continued to be lovely with the exception of some frayed hormones
yesterday morning. These periods that have resumed with ridiculous
force after being so mild as menopause picked up speed are just driving
me nuts. I never had PMS before, but wow, it's crazy now.
I did get a
good bit of cleaning done yesterday that I'd been wanting to do for a
long while and got a decent start to laundry.
A couple of
people have written to ask about Belle, the dog that is mine but who I
can never touch because she's so fearful of humans. We did manage
to trap her a year ago and get her spayed so that there would be no more
holes in the woods filled to the brim with her puppies (thanks again to
the kind person who helped that happen).
still around and still won't let us touch her, but she's really glad to
see us when we get home. She lives in our front yard, visits her
puppies who turned a year old in early September and protects the house
from intruders. She's such a dear thing and I don't look for
anything to change in terms of how she interacts with us. She'll
walk close to me if she's following me up the driveway, but the minute I
turn around, she re-establishes the dancing distance to a safe 5-6 feet.
In many ways, she's the best dog I've ever had. I would just love
to give her a cuddle.
pictures from this morning (sorry about the long load time):
That girl does love to
dance in the snow
Muggles in the snow our
back. She's actually standing up on
the shelf of snow that is under the new snowfall from last night
Awwww. Does sumbuddy wanna come in outta de snoooow???
gotten about a foot and a half of snow (cumulative) in the past week.
It'll snow like mad (as it's doing now), then the sun will come out and
melt a bunch off the trees and we'll lose a few inches, then that will
freeze overnight and more snow will fall onto the frozen shelf.
This will likely go on through May when we'll get to see the ground
What you see
on the cars in the photos above is what fell yesterday afternoon and last
night. They were clean from the sun earlier in the day.
Time to get
ready to play mailman. I'll run between the snowflakes and dodge
the slick spots!
It has been a
lovely weekend so far. It's only half over and already, I hate for
it to end. I feel as though I need a break and even though Eric did
a great job of taking care of me today, just having tomorrow off of work
doesn't feel like enough. I need to feel caught up on so many
things like sleep, thinking, reading, laundry, writing, house cleaning,
snuggling, learning... I don't really feel proficient at anything.
I just feel like I am hurrying and hurrying and trying to catch up to a
train that is getting further and further away from me.
started my period yesterday and I feel like no one should be able to
bleed this much and still live. I was going to work out today, but
I didn't. I felt too tired and devoid of strength to even try.
So I just did the mail, made a nice dinner (Dave came over) and spent the
rest of the time lying around.
Eric and I
watched "Be Cool," the sequel to "Get Shorty," which is a favorite of
mine. The sequel was good too. I am almost finished listening
to The Sweet Potato Queens' Field Guide to Men. It feels
like a rehash, but it's still nice to hear Jill's voice talkiing to me in
the headphones. I just heart her to pieces.
I had a real
spiritual revelation that I'm still working on and enjoying sorting
through. I have decided that I am really very tired of labels.
What moved me initially was something I heard on the show "Dirty Jobs" on
the Discovery Channel. Mike Rowe, the host, was talking to a man
whose job it is to clean out septic tanks. In the process of
encountering one that was particularly foul (I think they were actually
cleaning a grease trap at a school at the time), he asked the guest, "Are
you a religious man?" Without missing a step, the guy said, "No,
but I am a spiritual man."
moved me and set me off on a string of thoughts on the differences
between being spiritual and being religious and the necessity (or not) of
having a label to slap on your spirituality in the form of a religion.
what I've been mulling.
have been intensely vivid and I can remember them clearly when I'm still
between the worlds, but as soon as I become fully awake, they're gone.
we got dumped with about 2 feet of snow in just a few hours. It's
still around. A good bit melted off the trees today and that is
about the only thing I enjoy about the snow. When it melts away, it
falls off the trees with these resounding *boom* noises that sound like
an avalanche. Sometimes, giant snowslides will fly off the roof and
crash to the ground. I just hope the cats move fast.
Creep, my oldest kitty, was under the shed when the snow came and we
didn't see him for a couple of weeks. Poor thing finally dug out
and was all raggedy and starving. He doesn't seem to be getting
back under the shed this year. I took three bins and stacked them
up with fleecy blankets inside and made the "Cat Hotel" for the cats to
crash in and they seem to like it. He has taken up residence on the
bottom floor, so I believe he'll be safe.
The dogs love
to play in the snow and it doesn't throw them off like the rain does.
When it's raining, they get all whiney and antsy and stupid.
The snow plow
has been knocking over my mailboxes, which is a pain. I've lost
about 3 on my route so far and the snowy part of winter has just begun.
Here's what the next few days look like:
Mixed rain and snow then snow. Snow accumulation
1 inch. Probability of measurable precipitation 100 percent. South
wind 20 mph. Low 34.
Sunday: Snow. Snow accumulation 5 inches.
Probability of measurable precipitation 100 percent. South wind 17 mph.
Sunday Night: Snow. Snow accumulation 2 inches.
Probability of measurable precipitation 90 percent. Southwest wind 12
mph. Low 34.
Monday: Rain. Probability of measurable precipitation 90 percent.
South wind 13 mph. High 36.
Monday Night: Snow. Snow accumulation 6 inches.
Probability of measurable precipitation 80 percent. Southwest wind 15
mph. Low 32.
Tuesday: Snow showers. Snow accumulation 2 inches.
Probability of measurable precipitation 60 percent. High 35.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers.
Probability of measurable precipitation 40 percent. Low 26.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Chance of snow. Probability of
measurable precipitation 30 percent. High 36.
So I dunno,
do you think it will snow?
got at least a foot out there after today's thaw. From the looks of
that forecast, we've got another 15-16 inches coming by Wednesday when it
clears off again.
I should try
to sneak out to town for provisions tomorrow before it gets bad.
the mail is going to be fun.
Eric has to
work at Beale AFB installing a fire alarm system a couple of days this
week, so I'll have to do the whole route (in snow, I pass off the
dangerous stuff to him) and I'm telling ya, some of it might not get
delivered. After getting stuck the other day, I'm not eager for a
repeat performance. I'll do my best, but I'm not going to risk
life, limb or vehicle for someone to get their new Oriental Trading
Company catalog. I love my route people, but I'd love to be around
to deliver after the thaw instead of nursing my broken hip or seeing the
world through a body cast.
By the way,
that whole "rain, sleet, snow" thing is a poem someone wrote; it's not
the law. Like "parlay," it's really just guidelines.
And now I'm
off to watch some TV and ease off into comfy sleep. Tomorrow is
pinochle day with our friends, Roy and Carolynda, which is always fun.
We're so blessed to know good folks to be around.
I hope you're
having a good weekend.
By all means,
my friends, be particular,
Who I am: I started my life as Katrina
Marie Chapman and it was promptly learned that my beloved grandfather was
unable to pronounce my name, so I became Kathy Chapman. When I
married my first husband, I became Kathy Humphrey. When we divorced
and later remarried, I was still Kathy Humphrey, but I started using my
legal name with my new job as a preschool administrator and became
Katrina Humphrey. Then I married Eric Rasbold and became Katrina
Rasbold. Here, I'm just me.