Last night, the weather in Ann Arbor dropped to -14 with a wind-chill of -38, the condensation inside the windows of our home is freezing and forming ice crystals (see photo above), and we helped two different strangers get their cars unstuck on our street over the past two days after getting about 11 inches of snow over the weekend. This weather has been crazy and I can honestly say I’ve never seen anything like it before. The good news is that the temps here now are finally climbing above 0 – just barely at only 1°F, but I’ll take it! Before the temps turned sub-zero, we were able to take a nice stroll through our neighborhood and capture these wintery photos (see below). Hopefully all those impacted by the freezing temps and snow are staying warm and cozy.
Brace yourselves for “Winter Storm Ion”. We’ve had a good bit of snow this winter already and it looks like there’ll be much more coming this weekend; luckily, we’ve got a good snow shovel and Ryan doesn’t mind the exercise. Our home feels extra cozy with these great new slippers my parents sent me as a Christmas gift, our toasty fireplace, and these beautiful winter greens I’ve scattered around the house. Our dear friend Jennifer gave us some cuttings from her tree, who she named Freyja, and my parents sent us this lovely Christmas cactus which is in full bloom and is quite the contrast to the blanket of white outside our door.
This was my view of the last sunrise of 2013 and it was quite a beautiful one! We flew home on New Year’s Eve and even managed to stay up until midnight, even though we’d had only 4 hours of sleep the night before and a 2+ hour flight delay in Dallas on our way home. We arrived home to snow and even more snow followed on New Year’s Day. This was my view of the last sunset of 2013…
The fresh-fallen snow really is beautiful…makes the world feel clean and fresh and inspired us to do the same and start with a good house-cleaning on New Year’s Day. We took a walk in our neighborhood and breathed in the cold, clean air and listed to the crunch of snow beneath our feet and just enjoyed our first walk of 2014.
We flew to El Paso, TX for our Christmas holiday to spend time with family. It was nice to get some sunshine and some warm weather for a change! Unfortunately, all of us were sick for some portion of the Christmas vacation, but we are all finally feeling better and on the mend. Despite our under-the-weatherness, we were able to visit some of our favorite spots and do some of our favorite things while visiting – including eating some delicious Mexican food, a visit to Old Mesilla, Whooppee Bowl antique mall, and seeing some dear friends. Tomorrow, we head back to A2 – where the forecast calls for a high of 21 and snow. I haven’t had to wear my coat, hat, or gloves since we arrived in El Paso 10 days ago, but I’ll have them ready for when we land tomorrow. Happy New Year’s Eve eve!
We are lucky to have such wonderful neighbors…wonderful neighbors who also have a wonderful dog…a wonderful dog who Melody happens to love as much as she loves our wonderful neighbors. Emily and Joel were kind enough to dog-sit for us while we were away for the holidays and Melody got to spend some quality time with her favorite furry man, Stanley. I’m pretty sure it’s true love. I have to admit, I’m pretty sure she’s not going to want to come home when Stanley and Emily and Joel have been so great to her. Emily sent us some rather humorous photos (including these here, thanks Emily!) of the two of them snuggled up together – apparently Stanley’s backside makes for an excellent pillow to rest one’s head.
This is our friend’s (lovely Lisa of Pot & Box) dog Ko and, in case you can’t tell from the photo, he is awesome. Sadly, our handsome fella has cancer…the good news is that there is a treatment that can help save Ko. If you can give any amount to help save Ko and/or you’d like to hear more about Ko and Lisa, please visit this page here. Thank you.
Update: Happy New Year’s Eve eve news – the campaign for Ko is now fully funded!
We’ve had quite a bit of snow this weekend; it snowed all day Saturday and it has been snowing all morning today as well. Also, I couldn’t resist putting Melody in this red sweater and reindeer ears – we didn’t leave them on long as she looked so miserable in them, just long enough to get some ridiculous photos. Perhaps the fact that she’ll have some treats in her stocking by the fireplace will make up for this brief moment of humiliation? I like to think so. Melody wishes you a most delicious Christmas and a tasty New Year!
Last night, I enjoyed a most adorable advent play performance in which our friends’ daughter, Averie, played a lamb. The kids were so cute playing the part of angels, lambs, shepherds, Joseph and Mary, etc. I can remember doing the same, when I was a little girl; I even got the lead role of Mary one year, which was a really big deal for me and included a solo performance. Not only was it fun to watch the kids sing and act out the story, but it was also so much fun for me to sing along to such familiar Christmas carols – what a nice way to add some Christmas cheer to my holiday season!
We had some snowfall here yesterday and this is what we woke up to this morning… Beautiful, white, fresh-fallen snow – not much, but just enough to make everything gleam. So today, I put on my warm, green, turtleneck sweater and sipped my peppermint mocha latte while enjoying the view out the window. Hello winter.
We had a fun, busy, Christmasy weekend. We kicked off our weekend with some Midnight Madness fun in downtown Ann Arbor to finish up our Christmas shopping and we stopped into the Old German for a drink and to share their delicious, baked soft pretzels with spicy mustard and cheddar fondue. Downtown Home and Garden had a petting zoo for the weekend, complete with alpaca, goats, sheep, a donkey, and a zebu. The zebu had the best eyelashes! I wanted to get a good picture of the zebu, but it didn’t want to pose for me – oh well, you know how zebus can be. We hosted a holiday brunch at our home on Sunday and really enjoyed having everyone over and sharing such delicious food with friends; Ezra (who shares my love for strawberries – in fact, I’m pretty sure he loves them even more than I do) even showed me the proper way to patty-cake – thanks, Ezra! During our brunch, the snow started to fall outside (it really was perfect timing) and 3 different groups of friends at the brunch were heading directly from our place to pick out their Christmas trees.