Friday, January 23, 2009

A Brief Respite

We had a taste of spring-like weather today. The sun shone all day long and the temperature got up to 58°. But around midnight the temps are supposed to start dropping and we may see some snow and/or ice by morning. Two hours north of us the wind chill is only 19° right now.

I showed Eler Beth everyone's notes of sympathy today, and she was very appreciative of them. She asked me to say "thank you." She told me she was glad I'd written about it, because she didn't feel like she could write about it in her blog. She really has handled it very well and is proud of herself for that. It took a few days for her to show her grief by crying, but she did. Today it was so pretty outside, and she cried for a minute or two (so did I, actually) when we were outside with the dogs, because if Fancy had been there she and Eler Beth would have raced around the back yard. But enough of that.

I made spinach lasagna tonight, just on the spur of the moment. I must have been craving some comfort food; all I know is I was wanting some pasta and ricotta cheese, so spinach lasagna it was. It's funny because I made a crockpot clam chowder for lunch because I went to bed last night thinking how good clam chowder would be, and clam chowder and lasagna don't really sound like two things one would have a craving for within the same 24 hours, do they?

Well, nothing much going on here really. I'm starting to get in the mood to do some seasonal cleaning. The kids don't seem to share my mood, though. Thomas is looking forward to fishing weather, and Andrew and Eler Beth want to go snow boarding. They haven't been yet this year.

Thomas and I reviewed the quarterly reports from our IRAs and 401k yesterday, and it wasn't good. We re-distributed a few things to try to lower some risk, but I'm not sure we'll make much difference. Thomas said he doesn't care if nothing grows right now, but he's getting tired of losing more than half of what he's contributing to his 401k every quarter. We can move things back the way they were anytime we want to, so I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Well, I don't have any special plans this weekend. Two weekends ago I took Eler Beth and one of her friends to see "Bedtime Story" with Adam Sandler. It was typical Sandler, silly, but with one or two actual funny parts where I laughed. The girls enjoyed it, and it was clean, but I wouldn't normally have spent money to see it. A while back I took Eler Beth to see "Bolt" and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, and before that I took her and another friend to see "Beverly Hills Chihuahua", and it was actually cute -- much better than I thought it would be. But I need to go see a grown up movie, you know, so I think I'll take Thomas to see "Gran Torino" one night soon. It has been a long time since we've been to a movie together, just the two of us.

I hope everyone has a good weekend with mild weather!


Lisa said...

We had a warmer day today as well, it was about 50. It was nice doing all the farm work without looking like the Michelan man!!

I've heard Gran Torino is excellent, I can't wait until it comes out of PPV or DVD. I don't do movie theatres so I always have to wait.

Glad Eler Beth is still doing well, it takes time. Enjoy the weekend and keep the warmth in your memory after the front comes through.

Leigh said...

;(~ That's for everyone who had temperatures above 30 today. We hit a balmy 28(the closest to average we've hit all winter) before the winds kicked up and dropped the wind chill to -1.

I know spring will come, I know spring will come, I know spring will come.....


Beth said...

It was almost balmy this morning, up to almost 40°, but when I was ready to get outside and shovel a bit of snow, the temp had dropped and the wind had picked up! Bad timing!

I'm glad Eler Beth is doing okay. I know it's not easy, but I'm glad she was able to grieve for Fancy.

Hugs, Beth

Traci said...

We took the girls to see Bedtime Stories too. It was fun. Spinach lasagna sounds yummy.

Celeste said...

We had a nice day also but the cold and wet is on its way back

Anne said...

Lori, We've been having 80 degree weather....too warm for January. We have gotten rain (not much) for the last two days and that is good. I refuse to turn on the A/C. It cools down out night. I saw Gran Torino and it was one of the best movies I have seen. It speaks on so many levels. I was so filled with emotion. Oh, I left some things over at Vivian's for you and Eler Beth to pick up anytime you want to make a trip over there. Hugs to you both! Anne

Lynne said...

I am sorry for Eler Beth's loss. It seems to be a season for it. I hope the weather breaks soon. Before we know it, Spring will be coming. I love the Spring and the Fall.

Joyce said...

As far as TN weather...UGH. I'm ready for some summer temps and 80 sounds fabulous to me. lol. Time is the only thing that lessen's grief. My heart goes out to Eler Beth. It's such a hard thing to go through, especially when you are young.
Hugs, Joyce