And so this is Christmas. It has been a subdued season around the manse; Sandy is bummed that our daughter did not make it home for the holiday, but she works in retail these days, and could not get away.
On another front, we have come very close to a White Christmas here, something that has not happened in the years that records have been kept, since about 1871. Snowfall is a rare bird here in central Alabama, as we average it about every eight years, normally just "a trace". This time, we have ended up with about an inch, accompanied by sub-freezing temperatures and a wind advisory, but a day late for the White Christmas standard. Yesterday, we went to my brother Bill's house for the Christmas doings, as he and Diann have grandchilluns, and the other two of us brothers do not. Gifting for the little ones (the adults do not gift), too much brunchy food, lots of noise, and all the things that go with it. An enjoyable time had by all.
As I type this, at 10:40am local time, we have 30F, with blowing light snow. Our "average" high temp for this date is 54F. Weather will do what it will do, and we have no control of it, so just go with it. We shall see. I would rather pass on winter of course, as I ride motorscooters, and have a built-in 40 mph wind chill.
Happiest of holiday seasons to all, and everyone enjoy your family and friends.
So, the spring that I have been hoping for looks as if it may finally arrive. In the morning, my lady wife and I will leave for Southern Mississippi, to attend the annual SCA event known as Gulf Wars. www.gulfwars.org This year, I will not be fighting, but will use some time to try to get some pics and video of some of the goings on. Looks to be a Good Time. Yes, we dress in funny clothes and subscribe to a standard of chivalry and courtesy that is probably mostly inoperable in the real world of today, but it is fun! It is a hobby, and an enjoyable one. Remember though, that to be treated as the object of such, it is incumbent on you to act the part. If you conduct yourself as an unbecoming ass or a wench, do not be surprised if you are treated as one. This is officially a war between the kingdoms of Trimaris [the Florida peninsula] and Ansteorra [Texas and Oklahoma], with the other kingdoms being allied with one or the other for the war. The attendance is usually 4000-5000, and of the nineteen kingdoms worldwide, seventeen are expected this year. No, it really does not matter who wins - it is, as they say, A War With No Enemies, and a really good reason to have a good time.
On the other hand, the laws of Unintended Consequences are bearing down on me. The coming of spring means the coming of yard work, for me an increasingly difficult task, but one that must be done. The yard is beginning to look shaggy already! During next week, there will be a trip to Lowe’s for blades and a drive belt for the drive-it-around mower, line for the trimmers, and a new blade for the bow saw, all of those to be installed and made ready for the following Saturday, which will be the initial Grass Cuttin’ Day for this season. I kind of look forward to it, and kind of not - it will be an industrial-strength task. Forty weight. Sheesh.
With the weather becoming survivable again however, it opens the scooter riding season. Now that is something for which to look forward!