Thursday, July 31, 2014

Totally Fed Up With Winter... And The Rain... And The Cold....And The Wind!!

Thursday 31st July, 2014

It's me....yeah I am still here.  I'm like the bear, you know the one, who hibernates in winter.  I've just poked my head out from under the blankets and guess what.....we have a wild weather alert out with very strong winds and possibly SNOW......yep snow in the Adelaide Hills and Flinders Ranges.

This month has been really cold with lots of rain and temps in the 11-12C range.  Earlier in the year they said we would have a mild winter but I reckon it's been a cold one.  Normally we have temps of 11-12C about two to three times a year but this year we have had quite a few days where the temperature has just made double digits.  

I will be so glad when winter is over.  This winter particularly, maybe it's because Tony isn't working anymore and I don't really have to be out and about, that I am feeling it.  It's a struggle just to go out and do the food shopping......I prefer to stay home where it's warmer.

Still, we haven't been complete hermits.  I have been busy with my scrapbook classes, now twice a month, we've been to the movies and during the school holidays we had Katie and her friend Maddi come and stay for a couple of days.  

Among the wet and cold days we've had a couple of days where the temperature may not be high but the days have been perfect for getting out and about.  Like one Sunday we went down to Glenelg, the temperature was only 14C but the sun was out, there was not a sigh of a breeze and it was just perfect.  

People were on the beach and one brave soul was in the water.  An ice skating rink had been set up at the end of Jetty Road and plenty of families were making the most of it.

Tony and I went and saw the movie "Blended" which both of us really enjoyed.  It was what I call a "feel good movie", where we got some laughs and shed a few tears.  The next one we saw was "The Jersey Boys".  Having seen a stage production of this I was intrigued to see how it would portray as a movie.  

I loved the story about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons but didn't like the actor who played Frankie Valli.  He was OK in the role as Frankie Valli but I didn't like his singing.  

Katie and Maddi came and stayed for a couple of days.  It was so good to have her here again.  I do miss not seeing her as often as we once used to, but she has grown up so quickly and spends a lot of time with her friends, which is good too.

She told us of all the sports that she has been playing for the school for the SAPSASA (I think it stands for South Australian Primary Schools Amateur Sports Association).  She played Rugby (where her school ended up the champions), Soccer, Netball, Hockey and Football.  They lost the Netball final but still have to play the finals of the other sports.

I don't know where she finds the time to do any schoolwork but Kahra told me that last term's school report was the best report that Katie had received all through her Primary schooling so she must be doing alright.

While here she got nostalgic and asked us if we would take her to her old school so that she could show Maddi.  She also wanted to show Maddi where she used to live and the Kindergarten she went to.  We did and she got emotional as she remembered back to her first day of school and walking through the gates.  She still knew where her classroom was.  We got lost trying to find the Kindy but she remembered where to go.

Well the news reports are saying that Mount Lofty got a 'light dusting' of snow early this morning.  All I know is that we had lots of rain and hail overnight and it is f.r.e.e.z.i.n.g this morning.  I spent a couple of extra hours in bed not getting up until around 9.30am.  By then the sun was shining but we have had some more showers since and it hasn't warmed up much.

Today we have to go out and do some food shopping as there is not too much left in the pantry or fridge.  I now regret not going out to do it on Wednesday when it was a much nicer day. 

photos to follow