Got up early as hubby had plans to go to work. Happily, the weather channel backed me up with their frightening suggestions of carnage should people venture out and we jointly managed to persuade him to stay home. Boys eventually surfaced and then disappeared back into their rooms to watch other children having fun playing with games on You Tube. I don’t get it but they love them.
We kept checking on the weather, waiting for the big freeze to arrive. It did eventually but I tell you: Texas weather is odd! It looked like it was raining but it was actually ice, not snow, nor sleet or hail (altho I thought that hail was frozen rain so technically ice-this stuff seemed less angry than hail I guess). Not really seen anything like it-except for rain obviously as I already said it looked like rain. But with these little droplets of ice, it sounded like bacon! Now maybe I just spend too much time thinking about bacon but I swear it sounded like bacon sizzling in a pan. So much so, I actually kept sniffing the air discreetly to see if I could smell bacon and had to remind myself I was being an absolute dick! Truly embarrassed for myself especially as I did it more than once 😝 But seriously, bacon snow would be pretty popular I reckon! I’d definitely try and catch snowflakes on my tongue then but these icy pellets would probably hurt a little so I’m glad I didn’t go that far!
Anyway, then I made scones (s”cones” not s”conns”). I was gonna ask the boys if they wanted to help but they make such a mess, argue over whose putting the eggs in (and the recipe only called for one egg!) and in truth I enjoyed the peace and quiet and the opportunity to not have to share licking the bowl! They turned out ok. A traditional recipe apparently if the internet is to be believed but not quite ‘the one’. They certainly went down well with a cuppa but my search for the right scone recipe will have to continue another day!
I earned some serious Mom points by making English pancakes for lunch. We’d actually run out of bread but they didn’t need to know that! They love them and see them as a real treat. But in reality, they’re easy, cheap and I love them too and those looks of delight on the boys’ faces as they applaud my culinary genius-so worth not telling them we are actually breadless 😉
Next we watched a documentary about the Eagles on Netflix. Love their music and I thought at last I was gonna discover what the hell the lyrics in Hotel California meant. I didn’t! But I suppose that would be no fun-it’s probably more fun to imagine and judging by the amount of drugs those guys were taking, they’re probably not sure themselves.
Then came the delightful news that this cold snap was giving us another day off school. Hallelujah!! Have I said before how much I love working in a school! Yeah, I’ll probably have to work a Saturday at some point to make up for it but we had two weeks off paid for Harvey so I’m ok with that. Told Joshie he would have to make sure he worked really hard so they didn’t try to make him come in on a weekend too! He doesn’t know that he would have been off next Presidents’ day if this weather hadn’t hit and the threat of a Saturday school day should be a good motivational tool for his focus! How easy do the lies come to me?!
The rest of the day included a game of Cluedo, a bit of binge watching of Brooklyn 9-9 (so funny-you should watch it), arguing why the kids couldn’t go on the iced over trampoline, obviously a lot of Facebook scrolling and I completed a few new levels on Toy Blast-woohoo!
Jim Cantore, my favorite weatherman is saying it’s going to be back in the 70’s by the weekend. In our house the weather channel is more important than the news…you know someone got shot and someone got in a car crash but the weather is crazy at times here. Seriously, I didn’t need a coat yesterday-it was lovely and sunny till 3pm-now this! A snow day without snow really but extremely nippy 😉. By English standards, it was actually a day off for a hard frost but I’ve acclimated all too easily and the way these Houstonians drive and the fact this kind of weather is as rare as the grit in these parts needed to clear these huge roads, I’m happy to call it a snow day. However, Jim assures me it’s nearly time to dust off the BBQ-well that’s Rich’s job and he’s not grilled since November so he’s missing it!
But for now, Rich is watching the new Bladerunner movie and I’m half a bottle of wine in and writing this nonsense but happy that as days go, this has been a good one! Thankful for another day off tomorrow and to be honest, glad it’s only one more: we all kinda like our routine in this house!
(a picture of Alex in his hoodie with only his eyes showing testing the ice on the trampoline)