December 6, 2017:

Hola!

It's COLD here. Cold and windy. But the Sun has been out for the past 2 days so it's bright, and that helps me to bear the cold and the short days. Only 15 more days to Winter Solstice, and then each day, a few more minutes of daylight will magically begin to be added, and even though the cold and snow will continue, the "worst" will be over because I know we are over the hump and headed toward the Spring Equinox.

Meanwhile, I am busy decorating the tree. I dug out an old collage of photos from the former Maison Newton (above). Gosh, that was a beautiful fireplace. My current gel fuel fireplace is great, but no match for that large and lush gas fireplace in my former home. In my case, downsizing meant not only much less square footage and a single story (which IS nice), but no fireplace until I purchased my gel fuel fireplace. I love it, but there was only one wall I could put it on, and this current living room is much smaller than my former living room, so I sized the fireplace accordingly. (It was also much less expensive and did not need to be installed by professionals).

Yesterday I womaned up and muscled, huffed, puffed, cussed some, breathed heavily and heaved mightily to get my Christmas tree up the basement stairs and dragged into the living room, and then into position in front of the picture window overlooking the front of the house. Whew! Quite the work-out. But I wasn't ready this year to switch to a "single woman of a certain age" (4 foot tall) tree. Maybe next year...NAH!

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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