Friday Favorites: February's First Winter Storm

 February arrived with quite the whirlwind dropping a good 10 or so inches on us in just over 24 hours.  Believe it or not the snow was actually an improvement on the super cold below freezing days we had at the end of January!  Yep, it actually warmed up so it could snow.  All this cold and wet weather meant we spent most of our week very close to home.



Alec's school had a 2 hour delay on Friday because of the cold weather and the wind.  This delay threw off the school schedule with the other two boys but since it was so cold out we didn't have any other plans anyway.  



Yep, that message on my phone says 20 BELOW zero wind chills! 



Once I dropped Alec off (all bundled up in no less than 3 layers-- not counting my winter coat!) and arrived back home the other boys and I tackled their schoolwork. We still finished by lunchtime and then after I was done eating I headed back out to pick Alec up. He had a great day of school!  


My husband called around 4 asking if the boys wanted to run scrap with him on Saturday.  We haven't had a chance to do this in a long time and it's one of the few ways the younger two can earn spending money.  With Alec's karate class on Saturday we decided to head into work and load up everything that night.  It meant a pretty late dinner for us all but the boys didn't mind in the least. 

Saturday morning my husband took Ian and Evan with him to work while Alec and I got ready for karate. He had a great class.  


After karate and lunch I headed out with my husband to work at the hydro.  One of the trash racks had frozen over and he had to break through the ice to rake out debris and a huge log that had managed to get stuck in there.  On the way home we stopped to check the pump house and racks at his grandfather's old dam.  


I spent my late afternoon working on a few scrapbooking pages before dinner. 

It was another freezing cold day on Sunday but my husband and I headed out early anyway to pick up a few groceries at BJ's.  After groceries I spent my day inside reading, doing some laundry, and working on a few more scrapbooking pages. I love lazy days like that every now and then. 



Evan had his CT scan(s) scheduled Monday morning.  I was glad we had an early appointment since we were supposed to get lots and lots of snow.  We arrived and got all checked in then talked to the CT scan tech who told us that they were going to have to post-pone the tests until they could talk to Evan's Doctor since the tests ordered required far to much radiation for a 13 year old.  It was a bummer but I'm all for less radiation!  We'll see what the techs, doctors, and insurance company can agree on and where to take it from here.. 

Since he had to fast before his tests and was starving we stopped for breakfast on the way home- he wanted a chocolate chip muffin from his favorite local bakery.  We sat at the window and watched the snow falling.



By the time we arrived home, Ian had already attached the plow to the loader and began plowing our driveway.  Alec was deep into his OSHA training class so we tried to clean the house quietly around him (school was virtual for everyone-- teachers included because of the snow). I finished up my latest book and got lots and lots of laundry done in between peeking in on Alec and helping him take notes more effectively.  The snow just kept piling up..



Ian and my husband left early on Tuesday to begin plowing and shoveling out the various properties.  Alec settled in for another day of virtual learning/OSHA training and Evan and I quickly tackled all this school work ending school in just over an hour.  I headed out mid-morning to meet my husband at the lawyers office and sign our updated wills.  

Driving in a winter wonderland (don't worry; I stopped to take this photo. That's one of the benefits of living on a private road! 


On the way home I stopped for some groceries and picked up a pretty bouquet for myself.  



We stayed inside all day (other than a quick bit of shoveling snow) and I began watching the reboot of Mad About You.  I've only watched 1 episode but I think it's cute. 

We all had a half day of school planned on Wednesday and then met up with some friends of ours for a winter walk after lunch. Ian drove himself and it was so weird to see him parked next to us. (He was heading to work on his jet ski after so this made the most sense).




We walked for two hours!  It was wonderful to be out in the fresh air.  The kids had a few snowball fights and dropped ice chunks into the river.  






Thursday started out with a few snow showers.  Ian headed to work and Alec sat down to work some more on his OSHA training while Evan and I tackled his schoolwork.  The sun was shining by 11 and since Alec had finished up his day's assignment I enticed the boys to go snowshoeing. 






We only stayed out a bit over 30 minutes since Alec needed lunch before signing into his math class.  It was beautiful out though!  

How was your week?

Linking up with: 











 

Comments

  1. Wow- a two hour walk! You are my hero- especially in this cold! We got about 18 inches from the storm- pretty manageable since it was a long storm- they really did a great job keeping up with the roads- have a great weekend!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We had only planned on walking an hour but somehow it was 2 by the time we arrived back at the car!

      Delete
  2. I just went on a 90 minute walk this week and it felt so good. I love the snow but now that it’s getting this cold, not even I can bundle when it’s negative windchill’s. You’ve had a great week sweetheart and I hope your weekend is just wonderful!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, I am OK to bundle up when it's just cold and snow but will not budge when it's at all below freezing. I have my limits! :)

      Delete
  3. It's great that you can still get out when it's snowy!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. As long as the temps don't drop dramatically it's fun to get out when it's snowy.

      Delete
  4. Okay, I can't even imagine how cold 20 below zero must feel like!! That sounds crazy. That polar vortex is supposedly hitting next week, and they're saying that we could have wind chills near zero degrees here in GA next week. WHAT?! I can't even imagine how cold it will be for y'all if it ends up being that cold here!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So far our temps look fairly normal for next week-- in the 20's and 30's.

      Delete
  5. Your snow pictures are so pretty! And I absolutely love that pump house. What a beautiful scene for taking pictures that is! Hope you have a great weekend and stay warm!

    ReplyDelete
  6. The snowy pictures look so beautiful! And love your bouquet of flowers!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! It's been quite some time since I treated myself to some flower.

      Delete
  7. I love the beautiful snow photos you took Joanne. We have way too much snow (17 inches) and I'm not looking forward to the deep freeze next week. Have a nice weekend.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We're supposed to get several more snow storms and flurries over the next week.

      Delete
  8. I love your pictures so much. As much as I want to get out and walk, the fear of falling is real. I never felt this way before, but the pandemic is kind of making me feel this way. I don't want to be anywhere near a hospital during all of this. All of our forest preserves are gravel walkways and we have had snowstorms every week since December, so the preserve walkways have been icy. Hopefully, we will get out there soon enough, for now I have my treadmill. LMAO.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It hasn't been all that icy here but I think I've also gotten so used to falling that I don't really fear it much... (just on the actual lake for some reason).

      Delete
  9. Your photos of the snow are so pretty! We got about a foot here in PA. The day before it started snowing was very cold and windy. Thanks for the reminder about wills. My hubby and I need to update ours. Sending good thoughts for your son with his CT scan. Even though it must be disappointing to not be able to get it done, it was good that he didn't accidentally get too much radiation.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I figured it was a good thing we didn't get his scan done even it was a bit of a disappointment. I just hope we hear soon on what their next plan of action will be.

      Delete
  10. We got about 6.5 inches of snow Sunday, it's our first heavy snow of the year. I forgot to take photos, blogger fail, sigh.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Look at all that snow! We got some last night, but not enough to cancel school. Our temps are supposed to plummet here, which makes it so much harder to get out with the little ones. It's crazy that Alec is doing OSHA training! I remember having to do some of that when I worked at the cafeteria in college.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They don't cancel school here at all this year; all snow days are now distance learning days and everyone works from home. He finished up his OSHA training today and is officially certified!

      Delete
  12. I am glad they are looking out for your son. I didn't know that it would be too much radiation for him. Soooo much snow. I want to go snow shoeing. It has been forever since I have been.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I didn't either; I know nothing about CT scans so I was very grateful for the tech. for noticing and making sure to speak up!

      Delete
  13. The snow pictures are beautiful! I am glad you guys are doing well! Have a great weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  14. We are going to get a lot of snow here this weekend in the Netherlands . Probably not a good looking as yours. Here it will get dirty. I'm not looking forward to it, I hate the cold and snow. Have a good weekend.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It gets real dirty near any of the "real" roads with all the sand and salt they use to try and keep them as clear as possible.

      Delete
  15. It's so beautiful but I cannot even begin to imagine thoses temps!! Those flowers are so pretty...makes me so happy to have fresh flowers

    ReplyDelete
  16. Brrrr...that looks SO cold. Stay warm and have a good weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  17. You sure got a lot of snow. I like all the winter scenery photos. Great that you could go outside for fresh air and snowshoeing. #WeekendCoffeeShare

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We sure did! We're getting more this weekend too.

      Delete
  18. C'mon SPRING! I'm over winter and we haven't had any snow down here. Yay for fresh air and flowers.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I miss the beauty and tranquility of the snow, but I do not miss shoveling :) We are supposed to get about two inches today, which is a good amount for me.
    I love your scrapbook pages! It's been far too long since I have crafted in that way. Perhaps during this two-week period of temps below freezing... I will get out the supplies and start creating again.
    I found you blog via Natalie's Weekend Coffee Share. I look forward to connecting more in 2021.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Shoveling is not my favorite either. I like just enough to cover everything in a pretty blanket.

      Delete
  20. Visiting from Natalie's Coffee Share. I am so jealous of your snow storm, we got the very cold weather but no snow to mention. I want a good snow storm!
    I am also jealous that you could sit in a coffee shop. We are in a lockdown so only take out or delivery.
    I haven't scrapbooked in ages, I should get back to it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Most things are slowly returning to normal here; we even had real menus and ketchup bottles on our table! That's something I haven't seen in nearly a year.

      Delete
  21. I'm also visiting from Natalie's Coffee Share. Gosh it looks cold....!!

    ReplyDelete
  22. That snow storm was a doozy! I did enjoy two snow days off from work though! LOL! I love lazy days where we are forced to stay home. Snowshoeing looks so fun! I really want to try! Hope you had a great weekend!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. How nice to get snow days! We don't... LOL.

      Delete
  23. Hi Joanne. My - my. You live in a winter wonderland. Wonderful photos !

    ReplyDelete
  24. I'm not seeing a "LIKE" button, but I defiantly did :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! We're getting a lot more snow today too!

      Delete
  25. This is a fabulous read for weekend coffee share and all the more because of your amazing weather shots! As we move through our summer down under your winter shots show a completely different landscape.

    ReplyDelete
  26. The river pictures are my favorite, such great composition! I would blow that one up and hang it in my house. I’ve been really loving the snow this year. I think it’s because for the first time in three winters I am actually expecting it in February. The last two years took me by surprise. We’ve been making the most of it by sledding in the back yard.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am trying to not hate the snow this year but I wouldn't mind if we went a whole week without any! LOL.

      Delete
  27. What a wintry week! And that day of reading and scrapbooking sounds perfect! Also my parents are experiencing the polar vortex right now and -28C (around -20F) are their highs. Brrrrr...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That is super cold! We've had lots more snow but thankfully our temps aren't below freezing this week.

      Delete
  28. Great post. I love your snow pictures! and I scrapbook also. I'm glad you bought the flowers for yourself, flowers are such a great pick-me-up!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! They really are a great pick me up!

      Delete
  29. So many gorgeous shots! I wished medical folks would communicate better. Having to fast and then going there all to find out they couldn't do it because of concerns, just seems so unnecessary. Gorgeous flowers. I've been wanting to get some fresh cut flowers, but just haven't yet.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We just received word this week that they'll do an MRI instead if they can get our insurance to agree.

      Delete
  30. What fabulous photos! Such wonderful crispness and contrast. We don't get snow here and I love seeing your snowy world. Some of these are real calendar shots. CarolG

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Friday Favorites: The First Week of October

Friday Favorites: Fabulous Fall

Friday Favorites: Wrapping Up September