Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Yeah. In case you haven't heard we've been hit by the winter from hell here in the mid-west. But we are dealing.

The water pipes in our laundry room have been frozen for about a week--which meant we had to fill buckets and gallon water jugs up in order to fill the washer. Interesting note: the thing takes at least 16 gallons each fill and will not do a partial load.

My husband has plowed at least every other day these past weeks. Did I mention that there is no where for the snow to go anymore? We've thought about doing snow sculptures just for the hell of it, except it keeps getting too cold to do much of anything outside.

This morning we had to drive our transit buses in this crap. Well, I simply decided I would not be able to keep my bus on time. At least our company is understanding about that. There were no good roads until much later on. And I was happy to see that for the most part everyone knew to go slow. The ones who didn't, the ones who thought they could drive like they always do... well God save anyone in their way. I saw plenty of those today. One guy couldn't stop for the red light and slid right through the light I was waiting at. I know not to jump the gun at the light. These guys are nuts.

We have begun putting out seed for the birds and critters. Today one of the squirrels was sitting by the truck on it's haunches looking into the picture window, his head moving to eye the porch. That they are looking for us to feed them is both cute and almost sad. The snow is too deep for them to dig in to find anything to eat. Besides, it's fun to watch the different birds and squirrels come in to eat.

I've been busy on the manuscript. It's a slow go. I get home, have lunch, and try and get a few hours in, if that's possible, of writing. Then, I'm brain dead, or just dead from my day. But I'm having fun getting this book put together. Realized I was still on the "crisis" part and I'm building toward the climax. I've decided that I'm going to be like warm weather, and come late. Maybe in May we'll see this snow all melt and be gone. So, there isn't much time for much else. Including blogging.

My treat of the afternoons has become a mix of hot cocoa with a half teaspoon of instant caffeine free coffee and vanilla flavored creamer. It almost makes my day. That and my hot bath were I can warm up and see my toes turn pink again.

But we are at the crux of winter, now. The days are getting longer, and the sun's angle is better. So, there's hope.

And my granny afghan is coming along. I need more yarn but I'm working on the colorful squares. I've got 148 so far and I need 324 for this large afghan. I do this in the late afternoons to relax. It doesn't require much brain power and I'm not straining my eyes reading something. I've actually become crochet happy. I've actually discovered a whole community of crocheters and a bunch of FREE sites where I can grab some patterns. I downloaded a free ebook for these things. I don't know if I'll make them all, but there's a few in there I'd like to try.
This one is pretty. I'd like to make it some time. But mine is
more on the traditional colors.
I haven't had much time to come around to get to everyone's blog, and afraid that facebook has also been a similar experience as well. I simply don't have time to do it all.

So, until things warm up, and I'm back in my office, or something else happens. I'm just going to ride out this winter wrapped up in my afghan, sipping my cup of warm cocoa/coffee, working on the vampire books.


  1. Sounds like a great plan. It is hard to keep up with the social media and networking stuff. I've been pretty slack since I've been teaching myself how to make my own bookcovers.

    Hugs and chocolate!

    1. I hear ya. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

  2. Frozen pipes and plowing snow are such foreign concepts to me. We are at the opposite end of the spectrum right now. We've had a terrible summer of heat waves. I feel like I spend a good proportion of my time just trying to stay cool... not that it's working. *sigh* Hope the deep freeze ends for you soon, Lorelei! :)

    1. Sounds like we are at opposite poles, Emma. Hope your heat takes a nose dive. Send some out our way. Thanks for joining in the conversation!

  3. Ugh, hate you and hubs have to be out in it, L! I love snow when I can watch it safe-and-sound from my writing seat. Not so much when I actually have to get out and deal with it. :)

  4. You might want to run water through the pipes, a little stream, constantly, when the temps drop in the future. It can prevent much worse consequences later if the pipes burst.

  5. And keep the undersides of your sinks open so that the furnace air in the room can circulate. It does mean leaving those doors open, but it gives those pipes some warmth.

  6. ~Yeah, EJ, that is the best way to view snow: out the window!
    ~William, thank you. We've been doing the space heaters on pipes and in the laundry room. I'm hoping for a big thaw coming up this month some time!


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