Old Man Winter

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Tomorrow is the first day of spring.  And, boy, are we glad she’s getting here.

This has been the weirdest winter I can recall.  Fifteen years ago we had a major snow storm followed by ice that kept us out of school for something like two weeks straight.  We lost our entire spring break AND had to add time to the day from March to May. It was miserable.

This year, winter actually hit us before winter.  It started before Thanksgiving actually. I’m all for arriving to a party early, but that was incredibly early.  And now, winter has just really overstayed his welcome. 

We’ve had snow.

We’ve had sleet.

We’ve had freezing rain.

We’ve had no power.

And we’re still getting all of this.

People are starting to get cranky.  Cranky people forget to be appreciative. 

So, here’s what I think. . .we’ve got extra moisture in a thirsty land; having no power encouraged us to find new ways to communicate and reach out to each other–not to mention different ways to entertain ourselves. 

I appreciate winter.

But, yes, bring on the spring.


January Spice Cabinet

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Ah, lucky January with your five Wednesdays.  How exciting it is for me to think of things I want to share in the spice cabinet.  Perhaps my favorite part of the spice cabinet is taking pictures for it.  You get a little glimpse into the things that make my life, well, my life.

1.  I live in a part of North Carolina that may or may not get snow.  When it’s predicted, I’m like a little kid and make sure all my shades are open so I can see it when it starts.  Yesterday was such a day.waitingforsnow



2.  These are two of my most favorite pieces of décor in my house.  My friend John makes them as a hobby.  camcraft

3.  My hot chocolate making kit.  That little wisk is just the perfect size for making sure my hot chocolate, peppermint sprinkles, and milk are well blended in my awesome Barbie cup. (hmm, seems that pink theme from the last Spice Cabinet is around)hotchocolate

4.  When you’re a teacher you occasionally get gifts.  One of my favorite gifts is this mug. It so happens that it was from one of my favorite students as well.  He “got” me.laughtermug

5.  And here is my sweet love on date night.  It’s tough sometimes to balance what needs to be done and what wants to be done.  But, the end result will be worth it, and frankly, it’s just nice to have him near on date night.stevenstudies