Yesterday I got woke up by my beautiful daughter Kaitlyn who kissed me goodbye before she left for school and then proceded to announce that it was snowing outside. Yes, snowing. It has not snowed in Aviano, Italy, for about seven years. The mountains get snow every year. Wendy did a great job announcing the snow on her blog. Very cute, you should read it. And those of you from Utah will get the cute references. If there is at least an inch of snow sticking to the ground they close the base because they have no way of clearing. Can you imagine living this close to the Alps and not know how or not have equipment to clear snow? Brilliant I say. Dave heard the rumblings at work that they were going to close the base so he took a quick trip to the BX to buy boots and gloves for Kaitlyn so that if there was still snow on the ground when she got home she could go outside and play in it, bummer it was gone. It warmed up enough to turn the snow to rain. BUMMER!!! Then he went to the Commissary to get a few things that he tought we might need in case we were "stranded" for a couple of days, wood was essential to keep us warm. We have a beautiful fireplace that we use quite a bit in the winter to keep at least the living room warm. It made for a perfect day to snuggle up in front of the fireplace to crochet some baby gifts , read a good book , and watch movies .