This obliging rainbow stuck around long enough for me to run inside and get the camera, then stayed through most of the dog walk.
Whoops, haven’t been doing much blogging!
We finished out our time in Knoxville with a few roadtrips: NC, Chattanooga, and a hike up to the Appalachian Trail.
We made it up to the Trail on our last day in the south.
The drive home was more insanity.
When we got home we were clearly starved for culinary creativity, since we didn’t have much of a kitchen in Knoxville. These are the products of our kitchen in August (the yellow dots are bottles of the lager I started in May):
I think these geese may be trying to nest in the soccer field across from our house.
We’ve had many days of rain and so they have not been able to cut the grass. Also, I’ve never seen two geese so aggressively inhabit one spot for so long. If I start to cross the field, one of them starts walking slowly toward me.
While we were gone for Christmas, Lansing got a horrible ice storm that knocked out power to 40% of Board of Water and Light’s customers, some for up to 11 days in cold temperatures. Somehow our house was spared, while people who live across the street were not.
In our neighborhood, the power company (a private one; Consumer’s Energy, not the Lansing Board of Water and Light) came around and spraypainted trees that need to be trimmed. They have yet to actually touch these trees,weeks later. Newsflash guys: you can’t just trim trees every decade after a storm. Upkeep!
As the semester started, Lansing was crippled by some snow and subzero temperatures. Neither of us had to work, so we did some very important things.
I finished a project I started three years ago! (See: procrastinating.) This was a desk that my grandmother passed down to me that I wanted to refinish. My initial plan was to strip it to the wood, but the paint was so deep in the grain that I couldn’t get it all out. And in the process I learned that I think my grandpa had stripped it of its original dark brown paint, so it’s not like it was the original color anyway! Thanks to the internet I learned that the trick to bringing out the wood grain is lots of very thin coats. I got a little craft brush to do the paint on the wood overlay and did two coats over the primer.
We got to watch the Packers and Niners play each other again (see: what we will do to watch the Packers Niners game).
Dave thought he’d take advantage of the lovely weather and cook us something on the grill. (The high this day was 2 degrees.) Later that week I finished a little baby quilt for my cousin’s first child–I’m sure even Seattle gets pretty cold in January!!
After Christmas we stopped in Mesquite NV and then headed back east. Not wanting to repeat our snowy adventure, we followed old Route 66 back to the midwest.
We were glad we got to see this part of the country, and even more glad that we only encountered snow during the last two hours of our trip. To accomplish this, though, we drove through the night nonstop from Albuquerque to Lansing! Sometimes you just want to get home.
There are lots more oaks here than in Madison, and they turn a wide range of colors from orange to burgundy-rust.