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Monday, February 7, 2011

We interrupt this kitchen remodel with… ICE and SNOW

Last week was fairly unprecedented weather-wise. 

Tuesday morning I was awakened at about 4 am.  Not by a geriatric dog that needed to go do business outside or get a drink.  Not by a kid with a sore throat.  No.  But I was awakened by the wind howling and causing a crepe myrtle to slam against the house and sleet popping against my bedroom window. 

It had rained most of the night and then the temperature dropped leaving us with a layer of ice across every street making them impassable. 

And when I say the temperature dropped, it wasn’t to a normal 30 degrees F.  No.  Our high was about 30 degrees  early Tuesday morning (it was already less than 30 when I woke up at 4 am) and it just went down from there.  WAY down.  We had a low temperature Tuesday night/Wednesday morning of around 12 degrees and the wind chill was –4.  NEGATIVE FOUR, y’all.  And the temperature didn’t really get above 20 until Friday.  When it snowed about 3-4 inches on us.

So we had a layer of ice on Tuesday morning that never did have a chance to thaw and then several inches of snow on Friday.  That means four things:

1.  The kids had no school Tuesday – Friday.  It was an odd and unexpected winter break.  It was nice, but if we had known ahead of time, we’d have packed up and gone to Colorado to go skiing.


2.  It was a regular sled-a-palooza around our house and we had a ball.  We went sledding on sleet and ice on Tuesday and Wednesday which as I’ve said in several settings was wicked-fast and pretty wicked-awesome, too.

IMG_0710And we went sledding on powdery snow.  It was much slower, but a lot prettier for sure.  Later that day, the hill was packed powder like a ski run would be.  It was the best sledding I’ve ever experienced. 

IMG_07313.  Work on my kitchen came to a screeching halt.  That’s about all I can say about that.

4. The next project on this house HAS GOT to be replacing the windows because, oh my stars how the cold poured in around our poorly sealed windows.

And you know…. while we’re at it….


Kay said...

Looks like you all had a blast and made the best of it! : )

This weather has just made me realize again what I already know...not a cold weather girl. We here in Texas just aren't made for the low teens and the negative stuff. Crazy.

Kate said...

Oh my goodness...that looks like so much fun...if there wasn't a busy street at the bottom of the hill, I'd bust out the snowboard and get some jibbin' done. :)

Deborah said...

We got another snow/ice mixture last night. This morning it was 16 in Nashville...probably a lot lower than that on the river where I live. We are putting floors down in the living room and it has also halted because we got to the heater and aren't quite ready to disconnect it yet! Maybe in the spring. Thank you for checking on me. I'm miss my mom like crazy, tear up every few minutes, but me and daddy are going to lunch today and get my car home from where it was stranded in the snow. Part of that will be fun!