I ventured out beyond my little 5 mile sphere yesterday for the first time since last weekends blizzard. There were a lot of tree branches down and all the pine trees were absolutely drooping from the weight of all the snow and ice caked on their branches. The roads are finally looking pretty decent, so driving isn't quite as stressful. Also, I did something I don't think I've done since we last lived in Wisconsin. I had to stop for a train. Since there are no trains in Hawaii, it's been a looong while. Fortunately, it was just a little baby train, so it wasn't long enough to dim my excitement. I also saw a few snowmobilers out on the trail that runs along the highway. I had to pick up Angel #4's fruit order at the band room (is it a band teacher law that there MUST be a fruit sale every year?). As long as I was there, I offered to pick the kids up at school. It was kind of funny seeing a line of snowmobiles parked in the school parking lot. But, when you think about it, I'd much rather my kids take a snowmobile to school than a car. You don't have to worry about them going into the ditch or anything. The marked snowmobile trail comes right into town, so it would be perfect. I love living in a small town. In front of the store in town (it sells bird seed, fertilizer, garden tools and bulk Christmas candy...guess what I was after?) they've got a big barrel by the front door, you can stick your deer hides inside as a donation to the local Lions club. Now, you folks in New York, LA and Chicago claim you've got everything right there at your fingertips. I'm willing to bet you'd have to look long and hard for a deer hide barrel.