Sunday, December 21, 2008

What Happened to Global Warming?

Global warming? I think not! This was the scene we woke up to today. It's been snowing for weeks, sometimes a slight break so we can shovel out, but on Thursday it really got going and by Friday we had accumulated 11.5 inches in a 24 hour period. It continued on through Saturday, and it hasn't stopped all day today. The winds are now strong enough to classify it as a blizzard. We are expecting 10 more inches tonight!
Normally, here in Western Michigan, we don't get snow until Christmas Eve, almost like clockwork. This year so far we've had 55 inches of snow; our average for this time of year is 14 inches!! It's 6 degrees out! 16 below, windchill!



The road has merged in with with the yard, and we are in "whiteout" conditions. They have actually pulled the snowplows from the road because it's too dangerous for them. Several expressways are now closed, one because of a 30 car pile-up which included 14 semi trucks, and sadly one death.





The front steps have disappeared. You can barely see the ridge from yesterday's snowblowing. After a second cleaning out the edge measured over 2 feet!

They are already closing schools for Monday, even the malls are closed today! What's to happen to the last minute shoppers? Will we have Christmas?

My niece is driving north from Florida with her husband and three kids. They were excited to see snow for the first time. If they manage to get through, they will see more snow than they could ever have dreamed of. Global warming? I think not!

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Skywatch Friday #13



A clear winter morning.
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Silent Night Thankful Thursday



I always go through the same emotions every year at this time. You'd think I'd be used to it by now.
First is the planning stage, then the panic stage, then I get down to business and solve it all, and then there is a sense of a job well done, followed by peace. I like the last one the best. I don't feel enough peace in my life throughout the year. I've already reached the job-well-done stage; I'm ahead of the game this year. Peace will come soon when I realize it's too late to add any last minute shopping, too late for last minute cleaning, and too late for last minute cooking. Then I give up, sit back, and enjoy the season. Peace (sigh). It feels soooo good.
I am thankful for my faith which teaches me how to achieve peace, even though I often forget to practice what I know. I wish for all of you Peace. Peace at your job, peace with your family, peace around the world. My God grant you Peace with the arrival of his newborn Son.

I will give you peace and quietness. I Chronicles 16:11

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Friday, December 5, 2008

The Giving Essence Winner



It's time to announce the winner of The Giving Essence giveaway.
The lucky person chosen was WindyCindy!
She has been contacted and has already responded.
Congratulations Cindy! Your essential oil products are on the way.

Watch for more giveaways to come. I have some good ones lined up to help us get through the winter. Don't forget, if you are a subscriber, you are always registered to win.



Don't forget to visit An Herbal Bedfellow for healthy recipes made with herbs, and also my newest blog:
Happenstance House -- A journal about my Victorian home and all of it's contents.