December 12, 2009

Christmas Countdown - Day 12

Isn't it hard to imagine what wind can do to snow? This landscape reminds me of egg whites beaten to stiff peaks - wild! As pretty as it looks from our windows, once you get out on the roads it's a different story. We took a quick trip up to our daughter's college this weekend, and the first 50 miles or so was on roads that were still pretty hairy in places, even two days after the snowfall was done. We counted nearly 50 cars and semis that had gone into the median and ditches along the highway. Some were on their tops, and one semi cab had actually crashed into the side of it's own trailer. It was a terrible mess, but today as we came back through, most of it had been cleared away with just a few clues like tires, bumpers and a whole car door to tell the story of what had happened. A blizzard is a powerful force.

Here's the progress as of late:

1. We took our trip up to DD's college so that we could enjoy her choir's Christmas concert. She got to be part of a trio in one number, and that made up our minds to go! It was a wonderful concert and truly put the spirit of Christmas in our hearts. The auditorium there is so inspiring and the program held some beautiful music as well as lyrics -

Let nothing disturb you, nothing frighten you, all things are passing. God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Whoever has God lacks nothing. God is enough.

St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)

2. My Christmas cards are almost done. I've found that to be a great task to take on the road if I have a small lapboard with me. Makes me feel so efficient to get a task done as we drive!

3. We gave our DD her first Christmas gift while we were there - a new phone, since she "accidentally" dropped hers in the snow during the blizzard - ha! She knew she was getting the phone for Christmas and she swore it was a true accident when it went missing last week. She's too honest to do it on purpose, so Santa agreed to come to the rescue. She was having serious withdrawal without one - she had to round up a watch and find an alarm clock - horrors!!

4. My baking is done - yeah! I put some in the freezer for us, put some into a cookie decorating kit for DD and her friends who were having a girl's night, and a lot of the cookies will go to church tomorrow for fellowship snack time. Which means I had better stop blogging and get to bed to make it to church on time and awake!


  1. We watched Julie & Julia last night and she was so excited when someone commented on her blog that I vowed to start commenting regularly on yours! Love you and glad you made it back safely. JD

  2. Comments are very exciting - feels more like a dialogue then and not just a recitation! Love them and love you too!