I am so excited for spring now that it’s right around the corner! Bring on the windows down weather!
Thinking back over the past 3 days of snow, they all sort of blur together. Partly because of being busy, and mostly because of my regular routine being thrown for a loop. But I enjoyed it. We didn’t really get out much with the exception of last night and today, in which we definitely made up for it. Last night while the snow was coming down steady, temperatures dropping, and knowing that any of the beauty that we destroyed would be replenished over the course of the night, we pulled the quads out for some riding. I am still amazed at how light it is outside, even at 10 o’clock, when everything is covered in snow.
We rode the quads for about an hour before we decided that it was getting a bit late to be out disturbing the neighborhood. This morning we woke up to a nice 3-4 inch blanket of snow. We got out around 8:30 so we could catch some good riding before the warmth of the sun could start melting away our new playground. We got a good 2 hours in, which included our dad joining us on his quad for a while before it all became slush and water, which was so much fun.
I’ve come to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter how old you are, or how much you love and enjoy your job, the possibility of a snow day is exciting.
I just spent most of my lunch ordering some glasses. Looks like I’m another step closer to lasik.
Today marks the first day of the last year in the 20s for me. That one fact I don’t like, but it’s life, right? Instead, I choose to be thankful to have those that I have in my life, to be healthy and to be employed. This past year has flown by. I hope the rest don’t go this quick, hehe.
Dad picked my brothers and I up a birthday cookie cake which we all absolutely love. He surprised us with it when he came home from work yesterday, and we waited until Billy could make it up today to cut into it and enjoy a big slice. We spent the first part of the morning taking care of a few obligations, and then Billy and Alicia came up. We ended up going to Longhorn for lunch, and then spent the rest of the day just hanging out and walking around some stores like Academy Sports. We went to Wal-Mart to try out some glasses. We figured they would be the cheapest, and since we only really need them for a few weeks, why spend more than necessary to get the job done. We wanted some opinions on style, and we had a fun time goofing off with those that we’d never consider. That’s really what we enjoy most, not the shopping, but the hanging out with each other with nothing really set in stone to do.
I really enjoy the lineup of reality shows that we have been watching for a while now. That list currently includes Gold Rush, Axmen, Moonshiners, and The Curse of Oak Island. I’m not sure that I could pick a favorite given that they are all so different and cover a wide variety of work and interests. The big issue that I have with every single one of them is they come on for 1 hour a week during their seasons. On the first three, as many different groups that they cover, an hour is hardly enough time to show any progress whatsoever. I know there is a ton of work going on that we don’t get to see due to the shallow amount of air time, but instead of making spin-off after spin-off, trying to captivate more people, the existing shows could benefit tremendously from bumping up to 2 hours an episode. History, Discovery Channel, are either of you listening?
Believing that we had no chance as usual, I was rather surprised that we ended up getting some snow today. With the temps sub freezing, it wasn’t long before the roads began to get slick. We got to leave a little early so we took advantage of the time and drive over to the eye doctor so we could get our prescriptions. There is a couple of decent hills to there and the roads were completely white, so we did wonder if it was a bad idea or not. Cars were sliding back down one hill near there once they realized they bit off more than they could chew. We had no problems at all going there and heading home before things could get any worse. Walnut Ave, and getting there was like a slow moving parking lot. Apparently once things got a little slick most places closed early. We met up with Billy and Alicia for lunch right by the house, and had a little fun in the empty shopping center parking lots since they were empty, covered in snow, and slick
Today we went to hike Keown Falls again with our brother, hoping to hike the rest of the loop and see what else there was to see. Leaving Dalton, there was smoke in the air like someone fairly close had been burning leaves. But to our surprise, the entire way to Johns Mountain was like this. As we got closer to where we were meeting up, you could see very thick smoke coming from where we had planned on hiking. We ended up riding by anyways, after we had realized that it was a controlled burn, and got to see a helicopter take off, as well as a guy with a flamethrower working on the fire. I’m surprised that the fire is as small as it is, but I guess you really wouldn’t want 6ft tall flames taking over the forest.
I’ve driven past the sign for Keown Falls a number of times, and have talked with my brother about going there sometime to do a little hiking. Today was that day. We met up and rode in with them to do some hiking. Spud joined us, and as much energy as that little guy has all the time, showed it while hiking as well. He has a blast–as did all of us. It’s a beautiful hike, and the falls at the top is very neat. It’s just a shame that you can’t camp in there, or else that would be such a neat place to do it.
If you have a good name, if you are more often right than you are wrong, if your children respect you, if your grandchildren are glad to see you, if your friends can count on you and you can count on them in time of trouble, if you can face God and say ‘I have done my best,’ then you are a success.—