During that awful Artic freeze our country went through last week, we managed to get about 3-4″ of snow, depending where a person lives in town. That on top of the ½” of ice that came down right before the snow. Between the sub-zero temps, the ice and snow, it brought us to a standstill. There were a few blackouts. Schools closed and so did most businesses. Air pumps at gas stations around town wouldn’t work because the tanks froze. Vehicles wouldn’t start. We’d heard that for a few people, when they put their vehicles in gear and went to drive, their tires “tore” as they started to take off. I’d already planned on hibernating the whole week. I stopped driving on winter roads a couple years ago. My kids know if they need me (for watching grandkids) they’ll have to come get me.
The sub-zero-ness (new word lol) was really the worst part. Everyone’s furnaces in the apartment building struggled to work. Our apartment is on the north side of the building. We could feel the frigid air coming right through the walls. Each apartment only has two windows (one in the bedroom and one in the livingroom). We all added extra “layers” to our windows … sheets, blankets, towels, whatever we had. For the most part, we left the windows covered for three of the worst days to conserve heat. That was really hard on me and hubby because of our anxieties and we’re both extremely claustrophic. When we took the coverings off the windows when temps began rising again, we found a solid coating of ice on the insides of the windows and mini-blinds.
It was really coming down heavy at the beginning of the snowstorm. This was the first real “cognitive and inquisitive” snow for Grandson A. He and his daddy went outdoors for a few minutes and this photo happened. He was fascinated!
With the temps slowly rising each day this week, the snow has been melting, so there wasn’t a whole lot left by the time we went over there on Saturday. But it was enough for me to show Grandson A how to build a small snowman. The sun was really bright in our eyes, haha!
He ran off to make snowballs before I could talk him into standing in a different spot for a better photo.
During the few days Son J and Grandson A had no daycare and no work, the watercolor paints came out for a while. The photo of these two paintings were texted to me. I knew immediately what they were because of a couple books we’d read to Grandson A. In case you can’t quite figure them out, haha, the brown on the left is a gorilla, and the green on the right is a dinosaur (T Rex). Pretty good rendition for a fellow not quite three years old.
Lately, our skies have been absolutely filled non-stop with geese! The other day I was working on some things for DIL E at her house and caught this video of quite a sky full of them!
Y’all be blessed!