So maybe I was a bit premature with the whole spring is close theory. We have averaged about 3-6 inches of snow almost every day since. I'm afraid to say I haven't done anything very inspiring while housebound. I did make a little ironing board for my quilting corner.
Monday, February 17, 2014
It was a heat wave this weekend. We got up to 51 degrees on Sunday. Ella knew as soon as I poured my coffee that we were headed to the porch. It was wonderful. I looked through my gardening catalogs and tried to envision what could be under the snow. As you can see in front is a new addition to my garden. I have forever wanted an old tool box for a planter. I found the perfect one in an antique shop. Of course the poor shopkeeper was using it for a display of old spice containers. It took him a while to get it taken down. It is perfect for keeping Ella's pinecones from falling off of the front. I can't wait to fill it with flowers.
We hit the 50's, so I have high hopes that spring is around the corner. I hope others had a more successful bird count.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
When we returned I was excited to try something new, strawberry cocoa. We had some great strawberries in our Bountiful Basket. I am very happy with the outcome.
1 1/2 c. milk
3 T. white chocolate chips
1/4 c. pureed strawberries
1/2 t. vanilla
Heat on low stirring constantly. Add vanilla after removing from the heat.
I hope everyone else has found a way to pass the winter time. Only three more months.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
I try to be positive, but I am just plain sick of winter. Ella, on the other hand, is not. Winter is just as fun and exciting as any other season. It is hard to turn her down when she begs for a walk. Even when it is flat 0 degrees outside. Today I gave in to her enthusiasm, put on my snowshoes, and we took a hike.
Ella was overjoyed! She took full advantage of our time together. As the saying goes, "She lived like someone left the gate open." Can you say happy dog? My grouchy despise winter disposition quickly dissipated. Maybe all this snow isn't so bad.
After all, the views were very pretty. If you look closely you can see Orman Dam. I also noticed nestled among the hills is a little farm. I did observe that there doesn't seem to be any snow on the prairie.
But then again, the snow does give Ella an nice frosty sheen. She looks so elegant.
The sky was a vivid blue and the wind wasn't blowing for a change.
Despite the cold, I quickly warmed up while snowshoeing. The woods were quiet. There were no tracks. It was like Ella and I had the world to ourselves.
An enthusiastic dog paired with a panoramic view is a nice way to spend the day.