Papa Pea and I have talked for years (YEARS!) of taking the week between Christmas and New Year's off. A staycation here at home. To just relax. And this year, we succeeded. (Sort of. For the most part.) Lots of time to do as we pleased, to sleep in if desired, while getting out to breathe the fresh, clean air, do a little hiking through the snow and to generally enjoy ourselves.
I'm tickled pink to report we have about two feet of snow on the ground now. More than I think we've had in total in the last few winters. It feels so great to see that clean, white blanket of snow covering all outside.
Snowplowed banks of snow are everywhere and Papa Pea has done a great job of shoveling snow up against the house all the way around which provides insulation and really helps in keeping the house warmer inside. It's been appreciated and needed these past mornings when yesterday we woke to an outside temperature of -11° and -5° this morning.
Saturday we walked out to get our mail at our mailbox and couldn't believe the plethora of wolf tracks up and down our driveway which showed up very distinctly in the new 1-1/2" of snow we had received over night. The tracks were definitely those of timber wolves (BIG, they were!) as opposed to the smaller brush wolf (coyote) tracks. There was one spot where there were so many tracks it looked as though it was the wolves' last convention meeting site of 2021.
I made a big pan of Macaroni and Cheese with a tossed salad for dinner on New Year's Eve. (There may have been a couple/few glasses of wine on the table, too.) Our daughter joined us for our quiet dinner and a game or two of Mexican Train Dominoes and Mancala after we ate. I think her mom and pop pooped out before she was ready to go home, but we haven't made it to midnight to officially welcome in the new year for many years. After we wished each other Happy New Year and she left, we did manage to collapse on the couch to watch a couple episodes of "Alone" before going to bed. I think it was around 10 o'clock when our lights went out both literally and figuratively.
I'm sending all of you the very best of wishes for a new year along with hopes it brings you peace, happiness and health. Remember to keep looking on the positive side and smile as much as possible. Funny thing, I've noticed that my progressively saggy jowls aren't quite as evident when I manage to keep a smile on my face. That alone should be enough to remind me to smile. Smile, SMILE!