As I sit here in my office on this cloudy Monday morning, I can hear snow plows clunking by, snow blowers running, and a tractor up the road doing some snow removal.
Although we did not get as much snow as predicted, we did get a fine dumping of at least 9-10 inches. The hours of sleet kept the totals down and formed a hard crust that makes shoveling difficult.
My bird feeders have had very heavy traffic today with the poor chilled birds, plus 27 flying rats (pigeons) trying to fuel up for more cold temps tonight.
As you can see from the picture accompanying this column, the dock at the town landing was flooded over on the high tide Sunday morning. There were two hardy loons swimming around the pilings. Luckily, the wind didn’t kick in here until later in the morning or there probably would have been more flooding.
With wind chill factors in the single numbers this morning, it is impossible to imagine that we are supposed to have rain later in the week!
How are those New Year’s resolutions going? I heard on the news that last Saturday was proclaimed the day that most resolutions lasted to. I thought that most people would at least make it to the end of January. I feel like I make little mini-resolutions every Monday that are usually a vague memory come Wednesday. Good luck to those hardy souls that are still maintaining those promises to themselves.
There will be Friday-night dinner at King Ro this week, Friday, Jan. 25. The menu will consist of Maria’s spinach-artichoke ravioli bake and good old-fashioned chili. Both will be served with salad and cornbread. Steph’s desserts this week will be Key lime cheesecake and chocolate-caramel bread pudding. Dinner is served from 5:30-8 p.m.
This storm made me think of when I was a child and Buddy Davis and I would be out in the weather, no matter how cold, building snow forts. We could be freezing to death but would never admit it, not if there was another snowball to be thrown or another wall of the fort to be constructed.
My mother used to send us out and say, “Don’t come back until your cheeks are red or it is dinnertime.” I have to believe that that was a lot more fun and much healthier than playing video games or being on the computer, like happens today.
Quote of the week: “When life knocks you down, roll over and look at the stars.”