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Can I Share My Winter Woes?

Posted 12-17-2008 at 03:49 PM by JKVirtualOffice  
This has been a crazy week...the snow, ice and freezing temps have kept the schools closed all week so far and the rumor is that they'll probably stay closed for the rest of the week. I don't mind having my son home so much, but I typically use the time he's in school to get a good chunk of my work done for the day without interruptions- and I feel guilty letting him just sit and play video games too much during the day. He also has a head cold so going outside to play hasn't been at the top of my list of things to do.

On top of that, we had no power on Monday for 6 1/2 hours while it was about 20 degrees out AND our Christmas tree fell over (again!) yesterday with ornaments flying everywhere and water pouring out of the tree holder. So, my husband took it outside last night and wrangled with it for a good hour to get it more stable...which it now is, but the hour of wrangling took it's toll on the poor tree which now looks like what I've termed "The Worst Christmas Tree Ever." So far only the lights are back on the tree as I haven't had the energy to tackle redecorating the tree for the third time. As of yet, there are no presents under the tree since the carpet is still damp from all the water that's spilled there (not that the presents are even wrapped yet!).

While I was trying to vacuum up all the pine needles, I discovered the vacuum was now clogged and so I began to wrestle with that thing on the kitchen floor with more dirt, dust and pine needles rapidly taking over the kitchen floor. Eventually, I had to employ the help of my husband and a coat hanger. He's home today because we have about 5 inches of snow on the ground. And it's a good thing he is home, because right after the great vacuum fiasco, I discovered that we did not have water. Turns out the outside faucet pipe froze and broke and the only way to stop the gushing water, was to turn off the water pump. Now, my poor husband has had to trek out on our snowy and ice covered roads to the hardware store for something to fix the pipe and the faucet so we can have water again. Otherwise, we are probably headed over the in-laws for the night!

Surprisingly, I'm actually finding this all rather comical- at least now anyway. :gigglebox: Yesterday was another matter as I lie under the newly-toppled Christmas tree yelling words that I know my 5 year old should not be hearing. Today, it just seems like something out of Chevy Chase's Christmas Vacation- only without the crazy relatives, at least the weather has kept them from showing up.

I hope everyone else is having a more uneventful holiday/winter season than I am, but just in case you are bored and need a little excitement, head on over to our house, where the fun just never seems to end.
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Virtual Horizons's Avatar
Can't say that my holiday season is quite as exciting as yours! Actually quite boring compared to you. Thanks for the chuckle May the rest of your week be boring and sane...
Posted 12-17-2008 at 09:34 PM by Virtual Horizons Virtual Horizons is offline
Tess's Avatar
Sounds something like life while we were in India - except when the power went out it was 100 degrees out so we sweltered without a breeze or a fan and when the water stopped running it was because the tank on the roof of our house was empty... LOL
Hang in there! And I too wish you a boring rest of the week.
We have snow too - seven inches today!
Posted 12-17-2008 at 10:31 PM by Tess Tess is offline
LeeDrozak's Avatar
I don't have nearly the excitement and I like to keep it that way.

Your story reminded me of the time when we had a little terrier and she chewed through the tree lights. I was having a huge party but did not have time to undress the tree and relight so we went with a rather blah tree that year. I will need to get some tips from you about redecorating a tree!
Posted 12-18-2008 at 04:59 AM by LeeDrozak LeeDrozak is offline
Virtually Assisting You's Avatar
OMG!! Redecorating for the 3rd time, wow! I think the tree would have met the pavement by now, at our house,lol.

I know how you feel about School being out due to weather. You love the fact that they're home with you; but, you also need to get some work done! We've been out most of the week as well.

Well, I hope you get everything all fixed up and Have the Best Christmas ever!
Posted 12-18-2008 at 08:15 AM by Virtually Assisting You Virtually Assisting You is offline
Tess's Avatar
Kimberly, when you don't log on here for hours and hours I start to worry that you've lost power again... Hope all is well today in PDX. We have a foot of snow (hasn't stopped for the past two days!) and I know it snow there when it snow here, so am wondering.....
Posted 12-18-2008 at 12:15 PM by Tess Tess is offline
Only a little snow today, but STILL no water. Ugh. Dishing are piling up and laundry isn't getting done...I'm keeping my fingers crossed though to have water by the end of the day.

@Kena- our tree very nearly did hit the pavement. My husband was grumbling something about getting the artificial tree out of the barn...I'd rather have a live tree- so took what I could get.
Posted 12-18-2008 at 03:55 PM by JKVirtualOffice JKVirtualOffice is offline
vainparadise's Avatar
Hang in there Kimberly! I hope by now things have settled for you. BTW I used to hate them calling school because of the weather.
Posted 12-21-2008 at 10:42 AM by vainparadise vainparadise is offline

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