Nomadic Yard Plants and 0% Rain Forecasts in Richmond

It’s Spring! Many people have spring traditions, like cleaning or purging; in our family, this is the season for moving plants around the yard the way some unfortunate souls move furniture. We’ve had a lot of practice moving plants around; a LOT of practice. Laura moves plants so frequently that I have had to cap…

What to do when a Richmond snow forecast is actually correct

In Central Virginia, it just doesn’t happen very often that meteorologists are right about snow storms. They forecast too much or too little, forecast storms that will certainly hit us but don’t, and forecast storms that will miss us but hit us. So when meteorologists began forecasting the newest “sure thing” in mid-January, McKenna went…

Adventures in Moving

At long last, after destroying furniture and establishing an ambiguous relationship with the local feral cat population, we are moving a bit to the west to a neighborhood in Woodlake. In looking for a place to move to, some houses were easy to cross off the list. Like the house whose owners had apparently liquidated a…

A Spring Recap

Spring is here! After 127 days of basketball practices, I now have some time to update you on all of the fascinating developments of the spring season. Learning from students is one of the great joys of being a teacher. Here, a student taught us the real reason for strained relations between Greece and Turkey today.…

A Snow Holiday in Richmond

So for the first time this winter, we actually got snow that didn’t melt by the afternoon. That freed us up for our traditional snow day Abbott activities. These include: Ramming mailboxes with a sled. From the dawn of human memory, Abbotts have been plowing into stationary objects on a sled, whether it was Scott tagging…

The excitement of Winter Break

We have two weeks off this year for Christmas and New Year’s, and I thought I’d highlight some of the noteworthy events. We spent Christmas Eve at my parent’s house for the traditional Abbott gift exchange. Adhering to tradition, Scott and Katy were about two hours late. Since Stephen and Alex had to leave to go…