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.

Throwback Thursday – Warmer Days

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Throwback Thursday!  This morning, there was frost on the ground and houses and the temperature was in the 20s.  So I decided to post a picture of a fun summer day at the beach.

This was taken four years ago at Mission Bay in California.  Ian was having fun discovering sand and sand castles.  His hands were covered with sand and he looks like he is trying to figure out how to clean his hands.  We always have fun at the bay and beach.

I am so over the winter weather and the cloudy skies.  I want sun and warm weather.  We have had quite a few days of rain and cold weather but no snow yet. It would be nice to have at least one day of snow but who knows?

Until then, I will be wearing a scarf, a hat, and my gloves with my winter coat when I go outside.  I will also be covering my mouth and walking quickly.  In addition, I staying inside as much as possible.

A warm and bright picture like this one helps warm me up.  How about you?

Today I am thankful for:

  • The gorgeous turquoise scarf my sister made for me
  • A photo of the ocean
  • Hot tea with cream
  • Warm blankets
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Sunshine trying to peek through the clouds
  • The upcoming long weekend
  • Remembering fun vacations

I wonder when the warm-up will be?  According to the meteorologists, it will start this weekend.  Well, it will be in the 50s, so that is something.  Take care and have a great winter!