Flashback Friday – February 27

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHappy Friday!  Can you believe it’s almost the end of February?  I can’t.  This month has gone so fast.  The last two weeks are a blur since we were home so much.

I decided on a photo of Ian with bare feet in the sand since I have been cold all day.  Between the ice and snow that are still melting, the water, and shoveling the driveway, I have been outside a few times today.  So brr since it was below freezing all day long.

This photo goes way back and makes me smile.  I think Ian was two years old.  We were at a beach in Florida and he was enjoying the feel of the sand and exploring all around.  This beach has lots of shells so that is fun.

I cannot wait for warmer weather!  I am over the freezing temps and will be glad when it is warm again.

Take care and have a great weekend!

Enough Already!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and happy Tuesday.  Today is our 7th snow day.  I cannot believe it and don’t remember the last time it was like this.  Needless to say, I am beyond over it as many of my friends and family are.

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAThe top picture was my driveway yesterday and the street behind it.  Part of both were cleared off and it was great.  But now, again it is covered in snow.  The road is also mainly covered and starting to turn into slush where people have been driving.  I will have to get out to shovel again but am trying to wait for it to warm up just a little bit.  Not happened yet, but hopefully soon. This second picture is of the yard today.  Pretty, but we are over it.

This week we have dealt with no heat, no hot water, a gutter than has been frozen, then leaking and separating (all the same gutter thank goodness), and the replacement of our gas regulator, which froze up.  Thankfully none of these problems have been very serious or lasted very long.  I have been very impressed with our city utilities and public works and their quick response.  They have kept us from being frozen and miserable. They are working very hard in the crazy elements.  I truly do appreciate each and every one of them.

Despite all of this, there is much to be thankful for.  We have had power remain on.  Thank goodness for underground utilities.  I realize at any time this can change and that does make me nervous but I try not to think about it.  We have Internet access and phones to stay in touch with the outside world.  For the most part, our satellite TV has worked.  I hope and pray that all of these continue as I have no idea how much longer it will be until life is back to normal.

I am also thankful that on Friday we were able to get out and buy too much at the store!  And Sunday, my parents came over for a visit and some help around the house.  Thankfully they made it back home safely before this latest wave came through.  Ian has been a good sport about this despite wanting to go back to school and I am thankful for that as well. In addition, I am thankful that I do part-time work at home. The fact we haven’t had to try to get out each day is such a relief and major blessing!!

A few things I am looking forward to:

  • Seeing green grass again
  • Driving on the road safely without ice or snow
  • Seeing friends and family
  • Going out and doing things
  • Going to Cub Scout meetings again
  • Going to church and singing
  • Having Ian go back to school and seeing his friends and teachers
  • Temperatures above freezing
  • Sunny days when everything has melted
  • Warm breezes
  • Rainy days instead of snow days

I wonder when life will return to normal?  I hope that it is soon.  In the meantime, we are staying busy at home and hoping and praying that everything keeps working!  God Bless!!

Winter Thanks

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAThis week we have seen three systems of snow, ice, and freezing rain move through.  It has been cold and below freezing for most of the week.  It is unusual weather to say the least and school has been out all week.  You’d think we’d have cabin fever by now, but thankfully we don’t.  Or at least, not much.

For a short time yesterday, we got out and did some shopping and had lunch.  It was nice to be out of the house for a short time and get recharged.  Then last night before going to bed, the snow started again.  We got several more inches of both snow and sleet, and some freezing rain.

Thankfully, however, changes are on the way.  It is supposed to be in the 30s or 40s later today.  Honestly that will feel like spring since it has been so extremely cold.  Despite all of this, we have had a good week and had time to play out in the weather and take a lot of photos.  All in all it has been good.

And, it has made me realize that there are many things that I take for granted.  In extreme weather, these necessities can stop working. These are some items that I am more thankful to have and to have working, and some other things that I am also thankful for.

  • Cold running water that is drinkable
  • Hot water for showers and baths
  • Electricity that turns on lights, the radio, and our computers
  • Gas for our heat that has kept us warm
  • Having a garage that has kept our cars warm and free of ice and snow
  • A refrigerator and pantry stocked full of food and drinks
  • Water pipes that have dripped water all night in hopes of pipes not bursting
  • Cabinets in bathrooms around the house that are open to keep the pipes warm
  • Smoke detectors with working batteries
  • Satellite television that has worked for the most part enabling us to keep tabs on the weather and be entertained
  • A DVD player that played Busytown Mysteries one evening — we all laughed and enjoyed it
  • A stove, oven, and microwave that we have used to cook our meals
  • Telephones for keeping in touch with the outside world
  • Blankets, fuzzy socks, pajamas, scarves, coats, and boots to help keep us warm
  • A school system that puts the safety of kids and adults first
  • Working at home and being able to continue to do so each day

I wonder when the winter wonderland will start to melt?  I hope that it is soon as we are ready for warmer and less messy weather.

Snow, Ice, and Fun

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi again.  Well, day four of the snow days continues today.  This morning is in the single digits.  So it is very, very cold.  Our gas meter / regulator went out for a few hours on Tuesday night.  Thankfully our amazing utility district came out and replaced it.  So far, so good.

Yesterday we went out to play in the snow for about 1 hour.  It was cold and windy but we still had a lot of fun.  One photo shows icicles on half a tree. These were formed by water dripping off the roof.  Another is of Ian’s snow angel.  Hope you enjoy our snow and ice pictures!!

I wonder when the temps will be above freezing?  I sure hope it’s soon.  Until then, we will stay in and enjoy our hot chocolate, soups, fuzzy socks, warm clothes, and cuddle time.

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February 17 – Snow Day

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAToday is our second snow day, or should I say ice day.  We seemed to have received more ice than snow.  Here are a few photos that I took this morning.  It was quick since it is still so cold outside.

How is it where you live?  I know some places around the country are a lot worse than us in terms of snow, ice, etc.  And, there are others that are nice and warm.

We are having a nice day at home so far and are not sure when we will be able to get out.  Right now, it is too cold and dangerous. Thankfully we have what we need so far.  I just hope and pray that will continue.

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAToday I thankful for:

  • Underground utilities and the fact our power hasn’t gone out.  At least not yet.
  • Movies that we can watch when our satellite service goes out.
  • Piles of library books to enjoy reading.
  • The local radio station for news and music.
  • Our local television reporters and meteorologists who are keeping us informed on our community.
  • Pancakes, bacon, syrup, milk, and hot tea for breakfast.
  • Not having to leave home on a snow day.
  • The fact that so many businesses and schools are closed today. GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA
  • Line workers who restore power that is lost.
  • Road crews who salt and brine the roads.
  • Tow truck drivers who respond during accidents.
  • Police officers who respond when needed.
  • Fire fighters who ensure our safety.
  • Paramedics who restore life and keep us safe.
  • Doctors and nurses working at hospitals throughout the night.

I wonder when the ice and snow will begin to melt?  Not sure if it will be today or not.  Could be a long week at home.  Here’s hoping and praying that power stays on and that trees don’t break.

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February 14 – Love

POD_3-7-2014_FlyHi and Happy Valentine’s Day.  Today’s Photo Challenge is Love.  How fitting for a day all about love.  My photos are of my two greatest loves — my wonderful husband and our amazing son. These two men mean the world to me and I am so glad to have them as my family.  I love them very differently yet both fully and with all that I am.

So it got me to thinking, how can you illustrate or define love? As you know, there are many types of love and definitions. We love our mates and children differently, we love our families and friends in other ways, we love our pets in a different way, and there is our love of God and our faith.  All of these loves are valid and real to us.

To me love is — given every day, compassion, forgiveness, honesty, kindness, generosity, patience, partnership, unconditional, raw and messy at times, beautiful, passion, being there for the good and bad in life, support, and forever.

There is a line in the movie “Love Story” that has always bothered me.  “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”  I totally disagree.  To me, love means you should say you are sorry.  Not too much that it means nothing, but when needed it should be said.

We all make mistakes and hurt one another.  Yet, because of love we can say we are sorry, change our behavior, and forgive one another.  And then you can move past the problem and continue to love.

One of the best descriptions of love is in 1st Corinthians 13: 4-8. Kirk and I had this read on our wedding day.  It meant the world to both of us.  This is from the New International Version of the Bible:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast. It is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

Isn’t that beautiful?  If only we could love others that way.  We are called by Christ to love others — including our enemies and those who seem the least lovable.  All of us need to be loved by someone.  My hope and prayer is that we can be more loving to those around us.

Today I am thankful for:

  • My husband for loving me as I am and being an amazing partner in all things
  • Our son who is the light of our life and an amazing gift
  • My parents who taught me what love is all about
  • My siblings (and in-laws) who I love to be with and admire so very much
  • My cousins who are true and real friends
  • My in-laws who are a wonderful addition to my family
  • My aunts and uncles who have taught me so much
  • My friends who I treasure — both old and new
  • My grandparents who demonstrated their love for one another
  • My nieces and nephews who enrich my world and are great friends to Ian
  • Our school and church friends who mean so much to the three of and who are teaching Ian so many things
  • Our community and neighbors who make us feel truly at home

May you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day full of love!  Whether or not you have a special someone, I hope and pray that you will know that you are loved.

Flashback Friday – My Valentines

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Friday.  For today’s Flashback Friday, I wanted to include a few pictures.  One is of my Valentines — my hubby and my son.  They are my true valentine and my little valentine.

This photo was taken three years ago when we were celebrating Valentine’s Day with a lovely lunch out.  It was fun to spend the day with my two guys.  Ian was in preschool at the time and we had the day to enjoy.  It was wonderful.

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAThe second picture is of some Valentine’s gifts that Ian made for me while he was in preschool.  I still treasure them and love his creativity.

This year at school, Ian’s class worked on a writing of who their Valentine is.  Ian chose me and said he loves his mom and that I take good care of him.  What a sweet card that is.  I will treasure it always.

Today I am thankful for:

  • The love of a wonderful man
  • My partner and best friend
  • My son and his unconditional love
  • Hearing, “I love you Mom”
  • My parents and grandparents who demonstrated what true love and partnership is
  • My family for loving me as I am
  • My friends who I can laugh and cry with
  • Special notes and photos from loved ones
  • Saying “I love you” and truly meaning it and hearing it back
  • Loving others
  • Hugs from my dear ones

I wonder what our Valentine’s Day will bring?  I am sure more love, great food, a few treats, and special times together.  Have a great one.

February 11 — On The Wall

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAThis posting is a day late since I was sick yesterday.  I am feeling better today so I thought I’d catch back up.

For February 11, the Photo-A-Day Challenge was On The Wall.  This painting is on the wall of my den and means a lot to me.

Not many people probably have an oil painting of a beloved dog, but my grandfather did.  Before he passed away, he gave the painting to me, signed “To Patti” and included his initials. He then wanted me to take it home.

“Are you sure Grandpa,” I asked him.  “Yes, Patti.  We know you like it (or something like that).”

Unfortunately I don’t remember exactly what he said.  I was beyond moved as this painting held a special place in Grandpa and Grandma’s living room.  This dog was his and Grandma’s beloved miniature schnauzer Schatzi.  She was a great dog and so loving.  She was my favorite and Grandpa knew it.  Talk about a special gift.

The artist really captured how cute and sweet she was.  She had floppy ears and was full of life.  To this day, I still like Miniature Schnauzers.  When I was growing up, we had our own named Eva.  She was a sweetie too but scared of her own shadow.

Now, Ian is wanting a dog but he likes the larger breeds.  We will have to see what we can do in terms of a pet.  Not quite ready for that and all of the responsibility but they sure bring a lot of love.

I wonder what other special treasure I will come across today?  I look forward to finding out what is in store.

February 9 – Energy

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Monday.  Hope you had a great weekend.  Mine was very low-key and we used little energy as we are trying to get over colds.

We had time to just veg out, catch up on shows, read, build new Lego creations, and talk.  Also, we were in our pj’s for most of the weekend.  With so much always going on, this down time was really nice.

I am, however, ready to get back to our normal routine and have us be feeling good and not sick.  I took Ian to the doctor Saturday morning.  He had a flu test and a strep test and both came back negative.  Thank goodness for that!  So far, no fever!  Yeah. That is great news!

Normally Ian is a bundle of energy.  I remember days before he went to school that he would talk all day.  He still can talk a lot when he is at home, but now he takes time to play by himself.  He also likes to build things, color, read, and do so much more.  I so love listening to his ideas.

This photo is an old one of Ian. We were at a beach in Florida and he was excited and ready to go.  Talk about energy!  Don’t kids amaze you?  They do me.  Unless Ian is sick, he goes 125 percent from when he wakes up until bed time.  I just wish I had the energy he does.

Today I am thankful for:

  • Listening to Ian explain a Lego build
  • Broccoli and cheese soup
  • Footed pajamas and warm socks
  • Time to relax and be lazy at home
  • My family and friends
  • Good health
  • Hugs from my hubby and son
  • Laughing about a family joke
  • Planning time with friends
  • Lunch dates with Kirk

I wonder how much energy will be used the rest of today?  Probably quite a bit.  Should be fun!

February 5 – Something Blue

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Thursday.  Today’s photo challenge is Something Blue.  Since it is also Throwback Thursday, I thought it would be fun to include this photo of Ian at the beach.

I love his calm face, his posture, and the setting.  I don’t remember exactly why he was sitting like that, but he looks like he is saying a quick prayer.  Or he is enjoying the sound of the ocean and the feel of the breeze and thinking about what he will be doing next.

I am pretty sure, however, that he jumped up soon after this picture was taken to go and play in the sand.  Sitting still at this age was rare.

I love the color blue — especially the blue of the ocean and the lovely sky.  I can look at both the ocean and sky and be calmed and happy.  My favorite shade of blue is actually turquoise.  I also like royal blue.  I like these bright bold colors.  One of my favorite blouses includes both of these colors of blue.

Today I am thankful for:

  • A bright blue winter sky
  • Looking at Ian’s blue eyes as he tells me good morning
  • Memories of fun times at the beach
  • Incorporating the color blue in our baby shower decorations before Ian was born
  • The lovely blue ocean as it touches the horizon
  • The turquoise blue beach house
  • Handwritten notes from my hubby and son telling me they love me
  • Getting better after feeling blue
  • Our soft blue and white blanket on the couch
  • Family vacations
  • Homework that gets done quickly

I wonder what else I will see that is blue or that makes me smile?  Can’t wait to find out!  Have a great day!