Thursday, February 14, 2008

Tribute to a Loyal Friend

The 1988 red camry is on her last wheels. She was an inheritance from Grandma and Grandpa to handle the extra load of teenage drivers. She has mothered Jenn, Melanie, Katie, David, and Ben through high school. I don't think she will be able to complete her term with Ben as she is suffering from arthiritis in her wheel. The power steering is now gone, so one gets quite the upper body work out when driving. We have to keep her well oiled, since she leaks.

It is quite a process to get her started in the morning. Ben has to open the hood attach the battery cables to the post, close it and jump in the car to start. When he parks the car he has to do the reverse procedure so the battery won't drain will sitting.

The driver's and passenger windows no longer roll done. So when Ben was pulled over a few months ago, the policeman startled and called back up when Ben had to open the door to communicate with him. Ben had to quickly explain the window doesn't work. And remember the passenger seatbelt doesn't tighten immediately, but does a surprise attack later (or is that the gray camry?)

It will be a sad day when we have to let her go; the camry holds many fond memories for me.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Never Ending Winter

We're going back to the old days. Vance has told me that the winters are not like they use to be in Idaho Falls when he was growing up back when the snow didn't melt until April, there were 6 foot snow banks. He has changed his mind. The past 6 weeks have been a winter fest. Yesterday and today have produced 6 to 8 inches of snow and still going.

Remember this picture taken January 16:

This is yesterday:

Today, less than 24 hours later.

Remember the snow bank my cell phone is at the bottom of? It is increasing in height.
The kitchen window on the north side, the wind usually comes from the south - but the wind is swirling and blowing snow on all windows. FUN!?

Melanie, Your Reign Has Ended

It's official , February 7, 2008, the pencil is level, he isn't on his toes, and it isn't even first thing in the morning. David is 6'1. For the record he weighs 200 lbs.

Ben is not far behind him, he's coming in at 5'11. I am now the second shortest (thanks Katie!) Currently he weighs 165 lbs, 20 lbs more than he weighed on September 1, 2007.