Another cold and snowy day. We spent it visiting--it was a snowy but easy drive to Derek's house this morning:
As always, Otis looks sad when we leave.
Up one hill...
across the ridge,
..and down the other hill!
Then over another hill...
and by a lake and finally we arrived at Derek's, just in time to help with breakfast. The photos do just to the kind of day we had--gray and chilly.
A quick visit with all the family visiting at Derek's, a trip to pick up some felt (my first time in Wal-Mart in 2 or 3 months), and then finally home.
I got to work on next Saturday's program. I'm resurrecting some things I remember from doing Holiday programs at my library--this is a program for younger children, so I'm digging out stories and re-making a flannelboard song that the kids used to love. It meant making a Santa from felt so we can put him together as we sing. Then a cut-and-tell story to get ready and some story cards for the Twelve Days of Christmas. With the story of Baboushka, the Christmas Spider, and a few others, I think I'm ready.
I also needed to make a vegetable side dish for the staff Holiday dinner tomorrow, and prepare a dessert. The dessert will be...the last fruitcake form last year! And if you think this is a joke, you haven't tasted that cake. It's moist and incredibly delicious. Who wants to bet, though, that I bring most of it home with me? People have such a bad impression of fruitcake, mostly because they haven't had good fruitcake. And this is incredible.
I decided to make the Spicy Corn dish I made for Thanksgiving for the vegetable dish. That meant out to the freezer for onions and out to the cellar for
peppers! Who knew that peppers would keep so well just piled in a basket in the cellar? We have about a half-bushel out there of lilac, green bell, sweet banana and a few jalapenos, and they're keeping quite well, thank you. I have never tried this before and honestly this was a accident this year. I didn't have time to cut them up for the freezer so I told Larry to put them in the cellar and I'd get to them "directly." They're still there, 8 weeks later, and keeping quite well.
The other garden surprise today was this:
Two rosebuds valiantly hanging on even though the temperature was in the low 20's last night. I cut them and brought them in, and we'll see how they do. There was also, under the snow, these:
the annual hollyhocks are still hanging on. Amazing.
This evening was spent by the fire, watching another episode of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency on Larry's little DVD player.
I have read every book in the series so when I saw the DVDs on the library's shelf I grabbed it. I am enjoying it very much. The insight into the way of life and the traditional courtesy of people in Botswana is so refreshing. I seldom watch movies because I find them coarse, violent and filled with unnecessary profanity and obscenity. These are a welcome change.
Now it's bedtime, and also time to start thinking about the work week--which looks to be a snowy one, if the weatherman is right. We'll see.