Weekend of February 4-5, 2023

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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176 Responses to Weekend of February 4-5, 2023

  1. elliesmom says:

    Good morning! And a good morning it is! My power went out around 7:30 last night. The power company estimated it would be back by 10:30. So I took my Kindle to bed after making Little Miss I’m Afraid of the Dark as comfortable as I could. At that point it was in the low teens. I was awakened about 1:30 am when a neighbor knocked on my door. She has a woodstove so she had heat. It was around -6 then. But my bed was still toasty warm, and we decided Ellie would be more scared in the dark in a place that wasn’t home. I agreed if the power was still out at dawn, I’d go to her house with Ellie.

    The power came back on around 4:30 am. Everything that had been on at 7:30 came back to life. Ellie woke me up by running all over the house barking at the lights and the TV. When she was done cursing at them for going off, she settled down and went back to sleep. I left a light on in every room for her. The heat took a couple of hours to reach a sort of comfortable level. When we got up again, I turned the electric fireplace on and fed Ellie her breakfast in front of it. I have an Amazon package and my grocery delivery out on my porch. I don’t want to open the door and let a single molecule of heated air out of the house just yet. It’s -2 out there so I don’t think the ice cream will melt.

    I don’t know just how cold it got inside my house. It was below the beginning of the range on my thermostat. There was no glaze of ice on the water in the toilet bowl. 🙂 Other than the cold, there was no reason for the power to go out, no barriers to power company crews to get to whatever happened, and so far no explanations. I’m guessing that the power grid just couldn’t handle the load at 7:30 on a Friday night with temps below 0. I will be surprised if they admit that.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Or some knucklehead racing home after Happy Hour knocked out a transformer. 🙂 It’s a problem here, especially our entire area has underground utilities but our transformers are all above ground at busy intersections.

      We have nightlights scattered around the house with battery back up for when we lose power. Ellie might like those (Amazon)

      Stay warm and toasty !

      • swanspirit says:

        That happens here, too. One night “some knucklehead ” hit a telephone pole, and knocked out the power to the nursing home, during the evening shift while I was supervising. Power was out for about 5 or 6 hours. Thank goodness for emergency generators, but they only cover the bare basics, and only emergency switches and plugs. Everyone on any 02, or pump, or any supportive device has to be switched.
        It was a ” fun night”, but we did fine.. Thank goodness!

        • 1539days says:

          My house is on the part of the street that straightens out after a curve. The utility company has to replace the pole in front of the house every few years, it seems.

    • Somebody says:

      OMG, what a frightful night! I agree with your assessment the grid was overloaded and no, they’ll never admit it.

      I’m so thankful you and Ellie are non the worse for the wear. It’s going to be extremely cold again tonight isn’t it? Maybe tweak the thermostat up a little this afternoon in preparation??

      • elliesmom says:

        I had cranked the heat up yesterday to make it easier on the furnace overnight. It’s probably what kept my pipes from freezing. Tonight the temps will be a bit higher, and it’s supposed to be back up in the 40s tomorrow. I will do as best as I can to do it again today, but it’s starting from a lower place, and working on just keeping the house warm enough, It’s still below zero now.

    • swanspirit says:

      I am glad your power came back!. And thank goodness for kind and thoughtful neighbors. 🤗

    • taw46 says:

      When I lived in the Atlanta area, we lost power one week-end during an ice storm. It doesn’t take long for all the heat to disappear in your home and before you know it, you are freezing. Hope it doesn’t go out again!

      • elliesmom says:

        The difference here is our homes are much better insulated. I have a down comforter on my bed and I did wear socks, but I was just in pjs, and as long as I stayed in bed, I wasn’t cold. My neighbor was surprised she woke me up from a sound sleep. She was unable to sleep until she knew the power was back on. I’d rather go to sleep and wake up when the power comes back.

    • votermom says:

      Losing heat is scary! Glad the power is back!

    • lyn5 says:

      Hugs to you and Ellie. ❤

    • lateblum says:

      Oh my, em! Your evening and night sounds like something from a horror movie. Including the neighbor knocking at the door at 1:30 am. Only this neighbor was kindly with good intentions.

      Those down comforters are really godsends – and so are socks. So glad the electricity returned, even if it did set Ellie’s nerves off.

      I bet you can hardly wait until gas furnaces/stoves are banned and electric vehicles are mandated.

  2. taw46 says:

    We are going to see him tonight at a small venue (250 seats) here in town. Excited! KW is where it all happened for him, where he started out.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Have fun ! We have his Daytona Beach Margaritaville 55+ community bookmarked 🙂

    • Somebody says:

      Sounds like fun! Have a great time!

    • dm says:

      Saw him many moons ago…lots of fun, especially the fans. Make sure your “fins” are to the left and “fins” are to the right.

    • elliesmom says:

      I took my younger brother to a Buffet concert for his 40th birthday. It was so much fun he reciprocated and took me to the concert at Fenway Park, the one where Jimmy reversed the “Curse of the Bambino” so the Sox could finally win a World Series. His concerts are such parties! Have fun, and I’m jealous. 🙂

      • taw46 says:

        Thanks, I will have a great time listening to him. And this will be mostly locals, many who knew him “back in the day”.

    • taw46 says:

      There’s a story behind this concert. Several weeks ago Ticketmaster announced two Buffett concerts, 2/9 and 2/11, at out amphitheater (holds 4000). The first day the tickets went on sale was supposed to be for locals (with a passcode) and the second day open to the public. What a disaster, Ticketmaster let what I would call scalpers, come online and buy tons of tickets. And TM had what they called “demand pricing”, so their tickets went from $100 to as much as $6000. It was insane. I’m not familiar with the whole ticket purchase thing through TM, but I am told this is typical with them.

      Needless to say, not many locals were able to get tickets and they were not happy. Many complaints all over local FB pages, because Buffett started here and the people thought he should treat the locals and KW better than that. Anyway, Jimmy heard them (his sister still lives here), so yesterday morning the KW Theater announced that tickets would go on sale at noon, 2 per person, had to have local id and have to show that at the door the night of the concert. So no way to sell tickets to other people. And you had to purchase the tickets yesterday at the box office, not online. My BIL stood in line for the 2 tickets. He and my sister have seen Buffett perform 4+ times, all but one here in KW. My sister has even met him, has the photo, lol. So she was very gracious and is letting me have one of the tickets. Jimmy came through for the locals, and now KW loves him again! 😂

      I was never a die-hard fan like my BIL, but I have always wanted to see him at least once when he appears in KW. So I am excited, I did like his music. And happy that we will see him with 250 other people instead of 4000.

  3. Dora says:

    What an embarrassment the biden administration is!


    ‘Explosion in the sky’ above Billings Montana where Chinese spy balloon was spotted infiltrating U.S airspace – as residents report seeing jet zoom by after officials came under fire for refusing to shoot it down


  4. Dora says:

    This should be good.

    God protect those people in the Carolinas.


    Biden ‘WILL try to shoot down’ the Chinese spy balloon over the Atlantic so it can be retrieved and studied – as aircraft is due to exit the east coast over the Carolinas by noon today


    • DeniseVB says:

      I can’t find any other news source confirming a planned shoot down ? I do trust the Daily Mail, but sometimes they get things wrong so I was trying to confirm a few things. Like why shoot it down when it leaves US airspace, they’ve already transmitted everything they want. I’m sure there’s a self destruct button to erase everything before it can be “studied”.

  5. Dora says:

    Same problem. My messages won’t post.

    Don’t know if I am doing something wrong, or if spammy is mad at me for some reason. 🙂

  6. elliesmom says:

    Last night the windchill factor on Mount Washington in NH was -107 degrees, the lowest ever recorded anywhere in the US, including in Alaska. My power company sent me an email congratulating themselves for how quickly they restored power to the 1095 customers affected by “the issue that affected your area”. We were not the only area in the state that was without power. I didn’t add up the numbers, but most of the state was affected.

  7. taw46 says:

    From yesterday in a warm, happy place!

  8. SHV says:

    “Mount Washington in NH ”
    Strange place…highest wind speed, not associated with a Tornado, ever measured…231 mph. Years ago, hiked to top and 3/4 way up, sudden weather change to freezing rain/sleet/snow with high wind. Only way down was slipping and sliding down the access road.

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  11. Dora says:

    Since Hubby and I were museum members for many years, I found this article interesting.

    • lateblum says:

      I miss visiting NYC and the Met Museum. My sister lived in NYC for decades and I used to visit her there. Just seeing this image brings back many wonderful memories. Thank you for posting this, Dora.

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  14. votermom says:

    If you thought the MLK sculpture was bad, wait until you see this…

    Oh that’s just a cartoon, you say?

  15. helenk3 says:


    why bother now, it has already sent China the info they want

  16. helenk3 says:

    WOKE business are waking up

  17. helenk3 says:


    a complete failure. but is it on purpose or is he just a greedy, senile old fool?

  18. lyn5 says:

    I created an account at frames direct and got the FBI instead. WTF?!

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  21. Mothy67 says:

    They r really patting themselves on the back for shooting down a balloon?

  22. helenk3 says:

    because I needed a laugh

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  24. DeniseVB says:

    Did they really need to say the F-22 that shot down the balloon was from Langley AFB near Virginia Beach ?

    Guess I better go practice my duck and cover, those skills have been rusty since the 50’s.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      Joe’s Jellyfish waited until China could tell them which fighters/from where and the best location to strike to insure they do not damage anything China wants but lets them off the hook on actually being able to determine what was collected. Probably sent Xi a link to download anything they missed.

  25. helenk3 says:

    when the Chinese balloon that is flying out of South America comes north, do we wait until it has sent all the info to China before we shoot it down?

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  27. elliesmom says:

    Reminder Zoom meeting tomorrow. Check your email for the link.

    • Somebody says:

      Hooray, your power is on later than yesterday! Fingers crossed it’s on all night and you have a warm night’s sleep and no disturbances for Ellie.

      • elliesmom says:

        We made it through the night, and the house got warm enough yesterday afternoon Ellie and I ventured out for a walk. It was brrrr! out there, but we both needed it. One of my codger neighbors was outside in shorts. He grew up in Minnesota.

        • lateblum says:

          It was 35° yesterday and I had the back door and windows open to let the wonderful air inside. I had to do laundry because when it was so cold this week, I couldn’t force myself to go outside to go to the laundry room. Yesterday, I didn’t even need a jacket! Wonderful!

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  30. DeniseVB says:

    Media thinks we’re stupid. Happy Black History Month !

    • elliesmom says:

      No one should be expected to safely drive a school bus and monitor the kids. Every bus should have two adults on board. Where I live the monitor gets off the bus at every stop holding a stop sign in addition to the one on the bus and helps the kids who need to cross the street do it safely.

  31. elliesmom says:

    I don’t know if this is going to work because I’m not logged into Twitter.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I love when Maher goes historical and not hysterical partisan politics.

      When I log into Twitter, I end up in some sort of Twitter Limbo with a request to confirm with a cell phone number. I have to be logged out to read and share tweets. Glad it worked for you !

      • elliesmom says:

        I have a twitter account from decades ago when a pitch was made for teachers to use it in the classroom. I was still teaching high school at the time, and all I could see was a lot of pitfalls I could fall into because the kids could start with a tweet from me, and I would have no control over where they could go. But wherever they went, it could be traced back to me. Now, I had a student who put his “arse” up for sale on eBay so my reservations were warranted.

        I know the account still exists, although I have tried to delete it, since Twitter asks me if I would like to login to it. I’ve found if something worth reading pops up on Twitter, I usually know about it from other sources. I’ve been in enough real food fights. I don’t need to watch them online let alone getting involved. In this case I was too lazy to try to source the Maher clip somewhere else. 🙂

    • DeniseVB says:

      That was cute, but SNL misfired having to mention Trump and MTG at the beginning, I guess to be “fair and balanced” ? This should have been a Biden Blasting skit, but used a military guy and made him look silly instead. The SNL staff is everything Bill Maher warns us about 😉 I wonder if they’ll get in trouble with the Asian guy playing a balloon, probably would have been edgier if he played a caricature. John Belushi’s Samuri guy always cracked me up.

  32. Anthony says:

    This is funny af. From thatshowtonight.com

  33. Dora says:

    Donald J Trump Presidential Library


  34. Dora says:

    That’s Old! 🙂

  35. Dora says:

    I hope the books contain directions on how to get back home!

  36. Dora says:

    64 years? It can’t be. It just can’t be!

    • SHV says:

      Funny how I have a very clear picture of where I was when I heard about the plane crash….Outside, Jr. High bike racks/designated smoking area.

      • elliesmom says:

        What a difference just a couple of years can make. I was in 2nd grade, and I’m not sure I even knew who Buddy Holly was. I remember the Big Bopper sang “Chantilly Lace”, but that’s because later I was a fan of ShaNaNa.

        • lateblum says:

          I don’t recall where I was, but I was so sad. I loved listening to Buddy Holly and his songs were some of my favorites from growing up. They still are.

          • elliesmom says:

            By the time I was in junior high, it was all about the Beatles. But we didn’t have parents who drove us around so we seldom listened to a car radio. It wasn’t just my family. None of my friends who were my age were into popular music yet, either. I saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan because my grandmother watched his show every week. That year one of my older brothers was in the Navy, and he sent me a small transistor radio for Christmas. It snapped into a belt loop, and I thought I was hot stuff. My parents bought a new TV console with a record player built in. My dad liked to lie outside on our hammock and listen to the baseball game. He “rented” my radio by letting me pick out new records. By then I was also babysitting and had my own money to buy them. I love 50s music, but they have always been “oldies” to me.

  37. Dora says:

    Beautiful bird. I hope they save him.

    • SHV says:

      OMG…The females can have a wing span over 6 feet…..those are big Owls…better keeps cats and small dogs inside!:>)

      • John Denney says:

        At my previous residence, a neighbor was gardening in her back yard with her kitten playing near her, & a owl swooped down & carried it away.

        A couple weeks ago I was walking to a neighbor’s, & a mob of crows were making a huge racket near her driveway, where a hawk was standing on a rabbit. He flew away without the rabbit at my approach, but the rabbit was dead.

        • elliesmom says:

          Rabbits die of fright pretty easily. Ellie has a golden retriever’s soft mouth. She can gently pick up a rabbit in her mouth without leaving a mark on it. But the rabbit ends up dead. Then she licks it to try to revive it.

  38. helenk3 says:

    just wondering
    How did the dems go from JFK ask not what your country can do for you. to today’s benedicts that would sell out the country in a heartbeat?

    • helenk3 says:

      JFK handling the Cuban Missile Crisis to bid-on and the balloon, what a difference

    • elliesmom says:

      It was a multi-step process. The first step was establishing identity politics, which was going on for awhile, but LBJ was the first president to make real use of it in how he ran his administration. Then the identity groups discovered the magnitude of the strength they could muster if they stopped working against each other. They didn’t have to work together. Just stay out of each other’s way. They are still separate groups.

      Then the groups learned how to weaponize the administrative wing of the government. The agencies no one ever votes for and that don’t get disbanded when there’s a change in the executive branch. All along the way they have been “othering” the people who don’t belong to at least one of their groups. When they want to cross their own divides, they turn to “intersectionality”. Hindsight lets us draw a map of their march through our institutions, and there was no bogeyman needed.

      • John Denney says:

        Whittaker Chambers said in his 1950s autobiograph, “Witness”, that in the 1920s the Soviets targeted education, media, & unelected government positions for infiltration.
        They were wildly successful & were never routed out.
        So, commie ed, media, & Deep State, influencing all.

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  40. Dora says:

    Very Interesting.

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  42. Dora says:

    That’s supposed to be funny? I must have lost my sense of humor.

    • elliesmom says:

      I have never found Sarah Silverman to ever be funny. My daughter told me she thought I’d find her to be hilarious so I listened to her. I told my daughter she had her mom’s sense of humor messed up with someone else’s.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      I have always found SS repugnant. I tend to get her mixed up with that ex Blossom person. Both Hypocrites as well.

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  45. taw46 says:

    I will probably miss all of the zoom call tonight. I just brought my sister to the ER. Hopefully it isn’t anything serious, but you know how long it takes to find out.

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  47. helenk3 says:

    they are on their way

  48. Mothy67 says:

    The began the Grammy’s with some satanic thing and then say brought to you by Pfizer

    • lateblum says:

      I haven’t watched the Grammys in years. But this year, I planned to watch because my friend’s daughter is married to a young musician who is in a group (Spoon) that was nominated for a Grammy.

      I thought I’d watch until his category was announced, hoping I’d get a glimpse of my friend’s daughter. I didn’t last 15 minutes into the show. I had to “google” the winner because I couldn’t stand the noise and the racist comments and the content.

      After seeing clips on the news, I can only say it is horrific what the public – kids especially – are subjected to. I hope there will be a reversal to the current trends. At the risk of sounding like parents when rock ‘n roll began.
      This stuff is sick.

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  50. helenk3 says:

    Did anyone watch Levin tonight? Some great info if the republicans get the backbone to heed it.

    • taw46 says:

      I think I recorded it, I will check it out.

      • Somebody says:

        How is your sister? Missed you tonight.

        • taw46 says:

          Thanks, I missed you too! She feels a little better, has an appt with her regular doctor on Friday since there was no one at the hospital to tell her the results of the scan Sunday night. She got a copy of the scan yesterday, but of course we don’t understand it all. Summary was leaning toward Crohn’s.

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