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Thankful for Beautiful Snowy Mornings


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Snowy morning in November
Thankful for snowy November mornings.

**For the month of November each year, I try to focus on something I’m thankful for each day. It is the month that holds Thanksgiving where I live, after all. Focusing on the positive and remembering the little things that make life great is something I should do more often. If you want to see some blogs I’m thankful for, check out my main site, Word Quilt.

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Thankful for Opening Day of Snowboard Season — In November!!!!


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It’s November 17. Not even Thanksgiving, and Chris and I got to hit the slopes. Last year was less than stellar as I slipped a disc in my back on Valentine’s day and had to sit out the rest of the season (yes, I slipped it putting on my snowboard boots, which makes me not-quite-so-hard-core, but  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).

But that all aside, we hit the slopes today, and it was amazing. Walking back to our abode, I commented to Chris that there are just moments that hit you once in a while. Moments in which you are reminded you are blessed beyond blessed, and it would be a crime to not acknowledge that. And we are that. #sothankful.

Opening Day at Jiminy Peak
Opening Day at Jiminy Peak

So for those of you that know and love me (thank you for that). This is the year. I am finally going to get comfortable with turning right. I know I say every year that I will learn to turn right, but last year I actually did it, and I think that doing it on opening day is a good sign that it will only get better. I know  I’m flailing a lot, but I’m adding this video as a baseline so I can hopefully see improvement. By the end of this year, I will do it naturally. Right? (Please say yes.)

Figuring out how to turn right and go toe-side.

**For the month of November each year, I try to focus on something I’m thankful for each day. It is the month that holds Thanksgiving where I live, after all. Focusing on the positive and remembering the little things that make life great is something I should do more often. If you want to see some blogs I’m thankful for, check out my main site, Word Quilt.

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Thankful for Snow


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IMG_1093.jpgDay 14/30 – I know, I know. This one is controversial. And my apologies to those of you who absolutely detest it.

While I never abhorred snow, I did dread it at one point of my life (in my years before learning to snowboard). White, white, white. And cold. It never ends, right? I get that.

So we incorporated a house rule. If we got over 3 inches of snow, I got a shot of Drambuie 😉 That helped a ton by giving me something to be happy about as snow fell (there is so much power in psychology). Then things got even better as I learned to snowboard and enjoy being in the elements.

Mild understatement. I now LIVE for winter.

Yesterday I was reading a La Nina Outlook and became super-psyched. I’m in blizzard zone 🙂

    • Work-from-home job (no commute) but flexible work hours? Check
    • Season passes to a resort for snowboarding? Check
    • Drambuie? Check

Bring it on! I’m ready 🙂

  • For November (the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US), I’m trying to blog about something for which I’m thankful for each day of the month.

 

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So Thankful for Heat


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It was pretty nippy last weekend. We were visiting a friend in Connecticut, and there was concern over some furnace trouble as the temperatures dropped to -3 F (-19.44 C). Our friend rigged the furnace to keep it working until they got the motor fixed, which worked pretty well. I joked with my co-workers on Monday that I was leaving that cold to head to the tropics of home, where were supposed to be up to 22 F(-5.56 C). What I didn’t realize was that while we were gone, our furnace had quit as well. And it was still pretty snowy.

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When we stepped into our home, it was 38 F (3.33 C) degrees inside. Fortunately Hudi (who was at the house) had warned us so we were braced for the blast. And we are fortunate enough to live in a large house with two furnaces so we did everything we could to prevent pipes from freezing. Heated up water on the stove, got faucets dripping, etc.

Chris figured out the issue but couldn’t get a replacement part at that time since stores were closed. There is a little bearing in the furnace that rotates, and it affects the turn-on and shut-off workings of the furnace. If you want to know the real technical explanation, ask Chris. I got the concept of it, but not the solution. Basically something that has been spinning for 20 years, keeping the furnace funning, decided to quit. The good news was that we didn’t have to worry about our food spoiling. It was definitely nice and cold.

While we had heat on the other side of the house, it was still very cold, since that one furnace wasn’t enough to combat the cold coming from the other half of the house. I snuggled into my military-grade sleeping bag for the night.

You know what’s funny? I find it rare to have no heat yet still have electricity. By instinct, whenever I went downstairs after dark, I was using my phone as a flashlight. The mind does weird things, eh?

The next day Chris called a store in Adams who referred us to a store in Watertown. John from Sid Harvey’s told us he could get the part the next day. As we mentally braced for another cold day, we got a call. It was John suggesting a shop in Syracuse that might have our part. Wasn’t that kind of him? Chris drove to get it, and two hours later we had heat.

It’s truly amazing how warm a 50 F-degree (10 C) living room felt after that experience (as it was still warming up). Usually I freeze if it’s under 68F/20C. It felt soooooo good. And I am very, very thankful for heat and for a husband that knew how to fix our furnace.

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Feeling Buried? Make it Fun


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Star inspired me today. It snowed a lot last night. Definitely over a foot of snow, and it was beautiful! I was a bit concerned about how my medium-sized dog would handle it when she had to go out.

No worries at all!

Star headed into the snow and plowed a path for herself in her enclosure, stumpy tail wagging all the while (she was born without a tail, but she thinks she has one). When she was finished circling ’round her enclosure, she paused for a drop-and-roll.

Life is good, even when you are up to your ears in potential obstacles. Do what you can, make sure you enjoy the good parts, and shake off the yuck! 😉