Move to Missouri she said….

You know those moments when something someone has said to you in the past comes back….repeating like you are seated side by side, say, in a movie theater and she whispers…you guys should move down here we hardly ever get snow…..and honestly I have bragged to my northern friends that…oh ya, we are always 10 or more degrees warmer in the winter…you had a foot deep snow storm?…oh goodness, that’s usually what we get in a whole season….. it didn’t seem wrong…I gave 58 years to Iowa….it kind of seemed like it was ok…the way it’s okay to complain about the spouse but if anyone else does it….

Ok…so I am a little red faced and very apologetic about my bluster after this polar vortex experience these last two weeks. But, seriously, friends around the country are sharing pictures… it’s a nightmare….and now many states can’t keep the power on because ……. the elves went to sleep while feeding the wood burner? Trump, the pandemic and now the polar vortex. Ruler across the fingers apparently we need, yet, another start over lesson.

We left the snow blower in Iowa….so…When the doorbell camera caught an elf on my sidewalk with the leaf blower this morning, I felt a sense of pride that I married a genius! My very own Macgyver.

This too shall pass or so I keep repeating it! Stay warm and safe!

The orangutan disappeared when I opened my eyes.

I have no idea exactly where I was or what I was doing but a fellow that looked very similar to the one pictured above was running ahead of me through the timber. Opening my eyes I thought….well, I wonder what kind of day I should anticipate!

I am holding on tightly to a sentence in Rev Erin’s talk this morning. “Most often the world around me is a projection of the world within me”.

and a line in the anti-apartheid protest song by Peter Gabriel – Biko

“You can blow out a candle, But you can’t blow out a fire, Once the flame begins to catch, The wind will blow it higher”.

Apparently running through the timber following an orangutan was indication that my options were completely open depending where my monkey brain would take me!

Snowing again…below 0 temps again tonight…I was a non believer when I heard a polar vortex was going to include us here in Missouri….looks like we should be climbing out of it this week…I try to see it as nature, as beauty but it is hard for me …. the frigid temps especially. We had been having such a mild winter. The geese had stayed and the pond had not frozen…. but…..

The Easter cactus has its first blooms on.

….and I have His latest creation to remind me to be patient….the sun will come out! (And I’ll be bitching about the heat)

….and there you have it Dear Diary.

Ice and snow

A couple weeks ago, a friend of mine announced that he was taking off for Florida for a few weeks. I had 3 thoughts.

  • He is an integral part of a spirit book class I attend on Thursdays and I thought…bummer.
  • Wow that sounds really fun….this will be the second winter that thoughts of escaping the cold will be foiled because of things happening in my life. O’ POOR ME
  • Why would he want to go in January…why not wait until February…February always sucks!

Today as I sit here watching the snow fall over already ice covered streets I had an “ah ha” moment.

My threefold thought process didn’t occur because of Randy’s trip to Florida in January. It occurred because it triggered me to past life disappointments that were very real, emotions were attached to these disappointments and in all likelihood I had wallowed in them.

  • I will miss his input in group was a genuine feeling.
  • These “things” holding me back from taking off for a week are all in my mind and are only based in fear aka I shouldn’t, I couldn’t, what would, what if.
    He should go in February is nothing but my ego jumping in saying that Randy is wrong and I am right….plain and simple….February is the month to escape…my rules
  • So today on Randy’s birthday that he is spending walking barefoot on a beach in Florida, I’m watching the snow fall, I have an opportunity to spend a day with myself reading, crafting, crocheting and realizing right here, right now that I am content and I am thankful because I am loved and I am blessed!
  • Until next time….
  • Snow or no snow…keep the pictures coming

    We were supposed to be in Des Moines this weekend…had a motel room rented through Monday night…when I talked to Katy on Friday, I said..ya..we are coming…don’t mind the snow – probably the only good snow we will see this winter.  WTH…did that really come out of my mouth.  Woke up Saturday morning and saw the Storm warning and the possibility of 10 inches and we agonized…so we opted to stay home and forfeit the money on the Orbitz reserved room!?!

    This morning, it looks like we probably made the right decision…after being an Iowan for 57 years, I know what a winter storm is like and after 30 years working 911, I know what a nightmare a winter storm is.  I’ve been enjoying everyone’s Facebook pictures from Iowa this morning.  It is truly beautiful.  I ALMOST regret not being there but I think we made the right decision for safety and it is not like we would have wanted to sit in the motel room and awe about how beautiful the motel parking lot is…and we will be watching the Super Bowl game today which I understand may not be a choice for satellite TV folks.

    Here’s the view from our kitchen today


    What a difference being 4 hours away makes.

    It kills me to say this too.  Go Seahawks!  Believe me…it is more a cheer against the Patriots!

    Until next time….

    Seriously, Jenny?

    Almost 5 years ago, Jenny moved to Kansas City.  Winter always brought those heartfelt texts from her.  It’s not snowing here, mom…it’s 50 degrees today…you guys should move here!  Ahem.  So we did.


    Jenny’s aunt-in-law posted this on her Facebook page today.  HAHAHAHAHA It’s the very same picture I posted a couple of times on my FB page representing the public and my perception, as a dispatcher, of what they all were doing!  My 66-degrees  house, sleet outside, going outside requires wearing my heavy winter coat, expecting snow south of Kansas City chuckle.


    Thanks to whoever gave me these socks for Christmas or my birthday one year!!  I’M NOW WEARING SOCKS!

    …..and Jenny…very cruel joke!

    Until next time….

    …and that’s what I’m doing

    I know Kissed by a Dog knows the group Second Chapter of Acts from the 70’s…anyone else?  MB?  I know I”m a bit older but with your background – do you remember them?

    We got 7 inches of snow today…thank goodness it was light and fluffy…our driveway has a bit of an incline and I drove right out of it…

    I went back to bed this afternoon and read – I’m reading Evening Class by Mauve Binchey…I didn’t fall back to sleep until 4:30 or 5 and figured I would wake up when I smelled the meatloaf – but I didn’t wake up until 2030 when he was getting ready to go to work…I sat up and said HOLY CRAP and he said – you were sleeping so good I didn’t want to wake you…feels like I missed a whole day but I think the sleep really helped my attitude…

    I”m going to work on my 5th crocheted Christmas stocking…they are pretty fun to make but take quite a bit of time to assemble…I love the creative part and have made enough now that I’m starting to make little changes in the pattern, etc.  I will take pics later…you crocheters may want to try them…

    Wod the Bod made meatloaf and cheesey potatoes tonight – Wod works in the jail and is a very good cook…unmarried cook I might add…I’m sitting here salivating until he brings me a plate 🙂

    Happy Valentines Day


    Holy crap, Batman…we got it all…everything that was intended for us.  Freezing rain, snow and snow drifts…most gravel roads are completely blocked…there are several people sitting in their cars waiting for plows on gravel roads…county road crews tell us they are doing the highways first – then will start on the gravels – just making one sweep and moving on…if the road isn’t opened today – they will get it tomorrow…. ahh – yes the heartland, God’s country 🙂

    I slept from about 1800 to 2030 then couldn’t go back to sleep…I traded I worked 2300 to 0300 then went back to bed..she called my cell and got me up at 7:22…I showered and now feel fresh as a daisy.  The night dispatcher put a chocolate on my pillow when she left – that was fun…then someone hung a sign on my door resembling a bear on a cot that said “bear hibernating do not disturb”.  Kim, I know your handwriting and artwork.  :)))))

    May not get home tonight…we’ll see.  I’m on my days off.  I will call Jenny to see if they have been plowed out..surely one of us will have a plowed road.

    Later from the arctic…..

    Where were you when the lights went out

    Unfortunately, a fact of life, when the weather gets cold and icy and you most want to tuck yourself on the davenport and watch tv…the electric goes out.  February 2007 we were without power for 3 or 4 days – which was a short time compared to a lot of folks.  We became survivors – paid way too much for an electric generator, bought a propane heater and learned to live without electric.  It sucked!!!  The rain/ice/snow storm today brought power lines down and similar circumstances; not the magnitude of February, but you know what went thru everyone’s mind when their power went off today.  We took the generator over to mom’s house so she and Aunt Frances could stay warm using a space heater, the microwave and one lamp.  When I got home from work, we lit candles and sat around saying “isn’t this cozy” but with absolutely nothing to talk about.  It was getting cold – about 60 degrees, so we decided to go out for supper…we got home and the power was still out so “he” decided to go ahead and start the propane heater and I was off to bed.  I heard the old VCR in our bedroom start to make noise (it must have been sitting turned on for several years because we don’t use it anymore) and WELLLLAAAA

    I’m going to bed now – I am working 5a to 3p tomorrow…but life is back into perspective again.  We have heat, we have TV,  Jenny had a safe trip to Philly and back and was able to land in Des Moines, the animals are relaxing from being stirred up with the unspoken irritation in the air.  Life is good.

    Until next time…..