Monday, March 02, 2020

Spring WAS in the Air

We were feeling spring on Friday....the temps were in the upper 20's, the sun was shining bright, spring colors were everywhere. ...and then...well...
Snow...all night - not to worry these are silk 
 Our nicely shoveled pathway had about a foot of fresh snow on it...I slogged up the driveway to find Dad's paper.  Due to the snow plows shoveling mountains of snow to our driveway/shoulder (and where else COULD it go?) the newspaper box is inaccessible. We have been shoveling it out for the driver, but he stopped using it and simply throws it into the driveway. I suspect his aim isn't dead on and we'll find missing papers in the berms when the big thaw arrives.  I dug around, moved snow, couldn't find a paper. I looked up and saw THIS at the head of the driveway...

Her back was turned and I needed to go down the driveway to reach the I went...and discovered BIG HER - the lump of snow to the left is my van....also between me and the house.

I came back inside and called the paper...then went to discuss my moosey adventures with Stacia. This is homeschooling at it's best...pjs and all.

We moved Cody's kennel to the foot of Stacia's bed. This is his safe place to go when Benny and Kimber visit. We wanted it ready for him as we often get surprise visits from CoRielle. He prefers to have the blanket at her side....but this gives him options. LOL

 I headed back out to check for papers and startled Big Mama. Her head was ON MY VAN....folks...she was close. I didn't take her picture. She and baby ran around the snowman and to the side yard. 
Baby meets first snowman? 
View out the window by the table...

So cute - from this side of the glass! 

Arielle and Benny did stop by. Arielle and Stacia are planning a booth for the upcoming Bella sale. They went over contract and display details.  Benny brought me another work of art for my gallery. πŸ’– Arielle and Benny left to run errands. 

This popped up on my new phone....
Via Arielle

I threw shredded pork I'd canned when it was on sale, chilies, a bit of tomato paste I found in the fridge, some other tomato based left-over, and salsa in the slow cooker. My plan was tacos for dinner. 

Michael and I headed to the VA clinic in Anchorage for an appointment he had. All is well. 

I got home with 40 minutes to get dinner on the table. Nolan and Alex had just gotten home and were heading out to shovel.  This evening's activity was cancelled and we had a bit more time for dinner. This was good as the concoction in the pot was much saucier than expected. I opened our last box of potatoes from the fall's harvest and baked potatoes instead. It made a nice topping.....filling they all said. I opted for a giant plate of greens with beans, nuts, sauted veggies and a boiled egg on top. LOL 

A note to remember - the red potatoes in the garage are wrinkling and growing arms. The Yukon Gold's are still in great shape. More Gold's; less Reds this year...  Or ,I need to can some of the Reds. 

Stacia  air fried some cauliflower nuggets for dinner. As the fryer was out - I tried some chick peas...and it worked. They are crunchy and yummy and zero points! 

Regardless of the weather , we did have 10 hours and 38 minutes of light today - SPRING IS COMING. 

Sunday Snippets

It snowed a bit ....we shall see what that will do to our beautiful field of silk daffodils. At this point - well - take a look. Cody added some color to the scene.

And...just because I'm really happy to be 40 lbs less than I was at this time last's a photo. I have one more month in this first year of my journey back to health....I am NOT going to make my goal which is 25 lbs away....but I'm going to give it my all this month. NSV (non scale victory) new pants in a much smaller size. Enough said - for now. ::snort::

After church the "kids" and Dad went out to eat and came home. Michael and I stayed for the church's annual business meeting.

It seemed fitting to end "birthday month" by finally opening presents. They're good sports; Michael is still working on the gifts for the older boys. We still need to make it to the Extreme Fun Center for Alex's celebration.

I finally decided I was going to have to put my old phone out to pasture. It acted up at church. I was following along in You Version...we went from chapter 1 to chapter 2 with no trouble. When I clicked THE SAME ARROW to go from chapter 2 to chapter 3 - IT BEGAN TO READ CHAPTER 3 OUT LOUD. The volume was turned down - it was loud. The pause button wasn't working. I was holding the power button and it didn't turn off....I had hoped only pastor and those around us heard...but it turns out they heard the phone in the back. That's IT....I may well begin taking my physical Bible again....and I am working hard to rebuild this new phone to the way I want it. LOL

This may have been a better way to spend the afternoon....though I'm not sure what game they are playing. The first photo on the new phone...