ordinary… mostly

"We have nothing to offer each other, except a haven." — K. Nafziger



I miss winter. I miss the challenge of negative temperatures. I miss snow covering everything in sight.

That being said, it would be a shame to not stop and express gratitude for the first blooms of “spring” on the forsythia bushes in our front yard.



Jonas 2016 – the wrap-up

Well… Jonas came and Jonas went. He didn’t exceed expectations, but he didn’t really disappoint, either.

It’s hard to say how much snow we received. When I measured the depth yesterday morning, we were at 17″. But as the snow kept falling, it was clear that it was packing down. In the end, we probably got the two feet that we were supposed to get, but maybe not as much as some locations to the northeast.

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March 3, 2014
Winter in review

We drove home from Indiana to Pennsylvania on the turnpike yesterday. I saw this and thought, “That pretty much sums up the winter right there.”

A good day for sledding

With all of the winter happening around us, the women picked an ideal time (after snow, before cold) to do a little sledding with friends.

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January 26, 2014
Middle Daughter sledding on Motel Hill

Winter, everywhere you look

In southwestern Pennsylvania, it’s cold. And snowy. And both at the same time. And not necessarily in that order.

Yesterday, the snow fell hard. Here’s one measurement, although more is falling…

7.25" snow
We’ve received 7.25″ of snow… a bit over 18 cm, in case my mother was wondering.
January 25, 2014
The only lights at camp

Last night at supper, we had over 200 people around the camp when the power went out. In the Dining Hall, the generator kicked on to keep the freezer and refrigerators cold (how ironic!), so there was a little light in that building. Elsewhere, everything went dark.

This could have gotten uncomfortable, since most of the camp heat is electric. However, everyone stayed calm, pulled out glow sticks, huddled around fireplaces, told stories, and generally had a good time. The power company reported that about 650 customers lost power, but that they’d have things restored shortly. We were all glad when the lights came back on after about 90 minutes. Finally by 9 p.m., the Ordinary Camp Host went home cold and sore and hungry, but feeling like he had put in a good day’s work.

Today, more snow is falling as I type. And after that, it’s supposed to get cold (Polar Vortex!).

Weather forecast - January 26, 2014

Jacob’s Creek, which run along the edge of camp, is already iced up quite a bit. It will be interesting to see how it looks by Thursday morning.


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