Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Snow, books, and an MP3

Brrrr... I feel just like Big Bird when he was asked if he was okay (after spending a night on the roof) and he said "I think I may have frozen my giblets".* One of my all time favorite movie lines. :)

The guys were running a little late so they asked if I would mind starting the car. So... I got my down coat and my hat on, open the front door, and...WOHHHH, where did this come from? It was quite dark but it looked like we were inside one of those shake up snow globes... and the weatherman did not warn us? What happened to the forecast of "light snow"? I thought it was Chicago that was to get all of this stuff.

It also caught the road crews unaware as Christopher later called to tell me the highway hadn't been plowed! Thankfully, my nice neighbors (the original redneck woman and her hubby) have a plow on their pick up truck and he has been plowing the gravel lane we share as well as our driveway throughout the morning. I just love country people. I'm going to reward them by taking over some freshly baked cowboy cookies a little later.

So, how am I spending this snow day? Well...

I'm doing a little ironing...

Washing a few dishes (the hot, sudsy water is so welcoming)...

Making cowboy cookies...

Washing more dishes...

Reading more of John Piper's wonderful book called Don't Waste Your Life...

and finally listening to podcasts of the Revive Our Hearts program about studying the Bible with this...
I'll write in a separate post later how I came be the proud owner of my own tiny MP3 player. Love it! It is itty bitty but powerful. I had the thermostat turned down to 66, wrapped a quilt around me, watched the snow fall on the deck... and listened to Nancy Leigh DeMoss podcasts... and then some music.

Lest you think all was spiritual, the first of my CDs I uploaded to iTunes was my favorite John Denver CD. I have all the podcasts on the mp3 first, then about six CDs by favorite singers, then another five or six CDs of my favorite instrumental CDs. Since the podcasts are free and it doesn't cost anything to upload CDs... it was within my budget. :)

We haven't heard from the hospital yet as to when Christopher is scheduled for outpatient tests. We all continue to pray.

Life is still rather inconvenient but here inside the warmth of hearth and home... I do that which women throughout the centuries have done in times of trouble... I do some cooking, some cleaning, and lots of praying. They didn't have an itty bitty MP3 player. They would have enjoyed it.

*Christmas Eve On Sesame Street from 1978

Photo: Tasha Tudor

8 comments:

scrappy quilter said...

Sounds like it's cold there too. We are -49C with the windchill. I won't be going anywhere either. Those tiny MP3 players are so neat. Two of our kids got one from their big brother for Christmas. They love that they can listen to worship music wherever they are. Enjoy yours.

~carol

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

That cold is headed our way, I'm told. Not looking forward to it.

I don't have a little MP3 player, but I do have your playlist, among others, which I enjoy a lot.

Your neighbors will be so pleased to have some cowboy cookies...I must check your recipes to see what they are.

Keep praying, keep cleaning, keep cooking...

Frank said...

ahhh Brenda... after I read your post about staying warm while washing dishes I remembered that I had a few pots and pans waiting for ME in the kitchen sink - so true! I'm warmed up and ready to get back to other tasks -
Thank you!
Stay warm! Hugs, Wendy

Lavender Dreamer said...

What a beautiful blog you have! I've enjoyed reading and seeing all of your sweet pictures! Have a wonderful day! Stay warm!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Sending up a prayer for your son! Stay indoors and keep cookin!V.

Shana said...

I know, the snow yesterday seemed to come from no where. And boy is it cold this morning. Yikes! Although your blog header is very refreshing. In several months maybe we can enjoy nice weather like that again. :)

Sharon said...

Sounds like a good time to stay inside and back! Enjoy your MP3 - aren't they the greatest??? :)
Your son will be added to our prayer list...

Joy said...

Just snooping around your blog!
I love books and tea cups too!
Good luck and prayers for your Chris!