Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Ice is finally melting....AGAIN!

We've had another round of freezing rain, sleet, thunder and lightning and more sleet. The wind was fiercely out of the north at 30+ mph and a temperature drop of 60 degrees...yes...60 degrees overnight. On Friday and Saturday we had low to mid 80's and Saturday morning it was 27 and steadily dropped to 13 with wind chills in the sub zero range. The taxing on the electricity was so bad they were pleading with people to not use any unnecessary electric items and to keep thermostats at 68 or lower or we would have some "rolling blackouts". I was a good citizen and kept off all I did not need.  I do not like to have my computer on and it shut off in the middle of something....so, today is the first day I have turned it on since last Saturday! They lifted the restrictions at 9:30 a.m. It is now 10 a.m. The ice and sleet has moved further south in Texas and is creating lots of havoc there now with broken tree limbs and electrical lines from the heavy icing.. We had schools closed and many businesses closed yesterday because of the freezing temps, the ice and of course the restrictions on electric and gas usage. We actually reached above the freezing point late yesterday afternoon, by 2 degrees....LOL! There is still ice around, but all the highways are clear, some of the shaded areas and the temperature is still in the 20's, but we are supposed to see 47 today with another steady increase each day up to the 70's by the end of the week. The only appliance I had running for those 2 days was the TV and not much of that...mostly I lazed around and read on my Kindle....thank goodness I had it and my IPad and phone all charged up before the icing started. I stayed in my flannel PJs under a quilt most of those 2 days with all 4 kitties helping me to stay warm. I loved the snuggling, reading, sleeping and just in general relaxing.....just don't want to do it too often. ROFL.
I completed part of Amy's project for her and now working on the second part. Got the house in order, the trash out for pickup, a pot of beans cooking and all animals/birds fed.  So, gonna check on some blogs and pick up some nifty kits I missed and then get started on her project. Y'all have a terrific rest of the week, I hope wherever you are that you are warm and safe and making lots and lots of memories to share! Chat more with ya the next time. Hugs, Mat
I did this for Throw Back Thursday on Facebook last week. My sister Kathy about 1968-9, in a lovely frame by Neli Mandel at Lugar Encantado da Neli
This is my "little man" Tommy watching the squirrels in a page using a kit by Kyra with some clusters by her CT Arlene...you can find lots of gorgeous free kits and clusters at With A Russian Dutch Heart
This is sweet Annabeth just laughing at everyone...Her page I created using a flower overlay by Miriam at Miriam's Scraps and the 3d wordart is by Jaelop Designs. The frame is from Neli Mandel.
This is little Calvin with his older sister Hayden at about the same age...look almost like twins don't they? This QP (plus added to) is from a kit called Baby Time by JMCreations.
This is big boy, Calvin, at 3 months old...Just adore this photo! The background paper is from Raspberry Road Designs, the frame is from Laurrie at CheyOkota and the wordart is by by friend Donna at Donna's Digital Creations.
Here's 3 month old Calvin with first cousin, 5 month old Annabeth...aren't they just too adorable? Mimi is holding them on her lap and hiding behind them...LOL. This is another QP from the Baby Time kit by JMCreations.
And lastly, here is sweet Annabeth in her Valentine's outfit in a page created using Scrapbook Flair's free kit called Sweets, Hearts and Flowers by Oklahomadawn.  The wordart is by Linda at Random Thoughts at Linda's Place. Visit all these lovely designers and see what they offer you so generously and free! Thanks to all of you for all you share with me. Hugs, Mat


  1. Gosh, you really had some bad and cold weather there!!! I cannot even imagine anymorehow that feels, cause we are rather blessed this year. Coming days it might go down to freezing point at night at some places, but at daytime we have temps around 50-57C already with little wind and lots of sunshine, wow, cannot wiat till it's warm enough to open the garden doors again.
    Lots of layouts you've made again! You're sooo productive, LOL, I am already gald if I can keep up the stock of my kits.
    Hope weather will change quickly there, and you will not suffer from any powerloss etc.
    Have to go posting now, talk again later, okay?

  2. Sorry to hear how crazy your weather has been. It has certainly been wicked this year. Your layouts are beautiful. I just love the one with Tommy boy. He is gorgeous!! What great extraction in the last layout. Relly nice. I'm glad to say that it is beautiful here in Florida. It would be nice if I could take the weather here home with me next week but I don't think I can. Oh well. Hang in there, Spring isn't too far away now. You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

  3. Translated by Google from my C-Box

    Good afternoon, dear friend Mat! I am very happy today my great granddaughter was born Maria Helena! Her mother is my granddaughter Rebecca and the whole family is very happy! Almost no time for anything, because I'm going to the hospital stay and helping her husband to take care of my great granddaughter. Then I go back to bring more news, ok? A big hug from your girlfriend Neli.