Here in the Pacific Northwest cold is rather different. We can be going along, all wet and thawed out, when a sunny day occurs. Then everything, everywhere will be frozen, frosted and iced over, like a bunch of frosted flakes.
Yesterday in the middle of the afternoon, surrounded by sunlight we were freezing cold. Not even putting up fencing was warming us up. This morning we huddled by the door to at least have heat at our backs while we waited for the school bus. The kids then ran to the curb when it came around the corner. The heaters are running non-stop and the chill still teases at the edges. This is that bone chilling kind of cold that freezes your nostril hair with one breath through the nose and can give you brain freeze if you decide to breathe through your mouth.
Yes, we technically don’t know how to drive in snow around here, but I’ll get into that lovely aspect of Northwest weather later in the season. Right now everything is just cold. Actually when it is like this we can get snow easily if a weather system comes in fast. Once the cloud cover returns, like a downy blanket, the environment warms up melting the snow or just drenching it with fat warm drops of rain.
I’m frantically trying to type when I can so I can reach 50,000 words in book two of The GearMaker Legacy. Yes, I’m doing NaNoWriMo. But most the time I’m typing with my fingerless gloves on. Sheesh it’s cold!
Pumpkins are one of the great things in life. My family went to a pumpkin patch as part of our attempt to go on adventures. Some adventures will be close to home and some will be far away.
Saturday the sky was prone to fits and bursts of precipitation, but sunshine would break through as well. As part of teaching money skills, each child had a baggie of 8 quarters or more.
It was raining when we left home, but thankfully stopped as we parked. It was like the fair at a farm! You could hurl pumpkins, go through corn mazes, play different games and more, but we just wanted pumpkins.
Our first stop at the farm was the pricing examples. Each size was labeled with a price and each child determined what sizes they could get with their money. (my older ones had more money since they want to carve the pumpkins and the younger ones will only be painting theirs)
We found the closest field of large orange orbs and started our hunt.
After picking our pumpkins we paid and headed back to the van when suddenly the clouds burst out in a downpour. Once home we sat in the driveway watching the flood down the windshield and the hail attempt to attack us. Then we made a run for it.
We all had fun. Part two of the adventure will be in the next week: turning pumpkins into decorations.