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November 8, 2008

Back To Civilization

We've had an interesting couple of days around here.
We spent the first part of the week cleaning up the yard and garden
because they were forecasting our first snow fall.
And then on Thursday, snow it did!
And it continued to snow all day, all night and most of the day on Friday.
This together with the wind left some nice sized snow banks around the yard.
We also got a fair bit of freezing rain so things are pretty iced up.
This is the door handle of our skating shack.
The kids had a blast playing in the snow, the rest of us, well we were not quite as thrilled:)
Usually winter comes a little more gently, not this year!
Then Jesse woke me up Thursday night crying of an ear ache.
During the day he had complained that it hurt to chew and talk.
I noticed then that his gland behind his ear was a little swollen.
So I prayed for him and brushed it off as just another part of this weird virus that has been going around here. Sticky eyes, runny noses, coughing, etc.
Well by Thursday during the night his gland was quite swollen and by morning he looked like this so we brought him into the doctor. When we got there the receptionist asked for our medical number. When I pulled out two she was kind of surprised that we had 2 medical cards. Then I explained that we had 10 kids, too many to fit on one card. Then she was really surprised and said we were amazing people. To this I told her what was amazing is that we hardly ever have to go to the doctor. For this I am very thankful.
It ended up that he has a swollen lymph gland and was put on antibiotics
He is much better already.
Then to make things more interesting we lost all electricity on Friday night around 9:00.
It came on again around midnight and then went out again around 3 or 4 this morning.
And we were out of hydro all day today until around 3:00 pm.
So last night we played cards by candle light and today we cooked on top of the wood stove and warmed up snow for water. I am sure grateful that we have a wood stove to keep us cozy warm. It was an adventure and now we are thankful that we have power once again. It is amazing how much we rely on electricity. The kids kept asking to do things forgetting that it wouldn't work :)
So we will see what tomorrow will bring. The weather is supposed to stay very wintry, so I think it might be here to stay!


Laura said...

Arthur and I are sitting here reading this and just can't believe your weather. WOW! What a way to start winter. Arthur said just look at that door knob, then he said wonder what Feb/March will be like? I feel like we are just getting into spring around our house.

So happy Jesse is doing better, boy he was swollen. I've never seen anything like that.

So, here we sit in Florida with temperatures in the 80's...it's really warm. But, we'd love to be in the snow with your crew enjoying some fellowship.

So happy you all got so much done before winter set in, and so HAPPY you have power back. Hope you have a great week end and your all cozy and warm!

Stacey said...

Winter is definitely not shy this year! I can't believe how we went from beautiful fall days last week to nasty winter storms in like one day. I sure hope we have lots of snow, and not too much cold weather ;)