Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Snowglobe Snow

Today it is snowing again, big fat flakes that make our place look like a shaken-up snow globe. It's sticking but it won't last long.


March snows are like that--quick to come and fall, and quick to melt. The exception might have been that blizzard we had on this date in 1993, when the snow fell so heavily and so deep that trees fell everywhere and we were a week or more without electricity.

For us, the power being off in winter isn't too much of a problem. We have plenty of backups in place. (Summer outages, as we learned this past year, are another thing entirely and we need better plans in place for those.)

But today's snow is a pretty reminder of winter's passing. My first daffodils are bravely holding up their heads in the cold; I think they know that the snow will soon melt--even now the sun is trying to peep out through the flakes.

We're having an inside day. Larry is painting the doors of the log room, a project that has been left unfinished for too many years. It is surprising how quickly the years go by, and we realize that I got the doors half finished 5 or 6 years ago! We found the red paint I used before (we thought) and he started painting yesterday. What a shock when we found that it wasn't red, it was hot pink! I mean really bright, rosy pink! Where in the world did that paint come from? I have no memory of buying it, unless it was when we painted granddaughter Hannah's room at my son's house while he was in Iraq. But I honestly do not remember buying such a bright color even then. For her room we used a dark red (and I just now realized where my original red paint went), pale pink and lavender. So this paint? No idea.

Anyway, that necessitated a trip to the store yesterday for red paint. I am loving this color, called Candy Apple Red. It's a rosy red, very bright and pretty. The room will look so good when he's finished.

I am canning beans again today-kidney beans, big limas and black beans.I made 17 pints of white bean soup the other day, and 30 of pinto beans the week before so this will complete the bean stockpile for a while. Canning them makes good sense with free natural gas for cooking, and I got a great deal on canning jar lids at the auction last week--about 14 dozen for only $12.50. I also got lucky at Goodwill back in December and bought 4 boxes of jars, most of them pints, for $3 a box. With those prices for supplies, and no cost for utilities to do the cooking and processing, these beans are much cheaper then buying canned beans at the store. And we have a quick meal option whenever we need it. Beans are a good food for my diabetic husband too.

This afternoon I will be working on finishing up my plans for the creative writing workshop I'll be teaching to upper elementary students on Friday. Writing with kids is so much fun; their creativity is inspiring. And after my day at the school, I'll be seeing my sisters! We're planning a sisters day on Saturday, and that means exploring some junk shops and lots of talk and laughter.

Now, back to work...

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7 comments:

Carletta said...

It really is a small world. I was just looking at the linky thumbnails and saw your snowy pic and thinking it looked like what I was seeing outside my window. Come to find out you are in WV too.
It's almost four o'clock as I'm writing this and it looked like it was going to stick again and now the sun is shining. Beautiful snow this morning.
Looked around your blog and enjoyed what I see. I grew up in Spencer so I can really relate to your many posts.
Have a wonderful weekend with your sisters.

Michelle said...

Sounds like you have so many things going on at your house, that I need to be doing at my house!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Spring snows can be so pretty, especially when you can hope they will melt soon. Love the red door. Have a grand time with your sisters.

A Primitive Homestead said...

We had some snow blown but didn't lay. Those flowers always bring smiles. Mine have shot up recently. You & your sister will have much fun. Now you have me wondering. You will have to let us see your room after the pAinting & all is done. You got a good deal on your jars. Where I live those who can almost never part with there mason jars. I try and add to mine each year. It is wonderful to have all the canned food supplies on hand. Blessings! Lara

Madge Bloom said...

Love that you can to save... it is a lost art to a lot of people! Thank you for joining in 'Rurality Blog Hop #6' Hope to see you next Wednesday for #7...

Sue said...

I love those fat, fluffy flakes.
Good luck with all you're doing!

=)

warren said...

Save the pink for painting bee hives! I hear bears don't like pink bees! I wish...

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