Sunday, December 27, 2009

Oklahoma Blizzard of 2009

Looking out our front door on Christmas Eve, this is what we saw. The wind was blowing and the snow was piling up and it was just beautiful!
How grateful we were to be inside and warm and just spend some time together enjoying Christmas Eve.
When we woke up Christmas morning, the snow had stopped and most of the highways had reopened but the weatherman said to stay put if you didn't have to go anywhere. Needless to say, we didn't make it to Doug's mom's house for the festivities. Instead we stayed bundled up inside, I made some breakfast and we just enjoyed a quiet Christmas at home.

When I heard the weather was going to turn bad, I thought I would be "smart" and pull my jeep into the driveway so that if the driveway got icy, I could walk on the crunchy grass and at least get into my car. Well, that didn't work out as planned - the way the wind must have been blowing during the storm placed a four foot snow drift on our walkway from the front door right to the front of my car. Since I don't plan to get out there and shovel any time soon, I'm going to have to make my way out through the garage, down the driveway and around to the drivers side door. Or, maybe I'll just stay home until the snow all melts!

This is a view from inside Doug's car as we just pulled out of our garage and are headed down the street. Pretty icy! Glad he is driving and not me!

This is a picture of Teddy Bear sitting out by our fence. Right near where he is sitting is a little knot hole/peep hole that looks into our neighbor's back yard. Next door live two little cute dogs named Boomer & Sooner. Teddy sits by that little knot hole, listens for a while then peeks his eye up to the peep hole like this:

If Boomer and Sooner are on the other side, all the dogs go completely NUTS trying to get to one another. It's one big fun game for them. Watching him look through that peep hole is so funny! Just thought I'd share.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas Everyone!

This is the view out my front window - we are in the middle of a blizzard! You probably can't see it in the photo but the winds are blowing the snow sideways and the snow is piling up in drifts everywhere.(If you click on the photo, it should make it bigger.) And If I didn't see and hear it for myself I wouldn't have believed that we actually had thunder and lightening - in the middle of a blizzard!
The highways in Oklahoma are closed for travel for now. I guess becareful of wishing for a White Christmas ~ you just might get it! ;) Hopefully things will look better in the morning and the roads will be cleared a little bit so we can make it to the festivities at Doug's mom's house.

Look! It's Santa!

Guess it's time to make me one of these - Bailey's in hot chocolate. Mmmmmm.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

December musings...

Isn't this little man CUTE!

Just trying to enjoy the holiday season without going too crazy.
Today I baked some peanut butter cookies with Hershey's kisses on top.They are for a potluck luncheon tomorrow.
I also made a delicious beef stew in the crockpot. That was for us though. Yesterday was very chilly and gray but today actually turned out fairly nice - around 60 degrees or so and sun - which I love.
Last night I worked on a few crafts upstairs in my craft room but I ran out of "snow" for my little painted houses so that meant a trip to Michaels today in all the craziness. After I get a few things done in my office I'm heading back upstairs to hopefully get those finished.
I'll try to get some pictures of the things I've been working on.
One of my goals in the new year is to really learn how to use my camera. Yes, I know it was one of my goals last year. Let's not talk about that.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Wow! This month is getting away from me!

On Friday, I drove to Oklahoma City for an Open House hosted by Barbara and Paul Cardin. Then, back to Tulsa for another Christmas party with the people Doug works with at Stryker Spine. We had dinner at D'Alesandro's and then went to Sherburn's bar for a few drinks. Saturday was spent running errands and doing things around the house. Then, Sunday it was back to Oklahoma City for my BUG investment group Christmas Party.

Monday I had to go to the dentist (no fun!) and had an incredibly busy day at work. After dinner, I went straight to bed and slept until 6am this morning. Today was another incredibly busy day and I'm ready for things to slow down a bit.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Happy December!

I've been busy with the usual December activities: planning for Christmas, Christmas shopping, decorating, crafting... I always have these big plans for all the things I want to do in the Christmas season but somehow time always gets away from me.

I DID get some crafting time in this weekend which made me very happy! I made one of the cute ornament wreaths for my front door. When I get a decent picture,I'll post it. Simple, easy, and pretty!

These little snowmen have been making appearances around the internet and decided to give one a try myself. Came out pretty cute, didn't it?

I've also seen these trees made several different ways and tried one myself. Time consuming but I'm so happy with the result! Sorry about the dark picture. If I don't take photos in the morning when the light is bright, I have a hard time capturing good pictures.

Lots of activities coming up this month. Hopefully, I'll be a good blogger and write about the goings on. Trying to stay peaceful and enjoy the season.

Thursday is a luncheon for the Case Managers Society here in Tulsa. Dr. Webb is the sponsor this year. Thursday night I am taking a scrapping class - should be fun! Friday is an Open House for the people who manage my website.

Next Sunday is my investment group party at Suzanne's house. She always goes full out decorating and I'm sure she won't disappoint this year! When I was invited to join the group I met everyone for the first time at Suzanne's house at a Christmas party and I remember Christmas trees in EVERY room - some rooms had more than one and gazillions of Christmas decorations everywhere. I need to make something for dessert to bring to the party although my baking skills are kind of shaky as of late. I'll let you know how that turns out!