Snow has been coming through in blue waves across the radar maps.
Wind chill warnings and storm warnings all week.
Leah sent me pics of their place--first storm.
Then the blizzard.
I didn't think to take pictures of my windows--but here's their frosted front door...
...and a window.
Shows you how cold it's been!
I was finally able to open the door on Friday when the sun came out and warmed the door up just enough to get it open with a lot of effort--LOL!
McFamily was in a car accident in the morning!
No humans were hurt--just three cars.
Ian kept telling me about the mirror hanging that didn't fall off.
Dagan told me they were following another car around a snow plow and Leah went to turn back into the right hand lane...
...but somebody was slowed way down to turn and...
...well, ice...no time...and in trying to avoid that car Leah hit another car, too, and ended up sliding into the snowbank. So it was one royal fender bender. After the police left she dropped the family off at home and drove straight to the shop. She was afraid she had a slow leak in a tire, but it was just low on air. They said they could take the car on Monday. Looks like the Prius will need an all-around complete face lift. I'm just glad everyone was okay.
The pain in the patoot is that their other car died (froze up?) early in the week and couldn't even be jumped. So they have only had the one car all week. What a mess!
Leah had planned to come over with Ian on Saturday so we could work on making Ian's valentines for preschool. Much to my surprise--since the car was still driveable, they decided to come. This was the last chance to make them and for Ian to be a part of it all.
Leah had made up some heart crayons by melting pieces of crayons into a mold she had. So cute!!
Leah made up a couple of sample envelopes till she got the hearts in the right position in the MISTI so that Ian could do stamping.
Then they used the Vagabond to cut out the little envelopes.
Leah made up a little card insert with a heart for them to color--will go inside and they can tape the heart crayon to it. I forgot to get pictures of that little card, but Leah said she'd take pictures when they were finished. Ian still has to sign them all. Next they have to tape on the heart crayons, put them together and close them up. We can envision different versions of this for other years...and both boys' classes. :)
Speaking of both boys...
Gramma always loves to see pics of them.
Boys playing with bins of toys.
Boys being cuddly. Everyone was sick with coughs and pinkeye...except for Liam.
Video of cuddly boys when McFamily snowed in and sick.
Oh, and Leah got these--so funny!
This is what happens if you don't move your car when they plow the streets.
That is going to take some digging to free that vehicle.
And if they don't get it out of there it will be towed away.
Meanwhile--not much happening here. Annie has been snuggly on these cold days. We watch the weather and the critters. Got a couple close ups of this jackrabbit who was watching me closely. No more smooth snow drift--LOL! That doesn't take long with all my visitors.
The rabbits and the grouse have been digging down for seed up near the patio door for some reason. See the big dip in the snow where the sparrows rush in to see what The Girls have uncovered and possibly missed. ;)
Oh, and on Saturday the toilet suddenly made this dreadfully loud, screechy, moaning racket when you flushed it! But--it was still flushing so I didn't call about it till this morning. While I have been working on the blog post the maintenance man has been here--discovered a broken piece in the toilet tank that amused him heartily. He'd never seen anything like it. First of all the piece was something he'd never seen in any of the other toilets in the building so far and the top valve (broken) had water spurting out in three violent sprays. He actually took a picture because he wanted the other maintenance guys to see how it sprayed out in all directions. I suggested a video so they could hear the terrible moaning--even shut off the dryer for him--LOL! He got a real kick out of it. Much laughter to be had. Then he disappeared and returned with a replacement piece installed in a matter of minutes and I am good to go....quite literally--ROFL!
And I also heard from Leah. Dagan had a friend drive him to buy a new battery for the car yesterday and it worked. The Galant is now running again and he drove it to work. Leah dropped off the Prius and now has a rental car. Dagan will be over today or tomorrow to do the seed bin for me. He'll be working late today because of time missed last week due to illness and the blizzard. The critters will have to wait. I am totally out. Even emptied the bird feeder. In the meantime, they are all digging up the snow drift. Persistence and optimism reigns when you're hungry. They still do have grass, of course, but you know the second I have seed they will get some. Yes, I know. They are very spoiled. ;)
Well, that's it, I think. Nothing else to report. I'm going to try to get to the next week in the book now this week. No promises, of course. I feel more like snuggling up under a blanket like Ian and Liam. I've been working on this for four and a half hours. My toilet is working quietly again--three loads of clothes are done and put away--but I am going to need a nice long break before I remake the bed. Have a stress-free week. *hugs* See you next week! :) :)
"Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you."
L. R. Knost