Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Thursday Thirteen # 39

Thirteen Things about my weird Wednesday

1.  More and more I feel like I'm living in some quirky sitcom.  I don't know, maybe it's just the cold weather that's sapping my brain and weirdness is not really happening.

2.  We were part of that lovely ice storm that hit last night.  As expected, we lost some major tree limbs.  We lose major tree limbs in a summer thunderstorm, so I fully expected much more than we lost.

ice tree next to garage ice martha's house 2

Unfortunately, other folks had a lot more problems than we did with the downed trees.  (See second picture above.) Our neighbor across the street lost several huge chunks of trees, not just limbs and one fell across her roof and tore down a part of her gutter.  The lady next to her had a similar thing happen as well.  Everyone was ok but it's quite a mess.  It looked like a war zone when we were driving to lunch today.

3.  And why were we driving to lunch today?  Well, because the university that Friend Husband works at was closed for a record-setting second day in a row.  Generally speaking, when we get to have Friend Husband home unexpectedly, we go eat at a nearby Chinese buffet.  While we were there, Keziah spontaneously reached out and gave Sarah a big hug.  Sarah was so delighted that she wanted to preserve the moment photographically.

Sarah and Zi

And Friend Husband and I also enjoyed our brood and each other along with the yummy Chinese buffet.  We did have to laugh, though, when they seated us in an entire section by ourselves.  Oooh, our own private dining about that?

Happy Valentine's Day

(Um, no, it was not my idea to take this picture.  Obviously.)

4.  After going out for lunch, we dropped by our local Meijer for those all-important snowtime supplies:  Perler Beads, bananas, and (I'm embarrassed to admit) yarn.  Meijer had their clearance yarn on for about 90% off the original price.  Who can resist cheap stash?  Not this girl.  I finally had to leave when my eyes were getting glazed over, my breathing rapid, and my pulse thready.  But I acquired some more lovelies for my stash.  And I taught my son the all-important skill of scanning a UPC code to ascertain what the actual cost of an item is.  Every two-year-old needs to know that.  He also got a small yarn appreciation tutorial.  Mainly it consisted of having him pet the very soft yarns.  His wife will thank me some day.  Here are the goods:

yarn stash enhancement

5.  I took this lovely ice picture in the parking lot of our local Meijer.  Friend Husband is the most long-suffering, understanding man who ever walked the earth.  When we finished unloading the new stash, I mean the groceries into the Big Green Van, I told him I'd take the carts over to the corral.  His chivalrous nature bade him question my motives and I told him it was because I wanted to take a picture of this sign:

ice meijer sign

6.  Everything everywhere was covered with the most beautiful icy fringe.  It was a glorious, terrible, beautiful sight.  It looked like Narnia everywhere.  I tried to take a bunch of pictures but I could not even attempt to do it justice.

ice sign

7.  Friend Husband just shrugged and got into the Big Green Van with the children.  The people who were sitting next to the cart corral did think it was a bit peculiar that 1) I was walking around the Meijer parking lot with a camera and 2) I was taking a picture of a cart corral sign.  Sometimes I just have to follow the inscrutible exhortations of my bizarre nature.

8.  Just like this morning, when I went out to shovel ice off the driveway.  I quickly discovered that it would be more prudent to leave the snow and its layer of sleet and ice mixture atop the blacktop so as to give it more traction.  Instead, I walked around taking pictures of the silent icy wonder that was my yard (and those of my neighbors).

9.  ice hodges' house Neighbor

ice cheryl & dannys house Neighbor

10.  ice trees Some of our front yard trees. 

ice footprint ice tree in back If you look closely at this one, you can see the branch cracked at the top.  If we get the winds that I hear we're going to get, this one will be on the ground tomorrow.

  ice truck under ice Leave your toys outside and you might not find them until the thaw!

11.  ice bushes in front This bush and its twin across the driveway were squashed down about half again as tall as they normally are.  I hope we don't lose too much of them because birds nest in there.

12.  ice ice everywhere The terrible, icy beauty after the storm.

13.  My very favorite part of the aftermath was breaking all the ice off the cars this morning.  What a glorious sound of destruction!  It sounded just like smashing glass. 

Links to other Thursday Thirteens! 1. (leave your link in comments, I’ll add you here!)

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!


Gattina said...

Must have been a terrible storm. Fortunately we never have this in Belgium.

Frances said...

I get that I'm living in a quirky sitcom feeling all the time.
I love Chinese buffet - I'm meeting a friend for lunch today at one.
See you next Thursday.
Waving at you from New York

Raggedy said...

Some of the ice tree pictures are so beautiful. I hope the storm does not cause you many more problems. The lunch sounded fun.
Terrific Thursday Thirteen!
My TT is posted.
Have a wonderful day!
Happy TT'ing!
(")_ (")Š

Uisce said...

yikes, have some ice! that turn-or-go-straight road sign made me laugh -- with the note attached, especially. there is this intersection near us where people change lanes because they can't figure out even with the signs they've got posted which lane is which. and I've always wanted to label them somehow. happy TT, mine's up!

Annie said...

Beautiful pictures of the snow. The storm missed me by a mere 10 miles! Glad you don't have any significant damage to the house from fallen limbs!

Happy TT!

L^2 said...

Great pics of the snow and ice - I have some on my blog too - I think we got it the day before you. LOL! #1 - I have that feeling too.
Happy TT!

Gene Bach said...

Looks a bit chilly there! LOL!

Lady G~ said...

To a native Floridian, the pictures are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! But how what a frightening storm!

Praise the Lord you all ok.

Robyn Mills said...

You got the ice I got the snow. It was waist deep in parts of my driveway... and -18C with wind chill that made it -28C maybe I should take up knit one purl one and knit myself a woolly sleeping bag to hibernate in until spring.....that's one big pile of yarn to slide over the needles. Hope to see the finished article on a future blog. Pretty photos of the ice and what a fun lunch you had.