Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Yin and Yang

The yin and yang symbol shows a balance between two opposites with a portion of the opposite element in each section.
~  I have a list of creative/fun projects I want to do these winter
*   I'm lacking the impetus to do any of them. 
~  The unseasonably warm weather and melting of the scant
     amount of snow we've gotten these past couple of months
     makes it easy to get around outside.
*  The perpetual dampness has gone straight to my bones.
~  My enthusiasm for planning this year's garden and ordering
     seeds has burst forth.
*   Have you noticed how much the price of seeds and postage
     has gone up?!
~  We had a wonderful visit with our California family during
     the middle of the month.
*   I have yet to get back to any semblance of my regular routine.
~   I've had plenty of time to shop, research, compare prices
      and purchase products online which we've needed for some
*    I hate shopping, researching, comparing prices and
      purchasing products online.
~   All in all, everything is fine and dandy.
*   There's a distinct chance I don't know what I'm talking

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Snow Slushies

What does your family call this winter treat for the kiddies (and sometimes big people, too)?  Snow cones or snow ice cream?  Or snow slushies as we do?
When our daughter was at our quasi-grandson's home yesterday, she introduced him to the snow slushies she remembers from her childhood.
She told him you go out and gather some clean snow in a container, bring it in and drizzle some fruit juice (apple, orange, grape or that of your choice . . . even maple syrup is yummy) over it, grab a spoon and enjoy.
When the two of them came here for a visit in the afternoon, after telling me about making slushies earlier in the day, they decided they should sample one with our snow.  The little squirt got a kick out of explaining it was okay to have the snow turn yellow if you used orange juice, but you had to stay away from snow that was yellow outside.  Big grin.

The only juice I had was grape so tongues ended up looking a bit questionable.
Too bad we can't make snow slushies in the hot summer time when they would be all the more appreciated. 

Sunday, January 7, 2024


The weather prediction was for us to get 4-6" of snow (Snow!?  What's that?) Thursday night to Friday morning.  Hubby said he thought we were really going to finally get our first, long-awaited snowfall of the season.  I've been tired of waiting for it and, having turned into a real bah-humbug, proclaimed it wouldn't happen.

What a pleasant surprise to see about 3" of (very, heavy, wet) snow yesterday morning.  It was beautiful with ground and trees coated.
The temperature read above 32° from the get-go and stayed at about 35° all day.  But for some reason, the snow didn't melt (as my continued bah-humbugging self insisted it would), and we felt almost giddy all day doing our various outside chores while trudging through the beautiful white stuff.

I snapped the above picture from our back entry at 4:30 this morning when I got up.  So, so glad to have the snow.  Especially since temperatures for this coming next week are supposed to plummet and folks were beginning to talk about frozen septic lines and such if we went into real winter temperatures without any ground cover.
Yep, happy, happy.  We love snow.  We missed having it for the holidays just past, but are pleased as punch to have it now.