Big Fat Flakes

I so loved going outside this morning to the sight of my backyard turned into a snow globe. I took pictures and a movie, as if I had never set sight on such things before.

Falling snow just makes me happy. Shoveling snow does not, but what we got today was perfect for me. The cold didn’t seem so cold. The wind was nonexistent. My windshield needed no scraping.


My favorite part was that the fat flakes could be seen when my phone took pictures. I even took a short video, in a feeble attempt to bottle the joy of my brief encounter.

I’ll figure out how to post that later.

Overflowing with Gratitude

I haven’t had a bottle of wine since last Christmas, I’d bet my glass on it. So my fingers are a bit liberated, to put it finely.

That should not negate what I have to say tonight.

Christmas does not feel like Christmas without a tree and without lights. I do not subscribe to the Christian portion of the holiday, but I do fervently enjoy the exchange of gifts on Christmas morning, being able to give my children things they wish for and trying to do the same for my husband.

Today I spent the day, as I often do, taking care of laundry. It’s an all-day task because we have the unique situation of not having laundry facilities in our home. We travel to my parent’s home, which allows us to see and stay in touch with them as well as benefit from their clothes washer and dryer.

While there, while taking care of getting a week’s worth of clothing clean, I was able to take care of financial responsibilities I have for my grandmother, to watch several episodes of The Crown, and to read some in my book, You are a Badass at Making Money. I was able to clearly label their fuse breaker, and to help with (but ultimately not solve) their smoke detector issue (it keeps beeping even though power was removed before replacing the battery).

When I got home, our Christmas tree, which we had avoided putting up last year because of the addition of four (!!!!) new kittens in our household, was up again. There are ornaments on the tree (mostly red) and lights (all white). It’s a fake tree, and there are fake needes all over the floor.

I am in love.

I am so grateful to my husband and my child for getting the tree up today. I opened up a gifted bottle of wine and the accompanying cookies and enjoyed them with more of The Crown, and am just soaking up the season. I’m am so happy and excited about the way today has gone.

Did I mention we got 4″ of snow today? The lovely card I got from a relative back home (Iowa)?

I am so grateful that there are not words.

Snow Day!

Yes, all 8/8ths of the household have today off! Which includes me! Which means I get to do a very minimum of work today! (Hopefully none, but it doesn’t always work like that. C’est la vie.

Yesterday I wrote 548 fiction words. There was an intent to get more done, but I got into a discussion on religion, and then suddenly I was exhausted. Got to bed a little late.

The total words for the day ended at 735, and my daily average for fiction words is at 473.

The debate at the office yesterday was whether the storm that was predicted would come. A majority of us were fine if it didn’t, but if you are in my area, you know that it did. And I couldn’t tell earlier, but I can see now that it is clearly still coming down. I don’t think it will be quite as bad as last year’s storm, but it hasn’t stopped yet, so there’s still time.

Well, I need to get a few words in this morning before I lay back down for an early morning nap. I really ❤ naps.