Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Snow Day!

Not much snow left now. It melted pretty quick once the sun was out this morning. We had a winter weather warning for Tuesday morning until Tuesday night. When I woke up Tuesday morning, I checked the radar. It looked like we might get some sleet or snow later in the morning. I peeked out the window before I started getting ready for work, just clouds, cold clouds. It was around 7:30 when I heard sleet hitting the bathroom window. I ignored it for a little while and finished getting ready. About 7:45 I checked out the front window upstairs, and the picture to the left is what I saw. I opened the window, not just the blind, but the window and let the cats check it out. Scooter stayed back, he can be a bit of a stick in the mud. Oliver, on the other hand, was more than willing to dart out the window to chase snow flakes and sleet. I snatched him back quickly and closed the window. He sat and watched out the window for some time after that, leaving nose prints all over the glass.

I went on to work, despite my threat of not coming if I saw a single snow flake before 8am. There were lots of them, big, fat, fluffy flakes. The kids on the school buses had their noses stuck to the windows at the stop light, not something they get to see much around here. At first, it was snow and sleet mixed together. Later in the morning, it switched to just snow. Huge flakes fell all morning. Our first patients showed up for their appointments, but after that, it got really slow at the office. It was a long morning. It was fun to watch everyone's reactions. I tested the sidewalk several times to be sure it wasn't freezing. It was fine. Doc teased that I was going to slip, and that it wouldn't be covered as a loss time accident. We watched everything pile up with snow. It was stacking up so quickly, chunks of it would fall off tree limbs or the roof under the weight. The pavement was too warm for it to stick to, but traffic slowed anyway. Texans on ice, not a good thing.

School closures started to be announced on the radio and on the TDT website. Temple schools had Monday off because of unused weather days. They and the other schools in the area were to have early dismissals. Each school had a different time, starting from 11:45 on up to 12:45. I don't understand the reasoning, but that's how it went.

Our schedule was quickly falling apart. By 10am, the afternoon had cleared except for 1:00 patients. We finished up the morning, between gawking out the windows and dashing out to snatch a handful of snow. The flakes fell nonstop. Our cars were covered when we left for lunch. The picture to the right was taken at noon, and the one below. The snow was blowing and sticking to road signs and such. I put the Jeep in 4wd, just because. I wasn't sliding, but I had a good enough excuse.

Tuesdays is lunch at Ole English Bakery for cheese soup. I don't get the soup, but the dessert is always good. They were unusually slow, but the weather was unusual as well. They had the curtains pulled back so we could all watch the snow fall. There was one draw back... the roof there has a heavy slant, it would randomly dump a load of snow off onto any unfortunate person who might be stepping out to their vehicle. Several people received the surprise while we were there. When it came time for us to go, we darted out into the parking lot to avoid being pelted with a falling snow drift. The drive back to work was uneventful, thank goodness. I did see one traffic accident, but I think they were watching the snow and not the road.

Back at work, I run and check the schedule. Another cancelation. Only one patient left. We had started to confirm Wednesday's appointments, and the morning fell apart. I stepped back outside and started building a miniature snowman on the dumpster. I didn't hear the Doc pull up, and he got me with a snow ball. He claimed he thought I was making snow balls to throw at him, and he was only defending himself. I let him pass, and I had packed the balls too hard to use as a nice snow ball. I finished my tiny snowman and went back inside.

We decided to set the schedule and open late Wednesday. We got out Tuesday afternoon a little after 2. The snow had slowed, but it was still falling. I didn't get anymore pictures. I had to laugh going home, there were so many kids out playing, and not one of them had true winter clothes. They were sledding down the hill at Stratford and Hickory with jackets and jeans. They had to be freezing! I thought to go join them, but once I was inside where it was warm, I stayed.

There was still snow on the ground this morning. It was melting quickly, but it was there. Our main op room at the office has a large window on one wall that overlooks the back lot. Just outside the window is a small rose bush and some other shrubs. It is hidden most of the day in the shade, so there was a patch of snow that remained after the rest had melted away. I had to laugh when the only two people to mention it were grown men. They came in and sat down, looked out the window, and pointed with huge smiles, "You still have snow!" Now, all that is left is that patch and the remnants of snowmen.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Loaded Weekend

I finally accomplished something! I had the whole weekend to myself and actually put it to use. Colt left with Dillon Thursday for Albuquerque (they are on their way home as I write), and I was off Friday. I already mentioned Friday's activities in the earlier posting (just add tons of laundry), so I'll skip to Saturday. I went to the Dollar Store and loaded up on plastic bins and attacked all the closets and the pantry. It took two trash bags and a couple of boxes of junk before I was satisfied with my work. I guess I skipped spring cleaning last year and this weekend paid for it. So the closets and the kitchen pantry now have floors and room for any more items that may find their way into the house. I scrubbed shelves and floors alike, until they sparkled and smelled of Greenworks and Clorox.

My trip to Hobby Lobby was productive. They had baskets and frames on 50% off, so I stocked up, naturally. Saturday late afternoon and early evening was spent pouring through photo albums and picture boxes to find the best pictures to use. After much deliberation, five pictures were chosen to go along the staircase, and four others for different frames. I may have to make another trip to HL for more frames! The trick was to find pictures to go in the frames tall wise, most of my favorites were long wise. That means I'll just have to get some horizontal frames on the next trip. It took me longer than it should have to hang the ones on the wall, over the stairs. I measured too many times, always getting a different result. I ended up counting the stairs and using them as markers. It was easy after that. Then, when I turned on the light downstairs, the shadow of the railing worked as a level (which I had already used my trusty level). The cats helped, of course, as comic relief. I locked the tape measure to the length I needed and set it on the stairs. Scooter and Oliver entertained themselves with it, knocking it down the stairs, chasing it the whole way. I was an absolute dork and retrieved it each time and returned it to the stair I was working on, only to have to go and get it again once the kitties attacked it. Such goobers.

Saturday night was pizza with Mom & Dad, and then watching Dad install the new hood vent. This is the one we bought some time ago but never put in. I had gotten ready to do it myself several times, then chickened out after realizing it required messing with electrical wires. I'm such a klutz, I just picture myself getting fried and burning the house down with all my grace (or lack there of). So, Dad came and put it in for me. It looks so much better than the nasty old ugly one that is now waiting for the garbage man. It is so pretty, I might just use my kitchen! Hooray for the nice hood vent and Dad's hard work. Such a trooper.

Sunday was mainly spent cleaning the rest of the house from top to bottom. The vacuum made multiple appearances and the Roomba kept busy as well. I watched Prince Caspian during a snack break, eating the cinnamon rolls before they went bad. Made a meal of them! Dinner was soup with pb & honey sandwich since I had cleaned out the fridge and left little behind to choose from.

So the weekend flew by, and the house is nearly spotless. Let's see how long it will stay that way. Now is time for dinner, leaning towards the local BBQ place. I'm off tomorrow. I hope to sit still for a day. Not likely! So many ideas, so little time.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Whole Lotta Nothing

It's been a long time since I last blogged. It wasn't that I was busy, just nothing worth writing about. It's been cold a wet out. We were under a winter weather advisory Thursday and Friday, but only got slushy rain. It's still cold, anyways. So, I've spent the majority of my time reading and watching movies. I was loaned "The Eye of the World" some time back, but had trouble getting into it. It is by Robert Jordan. I had never heard of him or the series of novels, but, when I carried the book with me to different places, I got several comments about it from people who had read it. I finally sat down with it last Friday and put effort into keeping to it. After that, I couldn't put it down. I finished it Wednesday night, and was ready for more. It was a very good story, great details, and interesting characters. I now have the rest of the series on CD, so I hope to load it before too long and continue the reading. I don't know how many books there are, but there is a lot.

Several movies happened while I've kept myself out of the cold. Netflix has been busy. Too many movies to remember the titles, and many more in line to go. Last night was Golden Boys, with Mom and Dad over. It was good, funny. Last Chance Harvey was Thursday night. That was better than I thought it would be. I liked it, would watch it again. Watched Shopaholic again, still funny. Ramen Girl, with Brittany Murphy, it was really cute. Romeo + Juliet made it into my movie slot, the one with Leonardo Dicaprio. I don't like him, and usually skip over his movies. He's a good actor, but still don't care for him. I watched it in high school while we were studying Shakespeare. I remember that they stuck to the original writing, and that impressed me. So I watched it again this week, and liked it. So many more movies, but I can't think of their titles.

I went with Beth and saw Percy Jackson and the Olympians yesterday. That was a good movie, again, better than I expected. I'd watch it again. We ate at Jokers in Killeen for lunch with Kevin. I never would have stopped there on my own accord. It is in an old garage type shop. Kind of a biker place. Kevin had been there several times, and told us of the building's history. It was some of the best lunch I've had in a long time. Smokey inside, but great food. It's a seat-yourself, pay-when-you-order place, but it was good. I wouldn't go on a evening or weekend, I bet it gets 'busy', but lunch was worth it. Beth and I spent most of lunch talking about Eye of the World, she has read nearly all the books. Kevin did a good job of keeping in the conversation, it think he knows as much as we do about it since we're always comparing notes.

Plans for today... Get out in the cold and get some organizing supplies. Big rubbermaid boxes and drawers. I'm going to attempt to organize a few closets and the pantry. I have a walk in pantry that has gotten cluttered, and that's not good. I may swing by Hobby Lobby and see what they have for picture frames. I have a bunch of black and whites from last fall that I hoped to have up by now, along the staircase, but I haven't.