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This Time, Two Years Ago, We Weren’t Supposed to Be Outside!

Facebook recently reminded me of our winter “adventure” back in 2014.

Around this date, we had lots of snow, extreme icing, and a deadly wind chill. The state was under an emergency winter alert where no one was allowed to go out as the wind chill had dropped so low you’d risk freezing your skin off. Sections of interstates were closed down, and travel was restricted to emergency personnel only.

“A powerful storm system brought heavy snow and near blizzard conditions to much of central Indiana on January 5, with a mix of rain and snow across southeast sections of the area. After the snow diminished during the evening, arctic air plunged into the area on strong winds. Temperatures plummeted and significant blowing and drifting of snow occurred. Temperatures remained below zero for over 24 hours at many locations, with wind chills around 40 below zero at times. Temperatures reached levels that had not been seen in 20 years. The snow and cold created dangerous travel conditions across much of Indiana and surrounding areas. Sections of interstates were closed down, and travel was restricted to emergency personnel only. Schools were closed for a week across parts of central Indiana.”-weather.gov

However, this was all we got the other day; it is the most snow we’ve had to date, but not nearly as bad as 2014.

I was also reminded that week my son just happened to be stranded at a hotel up in Indianapolis, during a state youth conference. They were trying to get food to their room and everyone was huddled together risking running to their cars for items. He told us the minute they attempted a short run, they couldn’t feel their face.

And of course, my son brought not ONE winter clothing item with him.

Hat? Gloves? Scarf? NOPE.

Of course not…ugh…

He’s a guy in his 20s, am I right?! :/


I also had my daughter visiting from Georgia. She was quickly reminded why she moved south, to begin with.  She NEVER has liked Indiana weather.

It has always rained on her birthday. Overcast skies made her sad. Easter egg hunting was usually out.

Yeah, visiting her cousins (in the south) made me lose my youngest at an early age. She graduated from high school and off she went!

So, I was secretly happy that she couldn’t leave, perhaps for days! 🙂

The Scrabble games we had started ended up being a week-long tourney!

I never played so much Scrabble in ALL.MY.LIFE!!!

My husband played most of his life, so he’s an expert  Nazi about the rules.

Luckily, we still had power while others did not.

And food.

You always need food.

But, we had to go rescue the son and brave the slick roads, as we weren’t so sure his car would do well on the ice. And, we had to move the car as the daily parking was racking up fast!

That trip should’ve taken 2 hrs (roundtrip), but it was MUCH LONGER at a creep.

We all safely arrived back home for more Scrabble.

Then, Facebook pictures started leaking out as to how hard they all had it up there stranded in that horrible, awful, Indianapolis hotel.

derek-stranded-at-hotel-in-2014


When I first moved from California, we experienced the blizzard of ’78. What a shock that was for us southern Cali kids! I remembered going out with my dad to rescue people trapped in their homes unable to leave their driveways. He had a big plow on the front of his truck, and he’d just lower his huge blade down the middle of the highway. We were the only ones on the road. It was kind of eery.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFaVwg8K8xo&t=89s  

As of right now, the temps continue to be down right frigid but I don’t think we’ll see much more snow this week.

So, as much as I love the look of the new, fallen, snow, I’m also thinking it’s time we also looked south. These winters are just killing my skin and eyes, and it is not fun. (Yeah, I wasn’t made for dry winters, if you’ve read my health blog, I’m basically a lizard.)

I’m actually thinking I wasn’t really made for this EARTH…always something.

Even when it’s 13 degrees out, my house is still set at 62º because this forced heat is just a killin’ me!


Now my son is married and looking to move south as well.

I’m thinking my first grandkids might be in Georgia…the south is callin’ my name! 😉

Hubby cannot retire soon enough!

Countdown.

Please tell me it's time to fly south bird poster.

First Snow Here in Our Parts

I’m finally up and moving after a horrible virus that lasted almost 2 weeks. My second virus since Sept.

So, I’m back to writing, some.

But it is COLD OUTSIDE.

snow falling on pine trees in Indiana

We had our first, big snow here in Indiana, and it’s presently 28 degrees.

With my skin and eye disease, though, I’m keeping the vents shut down; therefore, my poor hubby is freezing at 66 degrees.

Whatever…MY room is a mere 62.


I shot a video today of the snow falling in my backyard set to a tune on my new, favorite Christmas album.

It’s Jordan Smith’s Christmas album. He was The Voice winner, last season, and I love it! It’s entitled Tis the Season.

GO BUY IT. YOU WON’T BE SORRY.

I’m SUPER picky about my Christmas music. I only like listening to what I heard as a kid. Maybe it has something to do with the memories, but I usually only like the oldies, old crooners; you know, the original artists.

I learned, long ago, if I were to buy a CD from a modern artist, I’d end up HATING the renditions of my favorite songs. (Nobody sings it like Bing or Nat.)

So, this is a FIRST for me to like ANYONE else singing my classics.

But, it is AWWWEEESOMMEEE!


Tonight is another finale on The Voice.

I’m presently rooting for Billy Gilman.

Remember him?

He had a hit, as a kid back in 2000, with One Voice; I thought he was amazing way back then:

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NlT-ELVWk0

He is STILL amazing!!

If you’re a singer, you know just what it takes to do all that he does with his voice!

Here’s what he’s sung on the show:

More found here: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Billy+gilman

We find out tonight who wins!!

Are you watching The Voice?

As you know from my “ABOUT ME” page, I grew up all things music. Took voice lessons, played instruments, sang with my mom, in groups, etc..

So music shows are my thang.


Do you watch? Who are you pulling for?

Do/did you play an instrument/sing?

Let me know in the comments!!

If you like jazz, here’s another slide show with my winter pics:

Stay Warm!

Layering clothes and trying to look good at fifty-three.