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Strange, Strange

We had an earthquake today in Alabama.  Not much, just 2.2, but really odd for us.

And, Now An Earthquake..

A magnitude 2.2 earthquake was just reported by the USGS… it happened just south of Gadsden last night at 9:06 p.m….

We also have snow again!  Probably several inches by now.  I haven’t been out to measure because honestly even I am getting tired of it.  I mean this is Alabama, the Deep South.  I actually pity the poor parents who work and yet their children will be missing school tomorrow. 🙁  I know how hard it can be to arrange last minute childcare when you work in a field that requires you to at work despite the weather, like nursing, EMT’s, etc.   Students have missed so many days in Alabama that they are going to have to go to school on Saturday’s or extend the school year.

I seemed to have maxed out my website with too many visits and too much data usage lately.  Mr. IT guy has had to work on it a few times, he says it now loads faster since he has been upgrading servers.  It wasn’t designed to have over 3,000 page views in one day or to use the maximum allowed {what ever unit}.  So since it has complained lately and doesn’t want me to add another picture I’ll spare you the picture of snow – for now. 🙂


Snow and Ice, Again!

It is strange that we’ve gotten snow and ice again this winter. Nothing important compared to half the country with feet of snow. But this is Alabama, snows are supposed to be rare here. Funny thing is I failed to take a good picture during the most snow. Shows how we have been overwhelmed with snow lately. The kids even complained about today’s snow.

Just like typical everything fell apart traffic wise – schools letting out early, businesses closing, and hundreds of wrecks, even several fatalities. 🙁 We are gonna have to learn to deal with snow better if this keeps up around here.

They’ve even warned us that there is a chance of snow again next week!


Snow Day 8

Sorry the picture is blurry, I was standing outside and the temperature had dropped again down to 33 degrees.  So I was shivering.

We still have an amazing amount of snow left considering this is day 8 for the snow!  By this time last week we already had several inches of snow on the ground.  Obviously the layer of ice below and the ice on top of the snow decreased the solar heating.  We sure haven’t really been above freezing much this week.   I don’t know when we’ve had snow on the ground for this long.  The Blizzard of  ’93 was intense, much more snow and damage, but it didn’t last this long, except the power outages.  🙁  However, in some ways The Blizzard seemed much longer because most people lost power.  It is amazing how slow time drags when cold, in the dark and crowded together trying to stay warm.  We’ve been above freezing for several hours today so lots of snow has melted.  In the areas that the kids have played the most much of the snow has melted or at least there are giant melted footprints.  So far our only damage is our mailbox was wiped out due to someone slipping on the ice in the road, Alabamians are notorious for not being able to drive in ice or snow.   Personally I prefer not to!  Thankfully we didn’t have wide spread power outages this time.  But even the kids are getting tired of the snow.  They are ready for some warmer weather even fifties would be nice.  🙂


Whiter Than Snow or Soiled

We still have most of our snow left. What little that did melt earlier today when we got to 33 degrees is refrozen since we are dropping to 19 degrees tonight. Everything still looks so different and so white.  It is shocking how bright the windows are lit up due to the snow even though we’ve not had any sunshine.

However the pristine white, clean look has faded somewhat.  🙁   No longer is the snow smooth and new.  That’s what happens when children run and play in the snow.  :O

So we no longer have this:

Now we have this:

Sorta like our Christian life.  The Lord cleanses us and makes us whiter than snow.

Psalms 51:6-10 (ESV)
6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Yet we still can sin and soil our white robes.

Revelation 3:3-5 (ESV)
3  Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.
4 Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy.
5  The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.

We need a regular cleansing “by the washing of water with the word” so we can be presented without spot or blemish.

Ephesians 5:25-27 (ESV)
25 … as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.

Have you been washing with the water of the Word?


So Far So Good

We have had at least 5 1/2 inches of snow here.  There is a layer of ice, then 5 1/2 inches of snow, and then another layer of ice.  There are drifts of close to a foot because it was very windy last night.  Makes for crunchy walking!  It isn’t too hard to walk on, but the top layer of ice hurts when it stabs you on the ankle.  We still have power and plenty of heat.  Haven’t broken out the milk and bread for “milk sandwiches” yet.  🙂 The road is a slushy icy mess which is due to refreeze over night.  Probably will be worse tomorrow morning than this morning – more ice, less snow.  Thankfully we don’t have anywhere we have to be.

There is a freezing misty fog that has been going on since around noon.  It is starting to accumulate as ice on the pine needles and the tree limbs.  Hopefully though it will not accumulate enough to cause limbs to break and the power to go out.  I feel sorry for those who work in the hospitals and emergency crews.  They have been on weather alert since yesterday and most haven’t been allowed to go home from work.

The adult chickens haven’t left the barn.  The goats finally ventured out a few minutes ago but they decided it was as bad as they thought and headed back to the barn.  The dogs are the only animals enjoying the snow.  The cats are sitting forlornly looking in the window asking to come in.  The large goldfish are hidden under the frozen ice of the pond. Even a few of the human kids haven’t been out to play much.  The baby and the oldest say it is too cold and messy.  At least the baby chicks and the incubating eggs are clueless about the weather, they just have their heat as usual.


Yep, Lots of Snow & Sleet

This afternoon we started out with sleet.  Heavy sleet!  The yard was beginning to turn white with sleet.  Then after dark it turned into snow.  It has been snowing for hours now and we probably have four plus inches and it is still snowing heavily.  Maybe even more now we can’t see the rocks at the pond, or the edge of the patio or anything but level flat snow.  Problem is this snow has a layer of ice underneath from the sleet.  Very dangerous to walk on.  🙁  The roads and interstates are closed.  We’ve even have had thunder-snow: thunder, lightening and heavy snow showers.  Snow is nice in how quiet it is, other than the thunder-snow.  Quiet and peaceful and clean.

Psalms 51:6-9 (ESV)
6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;  wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;  let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
9  Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.

Everything has been washed, there is food to eat, animals tended to as best as possible, electric heat turned up high in case of power going out, and gas heat as an alternative. Now time to relax and watch the snow, praying the power doesn’t go out.

Yet?  Would it be bad to pray an imprecatory (to invoke evil upon) prayer upon those who have made a particular football game tomorrow night an idol?  We can’t seem to get the weather without having to hear about the “poor suffering” souls who spent thousands for tickets and flights to the game.  Seems our airport is closed and all flights are canceled.   Or might the Lord Himself have something to do with this snow and ice storm?  Of course, He did.  The Lord will not take lightly the worshiping of idols.  So maybe I don’t need to pray an imprecatory prayer after all.  Maybe just qualify it to people losing their cable and not their power.  But if losing their power is what it will take to turn the hearts toward the Lord, then so be it.  Maybe ours can stay on since we don’t have cable nor does the game matter to us. 🙂


Another Major Snow Storm in Alabama?

For the second time in two weeks we in Alabama are expected to have another snow storm.  We had snow on Christmas Day, just two weeks ago, which broke all kinds of records for us.  Now Sunday we are due another major snow storm.  Alabama major snow storms, according to the weather man, is anything over two inches.  So compared to many places in the world that is a laughable amount.  However, since we get so few snow storms around here they tend to shut everything down and the power tends to go out.

Some places in Alabama may get up to 10 inches of snow this weekend.  That is a tremendous amount for us.  The bad thing is, like in many of our bigger snow storms, icing is expected to be involved.  Ice storms are no laughing matter. 🙁  So we are trying to prepare for several days of no power.  This includes as usual the run on milk and bread at the grocery stores.  According to my husband for those infamous “milk sandwiches” which people only eat during snow storms.  ???

So we are prepared to cram seven people, 10 baby chicks, 1 kitten and a dozen incubating eggs around the gas logs for the next few days while we eat our “milk sandwiches”.   Should be interesting!


This Is What My Children Woke Up To

This is what my children woke up to.  Yes, woke up to!  Snow didn’t start here until almost 8:00 AM.  But by the time my children woke up there was snow on the ground.  We don’t have early risers if they can sleep late.  Definitely don’t have kids up before sunrise even if it was Christmas Day.  🙂

For Alabama this is a lot of snow.  Even more unusual to have snow on Christmas Day.  Measurable snow on Christmas had never happened in our area since records have been kept.  If we ever get much snow ours are usually February, March and April.  We laugh that it is more likely to snow for Easter here than for Christmas.

It is still snowing well here and accumulating again.  But because of the snow and ice church was canceled.  🙁  Just too dangerous of roads especially if you have mountains involved.  (Alabama sized mountains, not real mountains!)