Monday, December 15th, 2008

cold and busy

This winter has come with a fierceness of which I wasn’t prepared. I knew we lived in a windy spot being close to Lake Michigan and having a cornfield as the backyard, but I didn’t realize how much that would affect the winter around us. Today is 5 degrees outside. Although the wind chill makes it feel like -14 degrees. Annie said to me this morning as I was walking her to the bus stop over the thick layer of ice covering EVERYTHING that she doesn’t like this weather and wants to move back to our old house. Sorry, Annie, you’re stuck here for another 2.5 years.

The garage door motor decided to stop working a few days ago, so that means we’ve been parking my van in the driveway ever since. This morning I was greeted with a nice layer of ice completely shielding my van. I started it at 8:05 a.m., and it was still too frozen to drive Mimi to school at 8:30 a.m. I attempted to scrape the windows, but my efforts were futile. Plus, the driver-side sliding door got stuck slightly open which means the van will refuse to drive with any sliding doors ajar. We finally left the house at 8:50 a.m. and got to school 45 minutes late. What made the day even better was that I quickly discovered that Mimi was snack girl today. I had to drive to the store and back to get snacks for Mimi’s class. So much for going to the gym today.

On top of all this it has been non-stop activity around here. We literally had something going on every single night last week. For Christmas, I just want to relax and watch some movies with my husband.

Mike was at it again this weekend. He canned 8 jars of baked beans with his pressure cooker. Fortunately, the missing part has been replaced and made for a much safer cooking environment. Onxy was brought out for the occasion, and Mike added a nice touch to the outfit. See for yourself. Please, someone, help me.

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