dads icicles 031 I’ve been homebound, as much by illness as by the weather.  I went in Monday, as per my last post, but it was apparently more than my body could take.  I am feeling better tonight (this morning!), actually better than I have in days!  Pamela made me take a nap, and it really did help.




It has hovered around freezing for several days now; never did have much of those “20’s” days they were fretting about!

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Emily came over tonight, probably mostly to show us that she could drive on our icy roads!!! 

She has really laughed at us, although the national weather service has made almost as big a deal out of this ice as they did Hurricane Rita.  Since we don’t get ice around here but once every 10-12 years, most of us are pretty careful about it.  Besides, we get an off day!



dads icicles 079 Bill, Dan and I went to Wal-Mart today, and it was as much an opportunity for photos as it was to get me out of the house.  Our piney woods really looked dressed up in their winter whites.





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We are further north and west than Houston, so got more ice.  I wished for snow, but most of what we got was just wet and cold.  This little cold snap will do me for a few years.  I’m typically a girl of summer, even our southeast Texas summers.  I like warmth and humidity, not cold and drizzly!



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This stop sign was thawing right before our eyes, as was everything else.  This is one of the big reasons I don’t like winter wetness – SUCH A MESS!!!  We’ll be cleaning up mud for weeks!

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Looks like Christmas.  I do love these shots, although they are really romanticizing everything.  Our woods are beautiful no matter the season, but it really is messy out there today, as everything is thawing out.dan, pam, and icicles 082


Noel wasn’t too perturbed by the ice, and got through it rather quickly.  She rather enjoyed it, I think.

dads icicles 014 This is a fountain near where Pamela is working.  She is the only one of us that has worked all week!


I am also including shots of my “Dumb Daughter’s Camping Trip”.  You may wonder if I mean “…Daughters’…” rather than “…Daughter’s…”, but no, it was daughter,singular, that wanted this trip.  Of course, the intelligence of her followers comes into question, but we do strange things for those we love and who are leaving in just days for another 4 months away. 

Pamela wanted to camp out during her Christmas Break, so the plan was to girls camping 010go to Mike and Gen’s pasture to have the fun of camping without going far or having to pay for anything!  Well, of course we were expecting the worst weather of the season during this week.  So…

Uncle Mike helped them put their tent up in his barn since it began to rain as soon as they got there.

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He helped them build a fire, got them all set up for the weekend.  The tent didn’t quite fit, but they made it work.

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Pamela, Katie, Mel, and Dan (photographer) were wet, cold, and miserable, but somehow managed to turn it into a great time!  Pam is a multi-tasker, spending much of her activity time also on the phone.

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Steak, baked potato, green beans for supper, and S’mores for dessert. 

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Lots of pictures, too.

Best Friends and Sisters, too.  What could be better?

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girls camping 058 Michael came to see if it were really true – “the girls are camping in the calf lot”…….  You can tell what he thinks of their intelligence!

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Well, they did survive the night, and had a nourishing breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon, and…..

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Getting warmer……………girls camping 111……………………………………


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………………………….PERFECT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!girls camping 105


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Too bad, Pam.  The marshmallows are gone, now!  Did Dan get the last one?

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Cold, wet, and muddy.  Pamela’s fashion statement!

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So, what’s camping without singing around the campfire?

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Pamela and Katie, signing to their songs.  It’s so beautiful to SEE the words as well as hear them.

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  girls camping 256The rain kept coming, and the girls just ignored it when they could. 

 Mel is “surfing” on the boards across the mud of the barn floor.




girls camping 252 Are we having fun, yet? 

“Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink……….”

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Perhaps silliness will help…………………………………girls camping 262



It usually does!girls camping 266




Pamela leaves Saturday.  It doesn’t seem like it is time yet.  She has been more “here” this time than usual.  I am so thankful she has this opportunity to get her formal education, so I will not even include a “but”.  She will be missed more than ever, but summer is coming……………………..and I can’t wait!

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God bless your day!

About Petty Bunch

The Petty Bunch is what we have called our family since Bill and I (Janina) began our family back in the early 1980s. We have gone down many roads together - homeschooling our kiddoes, enjoying the freedom of entrepreneurship many years, working at "real jobs" other years. Through it all, we have been loved with God's everlasting love, and have found that underneath are His everlasting arms! We are blessed to have been married for over 36 years, and have 3 incredible adult children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, an amazing son-in-law, and SEVEN grandchildren: four precious granddaughters, three handsome grandsons - so far. We are empty nesters, still enjoy the life of an entrepreneur and the freedom it gives us to continue enjoying our kids and now, their kids!
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8 Responses to Tidbits

  1. Crazy4Photos says:

    Oh, I like all the ICE shots! I wish that we had a little more Ice over here to take pictures of we bearly got any! *sniff*

  2. KatieWatt says:

    Yah, Michael labeled us, I think the phrase was “certifiably insane”. And did we care? Nooooo! It was so much fun. I mean who will make the memories that we have by going on a typical camping trip?
    However, I am glad we weren’t camping in the icy weather that followed. Brrrrrrrrrrrrr….

  3. SUPER glad that I was snuggled up with my husband that night. πŸ™‚
    And while perhaps I have a penchant for needing to “prove myself”, there really weren’t any icy roads to brave by the time I was driving. 😦 I think it’s more cabin fever than anything else. I’m used to a very full, hyper busy life, and ours just isn’t right now. Any excuse to get out of the house…. πŸ™‚

  4. YAY for the cats being OUTSIDE!!! (I always knew they were animals at heart…) πŸ™‚
    I think that we need to institute the whole “Beam me up, Scotty” concept. It would really make life a lot of fun.
    *ZZZAP* “Mount Everest! I always wanted to see that!” *ZZING* “Dude! It’s Brazil!” *ZZZOPP* “Whoa, like, is this Beverly Hills??!”
    Oh yeah man. Loads of fun. πŸ™‚

  5. Am I game? Am I GAME? Am I BREATHING?
    So I have a DVD player that works, and a quiet apartment until 11:00 tonight……umm, no food to speak of, except a pan of fresh fudge…so how about we start TONIGHT?    
    I also have a third of a can of sweetened condensed milk, and what more does one really need? (And Dan can stop trying to think of excuses not to—she had ALL DAY to do laundry!!)

  6. Rocketh socketh. πŸ™‚ I’ll slice the fudge momentarily. Hopefully half of it will still be here later tonight. πŸ™‚
    EEEK. Preggo lady on the loose. Everybody hide….

  7. wolverine93 says:

    I agree if it’s not going to snow I’m ready for the cold spell to be over!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I didn’t like to play in the mud even when I was a kid so am not one whit envious of the camping trip. ha  But I can see that they all had fun and that is what it’s all about anyway!  I want Spring!  ha

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