It looks like Santa delivered one present early this year, and I'm already thinking about re-gifting it too. As of Sunday, I'm the proud owner of the common cold. ICK!
So far it hasn't been the butt kicking variety, just the underlying pain in the backside type. Headache, stuffed-up, general blech feeling.
On a brighter note, the landscape around here is absolutely beautiful right now. We have about 18 inches of snow on the ground, which as you can imagine, has turned everything as far as the eye can see, white. There was one evening where we got about a half an inch of freezing rain on top of the first layer of snow. That part isn't too thrilling, as most of the tree branches are really, really heavy right now and some have even started to snap under all that weight. Outside of that it's been kind of fun.
This much snow in the Portland, OR area isn't nearly as common as it used to be. In fact, they said there hasn't been this much white stuff on the ground in forty years! It's made driving a bit interesting. Most people (myself included) aren't used to driving in this everyday during the winter months and the city and county infrastructure isn't set-up to handle these type of road conditions either. It makes since. . . why would they have an arsenal of snow removing equipment on hand for something that only happens on a small scale, every five years and to this degree, two or three times a century?
We're in a break today, so I'm going to head over to mom's later to dig out her driveway and take her to the store before she looses her mind from being cooped up for the past several days. Mark's two oldest girls and Gene's middle girl have been stuck there with her too, so I know cabin fever is in full swing over there. If I'm feeling really generous I might offer to take the girls up to the mall for the afternoon.
Did I just say, "Go to the mall?" Maybe I'm getting delirious from a fever. . . ya, that's it!
I'll likely snap some photos to share while I'm out and about today, but thought I'd leave you with one of the boys making snow angels in the back yard the other day.