the awful truth.....our weekend and beyond...8-12" is whispered....there can't be a soul in maine who isn't sick of this weather by now. we are in a pattern of sorts of our own....hunker down for a day or two, clean off car and warm up, then take out trash, go get mail, pick up essentials, get videos from library, then hibernate another day or two and then repeat. driving is a real challenge due to the Himalayan-size snow piles at parking lots, sidewalks, etc. we are thrilled for lengthening daylight, especially on sunny days, but frigid temps allow for not a smidgen of melting at all. no global warming here. have many blessings, though....electricity, warm clothing, warm apartment, plenty of quilting and books to read. we'll get thru, we are tough stock acclimated to unexpected weather patterns. jim cantore and on-demand TV are my new BFFs...as long as i don't run out of hot chocolate and low-salt chips i'll be fine!