Saturday, December 9, 2017

it's beginning to look a lot like winter

Matt left for a hunting trip on Wednesday night.  I didn't mention that here on the internet because I didn't want anyone to know little old me was home alone.  But, as the late, great P. Swayze would say, I had the time of my life. I also had soup and cheese and crackers for dinner because while I consider that a full dinner, Matt laughs in the face of cheese and crackers as the evening meal.

Just kidding.  I missed Matt (and his stellar coffee making skills), and was happy when he decided to come home a day early because of an impending snowstorm.  Despite watching countless episodes of Dual Survival, he and his dad didn't want to get stranded in woods of northeastern Pennsylvania, and I can't say I blame them.  

In preparation for his hunting trip, Matt decided to try out his new tree stand last weekend.  Initially he was going to do it in our backyard, but then changed his mind and took it to his dad's house which crushed the possibility of me getting a photo of the whole experiment.

But, dreams really do come true because a few hours later my father in law texted me this picture.




I hope Matt knows these telephone poles don't exist in the woods.

I decided to take a vacation day on Friday, and originally I planned to wake up at 6 am and clean and ambitiously sort and organize the ENTIRE house, but then I decided I'd rather use my vacation day to do absolutely nothing.  And so I slept until 9:30, and then relaxed all morning with coffee and a book.



Around lunchtime I decorated our fake Christmas tree in the living room.  I got it seven years ago at Walmart, and I think it's beginning to show its age.  Its a little tilted.  As Michelle brilliantly called it, the leaning tower of tree-sa.



After lunch I went to the library, Ulta, Home Goods, and Bed Bath and Beyond, and wound up at my parents' house.  I let their puppy Pearl out when I got there and within fifteen minutes she'd shredded both a plastic bag and a glove that she discovered on a walk with my dad earlier in the day and carried all the way home.





When my mom got home we turned on the local news, and we knew snow was coming because Cecily Tynan was wearing a sleeve.  Cecily wears sleeveless dresses 355 days a year, so you know she means business/severe weather when she wears a sleeve.



And sure enough, it snowed all day today.



Matt and I played 3 games of scrabble and stayed in pajamas until noon and then finished installing the rest of the kitchen floor.  

Growing up my mom always made spaghetti and meatballs on the first snow day of the year, so that's what we had for dinner.  It was delicious.

Just as good as the cheese and crackers I've been eating all week.

17 comments:

Rebecca Jo said...

So much goodness here...
Loved old chirstmas trees - even if they are leaning
Puppies & all their cute destructive ways (I can attest to this right now)
A day in PJ's & scrabble games
Christmas books!!!
& cheese & crackers for dinner. GIRLLLL - I love doing that. Ricky will pick up some Chick-Fil-A for dinner some nights & that's what I'm all about. Or crackers & hummus... give me ALL THE CARBS!

Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis said...

Oh wow that's a lot of snow. Looks so pretty but burrr!!

Michelle said...

That all sounds so delightful! I hope you enjoyed your macaroni and gravy ;)

Leslie said...

Cracking up about the weather forecaster and the pic of Matt! What a cozy snow day!

Dara @ Not In Jersey said...

Pretty snow and cute dog!

Marie said...

Oh that snow is so pretty!!

rooth said...

Did he get a deer? It seems like it snowed basically everywhere in the US except for Dallas... sigh

Faith said...

That is the best way to use a vacation day! I love that your mom had a tradition of making spaghetti and meat ball on the first snowfall of the year. I should do the same! The snow was so pretty and it really wasn't that much of a hassle. Kinda wish it snowed like that during the winter. Not too heavily and just pretty :) It was the best weekend to veg out at home!

P!nky said...

I'm the same not sharing when my husband is away. He is traveling a lot now so I keep it vague. Well done on your vacation day :)!

Martina @ A Splash of Mimosa said...

My father always says that if Lonnie Quinn has his jacket off and his shirt sleeves rolled up, we're in for it. I wonder if it's a meteorologist Easter egg kind of thing.

Audrey Louise said...

I love the first snow tradition! I also love Pearl's cute little face. Lol
I wish K still traveled without me. I LOVED my time at home without him, hahaha! Now our business trips are together. Lol

Nadine Lynn said...

Cheese and crackers is a legit dinner that I have anytime Chris doesn't eat with me. And maybe some wine. ;) I have to laugh at your reference to Cecily Tynan wearing sleeves because our weather man here in Alabama, James Spann, wears dress pants, a colored shirt and suspenders anytime there is a threat of a tornado or the rare snow here. We always joke when we see his suspenders and his macbook, we better brace ourselves for some serious mother nature! Love that you guys do spaghetti on the first snow! I make snow cream the one time every few years we get snow here.

Kelly said...

I love the spaghetti & meatball on the first day of snow tradition! I would love to do something like that... If it would ever snow here. It doesn't feel like Christmas AT ALL yet! Or actually it feels like the Christmas of my youth - in southern California.

Hena Tayeb said...

That sound so nice.. makes me envious. I have little kids so sleeping in until 7:30 is a luxury and a day of reading.. well I haven't done that in forever..
Enjoy..

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

LOL forever on Cecily's sleeves. SO TRUE.

Cheese and crackers is a full meal here, too.

Erica @ Whimsical September said...

Okay, I LOVE your mom's tradition of serving spaghetti and meatballs on the first snow day of the year. That tradition sounds fabulous and simple and so so memorable for kids. I kind of want to start doing that. :)

Kristy Sayer-Jones @ Southern In Law said...

I’m glad I’m not the only one who looks at the freedom to eat whatever for dinner as a massive plus when the husband is away 😜 When Jesse works interstate or is out with his friends, I always use it as an opportunity to eat the things he doesn’t like and totally love it haha.

I am a little bit envious of all of that snow - even though I hate winter and can’t stand even the mild Sydney weather,.. I’d probably die if it snowed, actually.. 😂