We've just had our power restored after a nasty winter storm. It went out about 8:30 pm yesterday and came on again today about 7:30 pm. I praise God for the people at Dominion Power who have been working in some pretty tough conditions to get the power back on.
The snow was wet, heavy and icy and a tree came down across our driveway. My son got out there this morning to cut it up (with a hand saw) so we could then shovel the driveway and then go to Bethesda for an appointment for him. Fortunately, we called before we got on the highway and found out his doctor wasn't going to make it in. So we went to the bagel shop and stocked up on those and coffee.
Now this photo doesn't look that dramatic. However, the kid cutting that tree is nearly 6 feet tall (he's bent over the tree here). A little perspective, yes?
I'm proud of both of my kids for keeping a good attitude and helping wherever asked. My son and his friends had a great time shoveling my neighbor's driveway. They played and behaved like kids did before they all went heads down with hand-held devices.
Last night, with a camping lantern (batteries, not kerosene), the four of us played cards and then listened to an old radio presentation of Gunsmoke (yes, it was on an iPod, but hey, we listened in the dark). We spent the night in our basement in one room with pillows and blankets, and were quite warm. It's completely in ground so it held at about 65 degrees. I actually threw off blankets at one point.
So, no school Wednesday, Thursday, and they've already cancelled for tomorrow. And Monday and Tuesday are off days for end of quarter grading -- although they've told us they've extended the quarter to the end of next week now. Lots of extra time to study - but do you think anyone will?
So in sum, for Thankful Thursday, I'm thankful for:
b. My family
c. Our dear friends who took us in this evening for dinner (remember that soup? It was great shared with them over at their house!)