This last week I was up in Wisconsin visiting my brother and his family. My travel timing was perfect and I met the first storm and deep-freeze temps of the season as it arrived in the area. I have not lived in snow for 16 years and when I watched the rain come down and the temperature drop as I waited for my mom’s plane to arrive I considered making a big sign for the back window of our rental car. Something like, “BACK OFF! I’m from Texas, and I haven’t driven in snow for 16 years!” Hoping that would explain my super slow (but safe) driving! ha
The driving really went well. The roads were slick, but I took things slow, and cautious. In fact one night when my mom, niece and I were coming back from a holiday party up at the cabin I had fun with some fishtailing on the side roads. We were all laughing pretty hard, especially after a nice fishtail where I overshot the driveway and bounced up and over the curb. The three of us couldn’t get into the house and to the bathrooms fast enough we were laughing so hard that there was a threat or two of wetting our pants. I know we will all remember that one.
I do not miss the maintenance of winter and I do not miss that bone chilling freezing cold feeling when the temp is sitting at 0F before you even factor in the windchill (-27F.) But I am very happy; to have decorated a 14′ tree full of 5 generations worth of family ornaments, had wonderful friends over for lunch, had the opportunity to go to a few holiday parties and see many friends, have dinner with more family members up near the cabin and more!
I didn’t really have to spend any time outside. Watching the snow come down and leave a beautiful white blanket over everything was beautiful and normally I would have rushed out to shovel off the driveway and sidewalks (because it would have been fun to do – a novelty of sorts and that snow was really light and fluffy), but I knew I would get two shovels-worth done and I knew the novelty would wear off in 2 seconds when I was out of breath and huffing and puffing… so I “let” my brother do it. When I saw him get the blower out to do the driveway one day I realized that I could have done that (probably!)
So revisiting F was kind of fun… freezing temps, family, friends, and falling snow.
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G is for
I (Sincerely, Emily) have a refrigerator full of Ginger beer! Gosh, that is a great G!
Ginger beer – getting ready for a swap.
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I am not sure what I was thinking. It is freezing up here in North part of the US! I arrived to rain, that turned to freezing rain, that turned to ice covered roads, that turned to snow! their first big storm of the season.
Rain turning to freezing rain
I don’t seem to mind all that, but the temperature really dropped and it hasn’t been above 10F in 2 days.
The rain turned to snow throughout the night.
So, F is for Freezing and Frigid temps. It is also for Family (I am visiting family right now)
How is the weather where you are right now?
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F is for…
I (Sincerely, Emily) have a great group of friends, so F is for Friendship.
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Happy Thanksgiving to those of you out there celebrating today.
I (Sincerely, Emily) have a lot to be thankful for this year. I am thankful to be here to see one more day. Some days it has been very hard to be thankful for anything, but those moments have passed fairly quickly and I am So happy to be alive and doing so well. I find that I am thankful every day for so many thing. When I begin to get edgy or frustrated I just put myself back into place when I look at what surrounds me: fantastic husband, beautiful gardens, furry cats, a roof over my head, and the ability to be up and about and able to do things.
Here are a few of our past Thanksgiving posts for you to enjoy:
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Last week I struggled with finding photos for D. I could think of a lot of “D” things, just didn’t have photos of them…
This week was a bit easier. Elder has been on my mind because I started working (with a friend) on a presentation for Herb of the Year on Elder for the local Herb Society back in September of 2012. So that “E” came easy to me and as I go through past photos, so good “E” photos popped out.
ExperimentsThis experiment did not go so well. I will post about it on Friday over at Sincerely, Emily.
Egg and eggplant sandwich (now I am hungry – they were so good!) I many of these from breakfast when the eggplant were growing in the garden.What kind of “E” things come to mind for you?
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E is for…
For the letter “E” … I (Sincerely, Emily) will celebrating Elder – Herb of the Year for 2013 (Herb of the Year is decided by the International Herb Society)
Elder in Bloom
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