So it’s Wednesday and around here that means it’s time to weigh~in. Whoever came up with that idea? Ugh. Well, here’s my weigh-in: I’ve been celebrating my birthday. A lot. And while, yes technically a birthday is one day a year…. this year I’ve seen it as worthy of at least a week or two. And when I’m done celebrating, I will need to detox. Again.
Here’s the thing: THE WEATHER. Oh my head wants to explode thinking about it. I’ve tried really hard not to talk about it, not to update a status with it, not to dwell on it. But THE WEATHER! It’s never been this cold. Records are literally being set. Ice is everywhere. School. I don’t remember the last time my kids had a regular day of school. Two hour delays (and as I type this closing all together) have become the norm. BECAUSE IT’S THAT COLD.
I ventured out yesterday to run errands. First, stopping at a Redbox to grab a movie to watch (because WHAT ELSE can you do when you’ve exhausted your dvr’d tv shows?)…. and I had to take my gloves off to use the touch screen. I literally didn’t think I was going to be able to last long enough to complete the transaction. My hand burned so bad.
Every night the news shows stories of the homeless… wrestling the decision of whether or not to come inside a shelter to get warm or to stay put in the “homes” they’ve created on the streets. The issue? Leaving their “homes” means they would come back to find most, if not all, of their possessions stolen. And the fear of losing what little they have keep many on the streets in this unbearable cold.
The horror continues with stories of dogs and cats left outside. Many found frozen to death. Some found barely clinging to life, but frozen to what little shelter they can find. One dog, found frozen to his “dog house” floor could only be rescued after warm water was repeatedly poured over him to melt the connection. I wish that those who are responsible for these poor animals would be forced outside to see what it feels like. How anyone can leave their pets outside in this I will never understand.
These stories are constant reminders of how blessed my family is to be inside, safe and warm. Not something to every take for granted.
So, one would think that while we’ve been spending all this time inside TOGETHER that there would be much book reading, board game playing, and hot cocoa drinking. Notsomuch. We are all long past the cuteness of being trapped inside. I think the word stir-crazy applies. I daydream of feeling that warm spring sun on my face and breathing fresh air again.
In other interesting news, all this extra time at home has caused me to spend a little more time online… and I noticed a huge spike in traffic… turns out these little guys have been pinned more than 4,300 times so far. Guess everyone is looking for a healthy way to cure a sweet tooth!
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