Thursday, December 24, 2009

Waiting for Santa

Christmas


It's almost Christmas! May all of you have a peaceful and merry Christmas.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

It's a blizzard




We have 12+ inches of snow this morning, and we're expecting up to 24". The dogs love it!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Waiting

We are waiting - for a snowstorm that is supposed to start tonight and continue into Sunday morning. We're expecting 8-12+ inches of snow. In this time of waiting, I feel almost a hush when we prepare for the arrival of the snow. It reminds me of advent, and its time of preparation. This morning I busily did all my errands - picked up the dog and cat food, went food shopping, and brought in more firewood. Now it is time to anticipate the arrival of the snow. Advent preparation also leaves us with anticipation - the Lord, our Savior is coming. All the readings, the activities, as wonderful as they are, are only a lead-in to the wonderful event of the newborn baby lying in a manager. As I light my Christmas lights and enjoy the snow tonight, I am also anticipating the arrival of a much loved and needed child. O come Lord Jesus!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

GO ARMY!


It's that time of year again. Time to put up the flag (once the wind dies down), dig out the old sweatshirts, and if they don't fit anymore, put pins on t-shirts instead. We'll have pizza and cheer on the team. When I was dating my husband while he was still a cadet at West Point, I went to the Army-Navy game up in Philadelphia. At that time it was the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and though I loved being there, I don't think I have ever been so cold. My husband (then boyfriend) tried to warn me to dress warm and forgo being a fashionplate for a day. Of course, I couldn't do that! So I sat in the stands with my teeth chattering. So, though I enjoyed the excitement and atmosphere of the game (and I can't even remember who won though I'm sure my husband could)I will be very happy to sit by our warm fireplace and watch the game. GO ARMY BEAT NAVY!!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Here it comes!


. WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING.

PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN TUESDAY AFTERNOON IN THE CENTRAL SHENANDOAH HIGHLANDS AS A PERIOD OF SNOW... MOVING NORTH TO THE PENNSYLVANIA BORDER EARLY TUESDAY EVENING. PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED MIX WITH SLEET... BECOME HEAVIER TUESDAY EVENING AND CHANGE TO RAIN. HOWEVER TEMPERATURES AT THE SURFACE WILL STAY BELOW FREEZING... SO RAIN THAT FALLS WILL FREEZE ON IMPACT. FREEZING RAIN IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGHOUT TUESDAY NIGHT BEFORE WARMER AIR MOVES IN WEDNESDAY MORNING.

ONE QUARTER INCH OF FREEZING RAIN ACCUMULATION IS POSSIBLE. THE MOST LIKELY PLACE TO RECEIVE THAT MUCH WOULD BE IN THE COLDER LOW LYING AREAS OF THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY AND ALLEGHENY HIGHLANDS.

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW... SLEET... OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Frugal savings

Not as exciting as the snow, but we did manage to save quite a bit this week. Yesterday my husband braved the snow and crowds to pick up some specials at the grocery store. He bought 3 boxes of Honey Bunches of Oats, 3 bottles of Pepsi, and 2 large bags of chicken nuggets for $10.
Today I went to two drugstores. At my first stop, I bought 4 packs of face wipes, shave gel, and 2 pre-lit porch trees. Total out of pocket - $3.74. Then at my next stop I bought 2 Pert Plus, 2 Edy's ice creams, breakfast sausage, and peanuts for $9. I forgot most of my register rewards at the second stop, but I still did well with coupons.
I'm most excited about my porch trees of course, I've wanted them for awhile.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Snow buddies



Frieda came into my daughter's room today. She wanted to play in the snow.



Happy Girl and Sasha thought that was a great idea.




After they all had a nice romp, it was time to lay by the fire.

Snow!






A cozy fire in the woodstove, Christmas music on the stereo, and peppermint mocha in my coffee cup. Later we'll read Christmas stories and bake some cookies or bread. But right now, it's time to play in the snow!