Monday, January 27, 2014

Scary Wind

We were under a high wind advisory last night.  

It's not enough that we have blizzards and hail interspersed with lovely warm weather that lasts just long enough to give you hope that Illinois is not a frozen wasteland and that Spring will come one day.

Now we have gusts of wind blowing so hard people's roofs are blowing away, lawn furniture is rolling down the street, and trampolines are being folded in half like giant tacos.

I half expected to wake up in Oz.

The wind was shrieking around the house so hard it sounded like a hundred screaming women on broomsticks flying around outside.

The dogs did not like it.

While we were watching television, Rigger was trying to wedge himself between the coffee table and the sofa and underneath our legs.  He actually put one foot on the sofa as if he were about to climb into our laps, but that is a no-no.  No dogs on the sofa - especially not a dog who can make the sofa collapse.

Kerry went up to bed before I did and it wasn't long before he called me to come upstairs to examine a new situation in our room.

Ringo, who is not allowed in our bedroom, and certainly not on our bed, was a little freaked out by the wind.  He was so pitiful, wrapped around Kerry's head like a furry skull cap, we couldn't bear to throw him out when he was clearly petrified.

Once I got into bed, he lay between us but would jump to his feet and pant into my face every so often before lying back down.

Rigger decided to sleep in Katie's room and (as is his standard operating procedure) fell sound asleep because he figures the humans will handle any problems that arise so he doesn't need to worry.

It's supposed to be windy again tonight - I hear a low roar starting out there already.  Guess I'd better  scootch over and make room.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Giant Ice Marbles!

Because we've been stuck in the most horrible winter of our lives (and I lived in Fairbanks, AK for three years, people) we had to try to find some ways to make this not such a miserable experience.

We've found that there are people who actually live here by choice, can you imagine?

 We took a bunch of balloons and filled them with water and food coloring and set them outside to freeze.

We checked them after about three hours.  I poked one and the balloon shattered and the partially frozen insides splattered all over the porch.

Three hours is not enough.

We left them outside overnight and checked them again in the morning.

 Voila!  Once you tear the balloon off, you have a giant frozen marble!

They will actually stick to your hand, so wear gloves.
They'll stick to your gloves but that's okay.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Let's Talk About The Weather

Yesterday, it warmed up enough that I was able to go out without a coat, I just needed a light sweater.

Last night it snowed hard enough that all the schools are closed today......

We also have been under a high wind advisory since midnight.  It scared Ringo so much during the night that he tried to get on our bed with us four times.  He's not even supposed to be in our room.  This morning, we discovered that after we wouldn't let him sleep with us, he clawed all the folded linens out of the bottom of the linen closet and burrowed in there.

(I don't actually have anything made of linen in my linen closet.)

The wind is literally shrieking around our house right now.  I believe this is the same sound they must record and use in horror movies when they want to simulate the sound of a group of women screaming in terror.

As I sat here at the computer just now, the wind ripped the front storm door open and slammed it against the house.  I jumped sky high, then had to go wrestle the door shut and locked, then had to go put on clean underwear.

Schools are closed and the military base is on a two-hour delay except for "mission essential" personnel which means Kerry still had to go in first thing this morning, because nothing could be smarter than having all your essential personnel stuck in snow drifts or sliding along dangerous roads.

Kerry called when he made it safely to work and warned me not to try to leave the house.  He said the cars were being blown sideways by the wind and he saw three cars stuck in ditches and snow drifts.  High winds and icy roads don't mix.

In just a few minutes, I'm going to go put on some sparkly red heels, pick up the dogs and start chanting, "There's no place like Hawaii, there's no place like Hawaii." *click, click*

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Wacky Winter Wonderland

We were very excited about having our family come visit us.  However, Mother Nature was feeling moody and caused all sorts of strife.

Kerry's family was able to drive out the morning before the snow hit.  My mother and sister were supposed to fly out the following morning but we found out we were supposed to have extremely heavy snow.  We were concerned about our ability to get them to the airport which is about 30 minutes away.  We wound up taking them to a motel near the airport where they could get a shuttle the next morning to make their flight.

Thank goodness we did.  The snow came down all night and we never would have been able to get our of our neighborhood, let alone to the airport.  But because of our strategic planning, they were able to make it on their flight (after watching the plane be de-iced twice and watching dump trucks cart away snow).

Unfortunately, the rest of us were stuck at home in "near-blizzard" conditions.  

Ben's girlfriend was here for the week, and I had plans to take them to the Arch in St Louis, to the Science Museum, to some cool restaurants and just in general show her what a fun, likable family we are.

Nope.  We got to play board games and watch TV.  

We did tromp around out in the snow for about fifteen minutes.  But it was bitterly cold.  The wind chill put the temperature at -23 at one point.  We were excited when it got up to zero.

It was impossible to even see the street.  But of course, Kerry was determined to go to work.  I tell him he's a workaholic and he swears he's not, but the man tried to drive to work in this.  He only made it about twenty yards from the house before he got stuck.  I had to get Ben out of bed to help dig the car out and fortunately a helpful soul came along and helped get him unstuck.

He spent the day at home.

The snow just kept piling up.  Opening the sliding glass door or the garage door was risky because the snow was piled in drifts against them and it would just fall inside once the door was opened.

We were able to get out and about by Wednesday although we stayed close to home because the roads were slick.

By Saturday, the snow was still on the ground but the roads were clear.  We were able to get Noelle to the airport to fly back to her school.  Kerry was able to take Ben back to his school.

Monday the temperature soared to the fifties.  The remaining snow melted rapidly.  I wore a tee shirt and Emily wore flip flops.

Last night it snowed again.

Mother Nature needs to take a Midol.

Monday, January 13, 2014


Who could have guessed back when I married an Army private that one day I would be pinning on his Lieutenant Colonel rank?

What made it the absolute best was that so many family members were able to make it here to share in the glory.  It just wouldn't have been as awesome if they hadn't been able to be here!

Kerry had been working on his speech for weeks.  He wouldn't tell me what he was going to say, because he wanted it to be a surprise.  He said he was going to make me cry.

Well, as it turned out, when he thanked his parents for all they've done, he was the one who started to choke up!  Then, he was trying to get himself under control, so he just told everyone I was his supportive wife, and he handed me flowers.

He made up for it a few minutes later when he handed my mother some flowers and publicly thanked her for providing him with a "smokin' hot wife".  That got a good laugh from the audience!

We are all just as proud as we can be!