January 2nd, 2014 - Good Morning!

  1. Good Morning -

    It's the second day of 2014 and pretty soon we'll be celebrating 2015 as that new year speeds its way towards us! Yes. Time seems to be going that fast for me. LOL!

    It's snowing outside. Actually, at present, it's "dusting" with about 1/2 inch of snow on the ground. This area of the country is predicted to get about 12 inches of snow over the next couple of days. Area schools are already closed. Yet there's only a dusting of snow on the ground. It's days like today when I wish I was back in high school! LOL!

    I'm working tonight!

    Amy just woke up, a little bit earlier than usual, in preparation to leave for work early because of the snow.

    There's only a dusting of snow on the ground (at present).

    Had a relaxing day yesterday. Saw the latest version of "The Hobbit" then had a nice dinner out afterwards. Yesterday was our "movie and a dinner" date together. Spent it with Amy's sister and niece who also enjoyed the movie and dinner.

    Nothing much else going on. Waiting for the coffee to finish brewing so that I can have First Coffee. Waiting for that coffee pot to "Ding"!

    Still waiting. . . still waiting. . . . still waiting. . .

    Well. . . I'm going to go downstairs and wait with my loving wife who's watching the news to check the weather. They're still predicting snow.

    Keep warm and safe, folks. Peace to all who travel here!

  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   Sabby_NC
    Good Morning Ted and all who pop in,

    Just a dusting of snow eh? Ted I think our weather is taking a dive from this afternoon and our highs will be below freezing, no snow mentioned but brrrrrrrr. Hope tonight goes well for you at work and that Amy takes it easy on that dusting of snow.

    We got dressed early yesterday and headed out hiking with the dogs in 24F temps, without the wind it did not feel bad but we each looked like an Eskimo, hiked like crazy and came home temp was then a balmy 30F. Dogs ran their hearts and legs off, was nice to see them burn off some energy.

    Came home, changed and slothed around in our jammies, we played computer games which was fun and relaxing.

    I do need to do some nail maintenance this morning but managed some hair maintenance yesterday.

    Ready for a nice day with a comfortable amount of visits.

    Take care driving out in this mess that is coming in, we will be under a Siberian Express for a week. I will be coming home during the day to let the boys out to pee etc as with the wind it will be too cold for them.

    Have a most excellent and blessed day.

    Much love to you all.
  4. by   Joe NightingMale
    Morning Ted and Sabby

    Quiet day for me yesterday. Spent most of it inside, as it snowed most of the day. Got outside only briefly, was nice to walk in the snow but the driving was very difficult.

    Got up early to clean the car off and found it's started snowing again. Getting to work today could be tricky. Checking the train schedules, hoping my train isn't too delayed.

    Kind of tired this morning, not sure why. Have to do the grocery shopping tonight.
  5. by   TopazLover
    Good morning Ted, Sabby, Joe and all who stumble in with coffee in hand.

    Yesterday I made dinner to celebrate the new year. I rarely cook beef so I worried continuously about the rib roast. The rest was easy. I did make French Onion Soup from scratch. I made a carrot cake and cheated, using a box that is called Decadence. I usually make things from scratch but not carrot cake. I don't own a food processor and refuse to grate carrots.

    We are in the path of the storm. Ted, BC, and Liddle are going to get much more. I will go buy some yeast. I am sure the grocery store will be filled with people buying eggs, milk and bread. I don't mind being snow bound, I make bread. I found a great recipe for whole wheat rolls so may make those. That and a pot of stew and "Let is snow". I will sit at the window and enjoy. They are talking heavy wind so keeping fingers crossed that no one loses power.

    Watched some of the Mummer's Parade yesterday as I cooked. It is so long that it was broadcast 0930 - 1700 and i think that was not the end of it. Fun time and it really helps Philly in so many ways.

    I know some one here discussed first footers last year. When my friend came yesterday he asked if he were he first male of the year to enter and said it was good luck. When I read about first footing it should be a man with dark hair. Well, my neighbor came before him. She is blonde. I like his version that did not count females (OK, I guess that makes me hand in my feminist button that I earned over a life time.) But if seeing him as the first male gives good luck for the year, I will be happy to accept it.

    There are so many superstitions about NYD. We did not have pork and sauerkraut, black eyed peas, or any of the other foods I have heard of to make sure you have good luck. Does anyone have interesting things they do? First footing got me really curious.

    Got to get going. I have a few things to do to get ready for heavy wind and the snow.
    Be safe out there, especially you NE folks. Joe always sends us the worst storms.
  6. by   BCgradnurse
    It's snowy and chilly here, and it's going to get a lot worse before it gets better. My boss wants to keep the office open all day (grumble, grumble), as he has already closed it for tomorrow. I'm off on Fridays anyway, but I'm glad my co-workers will be home safe, too. All of the felines have found their warm spots in the house, and the bunnies have been moved to the basement.

    I spent my NYD dealing with 2 sick kids-one who deserved it and one who didn't. DS overimbibed on NYE and paid the price for it yesterday. I gave him a big bowl, a bottle of gatorade, and a bottle of water, and snickered to myself. Live and learn. DD caught a stomach bug and was equally as miserable. She was much better this AM and went to school. DS was still under the covers.

    Everyone be safe today, especially if you're dealing with crummy weather. Happy 2014!
  7. by   herring_RN
    We do "First Footing" because of my father's mother who came to Canada from Scotland. My son was not home so my 5'5" husband took food to neighbors yesterday. The first person over to come in the door is supposed to be a tall dark haired man. DH once had dark hair, but only has a few black hairs among the white ones.

    At noon yesterday I went with him to each house and apartment on our block with a Clemintine tangerine for each occupant. We got to talk about their traditions.

    Mother and her mother were born in Texas so we have greens and black eyed peas. I made vegetarian jambalaya with rice, tomatos, celery, onions, garlic, peppers and brown rice with already cooked black eyed peas. Some don't like the texture of the peas when cooked alone.

    My husband put left over beef gravy on his. He loved it.

    I cooked the 31st so could take food to the night shift. I wasn't needed for break relief because other nurses wanted the time and a half.
    Last edit by herring_RN on Jan 2, '14
  8. by   Spidey's mom
    Good morning!

    Spidey is supposed to go camping with his Boy Scouts troop but has a cough . . . .I'm thinking of keeping him home instead of two nights in the cold weather.

    There is an IDT meeting today - we lost a patient last night to an upper respiratory infection given to him by his daughter. We were about to discharge him from hospice as he was not deteriorating, he was eating well, had no weight loss, no changes since admit months ago. Then his daughter, who was one of his caregivers, got sick with a pretty bad "cold". He ended up with it last week. No fever but got diarrhea for 4 days, no appetite, coughing up brown stuff, rhonchi t/o, SOB that made him increase his 02 to 5L. His doc decided to treat with Rocephin IM and a Z-pack which we started on Tuesday but I think this infection was just too much for his lungs. He died in his sleep last night.

    Today will be sunny and "warm" in comparison with the rest of the country.

    Enjoy your day!
  9. by   TopazLover
    Herring, I was sure it was you who tuned me in to First Footing. Thank you so much for your reminder of it, this year. Spidey's Mom, sorry about that death. People just don't realize how fragile people really are. It seems like every day I forward something about vaccinations on fb. Some people really don't get it. They would rather believe junk science than facts. When I had the responsibility for Risk Management it was always a fight to the finish to get the stragglers to get their shots. I was really hard on people who came to work sick, same reason. It is much more difficult if you really are the only care giver.

    Thinking of our New England folks. Our snow is not heavy so far, but I saw on TV that it is already a blizzard up north. I got stuff for baked beans and cornbread so if we do get a storm I will happily bake and cook. It will be a great day to settle down and read.
  10. by   Spidey's mom
    Hi aky - he had his flu shot and pneumonia shot. But there is a viral respiratory illness going around here - two of our docs were down for the count with it. Patient's lungs were just not in the best shape to deal with this particular illness. He passed very peacefully though.

    I have an old friend who posted some material on her FB about the "evil" of vaccines. sigh ..... I simply said for her to be careful as the stuff she posted was debunked. She sent me a nice PM asking for more evidence but I'm too tired to go searching this afternoon. Long IDT meeting.

    Now, I just have to figure out what to make for dinner.