It's probably not the best afternoon for spending time on the deck. That "white stuff" you see is all i-c-e.
The ice coating is getting thick enough that the trees are starting to bend.
The good news is that it's dry, warm and cozy inside . . . but Papa Pea did just go dig out some winter gear (that had been put away for the season -- ha!) to put on to go do afternoon chores.
Our friend and solar energy guy and his son who works with him did arrive but the weather conditions made it impossible for the repair work to take place. During communications this morning we asked them to plan on lunch here. I made potato soup, a tossed salad and blueberry pie.
I had to go down into the basement this morning to fetch a kitchen supply of onions and was happy to see none of them have started to sprout. I've got one whole milk crate of the yellow onions left, but no more red ones. This year I'll plant more of the reds. It's great when you find the perfect place for storage. Our basement stays right around 52 degrees all winter and is dry. 'Tis a good feeling to know you can keep them in good shape all winter and into spring.
Potatoes from the root cellar are faring well, too. We're going to have to go a little easy on the consumption of the remaining ones, though, so I have enough left to use as seed potatoes.
So very grateful to have the veggies from our garden and a place to store them where they keep well.
Now I'm going to go enjoy the rest of the afternoon on this foul weather day in my quilt room!
I live with my husband on a small homestead in Northeastern Minnesota. Our daughter (Beyond the Fork in the Road) currently lives in a small cabin in the woods not too far from us.
Our place is located outside a small tourist town and a two and a half hour's drive from the nearest big city. Trips to the city are infrequent, well-planned, and exhausting!
We currently raise chickens and have hives of honey bees. Raising some of our meat and most of our fruits and vegetables is a priority for us; so, along with our birds for meat and eggs, we have fruit trees, berry patches and a huge vegetable garden.
Quilting is my passion, and I could happily spend each day in my quilt studio if I weren't happily spending each day out in the garden. Good thing we have winters up here; Mother Nature helps keep my life balanced.
Home and Household Manager (Highly-Skilled Domestic Engineer)
Wife of Retired School Teacher (I Really Enjoy Having Him Home)
Mother of Grown Child (I Am So Proud of Her)
Fanatic Gardener (So Many Seeds, So Little Summer)