First things first. Gretchen would like to thank everyone who voted for her, and those who would have voted if they’d seen the post in time. She would also like to thank the judges and administrative staff who made Mango Minster 2010 possible, and –
Sissy just cut her off before she could blather nice things about the winners. Sissy isn’t a bad sport, but she wouldn’t need much encouragement to become one. (Can you BELIEVE that grumpy face on my sweet girl?!)
So yeah, we’ve survived round… whatever number we’re on of winter 09-10. I’ve lost track of how many snows we’ve had, but this was the third over 12 inches snow we’ve had this season. It was the worst in terms of wind and side effects. We lost power twice. The first time – Friday night – we only were without for about 30 minutes, because the Knight’s old schoolmate, now a foreman with our beloved, awesome little electric co-op, happened to be driving through the area and took care of the little incident post-haste. Saturday morning, we were without for 5-6 hours, but we all just crawled back in bed and slept through it. The power has flickered a few times, but I can’t thank the good people at CVEC enough! They’re even on Facebook, so we don’t have to go to the website to get updates.
The worst? No internet for about 24 hours Saturday-Sunday. The Knight had to tend my Farmville plot from the firehouse for me. (Yeah, dirty little secrets… we’re HUGE Farmville addicts. Don’t judge; just friend us and make us your neighbors already.) I do have email on my Blackberry, but most of y’all were painfully quiet during the same time period.
The longest? No cable, from Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon. I ran out of DVDs Saturday night, and darned if the batteries weren’t dead in my Wii remote! I have the only “motion plus” handset, so that meant no Wii Resort. It was ugly, especially when the Knight and his band of warriors drove past the house TWICE (going and coming) en route to a neighbor’s heat pump filled the house with smoke call. (And yes… I was on the phone with him demanding a battery delivery when the call came in, so I’m not at all sure why one of the trucks couldn’t risk getting stuck in our drive to bring me batteries. Hrmph.)
In case you’re actually concerned about this poor, spoiled plugged-in country girl, we ventured out to our new, local WalMart last night and bought a four-handset, wireless, rechargeable contraption for all the Wii stuff. Oh – and we got more milk, dry pasta and meats for the next siege, which begins sometime tomorrow. (It’s all about priorities. I never ran out of cookies, tea, K-cups, or peanut butter, so heck yeah, the Wii charger was more important than the food!)
I did go play in the snow yesterday, or tried to. Turns out that the multi-layered mess of heavy, wet snow, sleet, snow-melt-refrozen, and very dry, powdery stuff we have on the ground doesn’t make a great snowman. I also lack proper gloves – and so did WalMart. The Knight went to work today and is going to hit Tractor Supply for some water proof/resistant gloves for me. I’m afraid I set a dreadful precedent and not only kept a path cleared for the fur-princesses into the pen, but I dug my silver stead out on my own too.
Seriously… The Knight has renamed Lexie-Beastie “Snowbunny.” He swears that he’s never driven a vehicle that handles so well in snow and ice. I was under the mistaken impression that ground clearance was an issue for her, but evidently not. The Knight has spent the last three snows trying to challenge her, and she just laughs at him while sticking all four tires on the ground. He’s never even had to put her in her “snow” mode.
So, that was my weekend. I did some knitting and tinking and tinking and knitting, because it seems I didn’t knit as well by booklight as I thought I had 10 days ago. I finished a book and started another, but I’ll post about them later. This last shot is for the Edward lovers out there… a local friend remarked that the snow glistening reminded her of Edward’s sparkly skin. (Sissy notes that we are a soundly Team Jacob household, and Gretchen has suggested that a few of you might not know all the Twilight lingo…)
How was YOUR weekend? Anyone have any pretty, browned winter grass to share? Or sand? How ’bout you year ’round beach dwellers?