In the past I have devoted considerable space in this blog to complaining about the winter weather, but if you look back to early December I did mention that I enjoyed a 50 degree day to put the Christmas lights up on the house. To quote the very eloquent Yogi Berra..."today seemed like deja vous all over again!" I was out there in front of the house, up on the ladder, in mid 50 degree weather removing those same lights from the property. Where there was about 8 to 10 inches of snow on the ground just a few days ago there is now mostly bare ground, except for the glaciers that have been deposited right at the front of the yard by the snow plowers.
Once I finished de-lighting the house it was time to give the "family truckster" a bath. Quite a bit of the winter gunk had built up on the beast, and it was high time to remove it. She is looking pretty sweet right now, and that might just last a day or so, until the mud puddles have their way again.
Earlier today we made a Costco run. This was significant in the fact that we had not made a Costco run in a good 6 or 7 years. Way back when we purchased a membership card each year through the TV station, but we found that we never spent enough to justify the price of the card, so we gave it up. Well, now that Kay holds the most powerful position in our church...she's in charge of the food and coffee...the congregation is springing for the cost of the membership so off we went today to stock up. There is something about Costco that universally means that you cannot get out of there without spending at least 200 bucks, and we certainly honored that today. I'm not sure what we are going to do with a 55 gallon drum of olive oil, but the 400 pairs of Adidas ankle socks that I bought will definitely be put to good use.
This evening we got in the car to drive to the neighbors house. Now, usually we would walk across the street, but the neighbors moved so we can't just do that anymore. Now it is about a 3 and a half mile drive to get across the cul-de-sac. This gave me the opportunity to catch up with my little buddy Brady once again to see how life is treating him. I don't remember that last time I saw him, it might have been way back before Christmas. It didn't take long to reconnect though as he had me reading "The Stinky Cheese Man" and hauling him around the house upside-down while holding by the ankles. We almost trashed the foyer light fixture...ALMOST!