And if you haven't joined Instagram yet, that's by far the best place to keep up with the happenings in these parts! KEVINRNOWAK is my username and KELLYLNOWAK for Kel. I'm able to get photos up there much more frequently than I can here at KN.com!
Another 12" of snow the past few days..with more flurries tonight. I think this is now the 5th snowiest winter in Philadelphia history. You know me, I'm all for snow, the more the merrier, but even I'm getting tired of shoveling the driveway and sidewalks several times a week!
Instead of buying a new dresser for #2 we decided to refinish one we already had in the guest room. We watered down the color of some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and couldn't be happier with the way in turned out! Can't wait to show you all how everything looks once we're done...here's a little sneak peak!
We moved the expensive glider that was in J's room into #2s room and replaced it with a cheapo chair from Ikea. J didn't seem to mind! It's not the most comfortable chair in the world, but it'll get the job done for reading a quick story before bedtime!
I snapped this photo of J and Nana on our snow day yesterday. She'll be a qualified seamstress in no- time with Nana as her teacher!
While I was holed up in the basement for much of the weekend spackling, sanding, priming, cutting-in, and painting [1 coat complete on J's new playroom]; I did manage to get outside for a bit with Miss J to enjoy some of this amazing weather! She absolutely LOVES to be outside and enjoys doing laps around the patio. She's also starting to warm up to the idea of walking on and sitting in the grass!
She walked all the way out here by herself and just plunked down...so I rewarded her with a bowl of O's!
Perhaps one of the cutest pictures yet! She just wanted to sit at the table with the old folks.
And she loved trying to catch the bubbles that Uncle Patrick was blowing...
How many times do we see people on the news being rescued from their homes by National Guard trucks or even pulled up in baskets to helicopters after blatantly ignoring "mandatory evacuation" orders In the middle or after a major storm? [Even though a "mandatory evacuation" isn't really mandatory since you can stay if you want! I still don't understand that.]
Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy was no different. Governors Christy, here in NJ, and Cuomo in NY, told people they had to leave certain areas by a certain time. Very simple instructions. Secure your house as best you can and then load up and head for higher ground. A "mandatory evacuation" they said! Weathermen and weatherwomen up and down the East Coast hammered the point home for an entire week that this storm was nothing to shake a stick at. Yet you still have idiots who said "I'm going to hunker down and ride this out", "probably won't be too bad!", only to be begging for help once they realize just how bad it is. The same is true for those who do "ride it out" but then get cut off from others due to downed wires, washed out roads, and no means of communications. They get low on food and water and then get scared. You were given direction to leave and you didn't!
As a result, our nations first responders will then put their lives on the line to come rescue you and bring you to safety...where you should have been already if you weren't so thick headed.
My point is this. I understand people want to stay with their homes and all of that stuff. I do. Fine. But if you don't leave by whatever the established cut-off period is, you're on your own. And if you suddenly get cold feet and want out...you pay for it. Set a fee at $1,000, $2,000, something like that. If our firemen, national guardsmen, EMTs, etc have to come save your ass, you pay up. Even after the storm. People shouldn't have to waste time going door to door in these seaside towns checking for people inside. They should have already been gone and those resources could be put towards the cleanup efforts.
I think I'm onto something here, right? A fine, fee, whatever you want to call it, like this would certainly make people think twice about "riding it out".
On my way to work I pass a couple of newly built houses [they knocked down some old junkers and built some of these horrible cookie cutters, but that's neither here nor there]. In any event I noticed a few pallets of sod laid outfront, read to be installed. This was early last week when I think the temperatures here hit the 90's, or it felt like that anyway.
So my question, will this sod take? I mean now the temps are close to being back to what they should be. The ground certainly isn't frozen, so maybe with some watering it won't die?
Jo Jo, Murph, you guys did irrigation in highschool, what's the consensus on this?