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A picture of Corwin's bedroom, all finished. I can't really capture the whole room in just one picture, so I'm showing this one off because it shows most of the elements in his room - the clouds on the ceiling, the wall, the border, and his dresser and bed.

Weather

Mar. 14th, 2006 04:12 pm
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OK, I know that I got all excited about the snow we got Friday night. However, that was just a fakeout ... the real thing happened Sunday morning.

We woke up after 9 AM, and were just getting going when I notice something odd out the window. The neighbor's roof is covered in snow! I throw open the blinds, and are stunned to see the back yard covered with a blanket of white. The kids are all excited, so we have a quick breakfast, and go outside to play and make a snowman.

From measuring accumulation at various points, it looks like at least three inches dumped on us.

The snow pretty much melted over the course of the day ... and by Monday morning, about all that was left was a small pile where the snowman was.

However, today (tuesday) the weather gets wild again ... and we have a nasty sleet/hail/snowstorm, and the yard is covered in white again.

Snow!

Mar. 10th, 2006 10:03 pm
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It is snowing! The ground isn't cold enough for it to stick most places, but some is piling up on our outside picnic bench and other like places.
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It's wet. Our yard is flooded, with standing water in the rocky side yards as well as on the back lawn. The house we bought for George to sleep in is flooded, he's probably been sleeping in a nest he has under the trees.

The good news is that while water is all over the back yard, it drains quickly and the storm drains are doing their jobs. And the rain is slowing down, we had a bit of sun.

We were supposed to go to San Jose today to celebrate the birthday of Corwin's best friend Thomas. We wimped out. All of us are fighting colds, and I do not enjoy driving in a downpour with heavy winds, like happened today and is forecast for tomorrow.
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This past week is time off from work - company shutdown for the time between Christmas and New Years. This year, we are staying home, and having a lazy time hanging around the house - and tackling one of the bigger projects we keep putting off, purging papers and clutter in my office. So far it's gone well, and I've put three bags of shredded papers in the recycling, along with much other paper - and I've reclaimed space, organized papers, and destroyed a lot of records for long closed accounts.

A downside is that I think my allergies are acting up - I believe I react to the dust kicked in the air, and my skin has been itching like crazy.
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Valkyrie and I are feeling somewhat exhausted and emotionally drained. This past weekend we hosted the annual holiday gathering of my siblings, parents, and their significant others - and I'm happy to report that all went well, and all went home happy.
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Tree, unlit Tree, unlit

Solstice 2005 x-mas tree, set up but lights off



I must be getting into the X-mas spirit. Last night, we got the tree, and it's happily settling into our living room. Today, I'm importing all my Christmas and Solstice CD's into iTunes, and grooving to the music.

Edit: This year marks the begininng of something different. I think in all the time Valkyrie and I have been living together (since 1994), we have not had a live Christmas tree. This is our first live tree!
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