The View From My Window

The world as seen from my window and through my eyes

Can’t wait for February to end February 27, 2008

Filed under: My View on Events,My View on People,My View on Weather — auntlelo @ 8:27 am

I don’t know about you, but, somehow this has been the longest February I can remember. Sure, it’s a leap year and February lasts one extra day. It’s not just that. It’s been cold, snowy, icy and generally miserable outside. But, it’s not just that.

This year, there’ve been a lot of concerning things that happened in February. There’s been unrest at church and the need to deal with difficult situations. There’s been death of people close to me in my church family. There’s been a cycle of hectic projects and upcoming personnel changes at work. We’ve had the flu and colds and…you get the picture. It’s just been a lot happening in what is usually the shortest month of the year.

I consider myself to be pretty strong and able to juggle a large number of things at the same time. I still believe that. But, when there’s something going on in every single facet of my life at once (home, work and church), it leaves me without a single place to feel a sense of peace. That’s a bit challenging. So, I think the flu and sickness seem to be about over at home. It seems like the most likely peaceful haven for awhile. I’m ready to dive back into my exercise with gusto after having sickness in our family the past couple of weeks. We’re going to get away for a few hours with Kevin and Jayne and head down to the Lake on Saturday. They seem to be suffering through the same February blahs that we are. It’ll get me back on track.

Last night my husband was telling me that sometimes I’m too much of a big picture person and when I look at the entire picture at once it’s overwhelming. He’s right. I’m one person and I can only really deal with one issue at a time. I’ll set my priorities, make a list, and start to tackle things on each front as they need to be handled.

Taking a deep, calming breath. Getting ready to head into March…in like a lion, out like a lamb—I hope.

 

Looks like a tornado hit our neighborhood December 10, 2007

Filed under: My View on Weather — auntlelo @ 4:01 pm

We got out for a little bit before the next storm hits so that we could have plenty of milk, bread, eggs, etc. We, like all of our other Fulton neighbors, were also in search of batteries and lamp oil in case the power goes out again. We were successful in our pursuit of batteries, the lamp oil was a lost cause.

As we drove to and from the store, I took a few more photos of the scene around us. I know most of you in Columbia are probably thinking we’re a bunch of light weights over here. But, believe me when I tell you I think we got a heavier dose of ice than many other places in the last 24 or so hours. There was a house just around the corner that had a huge old tree that had completely fallen over in the year, the complete rootball had been wrenched from the ground. It narrowly missed the house, which is for sale, and the older woman who owns it must be awfully grateful.

This is a photo of my Mom and Dad’s old house on Hickman Avenue. Note the beautiful Bradford Pear tree my sisters gave Mom for Mother’s Day several years ago is no more. It, like many others, is split in half under the weight of the ice.

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Our neighbor, just 3 doors down, lost a big old tree right next to the house. (This is next door to Aunt Pat.) woodhill.jpgThere were several houses along West Seventh Street and Court Street that were hit hard. I wasn’t able to photograph some of them because we were moving and couldn’t stop, but, there doesn’t seem to be a house around that didn’t have some sort of mess to clean up.

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The sounds of winter December 9, 2007

Filed under: My View on Weather — auntlelo @ 4:56 pm

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I opened the back door a little while ago and the sound of winter is that of breaking tree limbs, crashing to the ground in the park behind the house. How sad. There are a lot of large, old trees and several have been severely damaged or destroyed.

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The power has been going off all day. I’m grabbing one of the few “on” moments to do this quick post. From a visual perspective, the ice can be breathtaking. Practically speaking, though, I’d rather get my eye-candy another way.

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Enjoy the photos of damaged trees and downed limbs from my back yard!

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Oh the weather outside is frightful… December 8, 2007

Filed under: My View on Weather — auntlelo @ 12:44 pm

But in my house it’s so delightful!

I love nasty winter weekends under two conditions: I don’t have to go anywhere and all my children are in their homes and not traveling.

When those two conditions apply, these are great stay at home opportunities. I love to putter around doing things like baking, making nice warm soups or stews, watching old movies or playing games. This weekend, I think Allen and I may both play a little Zelda. I also have a few Christmas projects I need to finish up.

Let the freezing rain do its worst. Today, we’re inside all nice and warm with nowhere we have to go. I think it’s time for hot chocolate and Christmas music!

 

Today’s view from my window: Water Tower Place October 31, 2007

Filed under: My View on Events,My View on Weather — auntlelo @ 5:26 pm

I flew to Chicago this morning and it was a pretty uneventful flight. The weather here isn’t too bad, I think it was in the mid-50’s today and that’s not too bad for October in the windy city.

CASE once again has put me up in a beautiful spot, the Omni Hotel. It’s a beautiful suite with a bedroom, a sitting room, a decadently large bath, 2 big screen TV’s, a wet bar, 3 phones and wireless internet—all for little ole me. So, the first thing I did, being a hick from the sticks, is order a cheeseburger and iced tea for lunch. Not just any old cheeseburger. This menu had only one cheeseburger and it was made from Kobe beef. Yummy!

I whiled away the afternoon working on my presentations, catching up on my email and watching Shrek the Third. Wow, I really need toΒ  get out more.

Tonight, I’m having dinner with good friends at MK’s. I’m sure I’ll eat too much and be completely exhausted, but, hey, that’s what conferences are all about, right?

Enjoy the late day view from my current window in Chicago!

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Rehearsal, Rain, Ritual and Reception…almost May 28, 2007

Filed under: My View on Events,My View on Weather — auntlelo @ 11:12 am

I would like to say the wedding took place without any problems, misfortunes or last minute changes. However, this is one that surely will go down in family history as one that had more than its share of misfortunes. The whole point, though, is that Bobby and Rhiannon are happily married and will have plenty of stories about the weekend to tell their children someday!

We thought the biggest battle would be against the elements. Rain threatened absolutely everything we did all weekend. But, the biggest battle was one that wasn’t anticipated. Around 11 p.m., the night before the wedding, Bobby was informed that the venue for their wedding reception had been shut down by the police because they didn’t possess a business license. So, slightly over 12 hours before a Sunday wedding on a holiday weekend, the bride and groom found themselves without a site for their post-ceremony merriment. Anxiety, panic, tears and anger were all fitting adjectives describing emotions Saturday night. The bride’s family didn’t sleep at all the night before the wedding. They managed to reach the pastor of their church, make emergency arrangements to use the fellowship hall and moved all of the tables, chairs, etc., that would fit into the church basement. It wasn’t quite big enough, there was no dance floor and it wasn’t handicapped accessible, but, it was a space and we were all grateful for it. God will provide!

Sunday morning, it rained and rained and rained. The backup location for the wedding was supposed to have been the original reception site. But, that was no longer available. We hoped and we prayed and about the time we needed to arrive at the wedding site, the clouds parted and the sun came out. The wedding was held at Loose Park after all. It may have been a little soggy and a bit warm and humid, but, it was beautiful. I have a nice sunburn to prove the sun was, indeed, shining on Bobby and Rhiannon’s wedding day!

This morning I slept in. I’m completely spent, but, very happy with the outcome of the weekend when all was said and done. The happy couple is married and off to enjoy a much deserved honeymoon. And I am back to work tomorrow!

 

Rain, Rain Go Away! May 4, 2007

Filed under: My View on Weather — auntlelo @ 7:10 am

I will be the first person to say that I like a little rain. I grew up on a farm and I am well aware of the value of rain, especially at this time of year. But, geez, give me a break already! First, winter went on forever and now the rains seem never ending!

I want to plant some flowers, but, it’s too muddy. I want to sit outside and BBQ, but, it’s hard to plan because you have to catch the time between thunderstorms. My poor sinuses just don’t know what to do—I’m popping sinus pills like a drug addict!

Oh well, enough complaining. It’s been a tough week, starting the weight loss routine, not getting enough sleep, rain causing my head to ache every morning. I think a mercy trip to Starbuck’s is in order this morning. If I can’t have real chocolate, then at least I can have a skinny vanilla latte, right? πŸ™‚

 

All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray… April 12, 2007

Filed under: My View on Weather,Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 7:16 am

That’s the view outside my window today, folks. It’s amazing that it’s April 12th and the weatherman on TV this morning was predicting snow on Saturday. SNOW!!!! Can you believe it?

Normally at this time of year, my backyard looks like this:

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Unfortunately, it no longer looks anything like this. We’re back to the sad, wintery state. All the pretty blooms on the pear and crab apple trees are brown and dropping. My peach trees in the side lawn are in the same condition. I can’t post any photos of my tulips and jonquils because they’re dead where they lay, sad remnants of what was supposed to be spring in Small Town, USA.

So sad. At least I got one photo to prove it was spring here, at least for a few short days!

 

When It’s Pretty Outside… March 13, 2007

Filed under: My View on Weather — auntlelo @ 1:51 am

When it’s pretty outside, I notice that the moods are much lighter inside. I just came from a meeting that I was certain would be difficult. Instead, I found myself leaving the conference room feeling as though I’d just won an election! Amazing…

I lied earlier. I just need to get it off my chest. I did not clean out the flower beds this weekend because it was too muddy. However, my husband reported that the crocus and jonquils are, in fact, about 6 inches tall. Hmmm, maybe since I can see them already I don’t need to be in any hurry to get down on my aching knees and pull dead stuff out of the flower beds! πŸ˜‰

 

It almost feels like spring! February 19, 2007

Filed under: My View on Weather,Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 7:31 pm

It’s amazing that a day in midwinter that is warmer than usual can make you believe that spring is just around the corner. People are much more energetic today, they literally have a spring in their step! I wandered around Sam’s yesterday and my husband was gushing about how wonderful it smelled in the grass seed and fertilizer section. After I finished having a sneezing fit (grass seed=allergies) I thought how amusing it is that a man can get so excited over a weedeater. It’s kind of cute.

This week is supposed to be a rare one this winter with temperatures around 50 degrees through the weekend. I’m going to defy winter and throw off my coat this week and walk around in my shirt sleeves. I’m even thinking about opening a window or two if it hits 50 degrees and airing out the house to get rid of the “winter smell.”

What are you planning to do to celebrate this little gift of spring in the middle of February?