Anyone who knows me, knows that I love snow and always root for the higher possible snow totals whenever a storm is predicted. So, nobody could be more thrilled than me with the thought of a blizzard blowing in and it actually hitting and not going out to sea! “Nemo” as named by The Weather Channel, began on Friday, February 7th and dumped over 2 feet of snow here through Saturday. Thankfully, my school district canceled for Friday so I was home enjoying the show and getting a jump start on a writing assignment.
There was lots of clean-up to do and it’s still not done in some places (the rain yesterday didn’t help matters one bit) and here it is Tuesday and I’m still out of school because the roads in the city where I work are not clear and there is still a parking ban. Our street only got cleared because of the of the neighbors all pitching in with snowblowers, shovels, and a borrowed plow. The town truck got stuck on Sunday and couldn’t finish so the residents dug us out.
Of course it’s so easy for me to rejoice and enjoy everything about the storm because I’m here in my nice warm house with electricity but there are still lots of people without heat or power. I’m sure my feelings would not be the same if I was in that boat. To me, it’s been a few extra days of knitting, catching up on DVRd shows, getting my taxes together, doing paperwork for my job and writing a paper for class. These are bonus days for me and I love it!
There’s the possibility of more snow at the end of the week which is fine by me. I have always said that winter should be white from start to finish and I like what I see!
Ahhh…. It’s been one heck of a school year (work) and school year (student) for me! After the roller coaster events of my job this past year and the insane amount of work for my classes at night, I’m finally able to say that I’m on summer vacation. I have 3 full weeks off before starting to teach my students for extended school year on July 17th so I’m going to make the best of it. Presently, I’m at my favorite place to unwind and although the weather is not stellar, being with family and surrounded by nature’s beauty is everything I could ever want right now. Just knowing that I don’t have homework on my To Do list is making me giddy. Waking early and walking along the lake accompanied by bird calls and beautiful views renews me. Reading and relaxing and going out in the boat, being surrounded by water feeds my soul.
This is the life…..
Home, sweet, home.. and there was tons to do. I’ve walked at the crack of dawn each morning to start my days off right. I spent quite a bit of time in working in the yard on Sunday, then went to my niece’s for a cookout and out for drinks and apps with friends at night. Al and I sat by the firepit Saturday and Sunday nights and listened to the BOOM, BOOM, woof, woof, woof’s all around us as the neighborhood was celebrating the 4th. Al’s working today so I’ll be pulling some more weeds, catching up on mail and bills that came in while I was away and hopefully reading, relaxing and maybe starting a puzzle.
Scenes from Saturday:
Good Morning Sunshine
I am blessed. I’m so thankful to be here taking advantage of a nice, unexpected vacation getaway with my boys. The sun is shining today for the first time in about a week and I’m going to outside enjoying it all day. Yesterday we went in the boat, I took a dip and we did some running around. Today, I’m going to veg out and relax. I’m up before everyone else here and have already taken my early morning walk. Birds are chirping, the water is lapping at the shore and I’m one with nature. Life is good!
Scenes from Sunday:
What a Winter!
I LOVE this winter!!!! Now, this is what winter in New England is supposed to be like. Right now, it’s single digits out and tomorrow is expected to be below zero. We’ve had 3 decent storms and more could come this week. We’ve already had 3 snow days and will likely be going to school until the end of June but that’s ok with me. I’m not a wishy-washy type…. I like HHH summers and snowy winters. <3
Good Morning World
I love waking up early in the morning with the dew on the grass and the sun breaking through the fog.. The birds are busy singing their good mornings while the squirrels are raiding the feeders. I’m usually the first one up and I cherish my favorite time of day…
Most of June and all of July thus far has been hot and steamy. We’ve gotten some much needed rain over the past couple of days though, and my organic garden is very happy! I’ve been able to harvest eggplant, peppers, green beans, cukes and herbs. I’m awaiting the tomatoes and it looks to be a bumper crop this year. Al’s been using a lot of charcoal this summer as opposed to the gas grill and with it being so hot out, we’ve sparked it up more nights than not. One of my favorite things to do is just load up the grill with garden veges and eat them just like that. Roasted eggplant, peppers and zucchini… YUM!
My flowers are also doing well but admittedly, it’s necessary to stay on top of the watering and dead heading because of the massive heat and sunshine. Thank goodness for my rain barrels! I’m loving this summer and have been outside most of my waking hours.
Lots of peppers!
Taking advantage of space: tomatoes, zucchini, cukes, green beans, eggplant
Gorgeous deep purple hydrangea
Asiatic Lilies beginning to bloom
The entire summer flickr set is here.
I finally got my plants in the ground after recruiting Al to turn over the garden a couple of weeks ago. I use my own compost and rainwater that I collect in New Englander Rain Barrels. I did need to supplement with some extra organic soil this year, probably because of all of the rain we had in early spring. I planted some cucumber, tomato, pepper, lettuce and couve seedlings and directly sowed bush beans, radishes, zucchini, basil, lettuce and snap peas. I also have some perennial herbs which I’ve already been harvesting. I still want to get some eggplant and some more herbs and look forward to my strawberries ripening…
Here’s to another summer of fresh, free, organic produce….
My little organic garden
And.. some of nature to bring in the house…