Monday, December 29, 2008

Hey, where ya been???


I think it's more like where have I been??? Well, first there was a birthday party, (Jesus's) to attend, dinners to make, family to spend time with and then we have good ole' Michigan weather. Ya, all happening in a matter of 3-4 days. Oh yeah, add a day or two of work in the mix and I'm sure just like all the rest of you it's been a little busy.. Ya??


It was a great Christmas this year, I got to cook a big meal. Something I love to do but seldom have the chance or time. We had a dinner party of six at our house on Christmas day, not to many and just the right mix so we can all enjoy conversation and food. My adult grand daughter visited later in the day and came sporting a diamond so she is now officially engaged. Something that was not entirely a surprise but not really expected either.



Then on the evening of the 26Th we had all most but not entirely all of my husbands family. You see them in the picture. It was potluck for this gathering and more good food and fellowship was celebrated. We had grand kids, great grand kids, kids and their spouses, etc. and of course Mom in the center who enjoys it all at her very young age of 92.

Enter Michigan weather to the scene and now it gets complicated, we had freezing rain, mounds of snow about 11 inches I think, then temps climbing to the near 60 degree mark so now all the mounds of snow began melting, thunder storms with torrential rains, and flood warnings. Some where in there late Saturday night on the 27 Th we lost power and the phone lines. This has happened to us before so not to worry but no power all day Sunday, and by late afternoon Sweetman hauled out the generator to hook up the pump so we can have water. Still not to worry but as the evening wore on he decided to hook into the refrigerator to prevent food spoilage and a couple of lights. We did have a source of heat so that was not to much of an issue but most of the house was pretty cold, and I might add dark except where there was a small light or candle. Evening came early and we slept to the drone of the generator sitting outside the back door, not to mention the drone of our neighbors generator that was far noisier then our own.

I had to plan how to get ready for work at 5AM on Monday in the dark, not to mention getting my hair decent and some make up put on. We had extension cords running all over the house and for a few hours I felt like I was Laura Engels living in little house on the prairie. Its amazing how we are so dependent on electric and all the creature comforts like flipping a switch & light floods a room, or microwave popcorn that I so enjoy in the evenings. But thanks to Sweetmans yankee ingenuity, where with all and wisdom we stayed pretty comfortable. I'm so thankful for a warm home, and all the comforts we are blessed with. Many are still out of power and have gone into shelters or hotels to wait it out. It did make for a very different Christmas. I do hope you all enjoyed yours as much as I did mine.

10 comments:

Mari said...

I'm so glad you have power again. We do take ti fro granted until it's gone. I love the family picture!

Penless Thoughts said...

I love the picture. Boy, your mom looks great for 92. Hope I look that good in 21 more years.

We'd been hearing about all your bad weather. We go through the no electric, etc. here in Oklahoma because of various storms. Yes, it makes us realize how TOTALLY dependent we are on that plug!!!!
Susan

Deb said...

What a great picture of Ray's family:)
Hey if your ever without power, just holler, ya know I'm not far. .
Wasn't that crazy weather?? We got hit with everything! Have a Happy and Blessed New Year:)

Shelly said...

SUCH A HUGE FAMILY PIC. SO NICE!

I AM GLAD THAT YOU ALL WERE ABLE TO GET TOGETHER AND GLAD THAT YOUR POWER IS BACK ON.

YES, WE DO TAKE IT FOR GRANTED. THAT IS WHEN WE REALIZE HOW MUCH WE REALLY DEPEND ON THAT POWER.

ENJOY YOUR DAY!

Cherdecor said...

That is a nice family picture! I am glad that you have the power back on and that you enjoyed your night as Laura Engels. =)

Lisa said...

I hope your power stays on. We were without power for 4 or more days several years ago and we did have gas logs and we cooked on the grill and we had hot water to bath because it runs off gas. We read by candle light. We were ready for power! Happpy New Year

Saija said...

sounds like you got a little of everything - over the holiday season ... a real sprinkling!!!

it was good to read your post ... to just catch up ... sending big ole blessings to you for the new year!

Sandra said...

Oh I just love the photo Nancy :)

Happy New Year :)

Cathy said...

That's a pretty Christmas picture, Nancy. I'm glad you had a wonderful Christmas with your big family. Wishing you all a Blessed and Happy New Year ~

Connie@Little Red Hearts From God said...

How interesting... how calm you are..
here in Georgia.. one snowflake and we board up like it's a disaster... it's really funny...
in 1993 we did have 14 inches of snow and it crippled us for one week.

I hope you have a wonderful year filled with God's blessings
Connie