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snowmageddon 2011


eight and a half inches on the ground!

Well, it’s official … it actually snowed!  Snow Day fulfilled.  And basically the entire eastern end of the state of Tennessee (as well as north Georgia and Alabama) is paralyzed by the storm.

And, for the record, we are loving every minute!

The roads are mostly impassable at this point.  We just don’t have enough snow removal and salt spreading equipment to adequately clear the roads in a timely manner.  And with temperatures expected to remain at freezing or below, it could be a few days before conditions improve.


about as good as it gets; TDOT came by and plowed, but only a sparse handful of people were out driving

where are the porch steps?

So we spent the day playing, and skiing and sledding and generally messing around in the snow.  Biking proved to be a little too impossible without studded tires and too much ice on the roads.  So we hauled out our “vintage” cross-country skis, and Mark managed to use the tractor make a pretty decent ski track out in the field and back to the woods.


skiing on the tractor track



snowkid (on the vintage skis)


I apologize for the absence of bicycles today … but hopefully tomorrow will bring a little change to that.  I suspect we are going to have a very interesting week ahead.  🙂




#330daysofbiking Day 84: cows and cool

in the cool evening

Fairly productive day, although feeling like I am sounding like a broken record lately…

My rather skewed idea of a productive day:

  • swam (in the morning)
  • sheared Elmer the goat (with the help of Matt and Grant)
  • took Grant to get his hair sheared off (thank you, Donna)
  • made the mango-jalapeno ice cream (with the help of Matt and Grant); recipe needs revision
  • helped Mark with the mowing
  • took an evening ride on the Xtracycle (with cows)
  • wrote this lame-o post, and got my ShutterCal pic posted

It is a silly life I lead some (most) days…

The things that will have to wait for another day: reading, paddling, a test ride with the new bicycle/boat trailer, catching up on email/notes I owe to people, groceries.  And a nap in the hammock. 😀

Mostly, I am thanking the weather gods for the cooler evening temperatures; what an incredible difference to ride with a cool engine.  And @blueallez, the cows say “hey” (or “hay”?) –  and also made a few suggestions for the ice cream recipe revision…

a very cool bike (lol)

a cooler Elmer, shearing day - Matt holding the "handlebars"

a "cooler" Grant: last week he lost his appendix, this week he lost his hair 😉

#330daysofbiking Day 64: back to crazyland

(I will let you come up with a caption for this one)

This was exactly the expression on my face upon seeing how much laundry had piled up over my weekend away. 😉  I should have kept on riding…

One of those Mondays … more than enough to do around the house, youngest son Grant starting his “job” (volunteering) as a junior instructor at the local tennis camp, groceries to get, vegetables to be picked.  And, of course, a few goats in need of haircuts and manicures.  I am very proficient at coming up with lists of things that need to be done – and much less proficient at actually getting the stuff done.  Today was no exception.

Today’s ride was a quick trip to the jeweler’s for some new watch batteries and a repair.  My road bike has been in the shop (front derailleur “surgery”), and is ready to be picked up, but I just couldn’t get there today; food and clean clothes had to come first.   Got a few things done, at least – including the brief ride.  Like the Xtracycle motto – the “everyday adventures” always manage to sustain me, make my day complete and purposeful.  Happier, calmer; a little less crazyland.

Looking at my to-do list, still feeling a little bit like Hershey, the goat, tho … 😉

Santa’s “other” sled

We had a wonderful surprise this morning – woke up to find everything covered in the fluffy white stuff, an unexpected gift.

Couldn’t resist getting the Xtracycle out and having a little photo fun.  I am not certain this is an approved bicycle helmet, but hey – it’s Santa.

Spent some time taking pictures of the wonderful (and rare) sight.  Entire set is on Flickr.  It was a wonderful morning, and by noon it had virtually all disappeared.  But so much fun while it lasted!

Xtracycle - great for giving your winter friends a ride!

Xtracycle - a great way to give your friends a ride

Elmer has his winter coat on

... it didn't last long (sigh)