Freaky Weather and House Update

Oh so much better!


We ran about 2 boxes short of finishing the “old” side of the kitchen and doing all the ‘hand cut’ pieces before the crown molding.

The dining room is done except for edge pieces that need to be handcut.

I was trying to keep my sense of humor while I did inside projects to stay out of the weather and get over my bronchitis. That’s the glue on the back of one of the ceiling tiles.

I loved how the snow was sticking to the light pole in a straight line. This was really wet snow and with the wind blowing was al over the place. I love this tree across the street. It always makes me think Christmas ~ even in mid April.
This was the 3rd time he’d shoveled the driveway in the last 24 hours. I had to laugh this time ~ just after he finished the plow came by and did the street and he had to do the bottom all over again.
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Is it really spring?

It just keeps getting better and better – NOT – LOL – now they added wind, centered it directly over us and increased the amount of snow tonight…
EXPECT PERIODS OF WET SNOW TO CONTINUE THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND FALL HEAVY AT TIMES. BY THE TIME THE SNOW ENDS TUESDAY EVENING… EXPECT A STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL OF … 14 INCHES. THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS MOST LIKELY OVER HIGHER TERRAIN NORTH OF CRYSTAL FALLS AND IRON RIVER. THE COMBINATION OF THE WET HEAVY SNOW AND WIND GUSTS OF 15 TO 25 MPH TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY COULD DAMAGE TREES AND PRODUCE POWER OUTAGES.
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Enough is enough already…

Enough is enough already. I signed on to check out this week’s weather and the bright flashing winter storm warning caught my eye. Needless to say, I am less than thrilled with reading this… THE LIGHT SNOW ON MONDAY MORNING WILL TRANSITION TO A HEAVY… WET SNOW MONDAY AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING. THE SNOW MAY BE MIXED WITH RAIN AT TIMES THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING… ESPECIALLY OVER THE LOWER TERRAIN. BY THE TIME THE SNOW ENDS TUESDAY AFTERNOON… LOOK FOR STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF UP TO AND AROUND A FOOT INTO TUESDAY AFTERNOON THE HEAVY WET SNOW COULD DAMAGE TREES AND PRODUCE POWER OUTAGES.
I’m glad we still have indoor projects to do!
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Spring? Where?

They kept telling me all day it was the first day of spring, but it has been cold, windy and snowy here. So for now I’ll just dream that I’m waking up to these tomorrow.

My creation
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As my dreams turn to spring… FALSE START

The last several days have been fairly nice here with the temperatures in the high 30’s and even a bit in the 40’s and the sun shining big and bright. The snow has been melting well and the grass peeking through. I have been dreaming of these flowers starting to bud and bloom.



And then I wake to this! It just isn’t fair LOL

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The Calm before the Storm

I was able to capture these yesterday while it was spring like. Just look at all that grass peeking through.

It’s hard to believe that the next three pictures are of the same farm. I just love barns!

Look close at the next picture and you will see there is a ghost hanging in the loft window. A Halloween leftover?

This last one is my favorite with all the stone and warped barn wood. I love how the doors were hanging askew too.

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20 little things to look forward to in spring

Melissa at The Inspired Room is hosting 20 Little things to look forward to in spring. Head on over to see the other entries.
  • Green Grass
  • Flowers, lots and lots of brightly colored Spring Flowers ~ Irises, daffodils, tulips, lilacs…
  • Green leaves
  • Open Windows
  • Warm breezes through those open windows
  • Birds chirping
  • Butterflies
  • Bunnies
  • Bird Nests
  • Fawns
  • Easter
  • Spring Cleaning
  • Putting away the winter boots and gear
  • Fresh fruits in season
  • Iced Tea
  • Pastel colors
  • Walks in the woods
  • Yard Sales
  • The sound of kids playing in the park
  • Pedicures & Sandals

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Thank Goodness today’s project keeps me Indoors

From weather.com:
ARCTIC HIGH PRESSURE DROPPING FROM CENTRAL CANADA INTO THE PLAINS STATES WILL BRING A REINFORCING SHOT OF BITTER COLD AIR INTO THE UPPER GREAT LAKES REGION THROUGH THURSDAY. THIS BITTER COLD AIR MASS ALONG WITH AN INCREASE IN NORTHWEST WINDS THIS AFTERNOON WILL DRIVE WIND CHILL VALUES INTO THE 25 TO 35 BELOW ZERO RANGE OVER WEST AND CENTRAL UPPER MICHIGAN. EXPECT WIND CHILL VALUES TO TUMBLE INTO THE 35 TO 45 BELOW ZERO RANGE TONIGHT AND THURSDAY MORNING AS THE CORE OF THE ARCTIC AIR MASS DRIFTS OVERHEAD. I’m sure glad I don’t have to leave the house today, my boots are only rated to 30 below – LOL. I think I’ll go get another cup of coffee.

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NOT what you want to sign on to see… Wait, I’m not ready!!! I need another couple weeks…

Special Weather Statement for Iron County, MI

Issued by The National Weather Service
Marquette, MI
3:42 pm CDT, Wed., Oct. 22, 2008

STRONG WINDS AND SIGNIFICANT SNOW POSSIBLE ON SUNDAY INTO MONDAY MAINLY OVER NORTHWEST UPPER MICHIGAN…

A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL CROSS UPPER MICHIGAN ON SATURDAY NIGHT… USHERING A CHILLY CANADIAN AIRMASS INTO THE GREAT LAKES. EXPECT NORTHWEST WINDS IN THE WAKE OF THIS FRONT TO GUST AS HIGH AS 45 MPH OVER PORTIONS OF UPPER MICHIGAN… ESPECIALLY THE KEWEENAW PENINSULA ON SUNDAY.

AS THE COLDER AIR RUSHES IN BEHIND THE FRONT OVER THE RELATIVELY WARM WATERS OF LAKE SUPERIOR… LAKE EFFECT RAIN AND SNOW SHOWERS WILL DEVELOP SATURDAY NIGHT AND PERSIST THROUGH MONDAY. THE SHOWERS WILL BE MOST NUMEROUS IN THE NORTHWEST WIND SNOW BELTS OF WESTERN UPPER MICHIGAN AND EAST OF MARQUETTE. PLAN ON THE BEST CHANCE OF A SIGNIFICANT PLOWABLE LAKE EFFECT SNOW LATE SUNDAY INTO MONDAY OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF INTERIOR WESTERN UPPER MICHIGAN FROM PELKIE TO WATTON… BRUCE CROSSING… PAINT LAKE AND MARENISCO.

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20 Little Things to Treasure in Autumn

Melissa over at The Inspired Room is inspiring women all over the blogosphere to share their favorite 20 things about Autumn. It all started with this post at Beautifully Imperfect, and since this fits in so beautifully with all we’ve been trying to accomplish this month, Barbara decided to share her own list and now I will too.
20 Little Things to Treasure in Autumn
  1. Adding the quilts to the beds and then the down comforters too! I just love snuggling in with a good book on a chilly fall evening!
  2. Flannel Sheets.
  3. Pumpkin Butter on a fresh slice of bread.
  4. The leaves changing to the reds, golds and oranges of fall.
  5. Apple cider on the front porch bundled up with my favorite flannel blanket.
  6. Steaming bowl of chili and Monday night football with hubby.
  7. Trading things and tennies for slippers and boots.
  8. Soups and stews simmering on the stove all day.
  9. The cat curled up in the warmth of the sun streaming through an upstairs window.
  10. Turtlenecks and flannels – I just love them together.
  11. Hot chocolate and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies.
  12. Candles on the mantle.
  13. Seeing your breath when you talk.
  14. Fresh made applesauce from our own tree.
  15. The first snow of the season.
  16. Harvest Festivals and Oktoberfests.
  17. Decorating for Halloween.
  18. Trick-or-treaters in their cute little costumes.
  19. Decorating for Thanksgiving.
  20. Decorating for Christmas.
Isn’t it great that we decorate for all these holidays during the same season?

PUMPKIN BUTTER
1 13 ounce can solid pack pumpkin puree’
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
4 1/2 cups sugar
1 package unflavored gelatin

  • Mix pumpkin, spices and gelatin into a large saucepan.
  • Bring to a hard boil over a high heat, stirring constantly!
  • Stir in sugar all at once.
  • Return to a full rolling boil. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly!
  • Remove from heat.
  • Ladle into jars.
  • Water bath process.
Give me 5 Monday came up with the same topic, so I guess I’m covered 4 times over!

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