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The weather and I are in agreement

I haven’t blogged at all this week because I’ve been fighting and losing a battle with a nasty cold all week. And by all week I mean ALL WEEK. It started with a little scratchy throat last Wednesday, was a full-blown cold by the next morning and has migrated from my head to my chest throughout the week. And it’s been nasty. I’ve had to throw all the cold pills at my disposal, a cough syrup with codeine to quench the rib-cracking cough, pots of tea with lemon and three boxes of Kleenex at it.

And the weather has been reflecting my mood. With overcast skies, a drizzly rain here and there and a FULL BLOWN snow warning with 10-20 centimeters expected tonight, spring has been waging its own war with the remnants of winter. And my daffodils just opened, and my tulips just came up, and my peas have just poked their first wee leaves out of the ground. I hope they’re as frost resistant as they say.

 

 

So that’s the scoop on the prairie – Calgary weather still sucks.

In other news, I’m really sad about the disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill since I work in conventional oil and gas. (No oil sands and no offshore here). The confluence of events has resulted in a spill that seems poised to be the greatest environmental disaster in history. Since the Exxon-Valdez spill is still affecting the northern coast and has not gone anywhere despite the years of clean up efforts, it does not bode well for the Gulfs future.

 

What I’m curious about is why there isn’t a huge international relief effort being organized as we speak to attempt to clean up the insane mess that’s already there? As far as I know every country in the world has offered assistance, and I see the governor of Louisiana on TV proposing clean up measures that are going unanswered. Small fishermen that are placing their own boats in harm’s way are being turned away by the Coast Guard pretty much at gunpoint? What the hell? As far as I can tell while BP sorts out whatever solution to stop the leak every single willing person should be swarming the Gulf to try and minimize the damage.

So guys I’ll be back soon with something of interest, but until then I’ll be buried with my Kleenex in the nearest snow bank.

7 comments to The weather and I are in agreement

  • I’m sorry to hear about your cold; I hope you feel better soon! It totally sucks being ill this time of year.

    And are you serious about the snow? That is insane! I really, really, and I mean REALLY, sympathize for that. I hope your plants manage to get through it alright.

    Yes, it’s terrible about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. It really saddens me when things like this happen, mostly because of all the animals that suffer from it. And I also don’t understand why there isn’t a substantial relief effort being organized. What’s up with that?

  • admin

    It totally sucked being sick the whole May long weekend for sure. 🙂

    I am totally serious about that snow – there is a full blown blizzard outside right now. I’ll take some photos tomorrow as it’s hard to believe. And all my daffodils are already dead.

    The Gulf in an unprecedented disaster, I can’t believe the loss of plant and animal life that will surely follow, and I can’t imagine cleaning up the ocean. The cynic in me says we’ll never get it clean and will have to rely on mother nature to do her thing over a millennium.

  • I hope you’re feeling better.

    I heard on the news today that you guys woke up to snow this morning. Ewwwww!

  • admin

    Thanks – still fighting the cold. It’s stubborn and mean. And there’s still plenty of snow on the ground, it’s kind of depressing. Where’s my global warming?

  • Emily

    I’m sorry to hear about your cold; I hope you feel better soon! It totally sucks being ill this time of year.

    And are you serious about the snow? That is insane! I really, really, and I mean REALLY, sympathize for that. I hope your plants manage to get through it alright.

    Yes, it’s terrible about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. It really saddens me when things like this happen, mostly because of all the animals that suffer from it. And I also don’t understand why there isn’t a substantial relief effort being organized. What’s up with that?

  • Your global warming is right here in the Hudson Valley, where last weekend marked the 3rd – THIRD! – major heat wave (temps in the 80’s and 90’s) so far this year. Everything’s way accelerated and of course not all in synch; locust blossoms gone by before the bees get up to strength, for instance, and I do wonder about things like the coordination of insect hatch and baby birds to be fed. It looks like the wrens are at least a good two weeks earlier than usual.

    Plus it’s been way dry. I seem to do nothing but alternate between ranting and whining and I’m not even sick… unless you count at heart. The runaway oil well (“spill” is a euphemism) sad/angry making beyond words.

    Hope by now the weather and your health are improving. I send virtual chicken soup (and virtual rhubarb pie)

  • admin

    @ Emily – yep, although it could be worse and be July, I suppose 🙂 And I too am much more saddened by the loss of marine life than I am about the fishermen who were busy straining the fish stocks to begin with.

    @ leslie land – awww, soup and pie gratefully accepted! I do feel much better now. As far as global warming goes, I’d like to move to Hudson Valley please! Snow in JUNE is a bit much. I think Alaska was warmer last week. But in all fairness, we are in a drought right now, unlike last year when it rained all July.

    The oil spill is a catastrophe beyond words. Yes, nature eventually will take care of it, but in the meantime the fragile marshland protecting the coast from storms and hurricanes will be dead, the loss of marine and coast wildlife will be staggering, and I don’t think anyone can really ‘clean it up’, as we all know the Valdez spill is still a deadzone, twenty years later. It’s sad beyond words and I’m not sure what would happen when a hurricane hits the oily puddle.

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