Of snow, snowmen, paintings, and geese

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!

The temperature got all the way up to 67° today! Allelujah! Please hurry back, Spring!

Y’all be blessed!

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2 Responses to Of snow, snowmen, paintings, and geese

  1. Betsy says:

    Sixty-seven!!!! You lucky, luck girl! I would love that. I did smell spring in the air today when I walked Chloe and it was in the low 40’s but a cold front is coming in tonight and tomorrow again.
    I’m glad you were able to see some family. I’m so ready too. I talked to the utility companies and had them switched over to us. Closing on the house is next Tuesday! That was really fast. How strange to buy a house we haven’t been in for almost 30 years. Are we crazy? I so excited to go home and go back to the church we were married in. I know it will have a lot of people that weren’t there almost 30 years ago when we moved but that’s okay. New friends as well as a lot of people we already know. Going home!

    I watched the video this afternoon and Dennis watched it with me again tonight. He’s decided we’re holding off on getting the vaccine and will take our chances with Covid, at least until we see how things are shaking out. It’s hard. Will we be able to fly without it? But the vaccine side effects are awful. We know two people personally who now have Gillian Barre Syndrome from it. (I think I spelled that wrong.)

    Thanks for taking the time to tell us and to be concerned about us. Take care my friend.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

    • untypica says:

      We’re supposed to have temps in the low 70s today! Yayyyyy! Of course, we do go back to the high 40s/low 50s after today, but I’ll take that over sub-zero any day! I have an appointment with a new doctor this afternoon to see about finally getting one of my surgeries done, so Jerry is going to ride along and sit in the car for fresh air while he works on his word find puzzles. Then we’ll probably go walk/wheel at the fairgrounds afterwards.

      I’m so excited for your move to Nebraska, back to family and friends you know!! Praise the Lord that all worked out for you guys!! I bet Piper is super excited for you to be closer … she can give you the art lessons in person! Next week will be here before you know it.

      I know that was a very hard decision for you and Dennis to wait and see what happens. Doctors say we have a 99.9% better chance with covid than the vax. There are hundreds of good people working behind the scenes trying to fix the problems of being forced to take the vax in order to fly, work, shop, etc. We just need to keep them covered in prayer as they work against the powers of darkness.

      Abundant blessings, my friend!

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