'Twas a good day today. The weather is cold. Only 6° when I got up this morning. Very gray with a bit of snow forecast. (I thought it was too cold to snow.) And lo and behold, it did start snowing with rather heavy, small flakes that managed to amount to about three inches on the ground as of 7 p.m. tonight.
Yes, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Outside and, of course, inside. I can't remember a year when I've appreciated our inside decorations this much.
I do love to eat our evening meal by candlelight and this certainly is the time of year to do so. It's almost dark by 4:30 p.m. now, and certainly pitch black by 5. How different it is from a day in mid-summer. Truly like living in a different world.
Today I tackled a job I've been putting off for a couple of months. When I defrosted our main freezer at the end of the garden's harvest, for some reason I just couldn't fit all the bounty in there in a sensible, convenient order.
After weeks of not being able to find things, I finally did a massive rearranging and organization that I'm now very happy with. And as so often happens, when finished with the task, I found more room in that big white box than I thought there would be. Plus, while going through the contents I got all kinds of meal ideas and wondered why I haven't been using as much of the bounty as I could/should. I guess we'll just have to start eating more.
One thing I pulled out and defrosted was some good navy bean soup with ham which made a great dinner tonight with garlic cheese bread and coleslaw that I made with red cabbage, grated carrots and some chopped raw cauliflower. Vanilla pudding with whipped cream for dessert finished off a satisfying winter evening's meal.
More snow to come tomorrow, they say, and I think I'm going to declare Wednesday a low-key, take it easy day with some time devoted to handwork. After finishing whatever shoveling and snow plowing might be necessary, that is.
This is my latest x-stitch piece I finished and framed last weekend. I'm going to hang it on the outside of my quilt room door. (Chortle-chortle.)
Here's a peek into a corner of my quilt room. In order to fit the Christmas tree in our small living room, we have to remove this chair and floor lamp to temporary storage elsewhere . . . which is in my quilt room. The Christmas wrapping paper has been pulled out of storage and I'll start wrapping presents soon. I don't like wrapping presents so it's best I do it as the ordered presents come in. I'm behind already.
The canning jars to the right have been there (got tired of moving them around in the kitchen) since this summer because I still haven't made the batches of haskap, strawberry and blueberry jam yet. The frozen berries are waiting patiently in the freezer. Soon. I'll get to that soon.