Baby, it’s COLD outside!

This morning Ray looked at his phone and said “It’s -3 degrees on here!”  Of course, I had to look at mine – like it was going to say something different, lol.  We turned on our local news and it just said 12 degrees…but when they looked at each area, sure enough -3. In Virginia?!

When I was at work on Monday, two different women commented on their amazement that everything shut down here last week from the snow/ice.  One was from Connecticut and the other was from Northern Italy.  Ladies you are now in Virginia which we natives consider to be in the South!  We aren’t used to this.

I was complaining that the schools were cancelling or closing early hours BEFORE anything happened.  But after seeing the chaos in Atlanta, I am glad that we are overreactive.  Better safe than sorry.  Of course, all it takes is one bad forecast to cause a backlash for that too.

Photos of Leon – that caused a natural government shutdown in our area {smile}

I wanted to take a swim today...

I wanted to take a swim today…

Snow drifts on the patio furniture - very inviting

Snow drifts on the patio furniture – very inviting

Naked tree - you know I'm going to take it

Naked tree – you know I’m going to take it

Hibernating cars

Hibernating cars

Brrrrr

Brrrrr

Me looking like a COLD bag lady

Me looking like a COLD bag lady

Ray bundled up ready to pick me up if I fall

Ray bundled up ready to pick me up if I fall

Dogs need footware

Dogs need footware

My usual red berries in the snow

My usual red berries in the snow

Bud overseeing the winter wonderland

Bud overseeing the winter wonderland

Leon, Really?!

Last week I only worked on Tuesday.  I’m not bragging but I should have realized that those days would come with a price.  Stress, a bit of chaos in our office and then the news that another storm was on its way made me have a nervous twitch over my eye yesterday.  I worried that people thought I was winking at them, lol.

Forgive me for this awful pun but everything snowballed from last week.  I may only be at work for a few hours today but a lot of people will need to be called if classes are cancelled for this evening.  Of course, I’m not the only person stressed at school.  Everyone is hoping that our bookkeeper gets the payroll finished!  How’s that for pressure?!

Yesterday’s prompt was Secure:

Secure - from our 3rd floor balcony. The last of Janus' snow in the background

Secure – from our 3rd floor balcony. The last of Janus’ snow in the background

Late on the Bandwagon but I’m in LOVE

I confess I’m not a trendsetter and that’s ok.  Several times last year I heard from family, friends and bloggers about this amazing television show called Downton Abbey.  I was encouraged to watch it but I confess at the time that I didn’t have the ability to stream this or any show.  So it was frustrating to have to wait but sometimes waiting makes things more worthwhile.

We now have unlimited internet {I know it’s shocking that there is such a thing as limited anything anymore}.  Ray and I have made some choices regarding our Dish programming and decided to join Amazon Prime and Netflix.  Why both?  Because one service didn’t offer everything we want to watch.  I’m also getting free 2 day shipping with A.P. as well as access to the Kindle Lending Library and that’s amazing!

So what do I think of Downton Abbey?  I’ve always loved English historical movies so I wanted to give this a try.  This series began with the news of the Titanic sinking and seeing how the news affects the servants as well as the Grantham family immediately captured my attention.  The sets are rich with detail, the characters are endearing or devious, the plots are beautifully written.

I am now guilty of Binge Television – I watched the first season last night!  All 7 episodes back to back and I mentally devoured and enjoyed every minute!

If you haven’t watched this show, you are truly missing a great experience!