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This year, as most years, the guys celebrate their birthday together. It has affectionately come to be known as the “I have a dream weekend” because the guys’ birthday usually falls on or very close to MLK Day. This year was no exception to the celebration.

Here are some of the photos and yes, the cake had a lot of candles on it — 100 to be exact, courtesy of our very patient children who placed and lit each and every one.

Here are some pictures taken during this weekend.

The weekend was busy, but fun. Today was a rainy, slushy, snowy day – a good day to bake. Cinnamon buns and bread along with a chicken sausage jambalaya for dinner. We enjoyed a visit from Tom’s cousin from Ohio who was in for business. We had a weekend without the boys who were at camp in New Hampshire and seemed to have a great time.

There was a get together at Sal’s for Tom French. Well attended, nice to see so many familiar faces. Got to meet (finally) Tom’s sisters Sue and Debbie who I have been emailing with for weeks now. News is looking up and hopefully the new rehabilitation facility will be the medicine that he needs to return to us. We missed our chance to visit him because that was the day he was transferred to Salem. Glad to know that we were unable to see him for a good reason.

The snow, well, the snow is still here. I think it will be at least April before it is gone, and by the looks of the front of the house, could even be May.

Hope Pi Day was a good day.

This weekend will be the first weekend since before Christmas that we don’t have anyone visiting with us. Somehow a house in Vermont and the winter with snow is like a magnet. We’re used to it so I’m not complaining. It’s just that we are so used to the flow of people, in and out of the house on a regular basis for more than a month, that when there’s one weekend -seemingly out of the blue- that we will have no out-of-state company, it seems odd. Notice that I said no “out-of-state” company. I specifically am not including the undoubted flow of children’s friends that will come to roost for all or part of the weekend. One of my oldest son’s friends who goes to school out of state is coming home for a birthday weekend and while the plans are to be at his house, plans change and well, you never know. Another child’s friend is the only boy and he finds the company of compatriots in our house entertaining.

The stoppage of company flow also doesn’t mean that it will be a quiet weekend. Oh, no my friend. Tonight there are guitar lessons, tomorrow more of the same and then Odyssey and then skiing with scouts. Then there is all the regular stuff – church, homework, chores. While absent company, certainly not lacking things to do.

Tonight
Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 100%
Snow

Lo 33 °F

Tuesday

Rain/Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 90%
Rain/Snow

Hi 39 °F

Tuesday
Night

Chance Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 30%
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Snow
Lo 28 °F
Wednesday

Slight Chance Rain/Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 20%
Slight Chc
Rain/Snow
Hi 40 °F

This is what our forecast looks like for the next couple days. Seems Mother Nature let the leaf peepers have their weekend and now…..snow.

IMG00132It’s interesting to watch how Mother Nature knows when its time. I swear that this weekend alone, the leaves on a lot of trees have started to turn. While the weather has been relatively warm during the day, we have had cool nights and chilly mornings – the telltale signs of autumn. Also last night, you could smell wood burning, evidently, someone in these parts felt it was cool enough to start a fire.

We have friends up this weekend. I also got to meet a friend. Ptcakes the author of Where Did the Time Go? blog and I met in person on Saturday morning after a couple unsuccessful previous attempts to meet. She and her family were up in our neck of the woods for a camping trip. We have read each other’s blogs quite regularly. Our lives at different points in time over the past year or so have taken on a parallel universe feel and we have often sympathized with and cheered each other. It is unusual to feel so connected to someone that I never even saw a picture of prior to Saturday, and yet, it is apparent that friendships can spring from common bonds that span distance. We had a great chat, shared some coffee and stories, filling in some of the blanks that our respective blog posts mentioned but didn’t necessarily completely explain.

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We also went to the fair or for those of you not from around these parts, The Vermont State Fair in Rutland. Interesting how a bunch of kids that so wanted to go to the fair to go on rides could be so indecisive when they arrived but amazingly, when us moms and dads extracted ourselves from the picture, everything became a different world. We explored the various exhibits, did some great people watching and generally had a good time. The place was busy, but then it was a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

Yesterday, we went raspberry picking at Mad Tom Orchard in East Dorset with our friends, the Zummos  who were up for the weekend. Carolina raspberries are ripe and since I missed out earlier in the year, I promised myself that I would get out to pick berries for raspberry jam, which is our favorite.

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We had a houseful of friends this weekend for the holiday and it was a lot of fun. One of them inquired if I posted to the blog over the weekend or when there was company. My answer was that I usually do afterward but not during the weekend, first – because I usually don’t have the time, we are usually doing something far more fun; and second – because there is usually not enough quiet time to sit down and think about what to write. So, we are an empty house again this evening until next weekend when the next batch of company arrives. January is a busy month here at the T’s house.

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