Saturday, December 7, 2013
We had our first snow of the year on Friday. It started with sleet and ice on Thursday during drive time home (fun, fun, fun, rednecks on ice!) and the snow started early Friday. Rather than play bumper cars I worked from home. I just love having that option.
And I shoveled the driveway. It was a wet snow and it pretty much did me in. And again, for the thirteen years that we have lived in the house our driveway was shoveled first. Then three of my neighbors came out and shoveled theirs. I think I shamed them into it. I don't feel bad, they shame me into mowing my yard in the summer. Our four driveways were the only ones shoveled in our part of the neighborhood.
I was glad we had put our Christmas lights up outside while it was still warm. I hate putting up lights when it is cold and it is impossible with snow. It is not supposed to get above freezing until Wednesday. Oh, I'm already hearing the moans of sympathy from those who live in Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, and Maine for me having to bear our brutish temperatures.
So I turned on the outside lights while I shoveled. Sorry, I think lights with snow is pretty.
Inside I got our gas log going. That's Chrissy the Christmas Cat, our big, fat, lazy, Maine Coon. She's going to not move from that fireplace except for eating and pooping until April.
Heather worked hard decorating the house all day. She does a heck of a job and I'll post some of her handiwork later. She has quite a collection of snowmen. These are just a few. She says she needs a snowman clock for kitchen and you know I think she does. Maybe we can get out today. The street in front is a solid sheet of ice but maybe it will be passable once the sun gets up.
The annual University of Oklahoma vs Oklahoma State University football game (called the Bedlam game) is being played today at 11 am. It is going to be below 20 degrees at game time. Lots of people I know are going. Those are known as crazy people. I just can't imagine being interested in going to a game and freezing in a crowd. I am a casual fan of both teams. I prefer the professional version of the sport personally. Uh, I mean, the National Football League version.
So, how is Winter going for you so far?
Friday, December 6, 2013
I'm apologizing up front. Just the other day I posted a bunch of photographs of the lights of Rhema Bible Church in the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow.
Sorry, but I like Christmas lights and they do a good job. They also have a pond that winds through their campus and makes for great reflections.
I bet right now that there is ice forming on the pond. It has cooled down into the low 20's and it is supposed to get down close to zero tonight. Degress F, not C.
So I'm glad I took the pics when I did.
For the first bunch of years that we lived in Tulsa we didn't go see the lights because we heard the traffic was bad. Well we braved it one night years ago and found out that there wasn't any traffic. It seems like that happens a lot to me.
(Logan, Heather, and a pomeranian named Rascal.)
Have a great weekend! Get out and go see some lights. Don't worry about the traffic just go.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
It was just a couple weeks ago that the temps were still warm and toasty and the grass was green. Things have changed since, the temps have dropped considerably,and tomorrow we are going our first cold blast. We expect to to get a wintry mix here in Tulsa and of course we are a panicky bunch so the milk and bread is all gone from the grocery stores along with the snow shovels.
Unfortunately we are not so careful driving on snow and ice. I mean why should we slow down or leave early. So we drive the same speeds and the body shops are going to make a fortune working on the cars for months to come.
I don't think that tomorrow it is going to be like February 2011 as show above. That's Chrissy, our big cranky Maine Coon who really doesn't like being rousted from her nap for a snowy photo shoot in the back yard. As you can tell she was telling me about it. You can also see that her claws her out on her back feet. I'm wearing a canvas jacket and leather gloves and had so she was a little frustrated. She likes to see blood when she gets mad.
Me, I don't worry about the weather too much unless it involves tornadoes, then I worry a lot. I don't worry about cold and snow. Our neighbors to the north have a lot more snow and a lot colder temperatures than we do and they do fine.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
A few weeks ago I dropped off the kid at a friend's house so they could play video games while I went geocaching at Lake Bixhoma. Near the lake are these water tanks for the city of Bixby.
Near the water tanks is the Oklahoma Geophysical Laboratory. Way back when in the early 1990's, when George H. Bush was President he and Michael Gorbachev agreed to let the Russians build a nuclear monitoring station there so the Russians could keep tabs on the USA anytime we wanted to test a "device" bigger than 50 kilotons. Their monitoring station was deeded over to them and was considered Russian Territory just like an embassy (can you imagine that howling that would result if our current President agreed to anything of the sort.)
Several years later the technology needed advanced to the point where the Russians didn't need the site any more and they deeded it back to the US.
Here is a brief newspaper article on the matter. This is an essay written by a woman whose father was involved in the project. And this is a brief history of the Oklahoma Geophysical Laboratory that talks about the Russian monitoring site and also some interesting information about how the facility is still involved in monitoring the world for nuclear tests.
Unfortunately, the lab and the old Russian site are well off the public roads and gated from inquiring bloggers. I would really like to go check things out there and take a few pictures. Apparently the road by the Russian site was renamed "Glasnost Road" and the road sign is still up.
Water Tower Wednesday is a feature my blog friend Fashionista. Check out her blog Out and About in New York City. The water towers in New York City don't have near as much rust as the ones above do.
Oh, and yes I looked for four caches and found all of them.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Monday night, Heather, Logan, Me and a dog named Rascal loaded up and drove over to the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow to check out the Rhema Bible Church Christmas Light Display. It has been going on for 30 years and just keeps getting bigger and better all the time.
Being the wimps we generally just drive by with the seat warmers going this time though the temperature was mild so parked and walked around a little bit.
Its best seen on foot where you can get in amongst the lights. It really is magical with the bright bulbs and reflections. There are a lot of people there but it is not packed and everybody is in a good mood.
There are not too many rules and there are no minders barking at people. Mainly just stay on the walkway is the only thing they ask.
There are no fees for anything. They do have drinks and snacks for sale. They just ask that people have a good time. There was no problem with that. Lots of smiles and picture taking was going on.
The most popular decoration was a bridge of lights over a pond. The colors changed constantly to the beat of music.
All I can say is that Logan, Heather, Me, and a dog named Rascal all got our Christmas Spirit going. Kudos to Rhema Bible Church for putting this on. Public Service Company of Oklahoma probably has them on the Christmas card list. I do that for my best customers.
If you are somebody who celebrates Christmas what are doing to get your Christmas Spirit going?