I finished another pair of socks for my big-footed husband early this week. But they've been worn already so I shan't pull them out of the dirty clothes basket to show you. I'll remember to take a picture of them alongside the current pair on my needles when I finish them. That will then be pair #5 and #6 for him.
Papa Pea made his usual batch of kefir earlier this week and I made mine of yogurt. I've had a small yogurt maker (makes one quart) for several years now and it is so easy and turns out a wonderful batch of yogurt with so little effort on my part each and every time. To think of all the hassle and disappointment I went through for years trying to correctly incubate a jar of yogurt wrapped in towels inside a styrofoam container placed on top of the refrigerator. Ah yes, the right tool for the job makes ALL the difference!
We had 30-45 mph gusts of wind all day yesterday. Looking outside presented a picture of a virtual white-out for most of the day. My dear, dear husband did everything that needed doing outside while I luxuriated in the warmth and comfort of staying inside. I think I'll keep him around.
This morning we have a temp of -15F and estimated wind chills today of 25-45 degrees below zero. High today of 0 to 8 degrees above.
Both of us have commented often that with the changing of the seasons here in northern Minnesota, it's like living in a totally different world.
This is the scene out our window in mid-summer of a random year.
And this was taken a few years ago on our neighbors' deck when we were watching their house for them when they were gone. The date of this picture? April 1st. So, yes, you may assume we have a lot of winter left this year.
I spent a few hours yesterday plowing through piles and files in and on my desk organizing and getting rid of (yay!) much unneeded paper. I still have the far end of our long kitchen table covered with more to go through today. Feels good to do so though.
Next inside/winter job to tackle? I've read there is an old Chinese custom that the Chinese New Year (occurring around the end of January and beginning of February) is the time to do a thorough cleaning of your kitchen.
Look out cluttered and (slightly) dirty shelves and drawers. I've got soap and water and I'm not afraid to use it!
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