Still Alive!

So we survived the big winter storm. We ended up getting more sleet instead of freezing rain, which is good. Sleet is little pellets of ice that accumulates like snow instead of coating everything with ice. We had a couple inches of sleet before it turned back to the freezing rain.

We had a little bit of everything–sleet, freezing rain, snow, high winds. After all is said and done we have about 3-4 inches of solid frozen precipitation on our driveway, sidewalks, and neighborhood streets. You can walk, sled, skate right on top of it… no sinking.

The main city streets are better today, but the city does nothing to neighborhood streets, so they have pretty much been untreated and unplowed.

School is cancelled again tomorrow presumably because the neighborhoods are so bad, and all the school parking lots are ice. We have never, ever had three snow days in a row.

The kids are over the novelty and ready to be done. Spencer actually set out on foot to go meet a friend today because I wouldn’t let him drive… oh, and my car had a dead battery.

The worst part was the winds… you can see all the branches down. It sounded like shattering glass as the winds blew the icy branches around in the night. I kept getting up to make sure a tree wasn’t going to fall on the house.

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Cold (3/52)

Pictures for focus52 this week… The prompt was Cold and how could I not follow it when we’ve had snow most of the week and it was below zero this morning.

I wish that you could see her breath a little closer to her mouth–more of a “trail.” But it really didn’t show up that clearly until it was farther away from her mouth. Also a better background might have helped, but I loved the angle of the sun here, and my yard/house doesn’t offer that many scenic spots anyway.

We really only spent a few minutes taking these pictures because like it said it was COLD, and we were actually on the way to the doctor to have a recheck on Emma’s lingering ear infection (she got a different antibiotic). School was on a two-hour delay this morning, so she ended up making it to school only a little late.

Happy Weekend!

60:365 Bench Monday::Springy Bench

I guess this is a cheat… I took this a couple weeks ago. But I’ve had a headache all day and a new shot was not meant to be. This is from our trip to the park a couple Mondays ago. That’s my daughter up there on the bench, and it was extra challenging to stay on it while it was covered in slippery snow.

47:365 Swinging in the Snow Diptych

We had the whole park to ourselves. Okay, we went primarily to take pictures, and now I owe my daughter a trip to Bath and Body Works (that’s her standard modeling fee). It was fun trying to play on all the equipment with a foot of snow on the ground.

46:365 Bench Monday::Snowy Presidents’ Day Edition

Well my kids finally got a snow day off school… too bad it happened to be a regularly scheduled holiday. They just can’t get a break this year! Sorry for another snowy bench shot… it’s all I got right now!

40:365 Snowy Diptych



40:365 Snowy Diptych, originally uploaded by team.breeze.

More snow today. I tried something a little different with the processing here. I think I like the antique feeling…

I just joined the Two for Tuesday group over on Flickr so I’d have a home for my diptychs. It’s a new group, but it already has a lot of beautiful diptychs.

39:365 Bench Monday Down by the River Edition

I don’t know the people who this bench is dedicated to, but it is in a beautiful spot. My son is hoping he’ll be working his new job next Monday, so he won’t get roped into doing another bench shot. I was glad he came with me though. This spot was too precarious for the tripod.

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Bench Monday Down by the River