A Weather Dip at Our Little House

We’ve had a rollercoaster of a ride with the weather at Our Little House since Saturday, when it was a glorious 70+ degrees.

I spent much of the day sitting on the deck in the warm sun getting caught up on my reading.

Sunday, it turned cooler, but still wasn’t a bad day. We decided to finally make the trip to Springfield to get Dale’s glasses, so our trusted dog sitter, Correna, came and watched the Fabulous Five while we headed north.

How long has it been since you’ve had an Orange Julius? That was our big surprise, finding a place that sold them in the mall in the big city. The taste instantly transported me back to the days when I worked in the J.C. Penney credit office in Indian Springs, a long gone mall in Kansas City.

Yesterday was the beginning of the big dip. I spent it with the neighbor running errands and getting ready for this monster storm, which I’m still hoping we’ll avoid here. So far, we’ve gotten a ton of rain and now we’re getting sleet. The huge snowfall is predicted well to the north and if we avoid most of the ice, we’ll be good.

In the meantime, hop on over to Frugal Kiwi and register to win one of her fabulous felted soap creations. The blog is also up for the Best Green Home Blog for Apartment Therapy. Melanie, who writes Frugal Kiwi is a regular community member here at Living Large, so let’s show our support and place a vote!

I hope all of you in the path of this storm are staying safe and warm. Share your storm and/or Orange Julius stories with us in the comments.

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10 Responses

  1. Brandy says:

    Were in the south and its just really cold here. Saturday it got pretty and Sunday was pretty too but cooling. I swear I saw peeps in shorts several times. It was pretty but still waaaay to cool and early in the year for shorts.

    • kerri says:

      We see people in shorts year around here, Brandy. Let’s hope Phil is right and we get an early spring. 😉

  2. Olivia says:

    I guess we are getting this monster storm, this “Snowmageddon,” “Snowpocalypse” – whatever – here today. In Canada we don’t bother naming our snowstorms – we just call it “snow”, as in “Snow is forecast.”

    **Sigh**. Well, it is Canada, after all. They don’t call it the Great White North for nothing. It’s winter. It’s cold. It snows. AND it lasts a long time.

    Good thing I actually enjoy it – most of the time.

    We can’t get Orange Julius here on the Island but when we went to the mainland last fall to a mall I had one. I love them.

    • kerri says:

      I told a friend of mine that this week, Olivia. We didn’t used to name storms and cover them at the top of the news each and every day. Canada or not, it is winter and it is going to be cold and it will snow. I think the mild winters we’ve had have turned us into something of winter whimps. It’s only news when it hits someplace it shouldn’t – like the south! 😉 I didn’t even know Orange Julius existed anymore. I hadn’t seen one in a mall in a good 25 years. It was a pleasant surprise!

  3. Our high yesterday was – 0.5. The low overnight? -18. We haven’t gotten much snow here in the Rockies, but it’s certainly that crazy kind of cold.

    I’ll have to look next time, but I think there is an Orange Julius / Dairy Queen in our local mall. Clearly, I don’t pay much attention.

    • kerri says:

      We’re getting terribly cold temps now, Roxanne. It will be near -0- tonight, which is way too cold for this part of the country. The Orange Julius/Dairy Queen connection may not be new, I don’t know, it’s been so long since we were in a mall!

  4. kerri says:

    Glad you missed most of the ice, Mat. We ended with about an inch of sleet and that was it. We very much missed the bullet. This is one time I’m glad the weatherman was wrong. There was a story on our local news (well, in Springfield 2 hours away) about how the pizza places were so busy, some were hiring anyone with a 4-wheel drive to deliver them for $15 an hour. I noticed the frozen pizzas were also all gone during our errands on Monday. This must be a very popular storm food!

  5. mat says:

    We’re in a northwest suburb of Philly and were bracing for a…I think they called it a “death storm”. We must have just missed the bad part of it because there was very little ice on the power lines this morning. Points north were expecting 18″ of snow last night.
    But last night, we decided to treat ourselves to a carryout pizza for $6 (surprisingly decent) and hunkered down on the couch to watch cartoons with our 3-year old.

  6. Frugal Kiwi says:

    Wow, Orange Julius, that takes me back.

    Weather is great here in NZ, but we are all watching the Category 4 Cyclone (hurricane) headed towards Queensland with some horror. The poor Aussies have had a terrible summer of floods in that part of the country. Think enough water to have sharks cruising down mainstreet in towns 20 miles from the sea!

    Thanks for mentioning the soap giveaway and the last days of voting. Every vote counts, so anyone who pops by to cast a ballot will have my thanks!

    • kerri says:

      The Orange Julius was great and such a sensory thing to take me back too!
      You’re welcome and I hope the voting goes well. As for Australia, they need a break. I’m sorry for those people in that part of the country, but I’m very grateful that this is far from my daughter’s house near Melbourne.