On the road - and it is ICY!
Thank goodness I'm not really on the road, but safe and warm at Karmyn's house. They blame me for bringing the icy cold winter.
My road home includes all the icy pile ups on I-5, I-205, and I-84. The last highway can be an extremely treacherous journey on the Columbia River Gorge where it cuts through the Cascade Mountains. I don't have chains or studs - just walnut snow tires.
Last night I had trouble falling asleep as the wind knocked on the side of the house. It seemed that I just drifted into slumber when something woke me. At first I thought it was the cat jumping onto the bed. Then I revised my theory as the movement and sound surely was something larger, like a dog.
I sat up.
"Hi Grandma, " Buttercup said between chattering teeth. "Can I crawl in bed with you?"
I opened the covers and she snuggled in. Before long I had to send her back to her own bed - she is a wiggle worm.
The Caboose has been a snuggle bug and provided some awesome entertainment. (click here to see the sneak attack by Zoe, the black lab.)
Yesterday we had a Gingerbread House attack, too. This time by the other dog, Zeus.
Buttercup and Jammin' planned to decorate the gingerbread project as soon as Karmyn frosted the walls and roof into place. The frosting in the kit refused to hold the pieces in place.
Karmyn sent kids off to play while she considered the problem. When she walked back to the table, only three of the four walls remained.
"ZEUS!" she called. She knew it was his modem operandi.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the house, I noticed Zeus hiding between the couch and the piano.
Dave came home from work and decided that the house could be salvaged. He pulled out his favorite cook book, found a recipe for a gingerbread house, and baked another wall.
Karmyn made a batch of frosting this morning and the the kids completed their gingerbread house with all the trimmings.
Jammin' is a wise youngster. He set it up high where the dog can't reach it.
As well as enjoying grandchildren and pets, I am also keeping hummingbird feeders thawed and bird feeders cleared of snow. It is amazing to watch hummingbirds at my house in the summer, but it is seemingly implausible to see the Annas Hummingbirds in the icy blowing snow.
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