Friday, February 27, 2015
Posted by Shirlee at 7:21 AM
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Posted by Shirlee at 1:07 PM
Monday, February 23, 2015
As Dorothy said in The Wizard of Oz, "Eggs & water & buns! Oh my!"
And life returns to semi-normal for the Hills : )
Posted by Shirlee at 8:18 AM
Saturday, February 21, 2015
I've suggested to John what I think might be a fun game only we'd need two cell phones & we don't even have one. The name of the game would be Surprise, & here's how it would be played. John would go down to the end of the driveway, between the gate & the street, with our trusty garden spade.
Posted by Shirlee at 4:40 PM
John walked to town & back yesterday (3 miles each way) to get us some bread & whatever else he could manage. Here he is starting out, bundled up in two pair of socks, two pair of pants, two shirts, coat, scarf, hat, gloves, & tennis shoes. The temp was 10 degrees with a wind chill of -1.
Posted by Shirlee at 8:47 AM
Friday, February 20, 2015
Posted by Shirlee at 9:33 AM
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Don't know why I'm smiling ... lol! Oh wait a minute ... yes I do. Lots & lots of snow : ) I had to call to reschedule my dental appointment which was scheduled for today, but I needn't have bothered since the office ended up being closed all week. All the schools & colleges are closed as well. None of the calls I've made for snow removal have been returned. Ya just gotta love the people around here & the way they do things. Maybe The Devil's Playground was God's first attempt at creating hell. His practice run. Then He created the real hell. Anyway, I'm guessing the neighbors are all in the same boat as their driveways are unplowed as well. I don't mind being snowed in, but I must admit I wish I had some milk & eggs & clean water. The boiled water tastes a bit funky. Maybe I should add sugar to it ... lol! I could heat it, add sugar, maybe even throw in some dried leaves or something. Oh wait, that's tea! I do have plenty of tea : )
It is -2 degrees as I write this with a wind chill of -16. Yes, I'm smiling : )
We've been feeding the birds a few times during the day. They seem to eat the seeds as fast as we put them out there. I know the poor dears need lots of food during these cold temperatures to help keep them warm & energized. I took a few photos this morning. Here's Joe Cardinal surveying the lay of the land before plunging in for some good eats.
Posted by Shirlee at 9:54 AM
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Posted by Shirlee at 8:04 AM
You probably can't see much difference between the photos below & the ones I posted yesterday, but we've got more snow, it's snowing now, & there's more coming.
Posted by Shirlee at 7:57 AM
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
The snow we received yesterday appeared to be powdery, so John decided to drive through what turned out to be at least 12" in order to get to the post office. He backed the SUV up a few feet, & you guessed it ... got stuck!
Posted by Shirlee at 11:02 AM
The last time I was able to enjoy a good snowfall was in 2004 when we lived in Iron Mountain, Michigan. We were living in a small ranch house & it snowed so much that it was even with the bottom of the living room window! So much snow fell that the town was running out of places to put it & started just piling it up along the center of the roadways, along the center lines. Good memories : )
I have, on various occasions, referred to the snowfall here in The Devil's Playground as "God shaking a talcum powder can over the ground a bit." It doesn't even cover up the grass ... just dusts it. A couple weeks ago we had a surprisingly nice snowfall of 5" or so. Yesterday 8-12" were predicted, & I sarcastically thought "yeah, sure." Well, it fell!!! The following photos are pretty pathetic but trust me, the snow is deep & gorgeous : ) The following three photos were taken through the back doors.
The following photos are taken from the front doorway.
Posted by Shirlee at 9:08 AM
Sunday, February 15, 2015
It was Valentines Day, 39 years ago, when John & I were married. Where in the world has the time gone??? We didn't have the wedding I/we had always dreamed of. It was instead domineered by my mother. Rather than a beautiful white wedding gown, I wore a pretty pale blue dress. Our friends were not our bridesmaids & groomsmen; my brother & sister-in-law were in their place. Instead of a church full of people to celebrate with us, there were only a handful of my mother's choosing. Rather than a large reception with a band & lots of food & dancing & merriment, we had snacks & cake at my parents' house. No professional photographer ... just my best friend Ruthie with her Kodak Instamatic. But we were filled with love & with dreams. The years ahead of us were sometimes exciting, sometime difficult, sometimes sad. We experienced joy, but also heartbreak; good fortune, but also unfairness. To put it simply, we experienced life. But through it all, our love was the glue (Crazy Glue) that held us together. It's still holding ... & as I told John yesterday, I'm looking forward to the next 39 years. He agreed : )
Posted by Shirlee at 11:53 AM