Friday, January 20, 2012


Here in the Great Northwest we have very minor snowstorms generally.  A light dusting is generally enough to pretend that our citizens can't (CAN'T!) travel the perilous mile over well-paved roads to school. (Which is kind of true.  We're snow-stupid.) We get all that mild ocean air that makes for a rainy climate but doesn't particularly lead to dramatic weather events.  In short, we have frustrated weather teams. 
"He swept through the South like a tornado through a trailer park."
Of course, that doesn't stop them from standing on every iced-over overpass from Portland to Seattle, clad in their Colombia Sports Gear and peddling doom and disaster.  And it's sad really.  You can see how much they want it.  I mean, it's hard to get the love when you're the "light rain with sunbreaks" merchant and you're dying to be Dan Rather in a hurricane.
But I digress...
Betty Debbie called me from a genuine weather event this morning.  (Being in Seattle, she gets more of them than I do.)  The snow has caused power outages in her not back-of-beyond-ish metro area.  She said, "I'll be non-electrical and making out Harry Potter in the dim light today."  I said, "Lumos."

Which is all a long way of saying that her Betty van den Betsy By the Numbers post will be late but it won't be never.


  1. I'm lucky enough to be in Seattle and still have power, but I agree, it's been quite the week for weather! Best wishes for your Harry Potter-esque days, Betty Debbie, and if you have an emergency that requires power, please let me know if I can help! (Also, rescue the ice cream first by eating it. That was always my mother's rule!)

  2. Betty van den BetsyJanuary 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Warmest wishes (heh heh) to both our Seattle Bettys. I used to work for a former military brat whose father, in the 60s, was posted in Alaska. He claimed that during one power outage, with temps outside way below zero Fahrenheit, and the wind howling through the triple glazing, Mum, Dad, two sons, daughter and a dog or two hunkered down in Mum and Dad's bed for the night as the most expeditious way to stay warm-blooded. I hope it doesn't come to that for the van Stevejinks...

  3. I'm pretty sure we're mostly in the clear now. Our power is back on(as you can see) - but it's gone off at least 4 times since it's been restored. I'll be waiting a bit longer to post Betty by the Numbers (because I would hate to be in the middle of uploading pictures and lose everything).

  4. Betty Barbara here--
    When I heard about the nasty weather in the Pacific Northwest I was hoping the founding Bettys were doing okay. After previous postings about pantry preparedness I was fairly sure they wouldn't lack for food--but would they be able to cook it?
    Stay warm, Betty Debbie!

  5. I feel for you Pacific Northwesterners. We on the East Coast had that huge October storm that knocked out power for days. Thank God we had a generator through our four days.

  6. Funny how you lose your power because of the winter weather, while the same thing happens to us downunder. Over christmas while we were at our holiday shack the power went off when the temperature reached almost 39 degrees Centigrade, it was very windy and they were afraid the powerlines could possibly arc and start a bushfire, but it came back on after about 4 hours. Its one extreme to the other isn't it?