Wednesday, January 26, 2011

January Winding Down

"If you don't like the weather, stick around for a half hour or so..."



The snow showed up..."multiple inches" as Elder Boy put it. It was enough for the "Pickles" to attempt making an "igloo" in the back yard. Their igloo wasn't quite large enough to fit in, though. It was more like a hill with a hole in it. Then just as that snow started to go away and we were enjoying a few days of sunshine, the snow came again...just a couple of inches...enough to cover the mud and make everything pretty again.

A couple days later in the middle of the afternoon I thought I heard rain hitting the skylights. Come to find out, it was sleet. Alot of it. Sleet fell in driving sheets and covered the yard in a matter of minutes...then completely stopped. The blue skies and sun were back in full force and we were left just standing there trying to figure out what kind of weather system just came through.



The crazy weather makes for some gorgeous sunsets, though! We still marvel at them.

Last night, Mr. LH and I looked outside and said to each other, "Is that snow?" Light flakes were drifting down - and apparently had been doing it for awhile. The back yard was once again white. This morning, we woke up to a mere 1/4 inch on the ground.

We don't even bother watching the weather anymore. We just go with it. Whatever happens, happens.



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Monday, January 10, 2011

Monday Moment

Okay, I call it that because it's Monday and I took the picture on Monday. But it works. It is a peaceful moment in the midst of the chaos that has been the past week.



The sled is one my father-in-law had when he was a boy. Then my husband had it when he was a boy. Now the kids have it (actually, I think it's meant for The Boy, but I don't really want to let The Girl in on that just yet). The sled is old and worn, but still surprisingly sturdy - and it sleds great!

I thought it looked nice sitting propped up against our weathered wooden fence so I snapped a picture. Then tonight, I decided I should start brushing up on Adobe Photoshop again. I don't use it much but I like to play around with it once in awhile. Most of my stuff is done in Fireworks, but I picked up a few things in a Photoshop workshop last year. I decided to see if I could remember a trick or two. The photo is the result...

I think I'll get a print of this, mount it on some card stock and send it as a postcard to my father-in-law.



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All is Back to Normal...I Think

The stress of the past week has finally started to subside. With the launch of our website, Simply Housewares, My partner and I can sit back and take a moment to breathe...but only a moment. There is still so much to do.

Six months of work all came together in an instant. I believe when it was ready to go, we were both thinking, "There's GOT to be something more to do before we launch it." Well, everything had been tested and re-tested and frankly, what was left could wait until after we "opened". So yesterday, on January 9th, 2011, we launched our website. Now, it's back to work to make it even better.

While I was in my office all day yesterday updating, changing and networking, getting the word out about the site, the snow fell. It started early in the morning and continued into the night. The "Pickles" never ventured outside this time, though there was plenty of fresh powdery snow to keep them busy. They seemed content running around in their pajamas all day watching movies and reading books.

This morning, after shoveling the driveway a second time in less than 24 hours, the skies revealed their normal shade of blue. The schools were on a one hour delay (the kids didn't seem surprised or disappointed that it was only a delay). We hear their school in NC was cancelled for the day before a flake ever touched the ground - however, last week's icy conditions there resulted in one student in a coma so I'm sure the school board didn't want to take any chances.

An hour later than usual, we bundled up and headed out into the wintery world to go to school. Since the bulk of the snow had ended sometime during the night, many sidewalks had not been cleared yet and we were trudging through 5 to 8 inches of it in places. The kids thought it was great fun, but being the "mom", I was panicked their pants would get wet and they would be miserable and cold all day in the classroom. Maybe someday soon I'll be able to relax more and just let things "be".

So now, with the kids safely off to school, Mr. LH and I are home today (he decided to work from home rather than dodge the hurried loonies on the road this morning), both in the office working. There is something comforting, even without conversation, about just being in the same room together.



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Monday, January 3, 2011

It's Back To School...

It was back to school for the "Pickles" today. The Girl was bright eyed this morning but The Boy was a bear as usual to wake up.

While I wouldn’t say they were excited, they did spend a good portion of the morning voluntarily doing their reading homework for the day.


Once we got outside, it was very much a very different school day from what they were used to in North Carolina. There is no way their old school would have been in session with roads looking like this! But here, it was just another day – only with a little more caution used at the school crosswalk.


At least everyone shovels their part of the sidewalk :)



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Sunday, January 2, 2011

It's SHOCKING!!!

I know that come wintertime, the dryer air and thick woolen clothing create the perfect environment for static electricity, but this is ridiculous! It doesn't matter what we wear, how much lotion we use, what humidity setting the furnace is set to, or how many times we "test touch" things, we get (or give) electric shocks.

It's not unusual to give bedtime kisses to the kids in a dimly lit room and see sparks flying.

Laundry is even more "fun" then it used to be. Why bother using dryer sheets? You can hear the crackle and pop with every piece of clothing or bedding.

The weirdest shocks have come from a loaf of bread (sitting on a metal cooling rack) and the sheet rock wall (did they line it with metal?).

We left our dehumidifier in NC where it would continue being of service. Looks like we'll have to put a monster sized humidifier in service here...maybe several.

The static has become increasingly worse since September so if you come by the house to visit and we smack you before we hug you, it's just because we're trying to get rid of that surge of static electricity...



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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Yeast Bread Success!

WhaaHooo!

This bread, while it is only a one pound loaf, looks great, tastes great, AND I didn't have to babysit it like last time. It rose well, browned nicely, was soft and moist instead of dense...AHHHH!



Notes: Altered from the original recipe by an additional 2 TBS water and 2 tsp. flour as well as 1/4 tsp LESS yeast.

What a great way to start the new year - with a (finally) great piece of fresh yeast bread! Now to start on the wheat bread recipe...



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