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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.

by Anura Guruge


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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Shoveling Snow By Hand After A Nor’Easter — A Privilege!

by Anura Guruge


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Attribution WILL be enforced.

My INNER MAN in the winter — I and my shovel.

The kids helped yesterday.

Cleared for the two generators — just in case. So happy that we didn’t need to use them, THIS TIME.

We have had a lot of snow.

Much of this PILE is snow that I have shoveled, by hand, this winter. When I look at it I can see how much shoveling I have done. As they said last Summer — FEEL THE BURN.

The snow even tries to climb trees.


I like to shovel snow, by hand!

That I am strange, goes without saying. But, this snow shoveling isn’t a total fobile. I try to get at least 50-minutes of solid exercise 6-days a week; 3-days on, one day off. My usual form of exercise is running, with 6 lbs of wrist-weights, for about 2.5 miles — in terrain with considerable elevation. So, I am no stranger to exercise …

I would, in the winter, rather shovel than run.

Like today, the day after the BIG Nor’Easter. Sun beating down, 26°F, cloudless cobalt blue skies and nobody around. It beats skiing! It is NOT as good as sex, but what is. But next to that, in terms of physical activity, I will take shoveling on a day like today.

Within 20 minutes I was so hot and sweating that I had to get rid of my jacket. Just to be on the safeside, given my advancing years, I put on another sweatshirt.

I lost 1.2 pounds in one hour of shoveling. Yes, much of that was liquid. But, wouldn’t YOU like to lose 1.2 pounds in a day?

I have been shoveling by hand for over 15 years. I plan to carry on till I drop. I could, as ever, be wrong, but I do NOT somehow see myself dropping dead while shoveling! Just don’t. It isn’t as if my ol’ hear doesn’t know what shoveling is all about.


Clearing the mailbox.

This was my main project today.


The mailboxes of my two neighbors,
and they both have snowblowers.

This motivates me.


My snow shoveling tutorial from 2014.

Basically it was ditto today — no jacket.


Enjoy. I wish ALL of you could share the pleasure and privilege of shoveling snow by hand.


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The February 12 – 13, 2017 Nor’Easter in Alton, New Hampshire — Fun In The Snow.

by Anura Guruge


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With my Sony a6000.
No post processing, i.e., NO PhotoShop.

Attribution WILL be enforced.








We got a LOT of snow — as you can see from the pictures, especially the second one (at top). The winds roared this afternoon. BUT, as yet we have not lost power though the lights flickered, ominously, around 5:30pm.

We waited until 3pm to go out to shovel the snow — by hand. By then the temperature was a BALMY 26°F.

We shoveled enough to get the van out and the GENERATORS (x2). I will be shoveling, steadily, by hand for the rest of the week. That is FINE with I. I like shoveling. Great exercise. Teischan cleared the snow from the trampoline, first thing. She has also built a snow fort underneath.

As you can see folks can have FUN in the snow. I have no complaints — provided we don’t lose power.

Enjoy.


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Lake Winnipesaukee, NH 2016: No Ice-In Does Not Mean Ice-Out Will Be Early.

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So this will be the 4th time since they started keeping records some 170 years ago that Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire — our BIG Lake — has not fully frozen over. The prior three winters having been: 1998 – 1999, 2000 – 2001 & 2014 – 2015. So those are the so called “no ice-in” years.

But as my ice-out Excel spreadsheet shows no ice-in doesn’t mean that we by rote will get an early ice-out. Yes, we did have an relatively early ice-out the first time we experienced a no ice-in, i.e., 1998 – 1999. But it had been even earlier the year before. But the other two were ABOVE average — the average being 109 days into the year, April 20 IF it is not a leap-year and April 19 IF it is (as is this year).

So just a heads up.


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The ‘Polar Vortex’, ‘Arctic Blast’ etc. In New Hampshire — It Is NOT That Cold!

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I went running today, viz. Saturday, February 13, 3016, up Prospect Mountain Road, for my usual 2.5 mile (40 – 45 minute) run. It was 16°F, as you can clearly see, when I left.

My cut-off for NOT running is 5°F — on the thermometer (irrespective of wind chill). I watched the WMUR forecast last night and heard all the ‘Polar Vortex’ talk on TV in the morning. But my own self-imposed rules said that I had to give it a try if it was above 5°F.

Yes, I was slightly concerned. Deanna told me not to run. I wore my usual winter running gear, which is not very special — with TWO small additions. I put my neck warmer around my neck just in case (and I did not end up using it) and I literally PUT A SOCK on IT! Way back, 16 – 17 years ago, I had not realized that you can get frostbite on ANY bodily extremity. I thought that certain body parts, below the waist, given their location would be kept warm by all the blood vessels in the groin. NO. I didn’t get frostbite but it was kind of touch and go. Since then I started using an athletic supporter that definitely makes sure that it is warm enough. Today to be doubly sure I put a sock on it under the athletic supporter. Don’t think I needed it.

It really wasn’t that cold. Yes, to be fair there was no wind — a gentle breeze. The trees were not moving. Yes, the wind has picked up since. But from what I can see today isn’t that atypical for us in New Hampshire.


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Lake Winnipesaukee, NH 2016: V. Unlikely To Freeze Over Now; Will Be 4th Time In 170 Years.

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Screen grab of Weirs Bay, from the “Weirs Cam” at “winnipesaukee.com”, this afternoon. Temperature reading 48F! Click to ENLARGE and admire here. From: winnipesaukee.com.


I went running, with the dogs, up “Prospect Mountain Road” (as is my wont) this morning. It was 47°F. Wow. It was like Spring and yes, the road was muddy as it could be. The dogs came back soaked and muddy.

Lot of warm rain yesterday too. Yes going forward only next Wednesday will see highs above freezing BUT the damage has been done. Biggest factor now is that the Sun is higher in the sky and we have more daylight. That makes a big difference.

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Though I could (of course) be wrong, and I appreciate that a lot of people would hope I am wrong, I think this will be the 4th year, since they started maintaining records around 170 years ago, that we at Lake Winnipesaukee will not get a complete ice-in.

So the 4 non-ice in years have been: 1998-1999, 2000-2001, 2013-2014 & 2015-2016. So all 4 have occurred within the last 18 years — and I have been up here, in and around the Lake to see all 4. NO I do not see this as proof of Global Warming. Last winter was COLD enough to dispel that.

I will, of course, keep you posted. I need to get out and get some pictures of the Lake.


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Some Ice Fishing On Alton Bay, Lake Winnipesaukee, NH, January 24, 2016 — BUT Laken Is Not All Frozen.

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Some ice fishing bob houses and activity on Alton Bay, Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire on Sunday, January 25, 2016. But no vehicles on the ice let alone any planes!

Exactly a week ago this area of the Bay was devoid of any bob houses. Those these have been pushed out just this last week. Nothing compared to this time last year — when we had the runway in place.

Lake Winnipesaukee definitely not frozen totally, i.e., no ice-in as yet. Temperatures over the next 3 days are going to be above freezing during the day. Also supposed to get RAIN on Tuesday. That will definitely hinder any serious icing.

So this could be the 4th year, since they started keeping records some 170 years ago, that Lake Winnipesaukee hasn’t totally frozen over and ALL of these four instances have been as of 2001!


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2016 Chinese New Year: UNH (Durham, NH) Miaohui (Temple Fair) February 4 — Activities.

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I will keep YOU updated with registration information etc.


From Last Year’s Miaohui.

 

 


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Lake Winnipesaukee, NH 2016: 4th Time In 170 Years When NOT Fully Frozen?

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Taken on Monday, January 18, 2016 from Varney Point Left (where we lived for 10 years). Looking north towards Mt. Washington, in between Locks Island (to right) and Timber.


Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire’s iconic BIG Lake, is largely unfrozen right now — and I drove by the Lake yesterday (Jan. 19) again. Suffice to say this is somewhat atypical THOUGH my records (read blog posts here) indicate that on February 5, 2014 we were in a similar situation. But that is two weeks out and much can happen in New Hampshire, when it comes to weather, anytime of the year. But a quick look at ‘weather underground’ tells me that we have a 3-day warming trend, i.e., temps above freezing, early next week. So it is going to be close. I doubt, very much, whether we will have the Alton ‘Airport on the Ice‘ this year — last year having been a banner year.

IF the lake does not totally freeze over, i.e., no ice-in, this will be ONLY the 4th instance of that phenomenon in ~170 years (that is when they started keeping records).

But here is what is scary and intriguing. ALL 4 of these NO ice-ins would have occurred during my time in and around this Lake, I having moved up here, full-time, from Southern NH, in 1996.

The prior NO ice-outs occurred: 2013-2014, 2000-2001 & 1998-1999. I talk about these more in the above cited Feb. 5, 2014 link.

I will of course keep an eye on this and keep you posted. Note that no ice-in does NOT mean that we will not have an ice-out! Ice-out is not contingent on us having an ice-in. Some, if not all, Bays, e.g., Alton Bay, are indeed frozen. Well Alton Bay for one and Meredith for another need to be ice-free for ice-out to be declared. Get that?


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2016 Chinese New Year: UNH (Durham, NH) Miaohui (Temple Fair) On February 4.

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The UNH (Durham, New Hampshire), ‘Confucius Institute‘, as they did, with great success last year, will again host a Chinese Temple Fair, a Miaohui, on February 4th, 2016, to celebrate the Chinese New Year, the ‘Year of the Red Monkey‘. As it was last year it will be free and open to the public. I will provide more details as I get them. I just wanted to give you a heads up, as soon as I heard about it, so that you can mark it on your calendar.

Last year’s was an unqualified success and we had a ball.

I am already getting excited. Less than a month away.

Check out the pictures and videos from last year. Happy New Year.


Last Year’s Miaohui.


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by Anura Guruge