Boy, am I ever tired of these seemingly endless gray days! I know I shouldn't complain because at least the temperature has gone up into the 20s, but with about 97.5% humidity out there, dark gray clouds and a stiff breeze . . . it's just not stimulating me to great feats requiring any kind of energy.
It was a smidge before 6 this morning when hubby and I woke up. We both had spent a night tossing and turning while battling through wild and weird dreams. Hmmm, something in the air? What did we have to eat or drink too late last night?
Papa Pea chose to get up and on with the day, but I opted to try to get more shut-eye. Didn't work though so I was soon up and dressed also.
Mid-morning we bundled up and walked out to get the mail. Where we were protected by the trees, it was almost pleasant (if dark, damp, and gray can be pleasant), but at the few spots where the wind whistled down the drive it was not nice. Keeping watch for the many icy patches under foot was required. We're still shaking our heads over the lack of snow this winter. In our location I think we've had only about 6" total so far.
I've had a hankering for tomato soup so whipped up a double batch (half for the freezer) of my homemade Cream of Tomato for lunch. I got a little crazy and made a batch of popcorn to put in our soup.
Soup and popcorn (I was surprised the popcorn seemed to "melt" and nearly disappear as soon as it was put in the soup -- no wonder we can eat a bowlful of popcorn and not feel stuffed) along with a couple slices of horseradish-dill cheese and dill pickles Papa Pea fermented back in early September. They're still tasty now these five months later.
Now I'm back to the kitchen to bake some Black Bottom Cupcakes. Hubby and a friend are going for a day's hike tomorrow, and I figured some chocolate to take along would be appreciated.
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