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Winter alerts, last nerves and gravy

Like many of you, here in the Mid-Western United States, we’ve had a “weird” winter so far — a skiff of snow here, a dusting there.

But then … last week,  Winter … well she arrived with a vengeance.

2 weeks of back-to-back alerts, warnings and wildness.    Mother Nature’s last nerve is involved & someone’s poking it.   As a result, soon after came:

  • Gobs of snow.
  • Blasts of cold.
  • Frigid winds.
  • Icy.  Frosty. Chilling. Days & Nights.

followed by some really sound advice:

As for me, I’m staying in … till March.

How’s the weather by you?  Are you “hunkered down,” too?

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Random 5 (Lion) Friday

It’s Friday! It’s time for some Random thoughts ~ here we go!

1 )  March roared in like a Lion and …well she’s still roaring.  Yesterday brought freezing rain and lightning, all the same day. Today .. rain and winds.  The grass is greening and the Robins are fat… hmm.  Maybe April will come in like a lamb?

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2 ) Old favorites ~ I put a tee shirt on the other day and laughed because I remember when it was new. 10 summers ago.  I still like it and still wear it but now just around the house ’cause it’s a little worse for the wear.   It’s like an old friend, comfy, soft and forgiving.  It’s from the summer we took Mom on this trip, and that’s the shirt in the picture below. Sissy and I are going again in June and Mom will be with us in spirit, clapping her hands, grinning widely and taking it all in.

One of my favorite pictures of Mom & me… having a Killian’s in Branson, MO.  Summer 2007.

Of course we saw an “Elvis” show! Tony Roi as Elvis was AMAZING!

3 ) I wrapped up 7 consecutive weeks of heavy work travel and meetings.  Yesterday we were asked to set goals for the year – one of the goals surrounds meetings & outreach.  I smiled realizing I’m halfway to the goal.  Yes!!

4 )  It’s Friday.  I can hear the birds singing and my calendar, for the most part, is wide open today.  I have a few projects to tidy up then I’ll hand the reins to another and my team – and be off on v.a.c.a.t.i.o.n.   It’s 34F here and 75F where we’re headed …and there’s not a schedule in sight. Ahhh.

photo courtesy of the Farmers Almanac.

5 )    Amazing. Yes, that’s it.   Ha!

That or glasses!

How about you? What’s the oldest piece of clothing you still wear?  What are you looking forward to?  Have you set any new goals for the year?  Have you amazed yourself lately? 🙂

Happy Spring, peeps!

 

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Sunday in threes

1. From breaking a century-old record for November snowfall last week to 50F and rain today – what a weather swing we’ve had here in west Michigan!  I woke up to an uncommon sound for this time of year  – the drip – drip – drip – of rain. Bizarre. But the coffee sure tastes good this morning.

big cups... Google.images.com

big cups… Google.images.com

2. Making the grocery list this morning, I realized we’re only a few days from Thanksgiving.  It snuck up on me, again!  I blame the Christmas ads and holiday music for the distraction.  We’ll have our boys and grands – just the 6 of us – so it’s time to get out the cloth napkins, crystal bowls and decorations :).  And, as youngest boy happily announced, this week marks the official start of Cheese ball season!  For my recipe (and his favorite appetizer), click here for my Look No Further Cheese ball recipe. 

one end of her table

Grandma’s Holiday table .. it took her days to set up!

3. I finally bought a tablet! No, not the AARP one, although that was tempting.  HSN.com has a great deal on a 10″ tablet – in my color choice which was  purple.  It arrived Friday and I have been happily playing around with it ever since.  For more on the deal, click here.

 

What are your Thanksgiving plans?  Any new toys land in your lap?  What food kicks off the Holiday season for your family?

..a cute lil' cheeseball .. all dressed up for the Holiday!

..a cute lil’ cheeseball .. all dressed up for the Holiday!

 

 

 

 

 

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R5F – not new, just more

Random 5 Friday! The quickest round of thoughts this ole brain can conjure up all week. Ready?  Here we go!

1. I heard recently that its not drinking that makes people gain weight, it’s the food choices that inevitably follow.  I think the same could be said for exercise.  I’ve been working out regularly for about 6 weeks now and my appetite afterwards envies that of a Badger.   Step away from the hungry lady.

touch my food, I dare ya!

touch my food, I dare ya!

2.  How is it nearly May? How?  We had snow in MI this week.  The weather people like to taunt viewers with stats like this:  “Today is the 188th day since our first snowfall!” And they smile as they say it.  How do they sleep at night?

3. Every year I seem to develop new sayings that describe certain situations or people.  A few years ago it was, “Not for you.” This year, after witnessing continued lunacy from more than one individual, it’s evolved to, “It’s not new, it’s just more.”  Think about a person whose behavior is disruptive in your life.  Is it new or is it … just more.  Gah!

4.  Stopped last night to complete the weekend grocery run.  Why? It’s not storming, no, but there’s something about completing that one little chore that makes me wonderfully happy. I can stay home all weekend if I want to — or not  — but that chore is done like dinner.  Whoop!!

5. 2 weeks from now, I’ll be happily ensconced at my Mother’s house, sipping tea, eating pie, talking politics, catching up on local doings.  To say I’m looking forward to it would be an understatement.   I’ll be smiling like a kitty on a cushion!

happy cat

Who comes to mind when you hear, “It’s not new, it’s just more.”  Do you ever do your chores in advance?   Does exercise turn you into a rabid wolverine?  Do tell! Happy Friday, peeps.

ha!

ha!

 

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Plans, reality and vitamins

So … on Friday I wrote about how I was looking forward to Hubbs coming home on Saturday morning.  Well, let’s just say that things didn’t go exactly as planned.

the best laid plans ... google.images

the best laid plans … google.images

His saga started when the taxi didn’t show up at the hotel … at 4:30 a.m.  A last minute ride got them to the airport in time for the 7:00 a.m. flight to Atlanta.  Where he soon found most flights to MI — xlld.

To put it mildly, he was “fit to be tied.”  The travel agency … useless.  The airline … nonchalant.

Surrounded by other stranded and road-weary passengers, he did the only thing he could think of …he quietly approached a gate agent and stayed calm.  Eventually, the agent found Hubbs a flight to Detroit with a possible connection to Grand Rapids. But no guarantees and no promises.

He fell asleep before take-off and found himself landing in Winter Storm Maximus (and when did we start naming storms, anyways?)

he landed in the pink

he landed in the pink

Not to be deterred, he grabbed a rental car with the warning that road conditions were extremely dicey, with many cars in the ditch… and made the 3 hour drive in 6.   He’s pretty sure his finger nails are still in the steering wheel of that Chrysler.

Returning the car, he retrieved his SUV and pulled into our garage around 9:00 p.m., 10 hours past his expected arrival time.  He looked dreadful, was shaking cold, pale, hungry and stressed.  But, he was home.

A few servings of Poor Man’s Chop Suey, a shower, a chat and .. off to bed.

Today, the ole boy has a skip in his step. It’s Super Bowl Sunday and friends are joining us later to watch the game.  We’ll enjoy wings and snacks, subs and soup and Game Day brownies.

We both took tomorrow off so today really feels like a Saturday.  A Saturday with a warm house, a happy wife, a contented hubby and gratitude.  Lots of gratitude.

google images

google images

What are you thankful for today?

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Sundogs everywhere!

A weather phenomenon I’d forgotten about is the sun dog.

Prevalent in my Saskatchewan prairie home, my experience has been you don’t see them unless the weather is brutally cold (and dry).  And the sun is low …

Here’s part of one, taken on my cell phone one frigid morning  (hey, I was sitting in traffic, might as well snap a picture).

one MI morning on my way to work

a MI sun dog … on my way to work

Here’s another, taken by my niece on her way to town, traveling a road I’d ventured on many-a-time:

a Saskatchewan sun dog

a Saskatchewan sun dog

See the distinct rainbow-looking light off to the side?  That’s the niftiest part, the unexpected part, the sun’s so bright I might need shades part.  🙂

Bundle up, peeps, it’s cold outside.

And remember to watch for sun dogs!

Hubbs is heading to FL for meetings this morning; sure hope he doesn’t get stranded along the way.

As for me, here’s my being stranded wish:

True that! google.images

True that! google.images

Where would you like to be stranded?

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Random *cough* Five *cough* Friday

1.  There’s another big storm on the horizon and it’s a fine day to stay inside. (smile).

..brrr

..brrr

2. On Facebook, there’s this thing people do called “Flashback Friday” – for you I post this, and I’ve call it, “Flashback Frankie!”

Frankie as a tyke

Frankie as a tyke

That picture was taken in our rented apartment when we relocated ourselves to MI; we were looking for a house at that time, but hadn’t yet found one.  Seems like more than 14 years ago now and yes, I still miss him.

3.  I’m digging the Keurig but, I have to say, the traditional coffee maker makes a better tasting cup of coffee.  The Keurig has more of an “instant” coffee taste.  I guess I favor coffee with a little heart:  the kind that’s sat on the warmer a while.   Takes me back to days at the rink, coming in from the cold, and ordering a “kid coffee” (double cream, double sugar, extra energizing!).

4. The only good thing about having Bronchitis is that it’s in my lungs, not my head. Which means my eyes are OK for reading. Which means I’m halfway through my bag of delights from that recent jaunt to the bookstore! Even when I bought them, I remembered thinking .. if only I had time to read them all!  How’s that for serendipity? 🙂

5. Being sick makes me appreciate being well.

“Sometimes life knocks you on your ass… get up, get up, get up!!! Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

* * Care to share your random 5 with me? ** 

 

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A flowerful May?

Last week, we had rain. A lot of rain.

This weekend, we had snow. A fair amount of snow.

The week ahead?  More rain.

wzzm.com

wzzm.com

If the saying is true, May should be filled with flowers.

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April showers bring May flowers (image from Pinterest)

Has Spring arrived where you’re at? Could you send it on to Michigan?

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Ice, Ice Baby

We had another round of weird winter weather overnight.  Weird as in .. way different than what any of us grew up with.

T-storms and rain at midnight + warm southerly winds .. in February.

45F!  What the ??

I woke to an angry wind lashing the house and the sounds of ice pelting the windows.

Yep – over night it froze, schools closed and we are now hovering at 28F… and dropping.

With snow coming.

And more wind.

I fear today is just another commute to no-where.

But … still I must try.

So I’m taking a page out of Mom’s book.  The one she used to check us over with before we left for parts hockey games unknown.

I’ve got a full tank of gas, boots and a blanket in my SUV; my phone is charged and lunch is packed.

I just have to put my hands on that extra bit of nerve it takes to face roads like this!

I hope the roads you traverse today are safe and uneventful!

“Everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it.”
– Mark Twain

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Baby, it’s cold outside

I woke up to temps hovering at 1 degrees F (that’s -22C for my Canadian/European readers).

That’s cold. Darn cold.

photo courtesy of the Farmers Almanac.

photo courtesy of the Farmers Almanac.

It’s the kind of cold that used to garner us kids a phone call from Elliott the bus driver: “Back to bed, kids, the bus won’t start!”  We kids would squeal and race back to our covers; Mom would pull her house coat tighter and start a new pot of coffee.

It’s the kind of cold that freezes your nostrils together long before you make it to the barn.

It’s the kind of cold that makes every single effort that much more challenging: simply leaving the house takes longer b/c the car must be warmed up first.

It’s the kind of cold that demands I pack my lunch for no one is venturing out in this later on.

It’s the kind of cold that makes me long for someone to cancel my day so I could instead snuggle in and read, sip coffee and look out instead of in.

Baby, it’s cold outside.

It’s that kind of cold.

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Walkin’ on sunshine

It’s been a crazy, hectic couple of weeks.

Went back to work after 10 days of vacation, most of which was spent dealing with the flu.

Finally mustered the energy to de-Christmas the house, putting the tree, lights and tinsel away on Thursday.

Made it through yesterday and was very happy just to stay home last night and listen to the rain fall.

But.

All that changed today — why?

The sun’s shining!

I know, it probably doesn’t seem like much to those of you who see the sun all the time but here in Michigan, where January days = cloud cover, this is a big deal.

Everything is brighter.  Old dog is happier. Hubbs is humming.

I’m walking on sunshine, oh yeah, and it’s starting to feel good!

“A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine.” – Anne Bronte

What’s it like in your part of the world today?

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Inside the snow globe

Call me crazy but I love snow.

Fresh snow.

Fluffy snow.

like Buttercream frosting all over the yard; an emjayandhtem photo

like Buttercream frosting all over the yard; an emjayandthem photo

Falling snow.

Drifting snow.

I love snow.

dollops of fresh snow; an emjayandthem photo

dollops of fresh snow; an emjayandthem photo

I love the promise of new snow, the strength in heavy snow, and the crunchy, crunch crunch of seasoned old snow.

I love snow.

We face the west; an emjayandthem photo

We face the West; an emjayandthem photo

One of the best things I love about snow?  When I’m inside the snow globe looking out!

How about you? Any snow in your neck-of-the-woods?

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“All seasons have something to offer” – Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle

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