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Crazy weather. Yesterday was still so cold that the ice hadn’t melted off the trees or off my truck. Today was in the 50s and tonight it’s going to be in the 20s. Which means that everything that melted like crazy today is going to freeze tonight, making tomorrow fit to drive with a zamboni. Should be fun getting down the hill to civilization in the morning.
Tomorrow is the big patch test day. More details tomorrow when I have some idea of what is going on.
We went to the movies tonight. All 9 of us. Okay, for those who know us, you know there is only 5 of us. So where on earth did the other 4 come from? Boys, remember I live with boys, and so help me, I think that boys attract, clone or create other boys. I actually had this really good plan. I needed to finish up Christmas shopping and decided that I would offer my oldest son the opportunity to go with his friends to the movies and I would drive them, drop them off and do the shopping I needed to get done while they were at the movies. That would have given me about 2 hours of shopping time. Well, that plan morphed into a family movie event which was a good idea since I really don’t remember the last time Tom and I went to the movies. And then TJ was going to sleep over a friends and in the vacuum of losing a boy, we gained 3. I really don’t understand the math on that, but we did and then we picked up TJ and his friend for the movies, hence the 9. Dear God, I don’t know how my dear friend Ellen, who has 9 of her own, manages. Don’t get me wrong, everyone was fine and behaved and enjoyed the movie and the junk that went along with it. Just the sheer acknowledgement that this is what she goes through every time they go out as a family (with an age range that exceeded the one we dealt with by years) just blows the mind. As I have always said, she is the woman I admire for her mom skills, she is truly awesome.
Anyway, back to the movie. I had a realization. I have been sucked into a male world. (I know, only took me how many years to figure this out) Seriously, while watching this movie, a good movie, I realized that I would much rather have watched a romance, a chick flick, whatever. There is far too much violence and hatred and just plan old ugliness in this world as it is, I would much rather get sucked into a good chick flick. So, I guess at 45 I have finally found my inner chick. And I really, really want matching hats and scarves (wink, Tom).
Here are some pictures that Timmy and I took this morning on our way to guitar lessons. Everything is frozen, it is sparkling and beautiful. The photos do not do it justice. Enjoy!
It’s not your computer and it’s not your eyes. WordPress.com provides the snow through January 4th. Kind of adds a nice, wintery, Christmas-y feel to things, don’t you think?
Wow, we were outside this evening and the moon is beautiful. I wish that it was something that we could have captured on film, but I tried that once before and the camera just doesn’t do it justice. Tonight is the perigee, when the moon is at the perigee or closest point to the earth. This happens once every 15 years and the next time it will happen if you missed it this year is November 14, 2016. Mark the date on your calendar!
The moon tonight is reported to be 18,400 miles closer to the earth than it normally is. Consequently it appears larger and brighter than any other time in the last 15 years. With the ice on the trees it was truly a sparkling spectacular sight.
Last weekend, after we got back from Burlington, we went with our friends, the Zummos, to get Christmas trees. Last year we went to Paxton Greens in Cuttingsville and we went back there this year as well. It was a beautiful day for Christmas tree picking, big fluffy snowflakes were falling. After some hunting around, we’re glad to say that everyone found a tree to their liking. Now….. it just has to be decorated.
The entire east coast got beaten by the Nor’Easter. Some faired better than others. Evidently Albany took a beating with the ice it got and I can only say that I am glad that we didn’t attempt to make the trip down to Jersey yesterday or we would have been in the middle of that.
As for us here on the hill, we got snow, sleet, rain, freezing rain – I think we received every form of wet precipitation in the last 24 hours that Mother Nature had to offer. What we wound up with was ice covering the trees, bushes, cars. Slush on the driveways and roadways and snow everywhere else. Not much snow, about 4-5 inches, a lot less than they predicted but with temperatures expected to drop to 5/-5 tonight, I am sure that Saturday morning will greet us with everything frozen solid.
Needless to say, the goats weren’t too happy to see the patches of grass that were out there yesterday covered again and the chickens, well the chickens, just refuse to leave the coop. I really can’t blame them, surrounding their coop is a slushy mess that I wouldn’t walk in.
Last weekend, our boys participated in the UVM Merit Badge Day. We decided to make a mini-vacation out of it (and so we wouldn’t have to rise before the crack of dawn) and stay overnight the Friday before Saturday’s events. We made arrangements for dinner at A Single Pebble in Burlington, which was really good and very considerate of our youngest son’s peanut/sesame allergies. I highly recommend it. We booked our reservations online through Open Table which was pretty convenient.
The boys had a good time with engineering and metalworking at the university, and we had a nice relaxing day exploring downtown Burlington. We came home Saturday evening to a delicious dinner prepared by our friends, who were up for the weekend. All in all, really nice weekend.
Ah, here is the dilemma with keeping ties with your old world. This morning we were all set to travel down to NJ for orthodontist and doctor appointments. However, Mother Nature had other plans. There is a Nor’Easter brewing and while we would have made it down to NJ with little to no problem, we wouldn’t have been able to return without a long and treacherous trip. This normally wouldn’t be a problem, except boys being boys and especially being teenage boys, life on Friday is busy, busy, busy. Tim has a dress rehearsal for his play in which he is one of the major characters so his fellow stars would not be happy if he didn’t show up on Friday. TJ, being TJ, well, he has a project that is due on Friday which he has yet to finish up. Tyler has a presentation to make for his English class which he has worked long and hard in putting together. So, you see, we would have to come back tonight. And with weather forecasts of 1/2 to 1 inch of ice for the better part of our trip, (which would be about 3 1/2 hours under normal weather conditions), that is not a risk we were ready to undertake.
So, when I call the doctors to reschedule the appointments later they will undoubtedly shake their heads since NJ is not supposed to be getting anything but rain, and who’s afraid of a little rain? Tom and I both know so much better. We know not to take the risk.
The calendar still says its fall. A look out the window clearly tells you that the hill where we live here in Vermont does not believe in the calendar. Winter has arrived. We have not had any “major” snow, but everyday there are flurries, which keep accumulating. The other day when things got warmer outside, into the 40s, we were guaranteed that the night would be cold and the slush which had accumulated everywhere would turn into ice, not just ice, not black ice, but rut ice. The tire marks and footprints and paw prints that were in the slush froze immortalized in time for now. Now when you drive out of the driveway and onto the road, you travel where others have gone before you, merely because of the rut ice and the fact that you have absolutely no choice in the matter.
According to the calendar, winter is still weeks away, but not here on the hill. It is rather amusing that you leave here all bundled and scarved and mittened and by the time you reach the bottom of the hill, the snow is gone and by the time you reach the town 6 miles to the bottom from our house, you would agree with the calendar and believe that it really, truly is still autumn. But here, on the hill, we live in a different world and evidently a different weather pattern as well. And I like that.