But finally, this week, we are having winter ... and for the Eastern Shore, it's bitter. It's a sure sign that you've acclimated, when 30° feels frigid.
We woke up to snow last week and it was such a sight for sore eyes. It was only about 1/2", but it was like a winter wonderland to our children. They were up and at 'em bright and early. Thankfully there was an hour delay at school and so we let them play for a while.
Although the delays are often something we'll poke fun at, we've learned there's always a reason behind them. Either the area is not accustomed to the extreme of whatever, or there's a history of accident that's happened. Such was the case in Connecticut, and such is the case here. In the meantime, we relish the fog and snow delays.
So yesterday was a frigid day too, with a high of 26°. It made for a cold hot chocolate stand:), but we toughed it out, mostly huddled in the cab of the truck (it didn't get over 23° while we were out there). We figure it was worth the $13 in the 1 1/2 hrs, and made for good memories.
Last night we got a second snow. What luck! I came down to check our answering machine for snow delays, and Joshua had turned it off again :(, and when I went to call in to our back up voice mail, the phone wouldn't work. So I turned on the computer and checked the school district website and sure enough, SNOW DAY! School's cancelled with just 1-2 inches of fallen snow. The difference is the bitter cold, 15° at 7 a.m., which is significant for this area. So HooRAY! We get another day off! (We've been off this whole week, MLK day, and two 'professional' days for teachers). This is when I go back to my homeschooling desires and wish every day were like this where there isn't the rush, rush in the morning, and taking things at our own family's pace. *Sigh* . However, we WILL have our own school today and everyone's so excited.
Here's a photo of this morning's fun.
We have a small, two-pond, water feature in our backyard that is frozen solid and is as close to an outdoor ice rink these two are going to get while we live here:).
On a sidenote ... a newspaper photographer stopped by our stand yesterday and took photos. It's supposed to be in the paper today, so maybe it will drum up more business for Saturday:).
What's the forecast? 31° ... Brrrr.
It's all relative;).