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No School = Lots of Fun!! 
Jan. 29, 2014 6:22 am 
Updated: Feb. 1, 2014 5:17 pm

Northeast Ohio has been in the grips of frigid cold weather lately!  Our schools have all been cancelled since last Thursday.  I work in a high school guidance office, so that means I've been home; free to enjoy this unexpected but very welcomed time off.  Last Friday I tried to be the responsible adult that I am most of the time and used the time off to do things like clean the house, pay bills, and other "grown-up" things that needed to be done.  I spent the weekend doing my normal weekend "things" and enjoyed a few roaring fires with glass of wine in hand and good book to read. 

Sunday afternoon we had my daughter and son-in-law and our friends over for one of our "Sunday Spaghetti Dinner Days".  The three kids came busting into the house bringing arctic blasts of cold air in with them.  They hadn't been over in a while and were excited to be coming for dinner and to play.  I have a room full of leggos, Barbie dolls, crayons, markers, paper, and various other toys and games that they know are there for their enjoyment.  Their parents took their time coming in - they were busy taking photos of all the snow outside.  I have to admit it is a beautiful view in our woods when it is snow-covered.  After dinner we all gathered in the living room to watch a movie and enjoy turtle cheesecake

Monday morning I received the call cancelling school.  I decided to use this surprise day off to simply read and do things I wanted to do.  Bozwell, my "geriatric" kitty was all too happy to join me on the couch for a morning of laziness.  He sat on my lap for a couple hours while I read a book. I am reading a book called "Enslaved by Ducks".  The title caught my eye as I have always been a lover of ducks and we used to have several as pets while the kids were growing up.  It is a cute story about a couple who find themselves with an entire "zoo" of animals, many of them ducks and birds.  It describes a part of my life as we've always had a lot of animals - many of them things like hedgehogs, rabbits, turtles, iguanas....  You get the picture.  It's the sort of thing that happens when a kid has an animal lover as a parent.  I could never tell my kids no to any request for a pet.  It wasn't that many years ago I was begging my own parents to get a rabbit.  Or a guinea pig.  Or another kitty.  Besides, children who have pets learn responsibility, compassion, and know the joy of something depending on them and loving them unconditionally.  I believe having pets helps give confidence and self-esteem to a child as well.

Monday afternoon the call-off came for Tuesday.  Temperatures were well below zero and showed no signs of letting up.  I spoke with Federico and asked if Kristal and I could play with his kids on Tuesday.  We picked the kiddos up and headed to the bowling alley.  I hadn't been bowling in years, probably as many years ago as the oldest (11) has been alive, so we were all on the same playing field.  Except for Kristal.  She had just been bowling Saturday.  We laced up our shoes, chose our bowling balls and headed to Lane 6.  I asked the woman behind the counter to please put up the "bumpers".  I did not want to embarrass myself with numerous gutter balls.  Since Kristal had just been bowling, she knew how to enter our names in the self-score system.  Whoa!! Our names and scores were going to be up on the boards.  Where anyone could see them!  I told Kristal we had to be careful how we bowled; there might be scouts from the pro-circuit and I didn't want them hounding us to join the pros.  After the first frame, I knew we'd be left alone. Jocelyn, the six-year-old, was in the lead; she'd bowled a spare.  The kids had a blast, and so did Kristal and I.  The first game came to an end and we headed to the lunch counter.  Our bodies needed re-fueling.  We all had some pizza and started our second game.  About that time, a local bowling team showed up for practice.  They were bowling strikes and spares as if that 's all they knew how to do.  Kind of put us to shame; but I think we were having more fun.  When Kristal rolled two strikes in a row we were all high-fiving and raising our fists in the air!  Bowling is hard work and makes one thirsty.  Back to the lunch counter we had to go - the kids just had to have a slushie.  Soon they were sporting red and blue tongues and were ready to go spend some time at my house before returning home.

Suzy was so happy to see her favorite kids so soon after having spent all Sunday afternoon with them.  She could not stop following them around.  Mostly because they love to feed her treats and she's always happy to eat those treats.  We played a rousing game of Sorry! and Hands Down!  I don't remember who won and I don't think anyone cares - we just had fun.

Tuesday night is our night to eat at the restaurant and we had "company" tonight.  When Jon got home from work we loaded the car up and headed out in the cold.  I had told Marisela we would return the kids to the restaurant and they could eat with us.  There was a birthday celebration going on that turned out to be for a friend of mine.  A table of 8 women drinking margaritas makes a lot of noise with all their laughter and the three kids found them quite interesting.   Soon two friends of mine from work walked in.  They stopped by to chat and to tell me they had received the call-off for no school on Wednesday as they were pulling into the restaurant.  I had not heard my phone, so this was good news to me; another day off!

My friends said they didn't know what they were going to do.  They were beginning to get bored and wanted to return to work!  Not me!  I can always find something fun to do.  Today Jon only works until 11:30 and then we're going to see what sort of adventures we can find.  I have decided these snow-days are practice "retirement" for me and I think I can't wait to retire!

Jan. 29, 2014 6:59 am
(Lela:) Snow days are indeed the best days because you can make them into catch up days, read a book day, or just lounge around days! I see you have no problem coming up with ideas on what to do with your snow day. Loved your blog Mother Ann!
Jan. 29, 2014 7:24 am
Hi Lela! Thanks for stopping in and reading my blog! I never have a problem finding things to do. I think it's because when I was a kid if I ever said I was bored my mom came up with all sorts of things I could do - run the vacuum, dust, mow the lawn, clean my room, on and on.. I learned rather early on to never be bored! LOL
Jan. 31, 2014 5:43 pm
Cat:)(: Bored with days off! NEVER!!!!! It sounds like you had a fantastic time and filled it wisely with "adult" duties and then the important ones like spending time with children and having fun! In keeping with Lela, I learned long ago there is nothing wrong with a "boring" day. It means nothing went wrong. And I can always find something to do. If all else fails, a book by the fire is perfect :) Especially with a cat on one's lap
Feb. 1, 2014 4:10 am
Hi Cat! Yup - I believe we have it all figured out, don't we? A book by the fire is always a great thing to do; just ask my cats. LOL
Feb. 1, 2014 1:47 pm
Cathy Myers here. Oh Mother Ann! How we love our snow days and retirement! I volunteer copious amounts of time to our local elementary school. I feel and am treated like one of the staff! Now, I too look forward to snow days. Alas, SoCal is in the grips of a serious drought and the bark beetles have returned to kill off our forest....sigh! Thank you for a lovely blog. You will never be bored in retirement, when you take the leap. You are a prism, multifaceted with many interests - especially for the children. God bless you!
Feb. 1, 2014 5:17 pm
Cathy Myers - thank you for stopping in and posting! I hope you all receive some rain soon in SoCal - I'd gladly send you some of ours...
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I've been married for 32 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have a black lab that gets to go duck hunting with dad, 2 cats, 2 cockatiels. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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