Let it sn. . . no, no, no!!

We here in Lotus Land, where warm Pacific currents normally keep our winters quite mild and pleasant, if rainy, have endured an awfully Midwest-like series of storms lately. I mean, I left North Dakota to get away from this. I am not particularly pleased with Mother Nature at the moment. After the third storm, which I am seriously thankful did not live up to its overly hyped predictions, finally let up, I went out and spent an hour or so shoveling snow a la guess what? You got it in one!

Here’s what my birdfeeder looked like. I had to shovel through the deck to get to it and knock the snow off. I was afraid if it got much heavier, it might break the wire holding it up.


In the lower right background you can see the fractal lines that limn the bones of the branches. I do love looking at those. They’re quite beautiful. Next is my front deck following shoveling. You can see a bit of the stairs, too, and Next Door’s raspberry patch.


And here is the path through the deck, with my poor swamped blueberries and chard and kale in the background.


After I finished upstairs, I took Miss B for a walk around the neighborhood. She wants so badly to run. Wish I could run with her!

And of course, by the time I brought her back in, it was snowing again. The next few days it’s supposed to hang around 30 degrees, so it’ll be the heavy, wet snow we usually get and the streets will be awful (and the stupid people still out). I’m still hoping to get my car back tomorrow. Even if I don’t go anywhere.Now I’m going to go take a nice hot shower, eat some comfort caramels, and watch—sigh—yet another movie.

Oh, in case anyone wants to make the comfort caramels:

1 stick butter (or margarine)
1 cup sugar
1 can sweetened condensed (not evaporated) milk
1 cup white corn syrup
Stick everything in a heavy saucepan and cook on medium heat until it reaches the soft-ball stage. Pour into a pan, either over pecans or plain. Wait ’til it cools and enjoy. Usually, these come out pretty soft, so spoons are necessary. Yummy.

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That snow looks so beautiful. Inconvenient, no doubt. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that much; where I live, in Scotland, it hardly ever snows at all.

Not yet, thanks. Theory is I’ll get it back today. But there’s another 5″ of snow to shovel this a.m., with more on the way, so I’m assuming the car techs are fighting bad roads to get in. I’m actually getting very nervous that I won’t be able to get down to Snaotheus’s before Jan. 5, when I have to go back to work, to pick up my surgified work computer. It’s a 100-mile trip and the road crews just can’t catch a break for clearing it up.

I was hoping you’d post the recipe for comfort caramels! Stay warm and toasty and wear lots of layers. Do you have your car back yet?

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