January 20
    Brrrr...it sure is cold here in PA.  The thermometer says 7 degrees and with the breeze that's blowing the windchill must be around 20 below.  I guess it's about time.  We've had a pretty mild winter up until now with just a few inches of snow here and there and no terribly cold temperatures.  Still, it's getting easier to imagine spending the winters in a warmer climate.  I just don't like the cold like I used to.
    This weather has us slowed down and not much has been going on.  The big news is that Tim got a "new" truck this week.  The old truck, Black Beauty, was a 1998 Ford F-150 with 300,000 miles on it.  It still runs, but with that many miles on it we knew we were sitting on a time bomb.  The new truck is actually two years older than BB.  It's a 1996 Ford F-250.  It was owned by an older man and only has 60,000 miles on it!  The body is in great condition and the interior looks like new.  With a price tag under $8000 we couldn't pass it up.

With 300,000 miles on her, Black Beauty has earned her retirement

The "new" truck, a 1996 Ford F-250.

 I joined Weight Watchers again this past Monday.  It's a different group than I went to before.  It's very large, which is a good thing, I guess.  You get more people talking and sharing ideas.  I came home from the meeting with several new ideas to try.  Tim isn't exactly doing the program, but he is being more actively supportive than he ever was before.  He's asking questions, encouraging me and he is trying to eat at least a little bit healthier himself.  I'm not sure, but I might switch meetings.  There is one at the same location with the same leader, on the same day, but at a time just before I go back to work in the afternoons.  I could go to it and then straight to work.  The evening meeting isn't until 6:00 so it's 7:00 until I get out of there, which makes it 7:30 or 8:00 before I get to have dinner and sit down with Tim and Megan.  I don't really like that.
    Yesterday we drove to Pittsburgh and had dinner at Matt and Ashlei's.  They made pork, sourkraut, and apples seasoned with parsley and dill.  It was delicious!  For dessert, Ashlei made homemade apple dumplings and served them with ice cream, caramel sauce, and almonds.  Wow.  The two of them are getting to be gourmet cooks!  The best part is that Ashlei talked to us.  She wasn't what you'd call chatty, but she at least participated in the conversations and opened up a lot more when we talked about the wedding.  It's been hard.  I don't want to come off as interfering or controlling, but with Ashlei not speaking to her mom I'm trying to let her know that I'm available to fill a little bit of that void if she needs me.  I keep hoping they will make up at least enough for her mom to come to the wedding.  In the meantime, I'm thrilled that Ashlei jumped on my offer to take her to get her hair done the morning of the wedding.  I wasn't sure she'd go for it.
    We made a trip to Wal-Mart this morning for a few groceries, my prescription and the Sunday paper, but since then we've spent the day at home staying warm and watching football.  Darn those Patriots!  I suppose they deserve to go to the Super Bowl, but I just don't like them and was cheering for the Chargers.  Oh well, nothing left to do but cheer for the Packers.
    Have a great week and stay warm!