Remember when I posted a photo of a local barn a few weeks ago? Well, it finally collapsed under the weight of all the snow we’ve had since Tuesday afternoon. I doubt that the owner was looking for property insurance online, but I have to wonder… how’s he going to get that camper out from the rubble now? I joke but like my brother said, it’s sad to see these old barns go. They don’t build them like that anymore and I’m impressed that it withstood all the rain, snow, wind, and ice we’ve had for the past six years that I’ve lived here (and who knows how much for years before that).
Yesterday we woke up to snow-covered everything. When all was said and done, between Tuesday and Wednesday’s snow I think we got between 14 and 16 inches. (It’s already compacted down, though.) Schools were closed yesterday and our power was out for about eight hours. During that time I channeled my inner pioneer and saw just how resourceful I could be when it came down to it. Having no power meant that our well wasn’t pumping water into the house, so we filled stock pots with snow and set them next to the wood stove to melt. Then I made tea on the wood stove It’s not too often that you actually use a wood stove to cook with in this day and age, but that’s how I heated up our lunch and it worked just fine! While the power was out the boys made a fort in Jake’s room:
The power came back on in the early afternoon, thankfully. There are still people in the area without power. And, naturally, today we have a cold, wet, yucky mess on our hands. Schools are closed again and it’s been alternating between snow, rain, and sleet all day. Since the weather isn’t fit for outdoor play, the boys are having a pyjama day. There’s been reading, playing with the Wii and with G.I. Joe action figures, doing Pix-Os, and I’m sure a bunch of things I don’t even know about. I made cupcakes for them to decorate after lunch. It’s not quite Crumbs, but they were pretty good!
Laura’s not feeling well. She’s all sniffly, sneezy, and snotty. She allowed me to put her down for a few minutes to work on the cupcakes though. But she’s still so cute, even when she’s not feeling herself.
I also cleaned out and rearranged the cabinet that holds our glasses, made hot and sour soup, and also made chai tea concentrate. Now, because I had such a busy morning and barely slept last night, I am totally wiped out. I think I’m going to spend the rest of the afternoon watching shows on Netflix and (if I’m lucky) getting some crochet in, too.
Unfortunately, I was not able to get much crochet time in last week, though I did finish up the last dishcloth that was on my hook. It’s rather badly mishapen! See?
No matter, it will still do the job. My grand total was… eight dishcloths. Not great, but not too bad, either! I’ll probably keep some and set some aside for last-minute gifts. Thanks to Melissa for such a great idea! Now, I’m back to working on Laura’s Easter dress.
I sure hope that everyone out on the roads tonight has good car insurance. It’s very slick out there. After lunch I started out to the grocery store, and as I crested a hill close to my house, I saw a car that must have spun out. It was in the middle of the road attempting to turn around. Thankfully I was able to avoid an accident by swerving into the shoulder. After that I was so shaken that I turned around at the next road and came back home.
Once again, the weatherman fouled it up. Last night when I checked the weather, the forcast called for one inch of snow accumulation last night, about an inch during the day, and another inch tonight. This morning? It had suddenly changed to a predicted accumulation of 5-10 inches. We easily have at least 8 inches and I’m curious what will pile up overnight.
25 days until spring.
Last night around 2:30 we were jolted awake. I have no idea what happened, but a car horn blew loudly and either screached their brakes or peeled out; I’m not quite sure. Nevertheless, it was nearly impossible to get back to sleep. So while I was laying there in bed, not sleeping, my mind was racing around from subject to subject. I started getting stressed out about the Christian Seder our church is holding. I volunteered to be chairperson and need a handful of people still to help out with various tasks. Of course, it will get done but in the middle of the night I started worrying that I’d have to do everything (which, of course, I wouldn’t but again — I’m not rational in the middle of a sleepless night).
Then I again started thinking about online degrees. Maybe if I had a business degree I would feel more comfortable managing people. Western Governer’s University offers a program; maybe I should look into it, LOL! After all, I could do it from home. Well, if nothing else I’ll have the experience under my belt for the next time I get suckered into heading up a big project
So yes, I’m tired today. I really need to wash the kitchen floor and I wish I had someone to do it for me. But we have guests coming over in a bit so I really ought to just suck it up and do it. Maybe I’ll throw together some brownies. You know, for a little motivation
Oh goodness, am I worn out today. I’ve been running around since early this morning. I certainly won’t need sleeping pills tonight (not that I ever do — I don’t have any problem zonking out). The day started out with Mass and a parents meeting for First Communion. That lasted most of the morning. In the afternoon I did have some time to just hang out. I checked out the library’s book sale and picked a few books up. And tonight was the Cub Scouts’ Blue & Gold Banquet. Jake received his Wolf badge.
We had a great time but it was a little long. In fact, we had to skip out a tiny bit early because Noah and Laura were just too tired. We didn’t get home until about 9, which is very late for them. But dinner was great (spaghetti, meatballs, salad, and fresh bread) and we were treated to some Native American dances, which were really cool. Jake loves studying about the Native Americans so I know he especially enjoyed it. A busy, but good day.
When I was waiting to register Noah for kindergarden yesterday, another mom remarked that she didn’t know how I did it with three kids. And truthfully, though there have been hurdles to overcome, generally the leap from two to three children has been easier than one to two. I do give my husband a lot of credit for being a tremendous help. Although I’m nowhere near sane, I’d be a lot crazier if he wasn’t so awesome. But I think one of the keys to keeping things together is having a good household notebook. I am sure a lot of you already have one and I think it really makes your house run smoother. I’m in the process of revamping mine. With the piles of school papers from both boys getting out of control, and having to check e-mail messages or my cell phone every time I needed someone’s number, I realized it was time. Remember: the notebook works for you. You don’t work for it.
I’ve overcome the urge to buy lots of pretty new office supplies and I’ve made due with what I’ve found around the house. I repurposed a binder that was a coupon binder in a former life (an example of something that didn’t work for me), and I’ve scrounged around for page protecters, dividers, folders, and other things I’ve needed. I always enjoy taking a peek at other homemaking binders, so maybe next week I’ll do a video entry showing you mine. Maybe someone will get a good idea from it!