Small Success Thursday: Winter Wonderland Edition


This week, so far, we had 5 inches of heavy, wet snow and then an ice-to-rain “event.” Thanks, Punxsutawney Phil. Thanks a whole lot.


erins vegetarian chiliWhile it was snowing and I had nothing better to do but stay inside and cook, I made a big batch of spaghetti sauce with meatballs and, later, a slow cooker full of Erin’s Vegetarian Chili (I added a can of pink beans and a generous amount of corn). Middle Sister baked some Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate-Chip Cookies.


I was the Substitute Librarian/Tech Teacher on Tuesday morning. Not only did I get paid for doing something I love, but I had all kinds of fun

  • reading Snowmen at Work with the first grade. Twice. Because their teacher changes the words to “1A Snowmen” when she reads a Snowman book with them, and they needed me to do the same.
  • reading Pink Snow with the second grade. We don’t usually choose nonfiction books as read-alouds in the library, but I was looking for something not too babyish for this class, and I wanted to stick with the snow theme. The kids were spellbound and asked good questions. One teacher, whose daughter is in that class, told me Wednesday how much her daughter really loved that book.
  • attempting to convince an eighth-grade girl who was working on a “Contemporary Americans” report that you can’t use rumors as sources for a research project, even when those rumors are published in celebrity-gossip rags. Especially when those rumors are published in celebrity-gossip rags.


I finally got the Christmas decorations boxed up and moved out of the living room. They’re not completely away yet, but I need the snow to melt so I can get the boxes out to the shed. My deadline for getting that done is the next time Big Brother comes home to spend the night, because right now those boxes are in his room.

Give yourself a little pat on the back for things you’ve accomplished this week! Join us over at Small Success Thursday at–leave a comment or link your blog.

And while you’re over there at, don’t forget to link to your favorite meatless recipes at our Meatless Friday Link Party! We’re getting our souls–and our kitchens–ready for Lent!

Snow Day, without much snow

My kids have eagerly been anticipating a Snow Day, and they got one today. Guess all the spoons under the pillow and the backward pajamas did the trick (though I think Little Brother’s pajamas were not backward on purpose…)

I got the call from Big Brother’s school at 5:15, and then starting at 6 I was watching the news to find out about the other kids’ school–I still haven’t gotten that phone call. Finally at 6:30 I got up and turned on the computer and found out that they are indeed closed. I got an email from the instant alert, but no call. Maybe I’d better check my settings.

Little Brother has been awake since before 6 and is bouncing off the walls already. And there won’t be any snow for him to play in, unless he gets out there NOW while it’s still dark! It’s changed to freezing rain here already and is going to be raining within the next few hours. So it will be a long day off with no snow, and chances are I’ll have a houseful of kids once Adventure Boy figures out that Little Brother is home today.

Big Brother’s school was supposed to have free ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery for all the students today. Wonder if they’ll reschedule? The school Mass at the other kids’ school has been moved to Friday.