Monday, December 1, 2014

MONDAY MUSINGS—WHEN JACK FROST GOES GUERRILLA





This morning my house came under attack from Jack Frost’s guerrilla soldiers with a little help from the Old Man Winter with his north wind. No fanciful painting of frost. These were sprites on steroids. They had out the big gun and pelted ice balls at the house and windows. It was loud enough to wake me up at 4 a.m. wondering what was going on. Even the dog started barking. 

No sunshine and coffee outside this morning. We've got freezing drizzle pellets falling with enough ice accumulation, about an inch and a half, that they closed the schools. Saturday and Sunday it was in the upper 60's and sunny. I had all my windows open to the warm breeze and spent as much time outside soaking up the sunshine as I could. By late Sunday afternoon the wind was rising and the temps dropped over thirty degrees in three hours. Tuesday and Wednesday we'll be back up in the mid 40's and sunshine. This has been a crazy week of weather. But that's Missouri.

How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was nice but smaller than usual. Most of our family Thanksgiving meals have a minimum of thirty-five and some years we've had all my siblings and their families, which is considerably more. Those years we do buffet tables set up in Pop’s finished two-car garage (actually he can get a truck and two cars in there). The garage is right off the kitchen so bringing out the food isn't difficult. We decorate and set the tables up along three sides of the garage and seating in the middle. Most Thanksgivings are mild here so we open one of the garage doors to the sunshine and concrete drive with various lawn chairs set up nearby. Lots of room for the kids to play and the adults to sit and gossip.

This year, it was only one of my brothers and his wife, my niece, Deanna, her husband, and their two little ones with my family. We ate inside since there were only 11 of us. Steve baked the prettiest 24 lb turkey I've seen outside of a magazine. He did up the sides to go with it and I did a pork roast and a complete meal with sides. I enjoyed the cooking of it early morning with music playing and my husband and I talking as we working on everything. He was teasing me about how I had everything cut and lined up for each dish prettier than Rachel Ray. I don’t know about that but you do have to keep all the ingredients separated. J

On the home front, we got a lot done during the warm spell. A dark cloud of ‘oh, no’ came to us on Friday afternoon when realized our twenty year old chest freezer wasn't freezing. Acck! So it was a mad dash to transfer what we could to the bottom freezer on the fridge and a quick run to the store to buy ice bags to pack in the freezer. Found another chest freezer, just a little smaller, on clearance, Yay! They couldn't deliver until Monday, boo. Then with this ice and nasty roads that’s been delayed until tomorrow afternoon.


But hey, all things considered, life is still pretty damn good. J   

So, how are things in your neck of the woods? Any news to share? Good movies seen or books read? C’mon, share the gossip. Laughter of it all will make the day less gray.


Meanwhile, me and my cup of coffee will be sitting here, feet propped up in front of a warm fire and supervising the kid and his fiance put up the tree and lights. It's good being boss, lol!

13 comments:

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sorry it's been so cold for you. It actually got warmer this weekend where I live. It's back in the 30's but that's way better than the 20's it was before then.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You had a tiny gathering this year!
We're going through one of those warms spells right now. Give it a day and that will change.

cleemckenzie said...

Sometimes those small holiday dinners are the best. We had 18 or 20. I can't remember, exactly. Fortunately, my husband did a lot of the organizing while I was gone because I'd never have pulled off dinner for two let along 20 without that.

Here's to a new freezer.

Jo said...

Pretty chilly in our part of Ontario at the moment. Right now, no snow or ice though. Glad you enjoyed your Turkey day. Not really thinking Christmas yet.

Liza said...

You are the only person I "know" besides me that sets up Thanksgiving in the garage. For us it is only the drinks because most years it is pretty cold. But we put out a mock fireplace space heater and rugs and try to make it look as good as a working garage can look!

T. Powell Coltrin said...

About 3 am this morning, ice pelted my windows. I figured we wouldn't have school. We did.

~Sia McKye~ said...

NATALIE, today is nasty and 20 degrees but tomorrow and the rest of the week will be much warmer. I can live with that.

ALEX, it's all relative, lol! For my family, that was small.

LEE, Hubs is a good cook in his own right and a big help in the kitchen when I'm trying to pull something like this together. He keeps it easy and fun. The day was very special because of that. Glad yours made your day special too. :-)

~Sia McKye~ said...

JO, I'm sure you're cold about now. Glad the snow and ice wasn't present. We didn't get the tree up but we did get up the lights and a few other things. We had a great day with lots of laughter and teasing.

LIZA, the house, while large, isn't large enough to accommodate more than a dozen in the dining room. The garage is the perfect place. It's always clean, Pop doesn't tolerate anything else, and on the cold years we have two heaters that make the room toasty. We have several friends that use their finished garage for parties and big dinners. Mine has one side finished. We could use it, too, but never have had the need since most of the family live down near my mom. You make use of what you have, right?

TERESA, they had school further south of us but we were the lucky ones with the most ice. Oh yay. Missouri weather is ever changing, isn't it?

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sia .. that brought back earlier times with family and friends - larger parties and numbers .... fun and so good to read - breaking freezers too .. such is life!

Cheers and hope that snow and Mr Frost has gone now ... our 'cold' has just come - but you can't call it cold!! Hilary

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Hi Sia!! I'll trade you - I LOVE cold weather :)

Dianne K. Salerni said...

We had about 20 people over for Thanksgiving and STILL had a ton of leftovers. How does that even happen?

We also had a massive die-off in our outside pond, losing about 8 fish. :( The fish usually hibernate throughout the winter, so this is unusual. We can only think that the sudden drop in temperature was more than some of them could take. Very sad.

Kat Sheridan said...

You've really had a time of it, but your Thanksgiving sounds wonderful! Just be ultra careful with all that ice. No more falling!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

We had our smallest Thanksgiving in years with my daughter overseas and two significant others unable to attend. But it was fun and full of love.