It’s been an interesting week here at home. We had a snow/ice event last Friday and Saturday that left us house-bound until Hubs shoveled the lower part of our very, very long driveway and salted it. I stayed inside and tried to look busy.
There’s a reason I prefer to remain inside – my feet seem to find every patch of ice in the driveway and I’ve taken some falls worthy of a silent movie, but not so silent! So I stick to going out with the dog in the quiet that follows a snowfall. Schools and some businesses have been closed for three days because side roads are still icy, so traffic is at a minimum on our road.
Yesterday we finally took down the Christmas tree (our son had asked us to leave it up until he got home). After being up for more than a month, it left mounds of needles behind and was beginning to smell. The boy needs to time his leaves better.
Watching the dog and cat handle the snow is hilarious. The dog avoids anything deep and pussy foots around in patches of weeds, while the cat goes out in a rush, stops, looks around, and comes back in. I think Elijah expects something different each time he goes out. He loved sleeping under the Christmas tree and was looking around for it and howling for a while.
I did make a cauldron of pea soup for the family. Does anyone still have the Foods of the World series? I use the pea soup recipe in the Provincial France cookbook, which is the absolute best. I think it’s the leeks and the salt pork.
Oh, and I got some writing done, but mainly I’ve been reading. I finished DCI Jones Casebook—Cryer’s View and the Replacement Chronicles. Both great reads; reviews coming soon, so stay tuned.
This is winter in Chapel Hill. Only two more months ‘til spring here. I’m ready!
The driveway has melted!