December weather and other musings

winter-road.jpgGood grief, it’s been MUCH too long since I’ve made a blog entry.  I totally skipped over Thanksgiving, and here we are on the fast track towards Christmas!  Ok, time for updates.  Thanksgiving was my only holiday off work this year, and we were happy to share it with both son and daughter in law, as well as a large group of neighbors!  We did a potluck at our next door neighbor’s home, and it all turned out wonderful.  Family, friends, good food – a grand success. 

Last week, Hubby and I made a two night getaway to Las Vegas.  Got the airfare/hotel really cheap through one of those “cut-rate” airlines… “Allegiant Air”.  We had a lot of fun, saw two shows (my favorite thing in Las Vegas), donated a small amount of $$ to the Las Vegas economy, enjoyed a couple of two-for-one buffets, and then were more than ready to head home.  Yup, two days in Vegas is about all we can take.  It’s the perfect length of time to stay there, unless you have never been, and then you need a bit more time to see all the cool stuff.  Anyway, we arrived in the airport, all ready to head home…. but encountered a SIX HOUR DELAY!  I about went nuts.  When you arrive 3 hours early (and it’s a good thing we did, as the place was MOBBED, and the Allegiant Air desk took forever to check people in – due to a “new computer system” – which they need to get rid of, PRONTO!) and then get stuck sitting around for an additional 6 hours, NOT due to weather, but due to NOT HAVING A FLIGHT CREW there…. well, it was a REAL test of patience.  I think the moral of that story was… You get what you pay for.  We flew non stop, round trip to Vegas and had two nights hotel for approx $180 apiece.  Unbelievably cheap.  Again I say… “you get what you pay for”.  We arrived home about 2 am, totally exhausted.  And…. just to top it off, as we arrived, the snow was just beginning to fall.  Snow up here in the northwest corner of the state is a dreaded word.  We freak out when it snows, because it happens so rarely.  We got 6 inches overnight.  No big deal right?  Wrong.  Where we live (up on a hill), our “homeowners association” refuses to plow.  It is totally senseless.  One winter (2005) we were literally trapped in our home for a full week because NO VEHICLE could go either up or down the hills.  I remember thinking… “it’s a darn good thing that we don’t need an ambulance, or a refill of a necessary medication!”.   That year we had quite a bit more than 6 inches.  OH, did I mention that we purchased a 4WD vehicle from son and daughter in law over Thanksgiving?  Yup.  We wanted to be able to get in and out of here when the inevitable snow fell.     Well, the snow fell this time on Saturday.  Sunday morning rolled around and guess who needed to be at work at 7am?  Yes, me.  I put on my boots, brushed the snow off the new 4WD, and began to head down the hill, very slowly, very carefully, in 4WD-low.  Then I began to slide.  There was pretty much nothing I could do….  when it finally stopped, I was still in the road and decided, I would back up and go down a different hill.  Ha!  I did manage to back up a ways, but ended up like a total idiot in the yard of the people who happen to live at the top of the hill.  I called the hospital when I realized I was not going to be able to get out of the yard/driveway… and said, I was so sorry but I was stuck in snow and would not make it to work.  They were very understanding and didn’t read me the riot act for being such a dummy.  I got out of the car at 5am, and trudged on back up the hill to home.  Thank heavens I was wearing my boots.  About 2pm that afternoon, hubby was able to get the car out, as the RAIN had started and much of the snow had melted.

The next day (Monday) I was again scheduled to work.  We had a HORRIBLE storm over Sunday night into Monday (and all day Monday too).  I did make it to work, although the wind was so strong, I felt like I was going to be blown off the road numerous times, and the rain was pouring down in buckets.  There has been lots of very serious flooding in our state, but thank the Lord, it did not affect us here… on our hill.  I guess there are some advantages to being up high – as long as it’s not snowing!

Today Hubby and I went into town and got 4 new Mud & Snow tires put on the new vehicle.  Theoretically, it should be much safer to drive in the snow now….  I’m sure I’ll get another chance this winter to “try them out”! 

I love this time of year…. the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I also hate this time of year.  I feel like there is so much I need to do.  Today we did a bit of Christmas shopping – and it seems like we are just at the tip of the proverbial iceberg.  Oh I did get some stuff ordered online, and honestly, online shopping is a Godsend!  This year it is our turn to host the annual neighborhood Christmas Party.  I love planning parties – I guess I just need to get a bit more organized so I won’t feel so darned stressed out.  I decided for one thing, to use already made appetizers from Trader Joe’s and Costco instead of making everything myself.  That will help!  And, I’ve purchased the “prizes” for the “Ugly Sweater” contest, as well as the “Christmas Karaoke” contest.  The “White Elephant” gift should be easy…. we have lots of stuff around here that I wouldn’t miss!  My problem is that I love to get people really nice things that I know they will really like – and sometimes I drive myself crazy, trying to find the “perfect” item.  I think I need to let that go — if I want to save my sanity. 

Wishing everyone a PEACEFUL Christmas season…. Calm and Bright.  🙂

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