I Wasn’t Dreaming of a Wet Christmas….

….but I got one anyway.

Skipping back a few weeks, some of my family members and I were keeping track of the weather hoping with fingers(and toes) crossed for a white Christmas.  At the time, I only recall seeing that the temperatures would be warmer(between 50 and 60 degrees).  That’s not too bad. If it’s not going to snow, I’d rather have a warm green Christmas than a cold one.

As Christmas drew nearer, I didn’t pay as much attention to the weather- I was too busy.  And really, what can I do? I didn’t have any plans for traveling to snow, and snow certainly wasn’t coming to me.  So I didn’t worry about it too much.  Little did I guess that it would be nasty….

I can’t remember when the rain started, but it was a what seems like a long time ago. The weather was predicted to be sunny on Christmas Day.  They were a-lying.  I wasn’t outside too much….or at all, except when my family and I went to go look at Christmas lights.  I don’t think it was raining, but it was definitely damp out there from rain earlier in the day.

The day after Christmas(as if it weren’t depressing enough) it rained a TON.  Like flash-flooding warnings rain.  Roads closed.   Did we stay at home, warm in our beds?  Oh no, we made a hop and a skip to our neighboring state, Missouri, to visit extended family. It was also raining there, just so you know.  It was a nice get-together, don’t misunderstand me, but I do not like traveling in rain.  Hydroplaning and incompetent drivers out on the road are just something I don’t especially look forward to, ya know?

We’ve made it home safely every time we have traveled in the past week(so far….*knocks on wood*). It’s just been hard to realize that it’s the end of December!  It seems much more like March, if I had to guess a month going exclusively by the weather. Or maybe October/November?  Or….well, Midwest weather is always so hard to generalize. It’s not typical December weather in Illinois.  Let’s just go with that.

It continued to rain for a couple days afterwards.  Including on Sunday, when our suburban decided not to start, while we were out and about….an hour-ish away from home.  That was super exciting.  A very nice friend of ours came and got all nine of us, in his seven-seat vehicle.  There might’ve been a little of illegality going on there….but we made it home safely!

On Monday the rain came much closer to stopping.  Although there were still plenty of opportunities for hydroplaning…..And someone took advantage of the wet conditions to drift their semi right off the road.  Or some of it.  On my way home from work, half of the semi was off the road and down the hill.  The remainder of it(and the corn that had been inside it) was on the road.  That was a fun commute.

Tuesday I didn’t go anywhere….***happy dance***  At least, I don’t think I did.  But I honestly don’t remember.

Wednesday we were out and about, but it was mostly just cloudy.  And cold.

Today, on my way to work, I had to take 5 detours because of flooding.  FIVE.  But I still made it there early, so it’s okay-ish.  It was also a good experience for me to deal with that situation on my own.  Although it would’ve been nice if I hadn’t had to do it so early in the morning….

Over all, I would say it was a very good, very wet Christmas(and New Years) week….I hope yours was too! My last thought is that I guess God just decided to give everyone in-ground pools for Christmas!

Happy New Year to all!  See ya next year. 😉

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10 Reasons I Didn’t Blog Yesterday

  1. I was not home for most of the day.  Although I had my handy-dandy phone with me, home is where I do my best blogging….
  2. I was trying on a red dress.  Very difficult to type and dress yourself at the same time.
  3. I was visiting with a friend who is going out of town for a while, and had a *wonderful* time with her. 
  4. I was trying not to die in the parking lot at the mall when some guy came full speed at us, in reverse.  
  5. I broadened the horizons of my food choices, and tried something new at Steak ‘n Shake- Chili Mac Supreme.  It was a nice, little, tasty adventure. 
  6. I had a little girl tell me that she wants me for Christmas.  My heart melted shortly after that. 
  7. I worked on a custom order knitting project.  I’m really, *really* hoping it will be done before Christmas.  
  8. I was wearing a hat that had “#selfie” written across the front.  It was better than wearing the tiara I was offered, trust me.
  9. I got some exciting mail!!!! My knitting magazines came. Or really, most of them came.  Instead of two of my magazines, I got a DVD on watercolor and a book on Down Syndrome.  ??? That needs to be fixed.  
  10. I was singing Christmas songs, eating Christmas cookies and getting in an over-all Christmas-y mood. 🙂

 
So….none of those are really valid reasons for not blogging, but it’s better than nothing, and they were entertaining, right? Much better than a legitimate reason, hopefully. 😉 As a general rule I blog on Thursdays, but…..I was obviously busy.  

I hope your Thursday was as good as mine. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours!

    Meet Bob….

    I would like everyone to meet a new acquaintance of mine.  Or really, I guess you could call him a friend, because we are pretty close.  Even though he just came into my life last night….

    It’s a custom for my family to sign Christmas cards together- my mom will label them, write any personal notes to those receiving them and then all 6 of my siblings and I will sit down in a little assembly line kind of thing(because none of our Christmas cards would be complete without one of them, right?).  Always in chronological order.  Always.  

    As I’m sure you can understand, some names are harder(or just take longer) to write.  Some people have 7 different letters in their name, some of us only have 3.  There is also the difference of signing to consider.  Some of us sign cards much like a movie star- quickly, and then on to the next.  Others of us put a little more work into it.  I am the only one with just 3 different letters in my name(although the total comes to 6, just so you know!).  And I was very much in movie star mode last night….So given those two factors, I should’ve been the one who could sign my name fastest.  But unfortunately, that was not the case- I put too much loopiness into my name, which takes a while!  

    Anyway, during some of the gaps in card-signing some of us started talking about the possibility of inserting an extra name into the long list, and seeing if anybody noticed!  There are a lot of names to read and I would totally understand if everybody doesn’t go down the long list to read every single one of them.  I probably wouldn’t if I was in their spot.  But maybe I’m lazier than the average individual.  Who knows?  Anyway, we never did *quite* convince my mom that putting “Bob” in the middle of our names was a fantastic idea.  Only certain people on our Christmas card list would understand.  That is, if they noticed. 

    During a different gap in signing, the siblings on either side of me got bored.  Not having a card in front of them to sign, but having a perfectly working pen in their hand, they started signing the next closest things…..my arms.  Lucky me.  

    One of them drew a simple smiley face and a line.  The other drew what looked like an angry 6-year-old saber tooth tiger, who was missing one of his two front teeth.  Gotta hand creativity over to that one….

    Then came Bob.  Because we couldn’t just talk about putting his name on our Christmas cards without him making an appearance!

        
    This is Bob. Bob meet everybody.  Everybody, this is Bob.  He was quite the friendly chap, kept everybody laughing, told my mom that he loved her, and had the cutest yawn ever.  And check out those eyebrows!

    Then we finished signing cards, I washed my arms, and Bob left.  Maybe he’s like Frosty and will come back next year!  

    I hope you enjoyed meeting Bob and are having a great Christmas season!!!

    Colonel Mustard or Miss Peacock….

    Thankfully, there was no murder as there typically is in the case of ‘Clue’. However, there was a mysterious disappearance of our food. It was the sweets that we had baked the night before, and left on the dining room table.

    The only time it was really mysterious was the first time.  My dad and I got up at at 6:30 to go to work, so nobody else was up at the time.  Both of us noticed as we passed through the kitchen that the pile of sugar cookies(like 100 cookies….it was a pretty big pile!) that had been made the night before had significantly decreased, in a rather strange way.  My mom deals with insomnia sometimes, so we thought she must have gotten up in the night, and decided to do something with them.  It seemed like a logical conclusion at the time.

    When my mom woke up, she thought we had done something with them.  Hm….Well, there goes our theory.

    After some examining, my mom found cookie crumbs on the floor pretty much everywhere (that doesn’t say a whole lot for my observance skills!).  Our English Mastiff, Buttercup, had consumed all those cookies!  Surprisingly, she didn’t seem to have even a bellyache, let alone other effects that I’d rather not go into…. She just laid there, innocently looking up at us from the doggie mat as if she hadn’t done anything.  She ONLY ate fifty 6-inch diameter cookies!!!

    In her defense, they had been left on the corner of the dining room table.  And we had(notice- that is no longer a practice of ours) been leaving her out on her mat instead of putting her in the kennel, because she loves her mat.  Our Lab, on the other hand, loves her kennel.  To each their fuzzy own!

    A couple weeks later, when we had forgotten to have Buttercup go to her kennel, my dad and I woke up to the few(and I mean few) remains of 7 double-chocolate banana muffins that had been in the *middle* of the dining room table.  The tablecloth was just slightly messed up from her exertions to get the muffins, if you can imagine.  Sigh….We were a little more concerned about her health because chocolate is really NOT good for dogs….and she got some of the muffin cups mixed up with the muffins and ate those too.  But this dog has an apparently strong stomach!

    Now, we tease her about getting big hips(the mental picture is rather amusing, is it not?), and keep anything tasty off the dining room table!  Lessons learned….hopefully.

    Just to bring my almost non-existent ‘Clue’ theme to an end….It was Buttercup, in the dining room, with….her mouth.

    I hope you are having a lovely day, thanks for reading!

    It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like….

    Everyone’s sick.  Merry Christmas.

    Last Tuesday, my sister came down with a sore throat.  It developed into a lovely cough, and irritating fatigue.  Being that I share a room with her, the likelihood of me catching it was pretty high.

    Sure enough….Thursday I woke up with a sore throat.  The rest of the viral plague took longer to set in, so I went to dance that night, and work the next day!  Thankfully, my job isn’t too terribly tiring.  However, it still wore me out.

    When my dad and I got home from work Friday night, everyone else in the family was down with it.  My sisters and I were still really hopeful that we could stick it out, and perform the next day at our Christmas dance performance.  That didn’t happen.  Most of us woke up Saturday feeling even worse.  All the same symptoms- sore throat, cough, fatigue.  General nastiness.  I continued to be thankful that there was no runny/stuffy nose involved- I’ll take a sore throat over that ANY day.  Anyway, we all spent most of the day lying around in varying degrees of consciousness.  That is, except my dad, he hasn’t gotten it yet.

    I can’t remember a time where I was as fatigued as I was on Saturday.  Even after spending most of the day dozing(which rarely happens to me), I still had a good nights’ rest!  I would’ve been terribly disappointed if I hadn’t, so it worked out for the best. 🙂

    Sunday was much better.  Most of us were able to sit up and laughter reentered the house.  So much so that my roommate and I were quite slap-happy for most of the afternoon.  Coughing and sleeping were still the most accomplished actions of the day though.

    Monday….Monday is kind of blurry, but everyone was still doing quite a bit better.  But….I noticed that everyone started developing runny noses, including me. Sigh….

    Tuesday we all were doing things like normal, and even eating regularly!  The sickness had taken away the desire to eat, because we weren’t miserable enough.  Not that we could eat any of them, but we started baking Christmas cookies for friends too!  It was a pretty good day.

    Thankfully, we got this over before Christmas!!!  I can think of worse things to have on Christmas, but no sickness at all is optimal.  So now we can put away the table decorations- Vitamin C, Garlic, Colloidal Silver, cough syrup, cough drops, and my mom’s assortment of homeopathic remedies.  Oh!  And we can’t forget the good ol’ GermX and disinfectant wipes.  🙂  Our little gingerbread house candle centerpiece is going to be so, so lonely.  However, the rest of us won’t mind a little separation from all those things.  Yes, they’re great to have around when there’s sickness, but we are ready to be done with them!

    So, my family and I have just one more thing to be extra-thankful for as we celebrate Christmas this year- health!  Added bonuses include some weight lost and very toned, tight abs from coughing!  Who can complain?

    We are also SUPER-excited that my brother is coming home from Iowa on the 23rd.

    It’s beginning to look like we’re going to have a great Christmas.  Now, if we could only get just enough snow to have a white Christmas…. I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas (or whichever holiday you celebrate), and a very happy new year!

    7.5 Reasons to Enjoy Winter

    In honor of the first few snowflakes this morning in our area, I give you 7.5 reasons to enjoy winter….or at least try.

    My guess is there are two types of people that will read this-  those that wonder how I could only think of 7.5 (yes, it is a little sad), and those who want to peer out of a stack of blankets long enough to laugh in my face (in a nice way, of course) at the thought of trying to enjoy winter!  Well, let’s hope all of you enjoy it either way….

    I don’t like it(although I feel compelled to appreciate ALL of God’s seasons), but I have a few reasons that I am going to try to think about in the freezing-est moments.  I will share my list to help others who aren’t fond of chills invading either.  Hopefully, it will make it seem at least a teeny bit better with these happy thoughts in mind. 🙂  Those of you who enjoy the miniscule numbers on a thermometer, feel very invited to leave a comment at the bottom sharing all the reasons why you love winter- I’m sure I’ve missed some, and it will help all the rest of us endure it better!  That being said, here goes….

    1.Christmas!!! I love the holiday where we celebrate the Greatest Gift by giving to others. 🙂

    2.Winter makes us enjoy the other seasons in all their various beauty even more!

    3.No bugs, or fewer at least….

    4.Beautiful snow on the trees, fields, cars….Oh, scratch that last one- we’re keeping this positive!

    5.Sensible snuggling-  During the summer, snuggling is out of the question because of the heat (unless some people you know like to keep the AC at arctic temperatures!)

    6.More opportunities to accessorize!  During the summer, it can be a little difficult to accessorize as much as you want to, merely for fear of suffocating.  Not so with winter!  You can layer on as much as your heart desires, and still feel the frost nipping at your nose!  I get to wear all  the knitted accessories I have made for myself, and observe all the accessories my family members aren’t wearing that I made for them.  O_o  Oh well, you can’t win them all!

    7.Coming home to a warm house.  There is a very different feeling between coming home to air conditioning and coming home to a warm house.  There just is.  A warm house just makes it seem so much like a homey-home.  Side note:  I am SO looking forward to the day when our fireplace is up and running….That’ll be the day!

    7.5.More time spent indoors with family- this point could also be on the top 7.5 worst reasons to enjoy winter (you may or may not see that blog post come out late January to early February….). This one only gets a half because it’s great to be cooped up with people you love, until Cabin Fever starts developing.

    Originally when I commenced writing this blog post, there were going to be 10 reasons.  However, being a fan of all things warm (including summer!), I didn’t succeed at reaching that number, so please enjoy the 7 (and a half) that I did come up with.  If you need something new to help you keep warm, please check out my Etsy shop, To Knit or Knot?.  Until next time then!  I shall now go wrap myself up in a blanket of wooliest-warmth, and recite these to myself over and over, until I have to make a public outing.  Just kidding, I don’t exactly have time for that, but it sounds wonderful…. Oh!  Here’s a bonus reason-  Hot chocolate.  I love  hot chocolate…. or any type of chocolate really!  Have a lovely day, and stay warm!

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