Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Belated Birthday

Sunday was Rowan's Birthday Party. His actual Birthday was on the 22nd but we waited for the weekend that all the kids could be there.I can't believe he's 4 already! He's into caterpillars and green is his favorite color so green caterpillars with red heads were everywhere. Angie made cupcakes with green frosting and arranged them into a big caterpillar with, of course, a red head - really cute.

Their driveway/yard is just as ours - an ice skating rink. So far, knock on wood, we haven't fallen. I came close yesterday while we were out getting the woodstove filled but I recovered. Weather is still pretty nice but has cooled off some now and is supposed to be quite chilly the next few days but after we survived the cold blast earlier this should be a walk in the park!

The big cleanup is still in full swing. The basement is the current task. It's musty down there so everything porous is ruined. Pictures and papers are stuck together so there's no saving them but even so we've found some pretty good memories. We've so far hauled 8 big bags of garbage out and did some paper burning yesterday. It will be so  nice when it's all done...

Sunday, January 22, 2017


Foggy again this morning. Can't get any sun throughout the day to melt what is now a very icy driveway. The temps are great, just above freezing.

Thursday the 45th President of the United States of America was sworn in and got right to work on some key issues. There are alot of protesters and riots. Why do they think that will make a difference? Whether you were for or against Donald Trump is irrelevant at this point. I was for him, I believe we need to start thinking about America and American's instead of getting involved overseas. I also would like to see American companies do business IN America or be treated the same as other countries on import. That's my take on the situation.

Today is grandbaby Rowan's 4th Birthday. Time sure flies! We will celebrate next weekend when all the kids can be present to celebrate.

Time to make breakfast...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January Thaw

What a beautiful day - 41 degrees ABOVE the donut, worked out in the wood pile in a hoodie and it was just right!

Last night Angie brought dinner - Chili, cornbread, and brownies for dessert. It was great but I was too stuffed to eat the brownie, maybe I'll eat it tonight instead. They got the Explorer moved over to Kurt and Al's so Al could finish it up. I sure hope it works out for them, it served us well but it has been sitting a long time so the brake lines were shot. Hopefully it won't cause them trouble.

Got my car in today for a service and new battery. She didn't want to start yesterday after sitting out. We decided it was time for a little TLC for her.

Hard to be inside when it's so nice outside after the cold we've had lately but the mind and body don't have the same ideas. Get tuckered out pretty quickly but at least I got some ice scraped off the walk to the house and put some wood on the wagon. We'll see what can be done tomorrow...

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Snow Mountain

In spite of all my cursing about all the snow this year there is one huge benefit. Snow mountain, the grandkids and Cooper just love it and this year has been the best in a while. Sometimes you just have to find that silver lining.

Mike and Angie's vehicles both took a dump this week so we dug out our old Explorer in hopes of reviving it for them. They've been here the past 2 days but so far things aren't going as we hoped. It might have been better left behind the snow.

Tomorrow is MLK day so the Courthouse is closed. I have expectations to get a lot done but the reality is we'll just see how it goes. I do want to take advantage of the warmer temps and get some wood up closer to the stove because I'm sure it won't last. It's still 17 above the donut at 9 pm. I would be ok with riding out the winter with these temps but I've lived here all my life - That is NOT going to happen!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The last few days

Seemed like a lot going on, not really enough to talk about - some good, some not so good.

Weather has been cold/windy, everyone is sick of it, even Cooper.

Yesterday we had to say goodbye to our cat Ashley, we called her a variety of names but mostly not her given name. She was known as Chickie Chickie Mau Mau, Ashe, kitty, and sometimes other names that weren't worth repeating. But in the end it was hard (as usual) to say goodbye. She was 19 and had a good life but she didn't know what was going on and couldn't remember simple things anymore like the fact that she had just been fed or where her litterbox was. It was time.... so, RIP Mau Mau, go find Midi and Charlie and Grace and enjoy your afterlife.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Back in the Deep Freeeeeze!

Just came in from the wood boiler, last time for today but it is frigid out there! 21 below the donut but, luckily, no wind.

I think our high today was -9 with a breeze. Our neighbor came down with his tractor and got us plowed out again, it was too windy yesterday so it was futile. I felt for him because he has no heat in the cab. Next year we will be more prepared...

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year!

The festivities are over and the house is back (mostly) to it's pre-holiday condition. Crystal surprised us for New Years, showing up on Wednesday night for a 4 day stay. Frank had the snow mountain ready for the kiddo's to play on and play they did.

The adults just ate too much and tried to keep up with the younguns. Cooper had company too as Crystal and Dale brought our grandpuppy, Tucker, along. He is still recuperating as are we.

We're on track for another blizzard or some kind of weather system again for this afternoon through noon tomorrow. It's starting to become commonplace lately. More shoveling - yippee! Plus we're in for a much colder week ahead so will get wood near the stove so it's easier to keep it filled when it's cold. Nothing worse than having to root around for wood at -10 or so.

Today I will get new folders setup on my computer for the New Year for pictures, emails, etc., and transfer holiday photos from my phone into their respective folders. I purchased a new photo scanner and so far I like it pretty well, it will even do negatives so I'm excited to try that feature.

Frank is cooking breakfast, his famous omelets - I'm in!