Sunday, January 14, 2024

Snowmageddon - Week of Jan. 8th

"Snow was falling so much like stars filling the dark trees, that one could easily imagine its reason for being nothing more than prettiness." ~Mary Oliver

 "A snow day literally and figuratively falls from the sky- unbidden- and seems like a thing of wonder." ~Susan Orlean

It typically seems that a switch is flipped in Michigan when the first big snowfall arrives. After experiencing the lack of the white stuff when our Arizona family was in town, we assumed our big winter weather was inching closer.

Monday evening, we watched our Michigan Wolverines become National Champions!  The game went very late so it was the first thing we mentioned to Cam Tuesday morning.  Tuesday night, we watched the flakes fall and Wednesday morning, a snow day was declared for Cameron's school district.  It was the first one of the year.  Thursday, everything went as planned, but a winter storm warning was making headlines.  Out of caution, they cancelled school for nearly every district in our vicinity.  We received the cancellation notice for Friday at 3pm on Thursday.  That was definitely the earliest we have ever seen the closure announcement.

As it seems to go with most extreme weather events, we didn't see any snow until after 1pm on Friday.  Cam began to wonder why they had shut everything down, but then the storm was upon us.  Since we were essentially stuck inside for the weekend, we made the most of it.

Chris and his son decided it was time to try making homemade french bread.  The process took some time between mixing, kneading, rising and finally baking.  The end result was tasty.  We all agreed though, there would need to be some modifications in any future french bread making endeavors.

Cameron was put to work outside, helping clear the sidewalk since it's a bit too narrow for the plow.  The very cold temps didn't keep us out for long, but it did feel good to feel the fresh air.  Cam is also getting used to his new Koolway Sports "KoolMitts".  We ordered them from the company in Canada that makes custom winter wear for individuals needing adaptable clothing.  The insulated mitts have an opening for the joystick on Cam's right hand as well as zippers on the side for easy on and off.

Indoors, we watched a movie and finished some tidying up still left over from the holidays.  We were also experimenting with screencasting video from the iPhone and realized that it made a copy image, almost appearing like a tunnel.  Sometimes, you just need to find ways to amuse yourselves.

Outside we watched the deer huddle together under the trees blanketed with snow.  It's good they can keep each warm, much like our own family inside.

Camology Quotes:

This week's Camology centers around a story told by Chris from his Friday workday.  While welcoming new employees, he noted that one of them was wearing boots with a metallic tip at the point.  He commented that she was lucky to be wearing her "steel-toed boots."  
Another employee asked if Chris was a dad.  At this point in the story, Cam commented:
"Ha! Dad, it was a 'bad dad joke'!"

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