Saturday, February 28, 2015

Seed swap


Thinking of spring, as the snowpiles ever. so. slowly. melt. away. Met some lovely folks who shared their seeds and knowledge. Caught up with others on neighborhood news. And have replenished my seed collection and I'm already to get planting.
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There's just the small matter of 3-4 feet of accumulated snow that needs to disappear first.

Friday, February 27, 2015

The taste of spring to come

Magnolia blossoms, fuzzy and ripe to bloom... soon-ish. Patches of green grass under my boots. The taste of the saltbox under all that snow and ice.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

A jaunt into town

A light snowfall this morning, falling ever so slowly but not enough to add more than a lacy layer to our snow collection.




 And a feather! Does this mean the birdies are returning?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Frigid February morning

Pear custard pie for one. For breakfast. I'm the only one in our family who enjoys it, so I shrunk it down to make just a couple of servings and it's all for me. A warm, creamy, fruit and egg meal sounds like the right way to start a cold day like today.  Jasper the cat feels the same way, but he didn't much care for the pear.

All of the beasts are indoors today, looking out through paisley patterned windows. Starting to think a little bitty bit about the springtime thaw. And growing things we can all eat and savor together.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Out and in again

A snowy day, but not one of those severely cold days that are a dime a dozen this winter. So, to the outdoors to ski and enjoy the new snowfall!




And back indoors again, to a cozy and sweet home. Where lollipops and soft blankets are waiting after much hill descending and climbing up again. After snacking on snow and winking at the winter sunshine.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

October days

A single squirrel took out power last night for 5000 in Northampton. We rallied together for all the flashlights and candles we could find. Hux went on a reconnaisance mission to find out from our neighbors if their power was out and if their cell phones told them more info (je suis sans cell phone).

Our one plan that evening was to watch the second Harry Potter movie, so we had to start it on the laptop, but with 35% power, I knew we wouldn't get through all 2 1/2 hours of it. Luckily the chocolate chip muffins were mostly out of the oven.  Hux reminded me of the emergeny hand crank radio/flash light Nanny and Grandad got me last Christmas and we cranked it to hear the dj tell us it'd be all right.

This week has been something of a tough one, being solo parent, with work being hideously busy and so many changes there that make it feel like a whole new job, learning new parenting techniques from the therapist, trying to use those tools as quickly as if it were a reflex and slowing things down before they get heated.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

winter skin

Eleven months since I last made a batch of lotion, deoderent and lip balm. Time again and it's just as messy and fun as I remembered. Fairly easy too. Had enough ingredients for everything. Just need to get some lotion-only measuring spoons and a new pyrex for melting and pouring.