Sunday, December 20, 2009

Winter Storm – December 2009

So it started yesterday morning around 6:00 AM with some flurries, then turned to a steady snow.  This is the backyard as it all began.034 Sim and I headed out to get bagels for the family. I felt the Swedish side of me crave cream cheese with large slabs of lox with red onion. A quick stop at the grocery store for a few things and then we quickly hustled home.  By 10:00 AM there was 4 inches on the ground and the air was full of large flakes. Everything was getting a nice coating of snow.  THEN the wind started and the snow started coming down very heavy. By 0023:00 PM the sky was darken and the winds were blowing around 35 Mph.  We were in near white out conditions almost from then on. I did a quick run to Home Depot for salt, and did the first go round of shoveling of the driveway and front walkway. By nightfall the snow was 20” inches and it was still falling heavily. Drifts were making it almost impossible to open the house doors. This morning The doors were snowed in again and after clearing the front door, porch and the front walkway, the final snow count was an easy 30 inches. I’m including a few photos for your viewing pleasure.


the front porch

another view


and another



yet another


from inside the garage door.


The new Bird igloo


The backyard going left to right


like the foot of snow on the shed


Those lumps as our juniper bushes


Fire pit and bird bath


The view form the front door of the neighbors


The front yard and walk way.

yes its filling back in as it is STILL snowing. Lightly but yes still snowing. Should be stopping soon as the sun is coming out. going to be a big, bright, beautiful day.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Recall on Slim-Fast

Well it does help you lose weight….



FDA, U S Food and Drug Administration


Recall -- Firm Press Release

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Unilever Conducts Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Slim-Fast® Ready-to-Drink Products in Cans Due to Possible Health Risk

Anita Larsen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 3, 2009 - Unilever United States, Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is conducting a nationwide voluntary recall of all Slim-Fast® ready-to-drink (RTD) products in cans, due to the possibility of contamination with Bacillus cereus, a micro-organism, which may cause diarrhea and possibly nausea and/or vomiting. The probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.

The products were sold in stores nationwide.

Product Description:

The products are packaged in paperboard cartons and contain four, six or 12 steel cans that are 11 FL OZ (325 mL) each. Individual cans are also sold in certain retail outlets. The recall involves all Slim-Fast® RTD products in cans, regardless of flavor, Best-By date, lot code or UPC number. A listing of all RTD recalled products is attached to this press release.

No other Slim-Fast® products are affected by this recall. No Slim-Fast® powdered shakes, meal bars, or snack bars are affected by this recall.

The recall was initiated after the company conducted quality testing on Slim-Fast® RTD products in cans. Out of an abundance of caution, the company is recalling all RTD products in cans that are currently in distribution centers, on-shelf or in back rooms in retail outlets or in consumers’ homes. The company is in the process of identifying and correcting the production issue, and will resume production and shipment of the product when the issue has been addressed and corrected.

Consumers who have purchased Slim-Fast® RTD products in cans are urged to discard them immediately and contact the company at 1-800-896-9479 for a full refund. The Consumer Services Center is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM ET. A recorded message is available 24/7.


Friday, December 04, 2009

Waiting for the Snow

Once again I wait for the possibility of the first snow of the season. I expect rain, but as always hope and pray for snow. the little boy in me still gets excited about the hushed sound and beauty of a white covered ground. Maybe this will be the year that we have a heavy snow season.