Oh well, I'm happy to report that the sun is visiting us, at least for the time being. It's still cold, but brightly so. Like Magnum says, maybe the sun reads my blog.
Still much to be grateful for this week, like a warm home and clothing. I was out yesterday and saw what I think was a coyote. It didn't look in very good shape - scraggly, limping and near frozen. And I'm taking advantage by defrosting our freezer today. The contents are out in the big walk-out freezer that is our back deck.
I was glad to not have class on Thursday. The university didn't close altogether, but cancelled all classes before 10 a.m. Mine that day starts at 9:25 - woot! Meego got two full snowdays, hasn't been to school since Wednesday. And I am grateful for the Metro bus system that gets me to school when bicycle commuting is out of the question. It's clean, safe, and economical! Okay, I got that from my bus schedule pamphlet, but it's true. I do have a car, but prefer to not be a part of the congestion if I can help it, and the transit system makes it easy and convenient. Here's one of the fleet all decked out for the Parade of Lights:
I love that they included the bicycle!
On Wednesday, when the storm was moving in, my dad went to fill their car with gas. My parents are old and not in the best of health, and my brothers and I worry about them still living independently in their old house. My dad had some troubles while getting gas - probably a combination of the bitter cold and his general health. The gas station attendant could've just left him to struggle, but instead took action to get him needed help. My little hometown gets teased somewhat for being a little podunk town. Add the fact that it was once the sex change capitol of the world, and it can be the brunt of many a joke. The people there are of the best though!
Finally, here's a pencil portrait of Meego that one of his friends made during Thanksgiving break. Isn't it good? The artist is a middle schooler!
My own artwork has taken a back seat while I'm going to school, so it's good to know there are still kids out there with pencils and sketchbooks doing other things besides cyber bullying each other!