too bad, I believe you’re close enough to RustyGunner that you could help him roast climate scientists over an open fire.

  14. Jim Bovard
    Jim Bovard January 22, 2016 9:38 am

    The peanut butter is definitely sugar free – my palate is not that jaded.

    Good advice on keeping toasty with global warming nitwits!

  15. UnReconstructed
    UnReconstructed January 22, 2016 10:21 am

    Lets see:

    Diesel for generator- check
    gas for snowblower- check
    Plenty of food- check
    Dog food-check
    bird seed- check
    tarps tied down- check
    Ammo in abundance- check

    schadenfreude for Mordor on the Potomac- check

  16. Claire
    Claire January 22, 2016 10:39 am

    “schadenfreude for Mordor on the Potomac- check”


  17. Historian
    Historian January 24, 2016 4:32 pm

    somewhere between 3 and 4 feet of snow here at Liberty Hollow; hard to say exactly with the drifting. The only problem with this storm is that it stopped snowing in Mordor on the Potomac.

    Imagine if you could keep it snowing for a couple of weeks, just inside the Beltway……………28 feet of snow………………. Ah well, I can dream, can’t I?


Leave a Reply