EPISODE 20: DOWNHILL SKIING AT PICO

When we first decided to move to Vermont, I had visions of hitting all of the state’s downhill skiing mountains during the first winter. After that initial exuberance, we realized that the budget (and probably our energy levels) wouldn’t support that much alpine skiing, so we modified the goal. One downhill skiing trip per month.

Then the arctic cold set in and brought another cold reality – we’ll have to play it by ear. In January, it didn’t work out. February wasn’t looking so hot, either. But we caught a break this weekend, with Sunday temps forecast for the low 30’s and not accompanied by a huge snowstorm. Continue reading

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EPISODE 19A: THANKS FOR THE SHARE

My last post, about the Hot Flannel show in Montpelier, was noticed by none other than Patrick Ross of Hot Flannel. He linked the blog on the band’s Facebook page, which resulted in the greatest amount of traffic yet on 2074802. For those who tuned in and who might tune in again – thanks for reading. And Patrick – thanks for sharing!

EPISODE 19: 50 SHADES OF FLANNEL

Over the past couple of weeks it seems you couldn’t go anywhere without being reminded of the most-anticipated event in the world of entertainment in what seems like years. I am referring of course to the February Frolics, a series of concerts held at Montpelier City Hall to the benefit of Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier’s theatrical gem.

In another example of Vermonters finding a way to cope with the winter, the Frolics are a series of three concerts held on cold, dark nights in the middle of February. The middle concert, held last night, featured Vermont’s outstanding Newgrass ensemble Hot Flannel. Continue reading

EPISODE 18: ARE WE HIBERNATING?

This morning I was paying the bills, one of which is the electric bill. Green Mountain Power helpfully (?) includes the average temperature for the most recent cycle on each bill. The average temperature for our last cycle, which was mostly the month of January, was 12 degrees Fahrenheit.

That sounded kind of cold to me, and in fact it was. The normal average January temperature for Montpelier is 16 degrees. And, as we learned in Episode 16, even that is four degrees colder than Brunswick’s average January temperature.

So we are adjusting, but sometimes having a difficult time doing so. Continue reading