Yes folks, you know you are in Colorado when it was sixty five plus degrees and sunny on the weekend, and this appears outside your window two days later.
|Through the dirty screens, as I wasn't ready to reach out the door this morning!|
So while i have committed to some warm beach vacations (and even a winter cruise) in my immediate and long term future, I can manage for this year (and other years) by knowing that my self enforced hibernation today is nothing compared to those who live in the Northeast, Midwest, and dark Northwest.
This means that while I am willingly housebound today (and possibly part of tomorrow), I am keeping myself busy and warm. Today I am:
-Staying in my sweats, fuzzy socks and thermal shirts. The chance of someone appearing on my doors step is fairly slim today.
-Pulling out a ham steak and potatoes for mashing, and being thankful that I am one of those people who stocks up. This snowstorm is a 48 hour deal that will melt in two days, but I could live from my pantry and freezer and feed company for a week if I had to.
-Downloading a new kindle book with no regard to price. Last year I spent way too much on kindle books and have vowed to use the library and access more free books. Sometimes, though, you just gotta do what you gotta do.
-Reading said book on my old faded, shared with a dog chair and a half. I'm searching for a recliner, finally. But it has to be a non rocking version (so the dog can jump in), and one where the seat is not lower than my knees when I sit down. It also needs to close up via a handle or lever, not by me using my legs (cause that will never happen. More about what's new with my leg another time).
-Watching my college student clear of our walk and driveway (it's still snowing) with the electric shovel purchased today and then going off to do a couple quick jobs. His college schedule fills up four whole days each week this semester, leaving him only snow days and Friday and Saturday to do odd jobs, snow removal or anything else.
-Promising myself that I will either finish the current project on my sewing table and/or start designing a quilt with these fabrics and enter it into a challenge contest.
-Really appreciating the fact that because I am retired, I don't need to leave the house unless I want to. No employer is going to suggest, for example, that because he or she made it to work, I should do the same. Volunteer and social obligations understand missing a day or rescheduling.
-Looking at this all-year seasonal ornament tree I got and trying to decide if I am going to make paper and fabric ornaments for my home, or donate this to my residential homeless shelter. Since I love to see their eyes light up, probably the latter.
-Thinking about a fire, but only halfheartedly. I am blessed to have a well insulated house, so it's really for ambiance rather than warmth and we keep it small using Dura-logs or pinion wood.
Right now the snow is supposed to stop by dinner time. So tomorrow I should be able to head over to knitting in the afternoon, and may be ready for a hot toddy at happy hour. Meanwhile, excuse me if I snuggle just a bit!