...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY MORNING... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY MORNING. * PRECIPITATION TYPE...SNOW AND SLEET WILL CHANGE OVER TO ALL FREEZING RAIN SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND LASTING THROUGH MONDAY MORNING BEFORE CHANGING TO RAIN MONDAY AFTERNOON. * ACCUMULATIONS...2 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW AND SLEET AND A QUARTER INCH OR MORE OF ICE ACCUMULATION. ACCUMULATIONS UP TO A HALF INCH POSSIBLE AT ELEVATIONS BELOW 1500 FEET. * TIMING...SNOW AND SLEET ARE EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN THE CENTRAL FOOTHILLS AND SHENANDOAH VALLEY SUNDAY MORNING AND SPREAD NORTHWARD ACROSS NORTHERN VIRGINIA...THE EASTERN PANHANDLE OF WEST VIRGINIA AND THE POTOMAC HIGHLANDS BY LATE SUNDAY MORNING. A CHANGEOVER TO FREEZING RAIN IS EXPECTED MIDDAY SUNDAY AND CONTINUING INTO THE NIGHT BEFORE CHANGING OVER TO RAIN MONDAY MORNING. ELEVATIONS ABOVE 1500 FEET WILL CHANGEOVER TO ALL RAIN SUNDAY EVENING. * TEMPERATURES...IN THE MID TO UPPER 20S TO NEAR 30. * WINDS...LIGHT NORTHERLY WINDS. * IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE PROBABLE DUE TO SLICK ROADS AND ICY CONDITIONS ESPECIALLY ALONG INTERSTATE 81 AND IN VALLEY LOCATIONS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.
12/5/13 Day 2 – Egg Nog
I was struggling to decide what Christmas thought or memory to write about today, then, all of a sudden, while wandering through Wal-Mart, it nearly jumped out of the dairy case right at me. E-G-G-N-O-G!
What would Christmas be without eggnog? Now, keep in mind, I don’t drink liquor at all, so I’m talking about the “sweetened dairy-based beverage traditionally made with milk and/or cream, sugar, and whipped eggs.” But feel free to let your imagination run wild, as to how you like your eggnog.
I researched to see where eggnog originally came from, and it seems that no one is for sure. I found 3 different answers, in the last few minutes. I found that it originated in
I think my sister, Gay, introduced me to eggnog when I was just a youngster. Even though I’m not much of a milk drinker, and I was very skeptical to try it, I loved it at first taste. While at the store earlier, I realized that eggnog has changed over the years, they now have fat free, pumpkin flavored, caramel flavored, and even Non-dairy eggnog. So far, in my life, I’ve never had homemade or flavored eggnogs, just straight from the carton. You know, I cannot drink or even see eggnog in a store without thinking of Cousin Eddie (from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.) Remember Eddie and Clark drinking their eggnog from those Moose Head Mugs?
Maybe it’s not a tradition or brings back sentimental memories, but I know that every year at Christmas time, I always look forward to being able to indulge in a glass or two of eggnog. Which brings up the question…. If the stuff is so darn good, why isn’t it readily available year-round? Just like those Little Debbie brand Cherry Cordial Cakes… OH MY GOODNESS! I won’t even get started on how much I love those!
Well, it seems like only yesterday, we were talking “turkey” and giving thanks…. Now, we’re smack dab in the middle of the Christmas Season. I thought that, with 15 work days remaining until Christmas, I’d share some of my “favorite” things about Christmas and the Christmas season. The Statler Brothers recorded a great song years ago called, “Christmas To Me.” This one and my future writings will describe what Christmas is to me!
12/4/13 Day 1 – Christmas Cards
I know that I don’t look much like it, but I’m a Christmas Card-A-Holic! I absolutely love Christmas Cards. I love writing, them, sending them, receiving them, and reading them… even that trip to the Post Office to buy those high priced stamps for them. Well, maybe that’s stretching it a little bit!
I think that the reason I enjoy them so much is the memories they bring back. When I was little (maybe I should say “young,” I haven’t ever really been “little”), I used to sit down every year, shortly after Thanksgiving and help my mom write our Christmas Cards. I had nice handwriting, so, normally she’d write most of the cards and I’d address them. I can still picture it, like it was yesterday, normally there would be a Christmas movie or TV special on as we’d sit at the dining room table, drinking coffee and deciding who to send cards to…. Aunt’s, Uncles, Cousins, Brothers, Sisters, friends, co-workers, and quite often there was a name or two on our “list” that neither of us could remember who they were. I’d ask my mom, and she’d say “I don’t know who they are, but let’s send them a card anyway, it’s Christmas!” (That’s the kind of lady my mom was!)
When we’d receive a card in the mail, we’d open it, look at the picture, and read the inside of the card. Then, we’d grab that roll of scotch tape and hang that card in the doorways of our house.
After Christmas, my mom was always very anxious to get the tree “undecorated” and taken down and everything put away, except for the Christmas Cards, and she’d always say, “I may leave those there for another day or two.”
I was going through some stuff at home the other day and came across a big box of Christmas Cards. I think we’ve saved every card we’ve ever received. Some from relatives who have gone on to their Reward, some from friends I haven’t heard from in years and even a lot of the kids I’ve worked with as Co-Hosts or Weather Students, who now are in college, some married with their own children. Every one of those cards have very special meaning to me.
It seems like now-a-days, the tradition of sending Christmas Cards is dwindling. Every year we get fewer and fewer, and it may be the expense of buying and sending them, or the fact that we’re all so busy anymore. But as long as I’m alive and able to do it, I’ll be spending an evening (or a few) writing out some Christmas Cards to send to the people who mean the most to me. And, when I get one, I always read it, and now, hang it up in my radio studio, so everyone can enjoy.
And, every time that I write or receive a card, it makes me think of my dear, sweet mother and those special memories we made each year writing cards, and taking time to show others how much we care and think about them. (God, I miss her, especially at Christmas Time!)
The NFL have announced their discipline actions for Mike Tomlin's antics on Thanksgiving night against the Ravens.... $100,000 fine and more may be coming....
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Country Music Legend Lynn Anderson was injured in a car accident while on the way to perform at the George Jones Tribute Concert. She's on the mend.....
Twas the night before Thanksgiving, (No this isn't turning into a poem!) And I'm sitting here, having completed my work week and preparing for a 4-day weekend. The only thing concrete on my agenda for the next four days is a trip to Charlottesville on Saturday for the UVA/VT Football game (yeah, I'm not sure why I even bother, either!)
The older I get, the more I appreciate memories and past experiences and Thanksgiving is certainly near the top of the list. My parents have both passed on and everyone is so busy, so Thanksgiving, pretty much, is just another day of the year... except for the memories! Growing up, I remember getting up early on Thanksgiving morning, helping my mama get the turkey ready to go in the oven, we'd have coffee, and then watch a little of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. While watching the parade we'd peel potatoes. We'd then leave the TV and go to finish our holiday meal. I was always in charge of making the Mashed Potatoes (I make some FANTASIC Mashed Taters!) while my mom prepared the stuffing, gravy, desserts and everything else. She was the ultimate multi-tasker. We'd sit and eat as a family before football, naps, and leftovers happened again.
When I got a little older, my sister, Ginger, that lives in Tennessee and her family would come and we'd, again, cook, eat, and spend time together, as a family. Those were very special memories! (Just don't let my niece, Connie, be in charge of the gravy...... we made that mistake one year!) Oh, I hope she doesn't read this! My sister began a tradition bringing Jones Sodas, they always would make a holiday collection of soda flavors.) So.... sometime in the middle of the afternoon, we'd try these crazy flavors like TURKEY AND GRAVY, SWEET POTATOES, PUMPKIN PIE, and the infamous BRUSSEL SPROUT flavored sodas. (The Brussel Sprout flavor is the only time I was forced to use the special bucket we kept close by, just in case......)
This Thanksgiving, I have SO much to be thankful for: a great family, friends, my health, my faith, my dream job, a new radio studio, my Little Brother Dalton (my best friend in this entire world).... the list could go on and on. But as I'll be turning 40 next year, I'm thankful for the memories of Thanksgivings past and the fact that my parents and family MADE those memories for me.
It's easy to get caught up in all the hustle and bustle, cooking, Black Friday preparations and even shopping on Thanksgiving... but, especially if you have children or grandchildren, take some time to enjoy their company, laugh a little, cry a little and make those memories. Those memories will mean so much more to them than any food or present they could ever get.
From the bottom of my heart, I'd like to wish each and every one a very Happy, Safe and Healthy Thanksgiving!
JMU has fired head football coach Mickey Matthews after 15 Seasons.....