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January 05th, 2009 | Author: Pencil Bugs

#3 – Everything in moderation

 

This is one of my grandpa’s favorite sayings.   He’s 84 years old so he should know.   This can be applied to almost anything; working, eating, or even playing.

Sometimes people work so hard at something they forget to stop and see if it’s working.   Or they do it so much, it gets boring or old and then they can’t stand to do it anymore.   It might have been the best idea but they didn’t know how to keep things in perspective and not overdo it.

The same things happens with me and fun stuff.   Even though I have limits on how long I can play on the computer or play video games, sometimes even playing fun things too much can be a bad thing. 

I bet everyone could find something that they’ve overdone at least once in their life.  Then think how much better it would have been if you had just done it in moderation.  Something to think about as my grandpa says.

Another thing that’s much better in moderation is SNOW.  I had lots of fun at my grandparents’ farm in North Dakota during Christmas digging out a snow fort in a very large snow bank.  (Check Dec. 30 post for those pictures and story.)  We spent quite a long time making it big enough for three people to fit into and it was really cool in more ways than one.   But after we left to come home, they’ve had one blizzard after another.  Grandma sent me a picture of what used to be my fort.  As you can see, it’s totally covered up with several feet of new snow.   No fort door, no nothing.   The snow was too much of a good thing.

Grandpa is sick and tired of plowing out the snow in the yard for hours so he can get to the cattle to feed them hay.  He says enough is enough!  I guess the weather hasn’t heard his saying, “everything in moderation.”

December 30th, 2008 | Author: Pencil Bugs

I wished for a white Christmas this year and I really got it.  We left sunny (well, sort of rainy) southern California last week before Christmas and flew to my grandparents’ farm in the middle of North Dakota.  I wanted enough snow to make a snowman or at least have a snowball fight with my dad but we didn’t want to have bad weather on the days we were flying.

The plane made it to Bismarck on time but since it was pretty late on Dec. 23, my grandma and grandpa didn’t want to take a chance driving on the highway the 40 miles at night so my mom’s sister came to pick us up at the airport and we stayed with them that night.

It was COOOOOOOOLLLLLDDDDDD!!!  No, it was FREEEEEEEEZING!  and tons of snow!

Snowball fight

Snowball fight

The next day, my grandma came to pick us up and we drove to their farm.  Even more snow!  About 2 feet all over but around the yard where my grandpa scooped the snow up into huge piles so they could drive to the road, there was even more snow.   I had never seen that much snow . . .  EVER!  The funny thing was, the snow was really fluffy and dry because it was so cold which meant it wasn’t good for making snowballs or snowmen but my dad and I still played around throwing snow at each other for awhile.

On Christmas day, the temperature got up to around 15 degrees above zero so grandma and I put on our snow suits, bundled up and started to dig out a snow fort.  Near their house, the wind had blown and piled up a snow bank about 6-7 feet high.  That’s where we started digging a hole.

Beginning of snow fort

Beginning of snow fort

By the time Mom came out all bundled up, Grandma and I had already dug a hole in the snow bank about 3-feet deep.  Mom decided it wasn’t big enough compared to the snow fort she and her sisters had made when they were kids so her and I kept digging into the snow bank farther and farther.  

New snow drift over snow fort door

New snow drift over snow fort door

We dug out enough snow to make the fort about 8 feet across but it was only about 4 feet high so you had to crawl in and then couldn’t really sit up straight.  The next day it snowed again and blew which made the door get half covered with more new snow.  It also piled up on top of the hill so the weight of the new snow made the height inside even lower which meant the next day we had to do more digging and shoveling out of snow.

Bigger snow fort

Bigger snow fort

Once it was fairly big inside, I decided to try and experiment by digging a small hole in the side of the wall and then I stuck a plastic bottle of root beer in to see how long it would take to get cold and frosty.   After an hour or so when I thought it should have been really slushy, it was only about as cold as the refrigerator.  Grandma said it was because the snow actually acted like an insulator and wouldn’t let it freeze.  It would have gotten colder if I would have just left it sitting on the ground outside.

I’d had enough for awhile so after I went in the house to warm up and play cards with Grandma, my mom and dad walked around the yard taking pictures of everything covered with snow.   Then Dad decided to make a snow angel so here’s that video.   Click this link.  Snow Angel Dad

Dad, Me, and Mom

Dad, Me, and Mom

Then when it finally warmed up to about 22 degrees on Christmas day, we hurried outside and had Grandma take a family picture.  Mom had the bright idea to use this as our 2009 Christmas card.  Even though that was the warmest it got all week, it was still too cold to be outside without coats.

It was a fun week and went by way too fast.  I’ve been lucky to go to their farm almost every summer but I’ve only been there twice for Christmas and the last time was a long time ago. 

The day we left Bismarck, North Dakota on the plane, it was delayed over an hour before taking off.  We made our connection in Minneapolis to San Diego but didn’t get home and in bed until after 2 a.m. which was really 4 a.m. on body time.  So it was a very long trip home.

Now, I’ve got just 5 more days until school starts again.