The weather forecast has been using that 4-letter word, snow, for the past couple of days. Looks like it will finally get here sometime tomorrow. I’m not surprised – after all, this is the middle of January, which is right in the middle of winter. Cold temperatures and the chance of snow are part of the weather in Tennessee every December, January and February, with a tiny chance in November and March.
The big question on everyone’s mind is always, “will schools be closed?” We handle that by the county and each the 7 in the Metro Nashville area has different challenges and concerns. But the biggest factor for all of them is whether the roads will be safe for the school buses or not. The schools here have already announced they will be closed all day tomorrow.
Some will complain and criticize saying that we have not even seen the first snowflake and that the weather forecast could be wrong. But with all the satellites and radar and computer modelling we have to help the weather forecasters, our people have gotten pretty darn good about predicting snow and ice. So we are having rain tonight and tomorrow morning, with temperatures dropping steadily through the night. And then at some point, it turns to freezing rain, then sleet, and then snow – predicted to accumulate about 1″ in my area.
Let’s just hope that the freezing rain and sleet does not last long. Ice on the trees is always worse than the same amount of snow. Be safe, my friends!
With summer over and the cold air returning, the trees have been turning the most wonderful colors. Autumn is truly one of the best times of the year. The smell of the smoke from bonfires and barns is just amazing. Of course, the down side is that when the leave all fall, we have to clean them up. But that is alright because it gives us a chance to get outside in the brisk air and of course playing in the leaf piles is always fun too.
We like to take long drives at this time of year and just enjoy the fall colors. Sometimes we will just pack a small bag and take off for the weekend. We will find a small B & B a couple of hours from the house and spend time exploring the area, hiking, fishing and touring antique shops. Sometimes we will find little oddities to tour as well. Once, we rented a little log cabin up the Smokies and toured Gatlinburg. It was beautiful.
You never know what you are going to see. We’ve seen buffalo, long horn cattle, black bears and horse drawn carriages. We even found an elephant sanctuary on one such trip, down in Hohenwald. That was a lot of fun I can tell you now.
You should really try a drive out in the country sometime. It helps to get away from regular routines and just enjoy life.
My nephew is in high school in his freshman year. He will be a sophomore next year and does really well. Gets great grades, is in sports and drama club. That being said, we just received news that the state university is partnering with the local high schools and offering students a way to jump start their college career. They can work on an associates degree in liberal arts while in high school. With only two classes per semester so as to not overload them. The first four classes are free with the exception of books and then the cost for the remaining ones is significantly reduced.
My nephew is one of the students offered a chance at this wonderful opportunity. I am so happy for him and he is really excited about it. When he graduates high school he will already have an associates degree with credits that will transfer to whatever major he chooses for his bachelor’s degree. He would have his bachelor’s degree by 20 a masters by 22 and if he chooses he could very well have a doctorate by 24 years of age.
That is just amazing to me. I am so unbelievably happy for him. I think more universities should offer high school students this opportunity.
My son turned me onto one of the most entertaining and enjoyable of “Reality Show” impracticable Jokers. It comes on the TruTV channel on our cable package. Not a channel that I had ever spent any time watching. It now is on top of my “Favorite” channels!
This show is about four long time best friends that enjoy embarrassing each other in any way that they can! So far my favorite episode is when Sal and Murr try to get someone in a campus library to hush them, using bird calls, jingle bells, tubas and other loud sounds that are not acceptable to produce in a library any where.The cymbals at wwbw.com turned out to be too much for Sal to handle so he walks out with his head hanging down low and is one step closer to be that nights “Loser” and that is never a good thing.
We have finally got everything together to take to H & R Block in order to have our taxes done for this year as soon as the 10-99s come in and they could come all the way up to the end of January. Usually we get them in a timely fashion, but there is no way to tell until it happens.
The way I figure it we should be getting back a decent amount of cash for this year and I am all ready dreaming of how we are going to spend it all. So far, a second honeymoon in Maui seems to be out weighing all the other ideas. Our first honeymoon was supposed to take place there but it didn’t work out that way and we have never gotten over the disappointment of not being able to visit the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands that we both so looked forward to doing back then when we were young and hadn’t started a family yet.
I have all ready began looking around online to see what is going on down in that area of the world. I had no idea that the economy has really taken it’s toll on this picturesque island that so many people have enjoyed visiting through out the years, but it is still a wonderful and magical get-a-way option and I am excited at the prospect of actually going there and seeing for myself what so many others have enjoyed all these years on the very popular 17th largest island in the United States.
The Internet has a wealth of information about Maui and I intend to learn as much as I can about it before going there. I have always believed in learning as much about a place before going, don’t like going in blindly. Now I want to start looking at the wonderful accommodations that are available in Maui, I’ll worry about air fair and transportation issues later down the road.