Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Evening driving can be treacherous because you come upon things like this. A tree that is no longer where it is supposed to be. With street lights and traffic lights out, it makes it harder to see stuff like this. (and some silly people who stop the car to take pictures might happen to find their tires spinning when they try to drive off because that part of the street has not been treated. Silly people. Who probably won't do that again.) Josh and I will be venturing out this evening to pick Jessi up from work. They are keeping the libraries open regular hours to allow people without power a place to go til nine. Which is a great, compassionate idea. Unless you are a mom of a library employee. Who worries about her daughter driving in these conditions after dark.
Unfortunately, quite a bit of Louisville is out of power with more expected to lose power throughout the day.
At this point, it appears that we are trapped in our subdivision because of the number of trees that are down. (Josh says that it looks worse than Hurricane Ike.) Every time I walk outside, the silence is broken by the sound of trees crashing to the ground. It's very eerie.
I will be trying to go to work later today assuming I can tunnel my way out of here so any and all prayers would be appreciated.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
These magnolia leaves are not normally here. They are supposed to be up there. Not so low to the ground. Sadly, not long after I took this picture, they snapped off the top of the tree and are now dog toys in the backyard. Interestingly enough, this particular magnolia is very resilient. Fifteen years ago we had a huge ice/snow storm (22 inches of snow plus ice on top of that) that shut down our city for a week. At the time we had a different basset hound that felt his mission in life was to eat every tree we had in our backyard. He had stripped this poor little magnolia of all it's leaves except the very top couple of feet which he could not reach.
School is out today. On any other school day, Jonathan could sleep til two and still be tired. Today, he was up at 6:40 a.m. As in, the morning. Without complaining, grumping or being disagreeable. (He was actually quite perky. Which was a tad bit disconcerting.) I also did not have to go into work. However, Josh and Jessi both had to go to work today. Josh made it to work without much trouble and I braved the elements to drive her to work. I will say that the roads are mostly icky. With a factor of yuck thrown in. The city has done it's best to plow and salt and so forth, but when it is sleeting nonstop, it's kind of hard to keep up. Fortunately, we made it back and forth safely. Now we just have to go back out and pick her up and then we will be staying home for the rest of the day.
The biggest concern we have right now is the upcoming "ice-capades". Unfortunately, ice usually means downed trees and power lines. Which means cold houses. So, we are hopeful that we get just enough ice to be beautiful, but not enough to cause any issues. Because we don't like issues.
There is, however, under all the snow, sleet and ice, a touch of spring. Josh brought me a potted hyacinth a couple of days ago and it is blooming all over itself. Every time I walk in the kitchen, I am treated to a reminder that spring will come. Someday. Until then, I'll be layered up and hunkered down. Waiting.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Oh my goodness, great Aunt Betsy! It's going to snow! Batten down the hatches! No, wait, dash to the grocery for milk and bread, then batten down the hatches!
The all knowing, all seeing weather man has declared a snow emergency. We MIGHT get upwards of six to ten inches of snow BEFORE we get some ice. (sort of like "icing" on the cake?)
Of course, anyone who is familiar with Louisville knows that all weather is subject to the rules of the Ohio Valley bubble. In other words, the entire world might get snow but as soon as it approaches our side of the river, the magical bubble automatically shields the city from any precipitation. Which is really kind of disappointing for any child hoping for a snow day. (Or any adult that is hoping for a snow day from work for that matter.)
Anyway, the great snowfest of January 2009 isn't supposed to start until tomorrow evening, leaving the paranoid with plenty of time to fret and obsess about our impending snow-doom. However, I hereby pledge to keep you all informed about the progress of the approaching snow-venture. (and those of you who live in real snow areas, please don't laugh. We really are snow wimps.)
Thursday, January 22, 2009
And by the way, for some strange, unknown reason, it really IS Lou-a-vuhl.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
And even though I do not normally watch AI, I'll be watching tonight. (I feel guilty for admitting that I'm not a fan. Which is why this print is so small.)
Believe it or not, this is a picture of a real dog. (I know it looks like a fuzzy slipper.) This is Ivan the grumpy Yorkie.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
There are so many wonderful scriptures that speak to me that I had a difficult time narrowing down my choice for the second round of memorization. After spending 45 minutes hunting through several translations, checking out past favorites, this is the one that I came up with...
I need to remember all the time that my HOPE is in HIM. Not the economy, not in politics, not the state of the nation, not in my family, not in my church, not in my friends, not in my computer, not in my job...but in HIM. Enough said.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
This is my desk. At work. I am not responsible for most of the things that show up on it. (If you look closely, you will find some decapitated willow tree people and other various and assorted things that no one has any idea what to do with). And while I am confessing, I must confess that I cleaned it up a bit before I took this picture. Sometimes you can't even see the desk top. The binder has the information about the upcoming VBS workshop I am planning. (remember last year?) The red folder contains all the schedule requests for February. (something else I was supposed to finish already. sigh.) I'm sure the rest of the stuff belongs to Mary Jane. I think she put it all there when I wasn't looking so her desk would look clean instead.
I hope you are impressed with this tiny glimpse into my world. I promise we will not be visiting the litter box next. Probably.
Monday, January 12, 2009
It's like God painted the sunrise just for me. Almost like He was tapping me on the shoulder, wanting me to see what a glorious day He created.
I'm glad He got my attention. I would have hated to miss it!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
We go to the Melting Pot because they serve us cheese and chocolate. And that makes us happy!
Here are Dusti, Diana and Amanda enjoying a moment of calm before the food arrives. (We can be a rather rowdy bunch.) Diana just returned from Israel. For some reason, she (and her seminary class) thought this would be a good time to visit. We are grateful and thankful that she made it back safely.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Lemon squares! (I suspect these will be gone soon as well.)
It's an amazing thing to take something so bitter and make a deliciously sweet delicacy out of it. Perhaps there's a life lesson in there somewhere...
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Anyway, I hope your day isn't quite as adrenaline filled as mine has been so far!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
That said, I have been trying to play along with the Project 365 game. You know, the one where you post a photo everyday, reflecting something that went on during that day. Well, yesterday's big event was the haircut. Yes, it is that time of the year again. Apparently prior to leaving school for Christmas break, the boy was informed that his hair was too long. And being the prompt, obedient, eager to please young man that he is, he decided to wait until the night before to fulfill his haircut destiny. Knowing what a momentous occasion this would be, I, of course, wanted to bring my camera along to record for posterity the amazing events that were set to unfold. However, this is not the boy's first haircut. He is not a toddler. He is a 6 foot manchild who probably would not appreciate his mother hovering around the haircutting chair, snapping photos right and left, squealing over the locks of hair falling to the floor.
So, in the interest of family peace and harmony, here is my photo for the day.
titled: the boy getting his hair cut. 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
Instead, I got a phone call. One that every mother of a driving aged child hopes not to get. And while all car occupants are okay (thank you, Jesus!), my eldest child is unhappy and her car is...mooshed. I'm sure she will be rather graphic in her unhappiness on her blog but suffice to say, she and Brandon had just finished enjoying a delightful lunch when a big bad vehicle picked a fight with her sporty little escort zx2. And Jessi learned life lesson #782...how to deal with the insurance company when one is involved in an auto accident.
So, now that my heart rate has returned to normal, my box of kleenex and I (Josh got me some Puffs with lotion! My nose will be eternally grateful.) are going to take a nap. Another nap. Because we have the stamina of a three week old infant at the moment. I'm blaming it on the massive quantities of cold meds buzzing happily through my veins.
So...what kind of excitement has 2009 brought to your doorstep so far?
Thursday, January 1, 2009
I finished yesterday (last year) with:
Amen, Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God's people. Amen. (Revelation 22:20-21)
and began today (this year) with:
In the beginning God created...(Genesis 1:1)
I am excited to see what this year holds. (at least as excited as I can be filled with cold medicine and cold by-product!) I am participating in LPM's year of scripture memorization and am looking forward to learning 24 verses this year. (I'm also looking forward to the miracle that will enable me to memorize these scriptures!) This is the one that I have chosen for the first half of January:
Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is . Ephesians 5:15-17
I would love to have you join us on this memorization journey. (the more the merrier!) If you're interested, you can check out the details here. Oh, I also posted a bit about Genesis here if you are going to be reading through your Bible this year.
I hope you have a wonderful "new beginning" today! And does anybody know how many times one can blow/wipe one's nose before it spontaneously combusts?