Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
First stop: Safeway. The parking lot was about half cleared and no ice on the road or sidewalks. The shelves were a bit empty and there were no bags...we got our groceries a la BJ's/Costco/Sam's Club: in a box! But they had milk and deli turkey, and that's all I cared about!
Next stop: McDonald's for my fountain Diet Coke. I just love McDonald's Diet Coke! Right before the last blizzard they were out of soda, but that wasn't the case today.
McD's had some killer icicles hanging from the roof:
I'm glad I was in the drive-thru!
Next up: an Alberta clipper that will deposit another 2-5 inches of snow on us Monday night into Tuesday.
Are you kidding me? Jack Frost, it's time to head back to the North Pole: Santa has reported you missing in action!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Nicky hard at work--he got the job of crunching up all the ice left behind by the snow plow.
JJ digging out the cars
Me shoveling the driveway...it was hot work! My coat is off to the side.
We had lots of long and dangerous icicles way up on the 2nd story, so JJ refreshed his baseball skills and tossed snowballs up to knock the bigger icicles down.
Then he had a taste.
Ew...tastes like house!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
By the time he shoveled the walkway it was already covered again. I told him to come on inside and forget about it for now.
The snow plows all over the DC area have been told to stop for now, as it's a worthless effort, with all the snow blowing around. Our street hasn't been plowed since last night. Baltimore City and Harford County in the northern section of Maryland have declared it against the law to drive in their jurisdictions unless you are an emergency vehicle. Against the law! Serious stuff here...
This is all the snow on our roof. I pray it's strong enough to hold all that weight.
The snow on this section of the deck railing began falling over from the weight of the snow a few days ago and froze into place. It's really leaning now!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
This happened after the last blizzard, last weekend. Mount Snowza is in my neighbor Vicki's yard, made by the front loader that cleared our cul-de-sac. It's at least 15 feet high. And if you look carefully at the top, you'll see that it's been claimed in the name of the United States of America! :)
What's this going to look like tomorrow? I'm afraid. Very afraid.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Our family has been a Scouting one for 11 years. JJ joined as a Tiger Scout in 1998 and I ended up as his den leader. Nicky followed 3 years later as a Tiger Scout, and I became his den leader upon moving to Maryland in 2002. Now, 11 years later, JJ is an Eagle Scout and Nicky isn't far behind as a Life Scout with 2 merit badges and an Eagle project to go. I gave up my den leader days in 2006 when Nicky became a Boy Scout, but I'm a registered committee member and a Unit Commissioner with our District. Eric has been a committee member for 6 years and volunteers for most campouts when he is in town.
Here is a nice picture of both boys in 2008 after earning the Ad Altare Dei religious emblem for Boy Scouting in the Catholic Church:
Here's to another 100 years in Scouting!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
You will need:
Cooking spray, 2 large baking potatoes, cooked chicken breast (I used pre-cooked chicken breast strips), part-skim mozzarella cheese, smoky barbeque sauce, and hot sauce.
First, bake 2 large baking potatoes and let them cool completely. Eric bought a bag of small potatoes instead of large baking potatoes, so I just baked 2 small potatoes for 1 large. After they cool, slice in half and remove half of the potato from the skin, reserving the potatoes for another use.
Then mix 1/4 cup barbeque sauce with 1/8 teaspoon hot sauce and spread evenly over the potatoes.
Add 3 tablespoons cubed chicken breast to each potato half (obviously a little less here):
Top with 1 tablespoon mozzarella cheese.
Place in 425 degree oven and bake for 8 minutes, until potatoes are hot and cheese is melted.
The recipe calls for adding parsley after coming out of the oven, but we didn't have any, so I sprinkled a little ground pepper on top.
Yummy and satisfying!
Cajun-Style Potato Skins (from Weight Watchers Weekly and weightwatchers.com)
1 spray cooking spray
2 large baking potatoes, baked, cooled completely, and cut in half lengthwise
1/4 cup smoky barbeque sauce
1/8 teaspoon hot sauce
3/4 cup cooked chicken breast, finely chopped or shredded
1/4 cup shredded part-skim pmozzarella cheese
1/2 teaspoon fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 425. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Scoop half of the potato out of each potato half and reserve for another use. Combine barbeque sauce and hot sauce in a cup, and spoon over potato halves. Fill each potato half with 3 tablespoons of chicken; sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon of cheese.
Carefuly place potato skins on prepared baking sheet. Bake until cheese melts and potatoes are hot, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
1 potato half per serving, 3 Weight Watchers points per serving.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
24 inches of snow? At one time? In one place?
This good ole Southern girl can't take much more of this!
First, an update on the shrub off our back patio, taken about 24 hours after the first one:
Poor thing...smothered by snow.
This big lump is our cute little orange Vibe. You can only see the mirriw and taillights. (And the windshield wipers from the front.)
This bush looks better in the summer when the leaves are on it. This one also may be no more...it's split in half by the snow.
I'm hopeful for this tree...it's bent a bit, but I think this one will survive.
And...it's STILL snowing!
Friday, February 5, 2010
We in the DC area are at the beginning of what is being referred to as "an historic snow", one which could set records in the books. I don't see how anything could be worse than what we had back in December, but perhaps I'm about to find out!
Here is the little shrub off my back patio, after about a half hour of sticking:
And here it is an hour later:
Getting a little dark in this one, but this is one hour after the last one--about an inch so far.
With the worst to come overnight, I'm not sure how much of my little shrub we'll see tomorrow!
Thursday, February 4, 2010
She was a great joy to all who encountered her. I am blessed to have made her acquaintance.
Rest in peace, dear Pearl.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
While we were in line (behind 3 of the most obnoxious women, I might add), I snapped this picture of 3 of the most adorable actors in the movies today:
I tried to get Simon to look my way, but he was stubborn.
Larger than life chipmunks...too cute!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Some of our snow from this past weekend has already melted. But guess what? It's snowing again right now...expecting 2-5 inches throughout the DC area, although lesser amounts where we are. And another "significant and impressive" storm is due to arrive Friday night.
I am REALLY tired of being cold!