December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Crazy Weather/Pretty Pictures

Hola darlings!  I can't believe it's already been over a week since my part of SE Wisconsin got some wet heavy snow, about 9 inches or so piled up in my driveway which seems prone to drifting.  We had been getting dribs and dabs of light, fluffy snow nearly every day for 3-4 days, thanks to Alberta Clippers from Canada, but I was able to sweep that snow off the front stoop and driveway to get down to the road with no problems.  Not so the heavy wet stuff. 

Anyway, it sure was pretty around here for a couple of days.  The temperature did not drop to blistering cold and there were no winds to speak of, so the snow that had coated trees and shrubs throughout the area stayed intact for two-three days!  It was beautiful.

After returning from my usual Saturday hike to and from the Pick 'n Save a week ago, I pulled out my camera to take pictures about 11 a.m., just in time too, because shortly afterward, a wind sprang up from the south and within a few hours the snow was all blown off the trees and shrubs!

Backyard looking southwest

Backyard looking northwest

Front yard view from the road toward my backyard (Maison Newton on the right)

A few toward the east on Leroy Avenue, a few steps away from my house
It was pretty, so pretty, and the weather was mild for this time of year.  Most of the snow melted and it's turned cold again (going down to zero at night).  I am hoping we do not get any more "big" snow.  Ha ha!

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