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We have today off as a snow day. There was a dusting when I got up at 5 AM to try to find a job. I pinged the website for 30 minutes without seeing a single job come available. Sometimes it is very slow, but not that slow. There is usually at a minimum a couple of jobs during the half hour from 5 AM to 5:30 AM. At 5:30 AM the phone rang. It was an automated call from the school system saying the schools were closed for the day. I was quite perturbed at my job website. They told us at our orientation we did not need to worry about snow days, that they would be the first to know and we would know it next. After all, they do not want to offer jobs to people who don’t need to go to work. When I went back to bed at 6 AM there was still no notification the schools were closed. When I got up again at 8:15 there was notice that schools were out for the day. I am very irritated that they obviously knew school was out. They were not posting jobs. Why in the world did they not post the notice that school was out and there was no point of wasting your time looking for employment? If I had known at 5 AM I would have turned around and gone back to bed. Instead I had already started preparing breakfast. I ate and went back to bed.
By 9 AM there was very little sign of any snow at all except in shady areas. I presume other areas of the county farther south had more snow and that the country roads were in worse shape than the city streets. There is a possibility of another band of sleet and freezing rain tonight.
I very much wanted to have our scheduled school holidays and I know we will start losing them now. I must say I was not feeling well when I got up to look for work. When I realized I could go back to bed I declined rapidly and felt myself becoming almost hysterical in my desire to go back to bed. When I woke I felt much better than I had two hours earlier. I think I am trying to fight off the flu my daughter has brought home.
On Sunday I saw my friend who went to Orlando and Chicago with me. She had been ill with the flu last week and had been afraid she was not going to be able to come. She had run a fever for five days. Her DS was in town for a large professional theatre audition. Many theatres send out casting agents to audition hundreds, thousands of people in a three day period. It is held at the theatre where I worked between university and graduate school.
I have not mentioned it I don’t think. My washer did not drain three weeks ago. Since then I have been having to go to the laundromat to do my laundry. Maybe I have mentioned it. My friend went with me on Sunday and we did my laundry after we had lunch. She is a true friend. At any rate I fear I may have been exposed to flu from more than one source. I think you can slough flu even after you are no longer running a fever.
There was a boy in my 4th block class yesterday who sounded as if he was attempting to cough his lungs up. He did cover his mouth most of the time but it was violent coughing and he coughed incessantly. I’m fairly certain he spread plenty of sick around for us all.
There is good news. My friend called this morning to tell me her DS has an audition in New York City next week for a roll in a national touring company of Annie playing FDR. They were both quite excited. That would be a huge boost for both of them. He has been trying to be an actor for years and it has been a long hard struggle. He does have a speaking part with a named character in a movie opening in March. They have been invited to attend the premiere and walk the red carpet.
ASTI, the dumplings you made sound like the dumplings my MIL prefers. She makes soft, round, fluffy ones. Those are not my favorite. The dumplings you see in the South of the US tend to be flat dumplings, cut into strips. They are heartier and hold up better against meats and veggies. I don’t make them often because my DS wants the dumplings his mother made and I resist using packaged biscuit mix. I don’t like them as well and I get no satisfaction from making them. You just mix up the store bought biscuit mix and drop them from a spoon into the broth. When I make the kind my mother and grandmother made I roll them out, cut them, and allow them to lie out and dry a bit to set before dropping them in the broth to cook.
The first year we were married I was going to cook dinner for my MIL’s birthday. She requested chicken and dumplings. So, I went to a lot of time and trouble making large quantities of home made dumplings. When I presented them on the table she looked at them and said, “What is that?” I can tell you I felt like dumping them in her lap and walking out of the room. She makes “instant” dumplings from a package and acts as if they would be the envy of a fine restaurant. My DS made the mistake of laughing at me for not knowing what a dumpling was. So, it is a sore point in our house. I never make my dumplings and if I make his dumplings I don’t eat them. I find something else. My DS and his mother contend their dumplings are the only proper kind. It is just another of the early little things that contributed to the wedge being driven between me and my MIL. COOLG can probably tell us what kind she grew up with in East Tennessee and what kind she sees where she lives now.
We are waiting for the last chunk of money to come in, the one that has caused such a great amount of anxiety and anger. I don’t expect it before Thursday at the earliest and likely not until Tuesday of next week, if they actually send it. Tomorrow it will be two weeks since I made the request for these funds. It took them over a week to let us know they had issues with filling the request and made us start over. They made no concessions to us for taking so long to make contact with us. When we started I was told it would be two to three business days. Now we know it will be closer to three weeks.
My father had a couple of very bad days over the weekend. He was unable to get out of bed at all. My mother was despondent. Yesterday and today he has rallied and spent a lot of time out of bed in the wheelchair. He has come to the table and eaten his meals. My mother and I were fearful he was going to be on a steady, precipitous decline, and would never have a good day again. I realize that is where he is going and someday he will get into bed and never get out again. We are rejoicing in any days he can bounce back and get up and about.
I’ve spent quite a lot of time today glued to either the PC or the TV watching the Winter Olympics. I am amazed at some of the things that people will do to try to win a medal. I really like the patchwork theme chosen to use on various flags and billboards and the different competitors bibs that are worn. The designs of the the patchwork lozenges are are taken from the various traditional patterns used by the many ethnic communities that make up Russia. A lovely idea with a beautiful outcome.
We had quite a bit of sunshine today but shortly before sunset we had a surprise snow shower. Tomorrow is forecast to be pretty grim with rain and high winds, yet again. When will it end?
We are on the eve of an ice storm. Expected amounts from .75in to about 1.5in which means power outages and all kinds of closuers. The National Guard has been moblized and power companies in bordering states have sent in extra trucks and crews. If you don’t hear fro us for a while don’t worry, when the power is back we will be back.
GRAYMAYNE, as we watch the Olympics my daughter and I keep asking out loud, “Who was the first person who thought doing that was a good idea?” Most of it looks like madness to me but I enjoy watching it.
DEANIE and MR DEANIE, I’ve been thinking of you and KOREY. I’m sure you are all going to have a lot of “fun”. We might have a tiny bit of ice tonight but nothing that won’t be gone by 9 AM.
This is what an ice storm looks like in the American South. This video is of February of 1994. The video gets particularly violent looking at about 4:10 to the finish.
Lady Hawke Ha, ha, I know just what you mean. I watched the slope style snow boarding and found the commentators speaking a form of English that meant absolutely nothing to me! Everything new needs new vocabulary to describe it and in this case it is the language of the young. Interestingly the only Brit who earned a medal was a female aged 33yrs, which is quite unexpected.
My DS experienced an icestorm in Canada as a young man but I haven’t and was horrified by the damage to the trees. Please keep safe everybody.
I have been watching the olympics too. I am facinated by the new styles they are doing on the slopes. I especially like snow boarding. What I found unusual is that so many that do snowboarding and do it well are afraid of hights.
They have been showing England and the flooding on the news. They showed a longer segment this morning and I thought of you all. They have been showing clips of Atlanta, Georgia on the news too of the last snow storm. Looks like the next one is going to miss MM and me and hit everyone in the south.
I remembered to take my trash out this morning. I usually put it out on Tuesday because I usually only remember it when the trash truck comes by. The snow is completely iced over still. I did not make too many footprints because I stayed mostly on top of the snow.
My daughter and son-in-law came by yesterday. They had been in Indy for a job interview. They had spent the night before because the interview was so early. They stayed at the hotel shopping place at the old train station. Union Station I think is the name. Anyway they had a ……..oh a thing that transports you to downtown main shopping area etc. shuttle Anyway it took them to the hotel where the meeting was. They called after the meeting and came back to pick them up. They really enjoyed where they stayed. They came by to get my title to the last trailer I have. This one is a car carrier type that has removable sides too. A few years ago I had mentioned that I wanted to sell this one and get another that was not so hard to pull. Anyway my son-in-law has found one like I wanted and will probably trade it even. The other trailer is newer but not as heavy duty as mine. We used ours to move heavy equipment and since we no longer do that we can use a different kind. With this new one, I can pull it behind my truck if I need to. The other one was just too heavy for me to try. Of course I don’t see me having to pull it. My son-in-law will probably be the one to pull it.
This is the fifth day or so of the worst head/body/plus various other parts cold I have every had.
It is starting to get annoying. My body is inventing new parts just so they can ache..
Hope everyone back east and across the pond stay safe with all the bad weather going on.
Aloha y’all! ;)
We are truly iced in. The Governor’s office sent notice yesterday that anyone who lived north of I-20 was to go home at 10:00 am and everyone else was to leave at noon. I left at noon and only hit wet pavements with no ice at all. Then word came that the State offices would be closed today.
Around midnight we started getting precipitation. It started as rain, but turned into ice around 3:00 am. Our deck looks very slick and unsafe.
My supervisor texted that our offices will be closed tomorrow, too. Then he sent a text that we may be closed until Monday. ;)
With closures and various medical appointments, holidays and taking 2 days for our anniversary, I have not worked a full 40 hours in a single week since before Christmas. I have another dental appointment on the 24th of this months. I might work a full week next week. I am not betting on it though. ;)
So far we still have power, but the modem died for a while. It is working again, which is good because my phone mobile hotspot failed for my laptop. Again. ;)
Stay as safe, warm and dry as you can. ;)
Today, we had a hurricane! Ok, small exaggeration, but gusts of 106mph were recorded in Wales, and a Force 12 warning was issued for The Irish Sea. Winds here gusted up to about 70, and the rainfall was catastrophic. I am grateful that we didn’t lose power. Thankfully, it stopped raining about half an hour before the schools came out.
I have posted feedback to Wolfie on her first few chapters. It’s good stuff! Her voice seems more confident in this book.
Deanie, I am glad you do not have to go out. I was worried for my DS today. He said he saw the roof of a convertible car ripped off by the wind. Stay safe, both of you.
Ironsos, that sounds rotten. Keep an eye on your aches and make sure it is just a cold. xx
Olympics… daughter was entranced by the icedancing today. Given that I have just booked tickets to take her and a friend ice skating for her birthday, I am a little worried she might have delusions of grandeur when she gets on the rink!!!
And, Lady Hawke, I have been asking the same question!!
I am so pleased to hear your Father has had some good days.
Ouch about your dumpling story :(
Hi all! I hope everyone is staying safe and warm. My parents are iced in, along with our Southerners here – glad to hear that everyone is just staying home this time!
For better or for worse, being iced in means that my mom has had lots of time to work on wedding stuff. We are in the middle of trying to find a photographer and there aren’t a lot of reasonable options within our budget. Everyone says that the photographer is the one place you DON’T want to skimp on the budget, but I’m having a hard time caring. I just want to give everyone disposable cameras and tell them to have at it and return the cameras at the end of the night. My mom, however, is willing to expand the budget to get someone she likes.
Ironsos, that sounds terrible. I hope you’re on the road to recovery very soon!
Hi, LEW, on the subject of photographers, we didn’t get a professional, just asked friends to take a lot of “snaps,” and send us a few. One of my friends has a husband who is interested in photography enough to be good……if we didn’t have his pictures of the day, I would be VERY disappointed. Go with your Mum, get a pro. You won’t regret it.
Hi, asti, thanks for the tip. I think I’m just still reeling from how much photographers cost. Most of them are starting at $2500, and that’s a bare bones package that would cover the wedding. I found one for $1500, but that’s only for 4 hours of photography, which wouldn’t even include taking photos at the reception. It sounds like my mom is willing to pay more to work with someone she likes and is being recommended by a friend. It’s her budget and photos are something she cares more about than I do, but I feel really guilty over the cost.
We are doing a second reception here in the town where we live that will be a lot more informal. My fiance has a large (LARGE) family and we won’t be able to invite most of them to the wedding. And a lot that we do invite won’t be able to make it. One of our friends (and my colleague) who’s interested in photography and owns his own gear said he would do the photos for free as long as we didn’t expect pro-quality. We’ll obviously pay him something, but I’m much happier with the arrangement!
LEW, your friends offer sounds great, and very like our pics. But, if your Mum is happy to pay for the wedding pics, I’d say go with it. You won’t regret the results, and it sounds important to her. Don’t feel guilty! You’re her little girl, getting married!
Thank goodness we live in a sheltered spot, our winds only rose to about 30 mph but sounded a bit scary. We chose comfort foods to eat today. There has been extensive coverage of the rivers flooding and the storms battering the west coast. I checked on BigG tonight by text and found that he couldn’t get back home because of traffic gridlock, so he went to the pub and was eating pizza when I contacted him. The wind had been high in Manchester and was still going strong. I told him to stay safe.
Dr. Lew I would recommend overseeing the intended photo moments because sometimes they can feel intrusive. I waved the photographer away when he wanted to take a photo of me with my bridesmaids lining up to walk down the aisle. After the serious business of the wedding ceremony was over it felt more appropriate, but I have seen photographers practically take over the event as if they were film directors. Some brides may like being a filmstar for a day, but not everyone feels like that.
Lady Hawke I can’t believe that I missed your excellent post at the top of the page, it was Asti’s comments that made me realise I had missed something.
I am pleased that you have stuck to your guns over the matter of dumplings, each to his/her own. I haven’t made dumplings, round in my case, for many years because the recipe calls for the use of beef suet, which would be bad for my arteries. I have also given up using lard and beef dripping for the same reason. On the other hand I still use butter, full cream milk, and occasionally have cream on fruit and in coffee when dining out. There is no logic to this, just things I can bear to live without and those I can’t.
I’m glad to hear that your father has rallied and made an effort to be less of an invalid. I do hope that the financial palaver can be settled soon and the house sale completed.
Time for bed.
ironsos – I felt sad when Shirley Temple died too. It seems like a lot of people are dying.
LadyHawke – I hope your Dad has more good days.
Deanie – I worried about you and the ice storms. I’m glad you are home.
Has anyone heard from Won?
Hello everyone. I had a wonderful birthday today! Thanks to everyone for your well wishes… :+)
Won February 12 is my eldest sister’s birthday, too. Sorry I missed yours. Happy belated birthday. ;)
This afternoon we got enough snow to cover the ice, thereby making it much more dangerous. I really hope we do not have to go in to work on Friday. I am glad that they announced for Thursday so early today.
I am still seriously angry that they have posted NOTHING about our offices closing at either of the “official” notification sites. Half my office did not know about it until my supervisor set up a group text and I told them. Then he confirmed it. If my DS did not watch the noon news, I would not have known, either. ;)
Monday we got a reminder email at work about which radio and tv station are the “official” ones. I found the closing notice on one of the other tv station’s websites for Wednesday. None of them list Thursday for the State Government offices. Some State Agencies sent their own closing notices to the radio and tv stations, not the one I work for, though. Poor communication seems to be the real hallmark of our current weather situation. ;)
Stay safe and warm everyone. ;)
We got a little more snow this morning and a friend who lives a bit north of us is still getting snow. They claim the temp is now 34 F (1.11 C) and it is supposed to reach 41 F (5 C) by around 2:00 pm. Cross your fingers that the Governor keeps our offices closed tomorrow. Our street has a single track in the snow. There may have been more than one vehicle, but if there was, they all drove in the same track left by the first one. The yards are all white and the deck chairs have icecicles hanging from them. ;)
Stay warm. ;)
Lady Hawke About the dumplings, I am with you. I roll my dough out, cut into strips, then cut into 2 inch pcs. I have ate dumplings that have just been dropped but they seem too much like bread and not dumplings. They don’t seem to have much taste to them like a rolled out smaller square or triangle dumpling does. It does take more time to make them but so worth the effort for the taste. Speaking of dumplings, I think I have some in the freezer that I need to eat.
Deanie Glad that you can stay home and not be out in the type of weather that MM and I have a lot.
It is suppose to snow again tomorrow. I should try to get out to the store before we have more snow on top of what we already have. I need to get my RX filled so I will have to get out soon.
Ironsos Sorry to hear about your cold. Yesterday I was sneezing and blowing nose all day. Today it seems to be better. I don’t usually get a cold. When I was working, I would get sick right after I had the company taxes done.
Won Happy belated birthday. My brother, brother-in-law, and DS birthdays are the 9th, 10th, and today for the DS.
We have a respite from the weather today. Another storm, potentially worse than yesterday, is due in the next few hours. Graymayne, did BigG made it home eventually?
Ok, Dumpling Debate.
Graymayne, as I said, I have never made them before, but my recipe involved butter, not suet. You rub together 125g of self raising flour and 75g unsalted butter, then bring the crumbs together with 50ml water. This made enough for 6 quite substantial dumplings, that cooked for half an hour on top of the stew in the oven.
Lady Hawke and CoolG, is it just what you do with your dough that is different, or is your basic recipe much different? I am intruiged, and would like to try yours.
Won, good to hear you had a good bday!
CoolG, I am sending you a hug for a difficult few days.
ASTI, this is close enough. I don’t really have a recipe but I know you like them. I don’t use the poultry seasoning mentioned in this recipe. This requires buttermilk which I don’t necessarily use either. You can make them with a regular biscuit dough too but the rest of the process is pretty much the same.
The commentary and story telling which precedes the recipe is pretty good too, lots of good step by step photos.
Here is a much more basic recipe for the whole process but there are not photos so I thought I should share the first link with you as a visual aid.
Here is a basic buttermilk biscuit recipe.
If you don’t have buttermilk here are the instructions for substituting milk for buttermilk.
Making a recipe that calls for buttermilk? Use this simple substitute, and you won’t need to buy any:
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
1. Place a Tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup.
2. Add enough milk to bring the liquid up to the one-cup line.
3. Let stand for five minute. Then, use as much as your recipe calls for.
Here is a plain biscuit recipe that allows the use of milk or buttermilk.
Here is a converter for the amounts of the ingredients.
It cut off my last comment.
Here is a much more basic recipe for the whole process but it does not contain step by step photos. I thought I should include the first link because it leaves a really nice visual trail to follow.
Sorry, it didn’t cut it off. When editing I did not realize I included the second recipe directly under the first.
WON, sorry I missed your birthday. I hope you had lots of birthday fun stockpiled at your house. I doubt you went out looking for any.
IRONSOS, sorry you are feeling ill. We’ve just done a round here and I hope I don’t get targeted.
LEW, I missed the post about the wedding photos. If there is anything I regret 21 years later is not having a better photographer. I was being conservative and guilty over the amount my parents were spending on the wedding. So, I elected to use what would now be considered a budget photographer. I wasn’t particularly pleased with the results when I first received them and after 21 years I wish they had been more aesthetically pleasing. The only thing you can do with wedding photos you aren’t pleased with is burn them. There is no chance to “redo”. It is over. It is done. You don’t get a second chance. Let your mother memorialize the event in the way she sees fit.
I am back from the stores. Before I could leave Ihad to shovel in front of my tires and shovel a path to the road. It was too much like ice slush that my tires just would not make it over it. I don’t think they ……..oh what they do to get the snow off the road….plow…..on my road but they have on the rest of the roads I travel to get to the main highway. I put my shovel in the truck just in case I needed it.
By the time I got home the whole yard was more ice and slush than snow. I thought I would never get the groceries carried in. I spent more than I normally would just in case I can’t get out for a few weeks. I spent some time looking at valentines until I remembered I had no one to give one to. I thought about sending Ironsos one without putting my name on it just to make him wonder who sent it. Lol Instead I got a small box of valentine candy. I sure do not need it but it might make me feel better eating the chocolate.
Asti If I use butter and a egg to make the dumplings, I call them noodles. I usually use flour, criso, and buttermilk to make my dumplings. It really does not matter. I don’t have a receipe. I just make them like I do biscuits only not as much. I kneed the dough. Then I half it and do one half at a time to roll out and cut the dumplings. Then I heat the broth to a rolling boil and drop them in one at a time. This really takes a long time to do. I use these for chicken and dumplings etc. I wait until the dumplings are almost done before I put the chicken or turkey pcs in so they won’t stick. For anything else like you were talking about putting them in , I would use the drop kind.