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!
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.
We did not get our Sunday paper this morning. I went out at 8:30, then again at 9:30 and there’s no paper. My neighbors don’t subscribe, so I don’t know if the paper carrier came though here or not, as there are no other driveways to check and see if they got one and just not me.
This is so frustrating. I was looking forward to sipping on my cup of coffee and reading the paper this morning to see what all is going on in the world that I can’t find by going online. But considering what we went through last night I’ve decided not to call and complain. Just because we got through this snow storm all right doesn’t mean that the paper delivery guy made out as well.
The majority of my close friends and family are totally into the outdoors in one way or another. Spring is a busy month – what with getting all the much needed spring cleaning done, cleaning up the property from the winter months terror and then you start in with the planting of flowers, bushes, trees along with the fruit and vegetable gardens as well. With all the spring rains that we hopefully will receive, comes the need to get the lawn mowers out getting the grasses under control as well. A busy time indeed and I can’t wait for it to get here. The sooner the better as far as I’m concerned. This cold weather doesn’t agree with me.
This is all pretty hard and labor intensive work each year, but it has to be done and the fulfillment that comes along with the completed tasks is awesome and very rewarding. This past winter was an interesting one (to say the least) what with all the bad news about the economy and the politicians that have been found guilty of so many outrageous behaviors, like cheating on their wives and not paying their taxes. And of course we can’t forget all the drama that went on before, during and after the election. People are getting used to (but certainly not happy with) turning to ways to save money and get jobs done them without having to turn to costly professionals for their equipment and/or their services. The need for garden equipment these past few years has been great amongst us.
The weather does not really feel like autumn yet, but here it is November already. I don’t like to count down until Christmas, but it does seem like there is a sense of urgency to get into the spirit of the holidays.
I am focused on Thanksgiving now and will do a little bit of Christmas shopping here and there until after Turkey Day. We also have Veteran’s Day to celebrate this month. And I’m sure that one night, very soon, I will have to resort to turning on the furnace and getting heat in the house to stave off the chilled night air.