Slip and Slide

First Snow
First Snow

What a roller coast weather week we’ve had!  After the first two cold fronts moved through early last week, we went from 82 degrees on Monday afternoon to 19 degrees by Wednesday morning.  The temperature never broke the freezing mark for over sixty hours, then it hit finally 72 degrees on Saturday afternoon.

This morning it is a balmy…

First Snow 2

… 13 degrees and feels like *5* degrees!

Unfortunately, the roads are very icy, and four people lost their lives yesterday in our area due to traffic accidents.  The accidents occurred as the ice and snow fell yesterday afternoon, and hearing news like that always makes me so sad.  Hopefully, we will thaw out later this afternoon, but for now, I’m home with the pups and just enjoying some good coffee this morning.

The pups have had a ball in the snow, and I have laughed so much at their antics.  Red has pretty much gone crazy in the snow every time he has been out, and the cold and wet doesn’t seem to bother either of them.  Having this comical element in this frozen setting has certainly been fun.

We put up our Christmas tree and put up the outdoor lights on Saturday afternoon, and I may just spend the next couple of days decorating the tree and transitioning the house to holiday festiveness.  I’ve come to learn over the past few years that I truly enjoy the holidays even more when I can decorate the house ahead of time and not stress over rushing to get it done after Thanksgiving.  We are typically gone in the RV after Thanksgiving anyway, and getting ahead of the game just seems to help so much.  I also have to decorate my mother’s apartment, and she does not want her Christmas decorations up prior to Thanksgiving.  So, that is just one more thing on the to-do list after Thanksgiving.

I won’t decorate our dining room table and kitchen for Christmas yet, though.  I will keep those decorations reserved for Thanksgiving until after our trip.  We will be enjoying our Thanksgiving lunch at home, and I have been researching some new recipes to possibly prepare this year.  I’m not concerned about straying from my diet for just a day or two, but it would be nice to find a couple of diet-friendly side dishes to add to our food line-up.  One nice advantage to going camping after Thanksgiving is all of the walking and hiking that we get to do to help get rid of those extra calories we consume at lunch!

It’s time for another cup of coffee on this cold, cold morning!  Have a blessed day!

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*Frozen!*

I saw this yesterday on Twitter.  It pretty much sums things up here right now.

On Monday afternoon, it was 81 degrees at our house.

By early Wednesday morning, it was a whopping 19 degrees with a chill factor of *7* degrees.

To say it is cold is just the most epic understatement for us right now, especially since it is not quite mid-November!  Last year on November 21, I documented our first big cold front as a drop of about 50 degrees, which was impressive, for sure.  One of our local weather forecasters said that this is cold front is one of the most powerful early cold fronts to hit our area in many years/decades, and I totally agree, having lived here all of my life.  We even had an unexpected dusting of snow early on Thursday morning to keep things interesting, and the temperature has now been below freezing for almost three straight days.

I. Am. Frozen!!!  I don’t know if it is the fact that I’ve lost about 40 pounds since this time last year or what, but goodness gracious, I am not dealing with this cold as well as I did in previous years.

My flip-flops are gone.  Put away.  Out of sight.  Bye bye.

I’m wearing my Uggs all day every day for as long as humanly possible.

New Uggs!

We are apparently destined to have yet another big cold front blow in sometime on Saturday, and we may even get an inch of snow this time.  I’m beginning to wonder about our next camping trip that is planned for Thanksgiving weekend, which is only two weeks away.  Will the weather warm up a bit by then or will the deep freeze continue even longer?  I’m not thrilled at the prospect of going out in the RV in 7 degree chill factor weather.  At. All.  In fact, I think I can safely say that if the weather doesn’t improve by then, we will be sitting at home this Thanksgiving weekend instead of making our usual trek in the RV for a quick getaway.

Tis’ the season!  Welcome back, Winter.  Please be kind to us this year, ok?

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