Friday, January 20, 2023

Spring in January, but it will not last long...

Wow! What a beautiful day yesterday! We ended up warming up to 60° for the high. Lots of midday sun and Evan and I went for a run along Griggs Reservoir then when Summer got home from school we practiced some basketball. But, winter is back today and some snow on the way. 
We have been having fun doing science experiments at home and the kids have been loving it. I love seeing the amazement in the kids faces and trying to answer their questions. Sometimes I have to look up answers for them. We have been binging a channel on YouTube where a teacher answers lots of questions about the world around us. I think it is called Mystery Doug.

In some bittersweet news, I am closing up my shop on Etsy. If you are reading this early enough, feel free to stock up using the code 50OFF for 50% off. I have been making the balm for about 5 years now and there are a handful of reasons to close up the shop. I have had a handful of people let me know they are really sad about it closing and that has really meant a lot. I am excited for extra time to spend with the kids and family and I have a new project that I am starting to plan. Nothing for sale with the new project, but providing something free and it will be a labor of love... so stay tuned!
Good Friday morning! Make sure to grab the coat this morning because it will feel like the 20s all day long because of our brisk winds. Winds, out of the west, will be gusting 20-25 mph this morning and then slowly become lighter through the day. Thankfully not nearly as windy as yesterday evening. Many official wind gusts in the 50-60 mph range including a 61 mph wind gust at the OSU airport near Dublin. We are also very lucky the trees are bare because we would have more downed branches and trees if we had leaves. Back to today… Cloudy with light snow/flurries and a high around 37, but feeling like 29 for the high. Patchy accumulations up to half an inch possible. Lighter winds tonight and mostly cloudy skies with a low around 29 and a minimum wind chill in the lower 20s. Mostly cloudy on Saturday with a high of 38 and a very light breeze. Sunday we are tracking a wintry mix headed toward the area. The track still could change between now and Sunday, but right now it looks like we could see 1”-3” of snow for Central Ohio areas that stay all snow, but some rain may sneak in and that would cut down on snowfall totals. Stay tuned to the forecast because there will likely need to be adjustments. A few flurries or light snow showers lingering early Monday. Highs in the upper 30s for Sunday and Monday. Tuesday will be quiet once again with mostly cloudy skies and we warm to 42 for the high and the warmest day on the 7-day. Another rain/snow on Wednesday and this looks to have more moisture. Some lingering flurries on Thursday as temperatures drop even more. We will have a high around 41 on Wednesday then a high of 32 on Thursday. Even colder temps by Friday and next weekend. Have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Kicking off 2023


Good morning! This was the final photo of 2022 for me and the kids. It was a whirlwind end to 2022 and start to 2023. We had an extended family member in the hospital, so Dawn was there with them. Then I picked up strep throat and a double ear infection. All are on the mend now, but it was a crazy 10 days for us, hence why I have been so silent on here...

We did end up getting that winter storm just before Christmas. Thankfully it scared everyone away from COSI the day before the storm, so it was very empty when I took the kids. Summer loved the Doc McStuffin exhibit. 

We had a great Christmas with the kids. Their faces of excitement are precious and I hope to never forget these moments.
We went back to my parents the Monday after Christmas because it was so cold and windy causing blowing snow anytime before that. My brother from Dallas was in town too, so we had a great time catching up and sledding on the drifts back on the farm. The kids wanted to stay with their cousins in town so they stayed a couple days. 
We all met up again at the National Air Force Museum so I could get the kids back. My nephew from Dallas loves planes and there is no better place in the world to see than this museum if you love planes. Plus it's FREE! My parents live 40 minutes away and they had no idea it was free.
Then that gets us to when I was home with the kids for several days. Lots of board games and science experiments. 
I did eat pretty good while Dawn was gone. I smoked a bunch of pork. Most of it went to a neighbor who is going through a rough patch, but I did need to keep a little to sample and make sure it was good. I made pulled pork nachos and tacos. Best pork I have made so far!
At the same moment last week we found out our family member was getting out of ICU we had an amazing sunset. Had to get a picture of the kids and send it to that person to brighten their day. I ended up catching my illness, but on the mend and back at work now.
It was just barely warm enough for me to run in shorts yesterday. My cut-off is a temperature or wind chill below 25 degrees for when I will wear tights under my shorts. Wind chill was 26 when I left the house to run to Evan's preschool yesterday. Made sure I was wearing something bright so the cars could see me.
Good Tuesday morning! Above normal temps will stick around the next few days before colder air arrives. Today Central Ohio will have mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance for a stray shower. Morning temps are in the upper 20s and we will warm to the mid 40s with a light breeze out of the south. Staying cloudy tonight with low temps in the mid 30s. Wednesday will be mostly cloudy again with high temps near 50. A few scattered showers possible by Wednesday evening. More rain likely on Thursday and even some rumbles of thunder possible. Rainfall totals around half an inch on Thursday and some pockets could see even more where the heaviest cells/storms travel. Right now Central Ohio has the chance for some non-severe storms with a high around 57. By Thursday night a cold front will push in colder air and we will change from rain to a wintry mix and over to light snow showers and flurries for Friday. Highs in the mid 30s on Friday. A few lingering flurries early Saturday, but generally a dry weekend. Highs in the mid 30s on Saturday with mostly cloudy skies. Partly cloudy on Sunday with highs in the mid 40s. Monday starts dry and mostly cloudy with a high near 50. Another round of rain likely by Monday PM into next Tuesday. Have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

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