Meet the guinea.
This was in my garage on Friday when the rain/snowstorm really started. It was tame enough, because it would run to me when I called it, and it hung out in my garage for a while, especially during a hailstorm. I've heard it several times today as well, so I think it's living somewhere out in the pasture. I'm going to go hunting for it again when the ground dries out a bit. If it ever does. The theory goes that it's going to rain again next Saturday. Gah.
Back to the party. It wasn't going to be a big party to begin with, but just as I started pulling out the cleaner to go scrub the bathroom, the constant rain became THIS.
It didn't stick for a while, so I was optimistic, but that first photo was taken about 9:30... i.e. BEFORE the party. That's when a few people started calling and Oz went out to check the road conditions since we do live in a rural area. They were slushy but not icy, so we kept the party as a 'go.'
Below is what it looked like by 11-ish. We didn't lose any tree limbs because, quite frankly, anything that was going to fall apart was taken out last winter by that massive ice storm that took out our power for a week.
More on that in a minute.
After the little kids left, the big kids bundled up and went outdoors. Oz and his two youngest brothers had a big snowball fight, and then everyone worked together to build a snowman. I have no idea what's on top of his head. Those kids are mine with my MIL and my Sweet Little Sister's husband J.
The kids made a mini-snowman, too.
Just before everyone decided they were freezing - and DRIPPING with melted snow - and came back indoors, the power went out. At first I thought it would be up within a few minutes. At 2 p.m., when my Sweet Little Sister and J left and my kids went down to rest... it still hadn't come back on. At 4 p.m., I started planning for a dinner sans oven/microwave/lights/thawed meat (I usually use my microwave to defrost meat). At 8 p.m., when the house was pitch black, I took a long, hot bath and watched my bathwater literally steam in the candlelight.
I took this picture at about 10 p.m. I feel it epitomizes my evening: Reading an old book by lamplight with a cat lap warmer and a nonworking phone!
We got power back about 9 a.m. today and let the kids run rampant outdoors.
I am grateful for heat. More on the party tomorrow!