Saturday, January 31, 2009

It's That Season

Looks like I got Sierra to the doctor just in time.  Yesterday she coughed non-stop.  She was up very early so she was extremely grumpy.  She missed gymnastics and I made her take a nap which didn't help much with the grumpiness but gave us a break from it. 

The doctor told us to try a teaspoon of honey.  We tried it but you would have thought I had given her liver juice or something.  I thought she was going to spit it out.  She probably would have if it weren't so sticky.  Now, anytime I try to give her any medicine, she asks me first if it is honey. 

She doesn't cough while she's sleeping or at least I don't hear her if I'm still awake.  She woke up around 3:30am.  I heard her coughing and went to check on her in time to find her coming out of her room.  She said she had a bad dream and walked right past me to our bed.  She didn't seem upset by the dream but she knows that is the one reason we will let her get in bed with us.  Hmm.  Maybe she is pulling one over on us?  I gave her some Mucinex Cough and a drink and she rested for a bit in between us.  We should have gotten a king size bed.  After a while, I put her back in bed.  She only got up about three more times - to use the bathroom, get a drink, etc.  She always waits just long enough for me to get back to sleep and then I feel that gentle tap that tells me she is there again. 

Her cough sounds more loose today so hopefully the antibiotic is starting to work.  We've been working on crafts.  I found a couple of neat kits on clearance.  I'll try to post on that later. 

Here are some pics of Sierra I took recently.  Her hair is really long.  I've had better braids but these are the only pictures I've taken.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Confessions of a Neighbor

We got a knock at the door this afternoon and there stood our other neighbor holding today's newspaper.  He confessed to shredding ours this morning with his snowblower.   I didn't know he had a snowblower. 


I thought it was odd another snow plow had come around and uncovered our buried newspaper.  I also could not figure out how the snow plow shredded ours so well. 

He really is a nice neighbor because not only did he replace our paper, he snowblowed the entrance to our driveway that the snow plow had closed. 

I'm not complaining

This morning I looked out and saw the bright orange plastic bag that keeps the newspaper dry lying near our neighbor's driveway.  I wasn't sure if they get the paper so didn't know if it was theirs or ours. 


Later, a snow plow came through and buried the orange bag.  I took Sierra to the doctor this morning.  She has not recovered from her cold so he put her on antibiotics for the congestion and cough.  When we got home, I could tell that we had been plowed again.  The snow plow had uncovered the buried newspaper. 

Still not sure if it was ours, I called the circulation dept. to see if our neighbor gets a paper.  When I learned that they do not, I explained that ours looked like this.


They gave us credit for two papers since this should have contained yesterday's paper also.  It did not.  We also have a paper box but it was kind of out of reach this morning.  I was able to read most of the one that was in here but there was a big hole in the middle of every page. 

But, I am not complaining.  We are very glad to have our street plowed very well.  Things in town are slick.  There's only so many places to put that much snow. 

We did find a good use for it here at home though.  Insulation.  It should help keep the family room warmer. 


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Interesting snow storm

It's not often we get snow and ice and more snow and drifts all in one storm. 

Jeff started the day out early by thawing and chopping the car from the ice that had coated it for hours and then left for work at 5:00am so he could see his 3rd shift.  Since the company is at reduced hours, he does not see the 3rd shift at all and barely sees 2nd shift but he supervises all three shifts.  At this time it had barely started snowing again but had been sleeting for probably 18 hours on top of the 5 inches of snow that covered the ground.

By daylight, we had heavy snow coming down and it piled up fast.  It finally stopped sometime before noon.  The sun was pretty on the blanket of snow.  The kids were begging to go out but I put them off until I was ready to try to do some digging out.  I didn't think they'd be able to walk on the snow/ice/snow combination but the ice was thick enough to keep Sean and Sierra up on the top layer for the most part.  I'm not sure why we bothered to get them bundled up so they could eat snow.  I could have fetched a bowl of it for them to eat inside. 


Callie dressed somewhat eccentrically for her excursion outdoors.  Yes, that is a skirt with two pairs of pants underneath. 


I quickly found out that my boots are not high enough for approximately 10-11 inches of snow plus 1+ inches of ice. 

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I went around front to begin trying to dig out the van just in case there would be public school tomorrow.   Sierra's preschool follows the p.s. schedule but, thankfully, we now know there will not be school.  I can't imagine why.


Dig is the appropriate word.  The picture below is after I took the top layer of snow off, revealing the layer of ice.  When I opened the van, the door scraped snow away. 


The top layer of snow was light and fluffy and easy to remove.  But the ice layer was very thick and heavy as was the snow on the bottom.  Can you say back spasms?  See the layers.




Sometime during these efforts, in the backyard, Sean threw some ice and accidentally hit Sierra between the nose and lip and she was bleeding.  I didn't enjoy having to walk around the house again through the snow and wasn't going to keep doing that to referee, so recess was over.  For some reason, I did not walk across on top of the ice but broke through on every step.  Hmm.   

Back out front for more digging.  Soon, Jeff came plowing our road with the car and made it halfway into the driveway before getting stuck.  The Honda with its front-wheel drive has always done great on snow, but it doesn't make a very good snow plow.  Thanks to the neighbor in the background, we were able to get it far enough in the driveway to avoid the snowplow that came down right after him.  Don't get too excited for us.  We never see a real snowplow on our street but the county plow had no choice but to give a once over on our street or he would have blocked us in at the end by the county road.  And of course, he missed our driveway by about 8 feet but we might be able to put in a garden in the median grass this spring since he did turn up some dirt.  Unfortunately, the stuff he plowed in front of our driveway is really really heavy... full of ice chunks.  Ugh. 


Usually, at some point, we get a private contractor in a 4wd truck with a snowplow on the front.  Occasionally, they will clean the circle really well, but usually they go once around it missing our driveway by several feet.  When they do this, we have to dig out again, especially so the mail carriers can access the mailbox.  If we don't keep a path clear, we don't get our mail. 

So, while we are breaking our backs, our smarty-pants nice neighbor (not the one who helped push the car) gets out his snow-blower and cleans his driveway in the time it took us to get about 4 feet shoveled.  Then he comes over with a shovel to chat but goes back to shovel a corner out.  He talks about how happy he is to have his new 4-WD.  The first he's ever owned and he will always have one from now on.  Thanks for the help We were thankful to be getting the exercise and we still like our Hondas. 

Our front porch is going to be ice until April because our gutter is full of ice... overflowing so anything that melts is freezing below on the porch.  I guess maybe that might take care of those solicitors we keep getting.  The icicles are pretty though. 

I am thankful for chili in the crock pot.  It tasted good tonight. 

I'll leave you with a picture that I took yesterday that I just happen to like.  This little guy has been hanging around our deck.


More snow on ice on snow

Wow!  And the worst of the snow moved north and missed us!  We had ice too but not as bad as to our south. 

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Where else do the children get to have recess out in the sleet and snow?  Homeschool! 

And while the public school children have to make up a snow day in the spring when the weather is good, we can take a snow day!

I measured 5 inches but we had a little bit on the ground yesterday morning.  I'd say we got 4 to 4 1/2 inches.  It's the fine powder snow so no good for snowballs or snowmen.  Now we're getting sleet which is supposed to turn to snow.  They say it is moving north so I am not sure what that means for us.  Will we get more or less?  

Sierra finally got to make the snow angels she's been longing for.  2009098 2009099

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Callie needs some snow gear.  She didn't last long in her first set of layers. 

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It was sleeting which you can't see except maybe in these distant pictures which do not look clear because of the sleet.  I was shooting from the deck so as to not get my camera wet.

I found a pair of snow bibs in the laundry room for Sierra to wear.  Sean's snowsuit just barely fits.  I guess she will get it next year. 




Finally, Some Snow


I was beginning to think we were not going to get any measurable snow this year, only traces of it or just plain ice.  But, we now have 3+ inches with more on the way later today and tomorrow. 

I took some pictures... they're not too clear since I'm not about to go outside this morning.  Too cold.  Sierra is ready to go out right now.  She's probably thinking it's going to melt or blow away.  This afternoon when it's in the 20s, I will let them go out and will take more pictures.  In the meantime, we're stuck with these window shots. 

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And to think that just last week I took these pictures. 

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Via Dolorosa


This is a video of Miss America (Seymour, Indiana's Katie Stam) singing in the talent portion of the contest.   We appreciate her sharing her faith with this song. 

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Congratulations, Miss America!


We are especially excited about the 2009 Miss America.    Not only is she from Indiana, but Jeff has known her family his whole life and her dad was the soloist at our wedding.  We sat on the edge of our seats as she was announced the winner.  She did a fantastic job.  

Congratulations to Katie Stam!  Check out the link below. 

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A Little Hannah Montana in 3-D


Sierra got a Hannah Montana DVD for Christmas from Uncle Kerry and cousin Raelyn....  it has a 3-D version. 

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Some Christmas memories

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2008 Christmas pics 174 I didn't want coffee.... 

2008 Christmas pics 178 Oh, it's not coffee....  beads are good!

2008 Christmas pics 218 Yea... Cascada!

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009


I have mentioned Coleman Larson on my blog a few times.  He has been fighting medulloblastoma (brain cancer) for half his life and finished his race Monday night as he went to be with Jesus.  He was an amazing little guy who had such faith for a child.  My heart goes out to his family including his 5-year old twin, Caden who loved his brother very much. 

His carepage is ColemanScott on but since you have to be registered to see it, I am going to link to another blog that has copied the recent comments from his mother.  Peggy is truly an inspirational person and her strength obviously comes from the Lord.  This post is beautiful so please take time to read it and be blessed. 

About Coleman.