And from the looks of it, it’s going to be snowing for at least 24 hours. Oh, and we’re here visiting Keith and Shade’ for the weekend. Actually, the last time we had a big snowstorm, we were out of town. However, I was sure to pack extra clothes and we made certain we were here before the snow started coming down. Now all that’s left to do is to sit back and enjoy it.

The part I love the best about the snow is the way that the cold smells and feels. That is, until I get snow in my gloves and/or shoes; then, I am done. Done. I have a feeling that Bridget will have a grand time outside with Brendan and Keith. I’ll have a little fun, take some photos and then hang out with the baby and whoever else wants to be nice and cozy inside.

I’m pretty sure I’ll be working remotely on Monday. =)

so much for plans

This post was going to be about how awesome the new front flower beds look. But about halfway through digging out the old flowers and small, young forest that has sprouted there, I had to take a break, planning on finishing up after Bridget’s nap. And then it rained. And rained some more. And it’s still raining today. I hope it stops at some point.


Things have been a little on the hectic side for me lately. But last night we got a bucketfull of snow so today gives me a little chance to just chill out. 

Play in the snow,


and have hot chocolate.


It was good. I had all this other stuff planned to say, but I’ll just wait.

baby steps

I planted a small (4′ x 4′) garden on Friday afternoon. Right now I’ve got some lettuce, arugula, parsley, broccoli plants and radishes, carrots, peas and scallion seeds. In the summer I’ll be adding tomatoes, a pepper, bush beans and basil. Rotating back to cool weather plants in the fall. We’ll see how it goes. It’s small in scale for sure. Brendan was worried I was going to become one of those "Tomato People" who bring in bagfuls to work in August because they got overzealous. I’m only planning on one cherry tomato plant and one regular plant. That should be close to perfect.

We always had a garden when I was a kid: tomatoes, corn, zucchini, cucumber and beans usually. I did not like having to pick up rocks before dad tilled, or weed in the summer (and since Brendan made me an awesome raised bed — rocks were not a problem and hopefully weeds won’t be much of an issue either). But I did love eating raw vegetables while standing in the garden. I am hoping some of that will rub off on Bridget, because right now she does not have a good relationship with vegetables at all.


I spent part of the morning cleaning up the flower bed beside our garage. There were a bunch of Oak trees (planted by squirrels no doubt) and other weeds and small trees growing in among the other shrubs. Since we had a bunch of other oversize stuff pulled out, we haven’t done much else…. I got a little too trigger happy and ended up lopping off pretty much all of what turned out to be a Rose of Sharon. Oops. Sorry, dear.


Brendan joined the party on January 2, 2004. He's cool now.

Jessica has never been cool. She is OK with that.

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