"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


It seems like an eternity since my husband unplugged the computer waiting for our internet security to arrive.  Was it really only 5 days ago?  Well, then there were the few days previous when we were fearful every time we sat down in front of it.  Afraid of what our little hacker buddy may have been up to.  We are pretty green around here when it comes to computers and maybe some of you who are more experienced are chuckling at our predicament.  Maybe we were making a mountain out of a molehill.  But I will say, it's disconcerting to have somebody sending messages from your address and under your name.  Then, getting a message from your bank asking if it was you requesting info about your account.  No, it wasn't.

Things have been moving right along around here.  Funny how unplugging yourself doesn't turn you off.  Did you ever wonder?

Yesterday found our family and another and a passel of stray teens braving the second major winter storm of the season to strap on ice skates at the rink over in the 'big' city.  Despite harrowing tales and warnings, we made the decision to press on.  The drive over was a breeze.  The first couple of hours on the ice (albeit quite cold) was lovely.  The snow started getting serious just about the time we called everyone off of the ice and invited them to eat by the fire.  Heads down and huddled, we all munched while trying to protect our faces and food from the swirling ice.  It was a quick meal... even for a bunch of teens.

Then came the long cold trek back to the vehicles.  Sweet hubby gathered keys and went ahead of us providing warm cars for our wet, frozen bodies.  The first half of the drive back (it's a one hour drive) was exciting with snow, ice and wind.  The closer we got to our little valley, the less we had to deal with.  I must say though that I was sure the house was going to blow down in the night.  This morning I'm looking at just about an inch of snow.  Definitely not enough to please the girls when they get up.  I'm sure the 'big city' is thickly blanketed.  They always get more than we do... higher elevation.  An inch of snow may not be enough to inspire play for my older young people but it's enough to inspire hot cocoa and knitting.  I think it's going to be good day!

Blessings, Debbie


  1. What fun. NO that is so scary when you have been hacked. It happened to me 3 times before I got rid of my laptop. We had went on vacation and I took my laptop and got hooked into the hotels server and there was something put on my computer that we never could get off.
    I am glad you are safe now. Glad you are back.

  2. What a beautiful ice rink! That's what I miss about living out here in the sticks. Sorry to hear about the hacking. Someone got into our credit card info this week and we had to cancel the card. Fortunately, I caught it before they charged too much. You can never be too cautious. Crazy times we are living in!

  3. That looks like sooooo much fun! I am glad during this un plugged time you enjoyed wonderful winter family fun. And yes even a inch of snow is a good excuse to get some cocoa and knitting together. Today is a snowy day and I am for sure going to do that myself. [o=

    Blessings and ((HUGS))

  4. We've got snow, too! Wish we could all get together to do a little knitting; wouldn't that be a blast? Ah, well, together here in this venue will have to suffice. :) So sorry to hear about your little (hacker) friend -- no fun.

    Thanks for sharing what looks like was a most enjoyable day. Blessings to you!


  5. I love the movement of the photos! So sorry about the computer troubles :(

  6. Good memories. I love the pics.
    We ended up with 4-5" of snow overnight. Now it's sunny -- and blinding.

  7. I've missed you.

    That is disconcerting! Glad you are getting it taken care of!

    We have rain today - we've barely had snow this year - the kids would have loved to join you all on the ice! Outdoors even! Fun....

    The kids are going skating tonight - not ice skating though...


  8. Here I set on Feb 29th in Michigan with a 60 degree day and my windows open to air out the house!!! Seriously..can't hardly believe it!!!

  9. Oh that looks great fun. Ice skating and snow. Picnic by an open fire. Sounds good to me. So glad you are back.

  10. We have snow here, too - our first "real" snow this winter!

  11. Wonderful photos! I hope your computer issues are back to right! That's such a worry to be hacked.
    We're getting snow tonight! Maybe a snow day tomorrow!

  12. Sorry about your computer being hacked in. One can never be too careful these days. I hope that your security is back on soon.
    Seeing the girls skating brings back such sweet memories of my youth. So much fun. Thanks for sharing. JB

  13. THERE YOU ARE!!!
    I have missed you here in the plugged-in world, but what a wise move on your part to unplug while you address this situation. ~shudder~
    I love your ice skating pictures...oh, that looks like such fun! You were brave souls to make the trek across the snowy, icy roads.
    Hope you have enjoyed your day of hot chocolate and knitting and small amounts of wintry whiteness. :-D
    Hugs from your "older" friend (your comments always make me smile!)...

  14. I couldn't agree more that it doesn't turn you off to unplug. Quite the opposite, isn't it?

    Your wonderful snow and ice adventures look fabulous to me! We rarely have even an inch of snow, and I haven't been ice skating since I was about 12 years old. Oh the memories!

  15. I'm so sorry you are having, or had, issues with intrusion.

    LOVE these photos, Debbie! Looks like a winter wonderland from down here! blessings ~ tanna

  16. Sorry about the computer woos!!!!!!!!!!

    Great pictures..oh my! Us here in Texas...which is where Tanna is also, well we are having sun and 70's and 80's...and rarely see that beautiful white stuff..LOL..The pictures are just wonderful...you truly have tooooooooo much fun!

  17. Hi Debbie!
    What gorgeous photos of the ice skaters!
    One winter a friend and I skated every day. We had so much fun! You reminded me of how great it is to zip (an exaggeration) around on the ice!
    I'm glad you are so appreciative of snow. I've been grumpy about it!
    Have a sweet Thursday, friend!

  18. Debbie,
    I'm so sorry you've had to deal with a pesky hacker. That is alarming!

    It's good to see you didn't have any trouble filling the time with something wonderful and adventurous (you seem a natural at being able to do that!). The pictures are beautiful.

  19. The pictures of your beautiful ice skaters is wonderful. It all looks like a winter wonderland!

  20. Sounds like a fun day! We had an outdoor iceskating rink when I was a kid and it was so much fun. Now we have an indoor one but my kids have never been. We sure are missing the snow here this winter!

  21. sorry you got hacked....but it sounds like you made the best of it! I liked your comment about how unplugging yourself doesn't mean you're turned off.

  22. Hi Debbie,
    I am so sorry about the computer hacking, since I am not very computer savvy, I too have a lot of concerns!
    Enjoyed the skating photos, Oh to be young again. Thanks for sharing.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  23. That's too bad that someone decided to hack into your computer! I've had an issue before with someone attempting to use my credit card number before. Scary stuff.

    Ice skating looked so much fun, though! I think there is something definitely more exciting about skating on an outdoor rink compared to an indoor one.

    I hope your girls enjoyed even the inch of snow you had. Chase was out in an inch of snow building a snow family! Determination.

  24. Oh wow that looks like fun! Cold and all! I'm with you on the whole computer thing. Too scary for my liking.



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