Pull Up a Blanket

As I write this, we’re staring down the barrel of what could be a really, really nasty storm.  Right now, it’s 37° and foggy.  So foggy, I can’t see the road which is about one acre away.  That means the dirt roads are sheets of wet ice, which is just a joy to drive on.  In the next 48 hours, we are expecting thunderstorms followed by a drastic and speedy drop in temps – down to 5°.  Which means that all of that water flash-freezes, and somewhere in there, a bunch of snow is supposed to fall.

So.  Today’s pull-up is inspired by that cold weather.  Pull out your blankets.  Pour the hot chocolate.  Put on your favorite flannel pants (you know you have them) and slippers, and curl up on the couch.  We’re going to cocoon while we chat.

The rules haven’t changed.  Be nice, or we shred your blanket and throw you out in the snow.  Barefoot.

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15 Responses to Pull Up a Blanket

  1. SKL says:

    Oh brr, I don’t want to be thrown out barefoot! It’s pretty cold in these parts, too. I wish I could just curl up on the couch (or bed), but I gotta try to move this dang work along. (I am making “some” progress but it’s like eating melty mozzarella sticks – know what I mean?)

    Friday and Saturday, I took the girls to our usual shopping / cheap dinner haunts after working most of the day. On Sunday, my sister usually comes to sit with the girls, but she had some problems with her dog. She imported a dog from Germany, who was already pregnant. A couple weeks ago the dog traveled, and it seems she wasn’t fed for about a day and a half, and then she had some stomach problems about a week ago. So on Thursday, she was in labor but no babies – so my sister took her to a vet, where they did a c-section. It might have been too late, I don’t know. There were 4 pups but they weren’t acting normal, not eating much, etc., so today at least 3 of them died. I feel bad for my sister, who has been working her butt off trying to save them since Thursday. But if they are brain damaged, this may be for the best. I hope the mom dog will be able to have normal litters in the future.

    So anyhoo, my dad came this afternoon to hang with my kids in my sister’s absence. He brought Miss E’s birthday presents from the aunts and grandparents. My dad was not feeling great, but I hope he didn’t mind coming. Obviously I could have gotten along without him, but it was nice for the girls to spend time with him. They had a blast.

    Mr. Houseguest just came home from a grocery shopping trip that took him about 5 hours. (The store is about 4 miles away.) That’s all I’m gonna say about that. Oh, except that he was supposed to be bringing some cupcakes for my dad to take home (Houseguest and his kin scarfed up the ones I’d bought earlier). My dad left 2 hours ago. So now I suppose I will be stuck with a bunch of cupcakes that I didn’t want in the house . . . . I wonder how long it will take Mr. Houseguest to put away whatever groceries he just bought – 5 more hours?

    This week, hopefully, will be mostly normal for us. On Wednesday my kid has an eye exam, which means I will have to leave work early, and hopefully we can get an early start on our usual trip to the museum. The eye exam will be to see if the vision therapy has met its goals; I think we only have 2 sessions left including tomorrow (Monday). Also this week, I will have to show up in the office one or two mornings (early) – oh, joy. Can’t think of much else to report. Imagine, a week with no festivities – it sounds wonderful to me.

    • Laura says:

      mmmmmm………mellllltyyyyyy mozzzarelllllaaaaa…….. sorry, I have no idea what you said beyond that sentence. But now I want cheese sticks. thanks for that.

      • SKL says:

        There must be something seriously wrong with me, cause I’m not a fan of mozzarella. It’s just a good example of how the more time you spend working on something, the more drawn out it seems to get. (Or so I thought.)

  2. Nikki says:

    Well, today is mine and Jason’s 11 year wedding anniversary! 🙂 Together for almost 13 years. I was thinking the other day, when I’m only 40, we’ll be together for 23 years. That seems crazy to me. Good-crazy of course. He took the day off, and surprised me. I would have liked to known before so I could get the day off, but he didn’t know until Friday. Really, me not having the day off is no biggie. We wouldn’t have gone anywhere…just spent the day together, which we can still do. I think we are going out to dinner this coming Saturday, to Ruby Tuesdays. Bailey has a gift certificate for Dick’s Sporting goods, so we’ll make a day of it, the 3 of us.

    This past weekend was good. Saturday, Bailey and I went to watch Trinity play basketball and we had a great time. Joy also went, and of course Toby and Christopher were there. It was fun to watch her play, they won both games. Completely blew the last team out of the water, 30-3 I think!!!

    Sunday was football and relaxing. Nothing too exciting.

    We aren’t getting the crazy weather you are getting Laura. It’s just a very light snow fall…itty bitty snow flakes, which isn’t supposed to end till Tuesday but only accumulate to a couple inches. It has been bitterly cold out though. I for one, can’t wait for spring to arrive!

    • SKL says:

      LOL, my daughters keep asking me when Spring is going to come! And to think that for the past 3 months, Miss E has been wishing so hard that she’d have a snowy birthday. (Her wish was granted!) It’s just been so cold, there aren’t many opportunities to actually enjoy the snow. When it’s not cold, it gets so warm that all the snow melts. Our toboggans have yet to be brought out of storage.

    • Joy says:

      Happy Anniversary to you. Boy, that was a day I won’t soon forget. I think it was a good day and a memorable one at that. I hope you have a good day with Jason home. For me, you know how I LOVE my Monday’s. Jan 10. I’d forgotten the “date” till I saw this and it really only seems like yesterday.

      • Nikki says:

        Of course I thought it was a great day. A snowy blizzard and ended up in the ditch. Sounds great to me. 🙂 We were married, and that’s all I wanted.

    • Laura says:

      Wait. We’re getting nasty weather? Where? (checking radar) Holy mother of…!!! It says we’re supposed to be having a bucketload of snow! WHERE’S MY SNOW?????

      Ok, I don’t want a bunch of snow yet. Josh and I spent all day yesterday making a cake for the Scout Cake Auction, and if we have an early-out, the auction is cancelled, rescheduled for tomorrow. So that big mass of blue is welcome to let loose at about 8:30 tonight.

      But so far… nothing. Not a flake.

    • Phyllis says:

      Congratulations on your anniversary. I pray God will grant you the patience to continue to pull together as a team, abundant blessing throughout your marriage, good health and fabulous family time with all your loved ones!

  3. Joy says:

    I have to say that I’m really excited for today. I found an old novel from a favorite old author of mine. Her name is Cynthia Freeman. She tends to write about generations of families that come to America in the early 1900’s. I love seeing a character evolve from a child to a parent to a grandparent until finally it’s a whole new cast. I love reading novels like this as I learn how “America” became America. Those people back then struggled like mad to get over here and slaved away to make it when they arrived. This book is called Portraits and it’s got almost 700 pages but I CAN’T WAIT to start reading it. It’s snowing and everything. Perfect day for this. Best deal of all is I got this book for one cent. ONE CENT. It cost $1.99 for shipping so I got this wonderful find for $2.00. I’m reading three books right now and I’m not sure how it happened but it’s kind of neat.

    It as a good weekend. It was really fun to see everyone at Trinity’s basketball game. She’s sure starting to play well. All those girls are so much better than they were last year. Paul stayed home because he just couldn’t stop sneezing and blowing his nose. I wonder when this stupid crud will leave us.

    We’re supposed to get light snow now for two days but at least it’s somewhat warmer than it was last week. Have a great week everyone.

  4. Phyllis says:

    Well, Laura, the weathers not that bad here, thank you, Lord! It’s just a little cold, but no rain or snow to speak of. However, the idea of pull up a blankie and relax ALWAYS strikes me as a good idea. Add a book to that idea and I’m right on it! 🙂 But I’ll have to get to Mickey’s first for those mozzarella cheese sticks. Great idea and great combination!

  5. Laura says:

    Well, the storm is on its way. We’re getting ready to head out to the Cake Auction – I’m hoping that the weather cooperates, and people aren’t frightened off of coming out. I’m also trying to figure out how to fit in dinner. The event goes from 5:30-8, at least… guess it’s going to be ‘grab-a-snack’ time, and maybe grab some take-out on the way home. Burger King. Yuk. Wish they’d never changed their fries – they stink. Oh, man, am I wishing for Mickey’s right about now!!

    Gotta run, but before I do…

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, NIKKI & JASON!!!

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