Category Archives: New Hampshire (NH)

‘Needle Ice’ — Encountered Large Patches Today.

by Anura Guruge


Taken with my Google Pixel 4 Phone.

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Click to ENLARGE & read here. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Needle_ice

I think that I MUST have seen this phenomenon before, BUT I can’t honestly remember. There was lots of it in this one area. I took these pictures. I then had to use Google LENS to look it up. Neat.

Yes, the explanation makes sense. He have been in the 50Fs the last few days, BUT this morning the temperature was below freezing. So, BINGO. Neat. Really pretty. I had to break some to make sure it was indeed ice. It was on a trail that is rarely used by anyone but I. So, I was NOT harming anybody else’s enjoyment.

Enjoy. ICE NEEDLES.


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Rather Confusing COVID Vaccination Invitation By Boston’s (Famed) ‘Mass General Brigham’.

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This is the second e-mail invitation I have received from ‘Mass General’.

Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston (OCB), where I got my cataract surgeries, are a part of ‘Mass General’. I have to believe that this is why I got these two e-mails. So, I qualify as a Mass General patient through OCB. Cool.

Well, I didn’t bother to read the first invitation because I had LUCKILY already got mine, on March 6, 2021, even though I had to wait in line 3-hours.

But, today I read the 2nd e-mail (shown above). It would appear that I am NOT qualified since I am a NH resident. So, not sure HOW this would have worked.

Now, they DO know where I live. Trust me, they know where I live.

Hhhmmmm. I have to think about this. Not impressed.


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Yesterday, The First & Only Crocus, Today Three; Nature Is So Fecund.

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Pretty amazing. Nature is SO DETERMINED. So anxious to propagate the species. You have to stop & wonder.

Yes, we have sprouts all over the place. Spring is springing. SMILE.


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I Installed An IV To Drip-Feed My Ice-Storm Damaged Tree.

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I put in more bolts & clamps too.

I was thinking of trying to make my own IV. Then I decided to look in Amazon. I was NOT disappointed.


Click to access my post from December 2020.

It was difficult to do much during the middle of winter. I buried all of the wound in a huge pile of snow & ice. Last week that all melted. When the tree was pliable again I went & got some bolts & a clamp. Getting the alignment just spot on got messed up in the winter. It was all frozen, solid, unforgiving & unbending.

I wanted to be able to give it nutrients. So, this is what I am trying. Wish me luck.


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The First Crocus Of 2021 In Our Yard — In Central New Hampshire.

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Saw it by accident. Hadn’t gone looking for any sprouts. Thought it was too early. We still had a snow covering just a few days ago.

This is a bank, in the yard, that gets a fair amount of afternoon sun. The crocuses here flower earlier than others most every year.

After I saw this one I went looking. Just this solitary crocus.

Wow.

So, 4-days later than last year, BUT unlike last year, no snow on the ground, at all, at all.


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The New Hampshire Mass J&J Vaccination Drive At The ‘NH Motor Speedway’ — I Waited 3-Hours In Line.

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I kind of expected that it would be a ‘zoo’, i.e., ‘not well organized‘, & I wasn’t far wrong.

I had a 12:20pm appointment. I drove in & got in line sharp at 12:00. (I was in Loudon at 11:45. I could have got in line earlier IF I knew that there was ‘no system’ & that it was a free-for-all.)

They directed me to one of three lanes; I happened to get ‘Lane 1’.

Then I waited & waited & waited.

Luckily they had the foresight to provide porta potties every 400-yards or so.

They did NOT put you in lane CHRONOLOGICALLY by appointment time. So, it was ‘just get in line’. After an hour there was some interaction. Most of the folks around I had 12:00 appointments. A couple 12:20 — like I. So, no prioritization. We were all lumped together.

In the end I discovered that there were not 3 BUT 6 LANES!

All of the delay — 3-hours worth — was merging those 6 lanes into one.

In my case, that happened at 3pm. 3-hours, coincidentally, since I got in line. Once it was down to 1-lane we moved quickly.

I was at the ‘pen’ within 10-minutes.

A ‘RN’ asked me the now routine COVID & vaccination stuff. They did NOT take my temperature.

An old, BUT still practising pediatrician, gave me my shot. Painless. But, then again, he told me that he thinks that over his lifetime I has done over 9-million vaccinations.

I took a stash of chocolates that I handed out. That was a hit.


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I Got The Single-Dose, J&J COVID Vaccination TODAY, at 3:13pm — In New Hampshire; I Am All Set (SMILE).

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Well, well, well. I got my COVID vaccination at 3:13pm, today, at the ‘NH Motor Speedway’ Mass Vaccination Clinic.

They were only administering the newly approved, single-dose J&J vaccine. Yes, I know that it is NOT ‘the best’ — but that is OK. Being non-white it is unlikely that I would have qualified for anything else. Beggars (i.e., non-whites like I) can’t be choosers.

Funny. I did NOT see a SINGLE non-white at the whole MASS event — during my 4-hours there.

From what I saw I was the ONLY non-white — & the only one that was handing out (my appreciated) chocolates. SMILE.

It was a ZOO.

I was in the car for a total of 4-hours, including the mandatory 15-minute observation period. (Some folks were flagged for 30-minutes. Not sure why.)

My appointment was at 12:20pm.

I got my shot, from an OLD but still practicing pediatrician, at 3:13pm. So, just under 3-hours AFTER my appointment!

No pain. Did NOT feel a thing. The doctor did say, that as a pediatrician, he has done over 9 million ‘shots’ during his tenure. He was good.

No side effects. No headaches. No nausea. And no pain in the arm — at least of now. SMILE.


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A Mini-Blizzard Last Night As I Was Out Walking At 11pm.

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Per the weather forecast, which I had watched twice during the day, there was not meant to be any precipitation — particularly not around 11pm. Just bitterly cold & windy.

Well, as is my wont, I set off for my brisk, 1-mile, 11pm after-dinner constitution — accompanied (as of late) by Braxton, off-leash — around 10:50pm. It was dry when I left the house. Then it just burst forth. A mini-blizzard. Whiteout conditions. I was glad that I was NOT driving. I was only out, max, for 25-minutes. See how much snow I accumulated. It was ‘fun’. Certainly was an experience.


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I Do NOT Let A 28-Day February, With Some Bitterly Cold Days, Get In The Way Of My 500,000-Steps/Month Goal.

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I only started this 500,000-steps/month goal last May (i.e., May 2020). Kind of walked that without setting out to do so, But, when I realized that I had walked 500,000 steps, I LIKED it. Decided to make it a goal. The following month, June 2020, was 30-days. Ooops! One day makes a difference.

I then decided that I will not let 30-day months get in the way. One days was not that difficult to surmount.

So, this was my 1st February.

I have, ever since moving to New Hampshire 36-years ago, HATED, LOATHED, February. Coldest & cruelest month of the year. IF not for February New Hampshire winters would not be so harsh & bitter.

Well, I set out to see what I could do. I did the sums. I had to walk, on average, 1,000 more steps a day than on other months. So, that is what I did. I like to bank up steps on good days. So, in February I did quite a few 20K days. That helped.

So, my streak is still going. 8-months & counting. SMILE.


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Eliminating ‘Period Poverty’, A New Hampshire Initiative, By A Young Lady, Now Gaining Worldwide Traction.

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Click to ENLARGE. Original story from CNN. Google for more if you so wish.


This is GREAT. It is a NO BRAINER. Delighted that Scotland & New Zealand have joined New Hampshire. To be honest I haven’t had the time to see what other countries & U.S. states are also adopting this policy. I hope many.

So happy for & proud of Caroline Dillion who made this happen in New Hampshire. She must be so delighted & gratified. Good for her. I hope she gets the recognition & honors she deserves. Maybe the Nobel Peace Prize.

This is ALL good. 


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