Monday, February 15, 2010

No cabin fever yet! But there's still time!


Well, I'm getting a bit tired of these snow storms!

We haven't had anywhere near the snow that the East Coast has had, but I'm still getting tired of it. The only good thing is that Eler Beth has had a lot of fun sledding and playing in the snow. I guess I shouldn't begrudge the kids their snow time. After all, this winter would have been a mild one compared to the winters we had when I was a kid, and I enjoyed them as a responsibility-free child should.

Thomas has missed a LOT of work though. His company was shut down all of last week, and it looks like it will be again this week. Before that he was off one or two days each week since the holidays. In anticipation he had gone ahead and registered with the state employment office, so he can actually get unemployment for last week (and this one, if he's off all week again). So that will help.

The good news is that our IRAs and his 401k have started growing again. The good news also is that he guessed the winter might be bad and he had extra money taken out for taxes for the last half of last year, so our income tax return was very good. The bad news is that instead of going into savings, it'll probably be used to see us through this bad weather -- which I guess isn't really bad because that was the point in the first place. Oh well, I can still count our blessings.

Eler Beth has had three sledding parties so far this winter. The last one, on Saturday, was at some friends' of ours in Georgetown, Indiana. Our friend is a 90-year-old lady who has a very large hill on her property, and she loves for the kids to come out and play. Eler Beth sledded once, and the rest of the time she was there she rode on an inner-tube, being pulled by someone on a four-wheeler. Now THAT was a lot of fun. There was a bonfire too, and she met some new people (including a 17-year-old who she confessed to me was very "cute" -- lol). There will probably be another party this weekend.

We got about 5" of new snow today, and will get more by tomorrow. Areas a little North of us have about 7".

I have been enjoying Thomas' being home, and he hasn't wanted for anything to do. He's managed to do some projects around the house, and we've watched a lot of movies together (I just LOVE Netflix!). He has managed to keep busy, so I haven't been stressed having him home because he hasn't been stressed from forced inactivity. He comes in handy, too. If I need something at the store he's more than willing to drive out and get it for me, so I haven't really had to get out much at all. I do think I've gained some weight though!!! I've been very bad and have been doing a lot of cooking and baking. I guess when we get a break in the weather Eler Beth and I will have to do some serious walking.

Well, just thought I'd catch up a bit. I need to get by to visit blogs. I've mostly been keeping up with everyone on Facebook and just haven't been in a blogging mood.

(Thank you to Donna for the graphic above.)


DB said...

Sounds to me like you're getting through the winter just fine. The snow is there mainly for the kids. They go crazy in the snow. I've done more than my share of shovelling and I don't care for it much.


Missie said...

At least the kids find ways to enjoy the snow. Have a good week.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Glad you are riding out the recession, and that that Elder Beth is enjoying the snow. I am so ready for spring.

Paula said...

I think that is so nice that a 90 year old lady would still care to let the kids play on her hill in the snow.

nancy said...

It was nice hearing from you again. It was also nice that 90 yr old women share her hill with the kids. Seems like old times. It's fun to watch kids play in the snow. Have a great week. Nancy

Martha's Menagerie said...

I am sick of the cold and here I'm in Florida! It does sound like you are all having a pretty cozy winter and like you said, can count your blessings - that says it all! Have a wonderful weekend! :-)

Bea said...

Hi Lori! Thanks for visiting my blog last week... I was surprised after all this time of not posting that a few people took the time to visit and welcome me back! You received more snow than we did. The one 14" snow we had a couple of weeks ago is long gone, but while it was here, it was pure homebound bliss for those of us who can enjoy the event. Teachers still went to work, of course, but at least our students got to stay home for a week and enjoy it all. We have to make up three more days (have already made up one day). Spring will be here before you know it. You and your husband were well prepared... which makes it more bearable. I didn't do any shoveling of snow... just let it all melt of its own accord. Have a great week! March is around the corner....bea