Friday, February 15, 2019
Ok, I'm sure you all know that by VD I mean: VALENTINE'S DAY! People have strong opinions about this holiday. Many blame it on Hallmark and feel it's just an excuse for buying their cards. I don't really like to call it an actual "holiday". You don't get the day off or any over-time pay for working it. Those are the main criteria for me when describing a holiday. When I was a little nugget in grade school we made the Valentine's day boxes to collect all those love notes from our classmates. I didn't really like making those boxes. I'm not super creative. I REALLY didn't enjoy it when my kids were in school because you were suppose to do something creative and no matter how hard we tried there was always that overachiever parent who made a box that looked like the Vatican or something. We all knew the kid didn't even get to glue on a single scrap of craft paper to the project! (Not that I'm bitter or anything) Well, I do enjoy giving out Valentines. Any reason to celebrate something in the middle of a dreary Winter is OK by me. I found this old picture of my parents on a Valentine's Day. I remember that day because, of course, I snapped the pic and I made the dinner and gave them gifts. Looks like they enjoyed them!
He's going to have surgery on Monday and I thought it would be good to get his hair clipped. His little tumor under his right leg grew back. He had it removed last summer shortly after we adopted him. We took him to another vet for a second opinion and decided to get it done again since it's affecting his walking. Oh, he has to lose weight too....sorry buddy, no more snitching food from us! I don't care how cute you look begging! I think I mentioned in a previous post we were getting the front porch redone. Here it is:
I hope everyone had a nice Valentines Day. We can always use a bit more love in this world!
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Today was a very quiet and peaceful day. Nothing traumatic, nothing hugely even blog worthy. I just felt I should blog anyway. Illness seems to be spreading around these parts rapidly. At work this week we had a few "call offs". I had a bit of a cold that lasted a week or so but nothing that kept me down for long. At Church today none of my 7&8 year old kiddos showed up for class and it was a sparse number in the congregation. I thought maybe it was because I was a speaker today. The first 2 speakers ahead of me didn't take very long and left me a lot of time. I looked at Jack with a little bit of "great, I have to fill this in for 25 minutes" angst. Always having my back and knowing I can talk up a storm he just said: "Pretend you're talking to your sister." (We do tend to chat a bit long) He's so funny. Anyway, it all went well and I'm probably off the hook for speaking for another year! I was suppose to give this talk last month but God saved me by sending a blizzard. No such luck today! In fact, we've had pretty nice weather the past few days. All that snow melted with warm temps.
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Yesterday was the first day of the short month. As a child I always loved February and it didn't seem like the short month then. It seemed like that month would never end. Probably because my birthday was/is the last day of February. Now it seems like the month is long because the weather is usually the worst of Winter. Today and the next few days will make me a liar on that score. It was sunny and 46de according to my car thermometer. We're expecting 50's tomorrow and the next. After the bone chilling and snowy week we had it is a welcome change. I don't know what the silly groundhog had to say about the next 6 weeks of Winter but I spied a sure sign that Spring could actually be in the near future.
Bread making is fun but a bit messy. That's OK, the results are worth it. After this I went outdoors and burned a few calories by shoveling some snow.
Go for it!
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
I felt I should make a quick post so I can look back in a year and hopefully be grateful that it's not as cold as it is today. I think it was 6 degrees below zero and then throw in the wind chill factor and you have a dangerous weather day. It was very deceiving if you looked out the window however. The sun was shining and it made it look like any winter day. Weathermen/women love this kind of stuff. It gives them so much to report about. This morning they kept saying that Cleveland was colder than North Pole, Alaska...than Iceland...etc. We get the picture. Mr. Freeze has his hand on the thermometer. Poor Arnie has been the quickest peeing pup in the North East. I'm betting the hot cocoa has been consumed in gallons and parents are going a bit crazy because all the schools have closed for the next 2 days. No mail was delivered either. I feel bad for folks that had no choice but the brave the elements. Wait, that would be me! I was lucky today though. Jack is off on Wednesdays so he took me to work this morning and dropped me by the door. The weather advisory for this cold snap is over by tomorrow afternoon. I'll be driving myself to work in the early AM but hopefully all will be well when I leave work in the afternoon...that means I hope my car starts and since I'm on call Thursday that I don't have to get up in the middle of the night too! The weird thing is by Sunday we're suppose to be 50 degrees...Mr. Freeze will not be happy. Stay warm and safe and I think I'll go get some of that hot cocoa!
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Sunday, January 20, 2019
We have lived through the big storm...Harper...and I'm sure there was no doubt that we wouldn't. On Saturday it started snowing around 9:30am and has continued through today. Church even cancelled. I was suppose to give a talk in church today so I wasn't real sad about that! All total we got 14in. of the white stuff. The air is pretty cold and if the winds keep up, the drifting will make it a crazy ride to work tomorrow. But it's winter in Ohio and I doubt this will be the end of storms. Here are some pics from the weekend.
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Last Saturday we had what the weather folks were calling "The biggest snowfall of the season"! Well, duh! Since we hadn't had any snow to amount to anything it was an easy win. Well, just to be a showoff Mother Nature is sending "The Big One" on this Saturday. I believe ithis storm actually has a name but I don't remember what it is. Anyway, we're ready for it. The only kicker is I'm taking call from 7am-7pm on Saturday for a co-worker. Figures. Can this old lady make the trek into the hospital if called with 10-15 inches of snow predicted and 35 mile an hour winds? Oh, and that same old dolly is also driving a mini-van. Hmmm. We went to the grocery store tonight since Saturday is our usual day to shop and I'm not taking any chances of not being able to get that done. So we're set with food, gassed up the car, plenty of wood for the wood burner when the temps drop to the bitter cold point, and a bag of peanut M&M's for survival. Bring it on. Tonight we had snow that made it tricky. Just take a look at how I entered the garage: