Mlle. Renee made a few tracks in the snow, but only close to the house were the accumulation was lighter.
When she ventured into the deeper snow she seemed lost in the wilderness.
Oh, well, I guess she’s getting tired of the winter weather, too!
There’s a saying in West Walnut Manor … if you don’t like the weather today, just come back tomorrow! And that’s the way the weekend started on Saturday morning. The sun was out, and it was a picture of FALL all over the place.
Or totally fallen!
As the morning dwindled, so did the sun. And by afternoon the sky filled with dooming, gloomy clouds. As the afternoon gave way to evening, little balls of sleet began to fall covering the ground with a blanket of white. By Sunday morning it had all melted.
And then moving on to cover the ground and the leaves I didn’t get raked up because it was too cold to go outside.
Right now in mid-afternoon we only have a little over an inch of snow on the ground. But it is expected to continue falling through the evening and night.
… Other than baking SNO-DAZE STICKY-BUNS! A wonderful combination of butter, brown sugar, chopped pecans, cinnamon and white chocolate chips — just the treats needed to go with a cup of hot cocoa.
Five days into February and the weather isn’t getting any better. Curses, Mr. Groundhog! OK, so we didn’t get the possible 9 to 12 inches they were predicting. But Mlle. Renee has had to trek through 4 to 5 inches and that goes up pretty high on her canine paws and legs when she has to go outside. Never could find a pair of snow boots that satisfied her fashion tastes. It also didn’t get much higher than 20F outside either. But I still bundled up and went out to sweep the snow from the front steps and the back deck. I also put out the last of the salt and calcium chloride mix. Don’t want to take another Bob-sled trip down the deck ramp again.
Other than that, Renee and I spent most of the day either sleeping-in, eating, catching up with now out-of-date periodicals and napping. That was until Stan my resident Demon showed up sporting yet another inspirational button for me.
And wouldn’t you know, he also brought the Origami Instruction Manual. That’s what I get for creating an Origami Demon! Who knew they keep coming back to
annoy encourage you to continue your creativity. Well, I knew I wasn’t going to try that blasted kangaroo that I screwed up on my last four attempts. And I didn’t want to make another Star Wars origami … because Stan and his Demon relatives always want to make them fly. So Stan suggested, that since I was feeling blue today to make something happy like a bluebird of happiness. He even had the book opened up to the pattern.
Do you know that I’ve lived in Missouri my entire life and I’ve never seen a BLUEBIRD … which happens to be the Missouri State Bird. Guess that’s because all of the Dogwood Trees (the state flower) I planted for them always died. So I attempted to fold a bluebird. And this was the result —
It could have been better, but it was very hard to fold. Would you believe a dozen thicknesses of paper and 26 different folds? Each leg alone was 12-layers of paper. Sure, I’ll try it again, but I’ll have to get thinner folding paper. Stan at least was happy. He’s trying to teach it to fly.
And about being in the dumps. The weather wizards are predicting we’ll hit 1F or lower tomorrow. Thanks, again, groundhog!
That title for today’s post was supplied by Mlle. Renee who has spent the entire day either sleeping in my bed with me or on her sofa in the living room.
“Warm is good. Snow is bad!”
TOAD IN THE HOLE AND FACON
The Toad In The Hole, which is not related to the British breakfast dish of the same name in any way, shape or form, is just an egg fried in a hole in a slice of bread. The Facon is just fried strips of sliced ham. It was quite colorful and tasty.
MY MUG OF THE DAY: Well, I guess we’ve reached the bottom of the mug tribute.
This is not the original reproduction of the Ball Caning Jar with a handle. I broke that jar/mug a long time ago. This is just a cheap imitation. The coffee is a decaf Breakfast Blend. It does go well with cinnamon chocolate chip crescent rolls.
What do you expect for a cold and snowy day other than warm and cozy food. Chili for supper, tonight?
Well, I finally went outside today. It was my first venture in the frigid frontier since the bottom dropped out of local thermometers last week. Actually, I really didn’t have any other options, since apparantely, all local school children have disappeared. You remember school kids, they were the first things that showed up after a snow storm … all carrying snow shovels and all willing to remove the snow on your front steps and walk for a small remuneration. And if you wanted to have your drive way cleared the removal fee increased with the amount of snow and the length of the drive. The first boys to arrive always eager, had the lowest rates and did the best job, too. And you always gave them a bonus, because you knew they were asking too little for the job. The boys to avoid were the ones who showed up in September and asked you to sign a contract for snow removal in December.
Like this bodybuilder. Not quite anatomically correct, but different. When I used to build a snowman with my brothers, I always insisted on adding a snow puppy to the snowman. Haven’t seen many snowmen this year either. Now that I think about it, maybe the kids haven’t disappeared. Maybe West Walnut Manor has grown old and barren. A shame! It was such a nice place. But it’s not so great now with all this dumb snow cluttering up the streets.
And a voice in the livingroom responded, “Don’t forget a bag of food for me, and a box of Flavor Snaps, and if it isn’t too heavy maybe a box of those tiny assorted flavor bones.”
And this is the high and low point of my day!
MLLE. RENEE SEZ: FOUR PAWS DOWN!
“TAKE MY ADVICE, READ A BOOK!”
You could blame it on my lingering cold, or the fact that I now have a stiff knee, or the snow, or the single digit temps. Or that I had to clean the snow and ice off of Renee’s paws four times today. Or the fact that I’m becoming a curmudgeon!
MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR SUNDAY, DAY 349 OF 2013: Just finished printing my Holiday return address on my Christmas card envelopes so all I have to do now is write out the cards and add a stamp. I’ve also completed cooking my steaming pre-winter (since winter doesn’t officially start until next Saturday) dinner for tonight. Hearty chili mac with beef, beans, tomatoes and corn. Think I’ll also make some whole wheat onion biscuits to go with it.
With my new dinnerware, you could also say I always eat square meals.
ORIGAMI CHALLENGE? Just a weekend message suggesting I use recycled paper for folding. So I folded the last two weekend messages into a DIPPY DOG.
Not very impressive is it? I guess I should stick to using recycled paper for practice origami.
Yesterday, at the Museum I visited two exhibits I hadn’t commented on before:
The first was a collection of ornamentation created for early skyscrapers in the late 1800s by architect Louis Sullivan.
During the remodeling of the office and educational building where the auditorium is located a pyramid-shaped skylight was added that provides an interesting view of the 1904 original building from the new lower level or First Floor of the Museum.
I also was able to check out the Andy Goldsworthy STONE SEA sculpture that was commissioned to fill the courtyard between the original building and the new addition. The artist filled the courtyard with 25 massive Missouri limestone arches that combine to make a virtual sea of stone. From the soon to be completed sculpture garden it can be viewed from above. From windows in the lower level walkway you can get this closeup ground level look at the work.
I think the snow adds a nice touch to the new 2013 sculpture at the back of the museum … just as it does for the 1904 sculpture at the front.