• Tag Archives Winter
  • First Snowfall

    I have to admit, I’m not unhappy that the first snowfall here in Chester County, PA occurred this far into winter.


    I’m not a fan of winter, for many reasons. I don’t like the cold and the short days. The darkness messes with my depression, and I’m always thankful to see the days lengthening.


    I must admit that the snow is pretty. I’m quite happy it was just a dusting, though. And I’m always happy to see the sun.

  • Winter’s Almost Over

    We made it! Winter’s almost over.

    This was the scene in my hometown after the recent snowstorm.



    It’s very pretty, of course, but also, I must say… Winter is getting old! The following photos were taken this morning. They still look wintry, but there’s a subtle difference. More sun & less snow. The gnome under the red maple tree was completely covered last week. Now he’s emerging from the snow.



    Our Lady was also almost covered with snow, but here she is, standing in the sunshine. Soon the rock garden surrounding her will be blooming again.


    I’ve been keeping my eyes open for the first robin, but as of yet they haven’t returned. My bulbs are still covered with snow. As soon as it melts, I expect to see them poking through the ground under the weeping cherry tree. I’m looking forward to visits from my grandkids this spring. They love our home.


    Soon all the drabness will be replaced with bright colors and scenes of spring and summer. We’ll open our beach place, and my brother-in-law will take us fishing in Delaware Bay.


    I will miss only one thing about winter: The beauty of the scenes above. I won’t miss the short days and long nights or the cold. I’m really looking forward to beach time, so my eyes can gaze on scenes like this one:


    There’s more work in spring, with the garden and other chores, but the brightness and warmth make the work seem easier. Today I’m doing laundry. I think I’ll hang it outside. There’s plenty of time for it to dry, since the days are longer.

    I’ll close with the following song. It’s a song from my teen years, and brings back too many memories to list here. It will also be included in my upcoming post detailing “songs” for each character in the Storms Of Transformation Series, as Sandy’s song. Maybe you’ll recognize it. 🙂


    Old Man Winter, go home, you’re drunk.

    This is the scene outside my home:



    “But it’s so pretty.” Um- no. I keep repeating the “so pretty” talking point to myself. However, it’s not working. I don’t like snow. I don’t like driving in it, worrying about driving in it or thinking about driving in it. I’m too old to sled, so I don’t like playing in it. I never learned to ski (even though it looks like a fun sport) so I have no reason to wish for snow. Snow, schmow.



    The above meme may be true for some people, but I’m not one of them. I will never complain about summer, spring, or fall, only winter. I am so over winter already, and darn it, we have at least another month to go. Today I am homebound because I would rather stay in than risk running off the road somewhere in my hometown, which is back in the boonies. The hills are rather steep.  My husband is a great driver in any weather, but he’s too busy doing a brake job on his SUV to drive me anywhere.

    So, I decided to cook. Since my children left the nest cooking is no longer a priority, but it is a necessity since I aways watch my weight. Today I made potato soup and carrots roasted with olive oil & dill.


    The soup is really good. Here’s the recipe:

    • 6-8 potatoes, cut in quarters
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional)
    • 1 T olive oil
    • 1 T butter
    • 2 cans chicken broth
    • 1 c 1% milk
    • 1/2 c half & half
    • salt, thyme, parsley, nutmeg and hot sauce according to your taste.

    Boil the potatoes until soft. (I leave the skins on). Melt the butter & olive oil in a large nonstick pan. Add the onion and fry for 10 minutes. Add the herbs and salt to the onions & stir until the onions caramelize. Add the potatoes and chicken broth and heat until boiling. Cook ten minutes, then use an immersion blender on the soup. You can leave some chunks of potato. Add the milk and half and half. Bring to a boil and simmer for ten minutes more.

    My husband will probably complain, but I’m not adding the bacon this time, since it adds extra calories.