- Bud had a fever and spent much of the time napping . . .
- except when he was building a Lego (The Tower of Orthanc) from the Magic Trunk;
- Sis also had a Lego (the Corsairs' ship from LOTR);
- but she also spent a ton of time outside with the neighbor girl across the street sledding down neighbor's yard, working on yesterday's fort, building a tunnel in the snowbank, making snowballs, drinking homemade hot chocolate, playing with the other kids from the cul de sac;
- we watched Guardians of the Galaxy, again (we watched it and Maleficent the last couple of nights);
- Bud and Mama played Infinity, then Sis and Mama played Infinity;
- I crocheted using the Crazy Stitch a blanket for the downstairs cats;
- I snuggled with Patron, who slept behind my knees on the couch;
- Mama cleared the driveway and sidewalk with snowblower and cleared off our cars;
- I made chicken stock from yesterday's baked chicken and then made chicken noodle soup;
- we all nibbled on yesterday's ANZAC biscuits (which are delicious but too spread out--something went wonky with the recipe; I'll post it later);
- we talked to Gommie about her injection (for her newly-diagnosed spinal stenosis; it went very well) and then about Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, which she is studying up on to be ready for her visit in two weeks;
- and we're slowly getting ready to resume a somewhat limited schedule tomorrow--Sis will go to school (which is delayed two hours) and Bud will be home with me trying to get better; only Mama will do her usual work thing.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
The blizzard arrived but not with the strength expected; the worst went further east. So, while it was and still is windy and snowing ( I wouldn't want to drive in it. And we're glad that Mama and the kids are home) , the accumulation is definitely under a foot. In fact, in some places, like at the fire hydrant and on the bench and on the sidewalk under the tree, there isn't even any snow. Still pretty and enough for snow ice cream but not too much work ( shoveling out a fire hydrant from two feet of snow can be a ton of work. And you can't use the snowblower. So we got lucky.)
In the photo below, you can sort of see it coming off the roof and how it stuck to the window and the side of the house but also how there isn't too much accumulation on the deck, swing set, and ground near the little fence.
Monday, January 26, 2015
We're all home safe and ready for the storm. Fully stocked and prepped, we have arts and crafts, movies, Legos, games, and such. We're actually looking forward to all the accumulation, anywhere from one to two feet, but not to the wind which might gust above 70 mph. School has been canceled for tomorrow and, eventually I'm guessing, for Wednesday. I'll keep you posted, unless we lose power.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
When I woke up, it had doubled--one to two feet!!!!
We're having snow! Probably a blizzard.
I've posted a lot about snow and preparations--how to get ready, what to do in it for fun (and here), and just general tips for novices--and we're checking off our list as we get things done. Mama is out with the kids at the store; I'm home with a tight back (nothing serious) and a healthy regard for black ice. The trickiest part for us is if we lose power. We don't have a generator (we think about it every season and then decide we don't need it.) But we have a propane stove to use on our easily ventilated porch, if need be. Otherwise, we have lots of blankets. (Our chimney is old and not up to code for using--the flue is too narrow for both a fire and the exhaust from the furnace and it would be too expensive to widen it including altering the roof; but, if there's no electricity to run the furnace, I suppose we could light a fire. That would be last resort. No worries, we keep the chimney clean and in working order. And have carbon monoxide monitors on all floors.)
For now, we're just waiting and taking bets on when it comes, how much, and how it affects school. The kids are dreaming of days off and mountains of snow. I'll be sure to post pictures.
Unless we lose power!
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Via Smitten Kitchen, Adapted from Marcela Hazan’s Essentials of Italian Cooking
5 tablespoons (70 grams) unsalted butter
1 medium-sized yellow onion, peeled and halved
Salt to taste