Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Really? Ice?

Tuesday, January 29

     All day Sunday we have heard nothing but warnings about the ice, snow, rain, sleet, etc that was coming our way.  It was hard to believe when we had such great weather on Sunday.  Looking at the weather map, we could pretty much tell we were in for something coming our way.
     Sunday evening was game night in the clubhouse.  We took drinks and snacks and played Mexican Train Dominoes.  Only two tables of 8, but we had fun.  The talk at the tables was the bad weather coming.  We knew we were in with the right group when most of them said they ran out and stocked up on wine and beer, the heck with bread and milk.

     Monday morning was a little group getting together to draw Zentangles.   From the Zentangle page: The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.  I have been seeing this on craft sites for several years.  I thought it would be fun to go and see it in action.  Several of the ladies had ordered the pattern/how to books and the very fine point pens used for this.  I played around with it a bit and could see how this would be a good project for full timers.  You can keep everything you need for it in a small box.  I imagine this will be my one and only Zentangle.  The lady who was going to be the "teacher" wasn't able to come, so we just followed the books.   My pens for scrapbooking were too thick, so borrowed some and only had 3 colors to use, so this is not a great Zentangle.
My masterpiece!

    It started raining about 11 a.m. Monday and rained all day and probably til about midnight.  We were not getting a lot of ice, just rain, but roads were being closed around us.  We just stayed in and drank wine and ate soup.  The wifi was working well so we were able to watch a movie on Netflix.  There is nothing on tv except coverage of this ice storm.    Ice is an inch thick on the roads.  Walmart and McDonalds are closed!  You know it is serious.  The water in the kitchen sink was left running all night so we didn't have to worry about frozen lines.  Our electric mattress pad keeps us warm and cozy.  It was about 23 degrees when we got up.  I was worried about taking the dogs out to potty this morning as I figured it would just be one big ice rink on our concrete pad and the streets.  I was happily surprised to see the pavement was all dry.   The palm trees are all weighted down with ice.  Don't think they are happy.
There is non stop news coverage of the icy streets.  We have seen cars slipping and sliding everywhere.  Newscasters can not get enough of it. 

    All we have to do is make it through today and tonight and then things will be great. 


  1. Catching up on your blog. Make us glad we opted for Calif and NV this year.
    Sounds as if you are enjoying in spite of weather. Where are you headed next? Will check out that Zentangles.Sounds like fun.Stay safe and warm.

    1. Amy, we will stay here until it is time to go home sometime in March.