Ice day!

Image credit: David Stimac Photography

An ice storm is predicted to last the entire weekend in our part of the world. All school districts are closed and travel is restricted to “essential only.”

You might call it an introvert’s Perfect Storm.

So…the question is – what will this particular introvert do with potentially THREE ENTIRE DAYS without leaving the house? Save the world from nuclear disaster? Write the great American novel? Discover a cure for the common cold?

Nah. Here’s my Perfect Storm list:

  • Read.
  • Sit quietly under layers and layers of blankets.
  • Netflix and Acorn TV.
  • Knit.
  • Pilates and yoga videos to stave off complete lethargy (and actually doing the Pilates and yoga, rather than just watching from under aforementioned blankets).
  • Bake.
  • Feel smug because I figured out on Wednesday, by looking at the weather forecast, that I needed to order groceries ASAP for delivery on Friday morning, before all the delivery times were booked.
  • Text funny tidbits to my far away darlings so they don’t seem so far away.

Of course, there may also be the search for flashlights and the rush to get our refrigerated foods packed into ice, due to the likelihood of power outages. I can live with that, if it means three days of glorious solitude.

Thank you, weather gods.

Saturday Catch-all

It’s snowing here this weekend. If all goes to forecast, we should have 4-6 inches by the end of the day tomorrow. Finally we’re getting the big snow I wanted a month ago. NOW when personally, I would be quite happy to see the back of winter. Here’s the beginning of our “big snow.”


A big snow is half good, half bad for me this weekend. Today it’s awesome because I didn’t have any reason to leave the house. Secret: I didn’t even bother to take a shower this morning. Tomorrow, not so much. I leave the house at 7:30 on Sunday mornings, don’t get home until noon, and have to go back out again tomorrow afternoon for a memorial service. Ah, well.

One exciting outcome of today: A package from Amazon came for me before 10:00 am! Can’t beat a day when attractive goods are delivered right to your front door. All the joy of shopping, without going out in the cold and the snow.


I’d been suffering with a grungy iPad cover for months (oh, the shame!) and truly disgusting keyboard cover for a couple of years. Now I have a clean, lovely, and much more serviceable set-up.

And only yesterday, another package was delivered: A replacement for my worn-out old workhorse Vera Bradley wallet. Had to say good-bye to my all time favorite pattern, but this new one is an excellent substitute.


Last night during supper we were all texted this very attractive photo of our boy at the Kansas all-state music educators’ conference. It was a special event our kids were selected for for seven years in a row, with a lot of overlap so that some years we were attending two or three major concerts in one weekend. This time around The Boy is there as a vocal music educations student, and having the time of his life reveling in his craft and his future career.

image Seen here (left) at the conference with a good singing buddy from high school (and co-member of an excellent barbershop quaretet) and their teacher, friend and mentor – their high school choral conductor.

And one more cozy photo from today: Middle Sister has been a cooking fiend all day long. She woke us up with mini-quiches and fruit salad for breakfast, and followed up with a fabulously-scented apple butter we’ll enjoy on homemade bread with homemade butter for supper this evening. Between all that and the plantains she fried up for lunch, we’re in culinary heaven on this frigid, snowy day.


I hope you’re enjoying your Saturday, wherever you are!

Blizzard envy.

This week the big news (because I’m taking a much-needed break from the outrage of politics) is the HUGE snow in New England. Our northeastern friends are dealing with as much as two feet of snow, and quite frankly I’m jealous.

Here we are in the Midwest with naked trees, brown grass, and temperatures that are spring-like warm. Yet spring is really too far off to contemplate, so we’re stuck with the ugliness of winter without any of the interesting bits. I have guilt because the weather’s so nice I really should be out raking up the mountains of crunchy leaves that didn’t jettison from our oak trees until late December. I’m disappointed because it’s not much fun curling up in the evening with a blanket and a cup of tea when we had the windows open part of the day. No pleasing some people, huh?

long winterI would actually enjoy the excitement of stocking up on milk and eggs, planning meals that could be prepared on our gas stove when the power goes out, holing up for a day or so before a kind friend drops by with his snow blower to set us free. A day of tea, reading, card games by candlelight, and knitting.  And picturing myself as the intrepid Laura Ingalls, surviving the “Long Winter.” In my blizzard fantasy, the whole family would be there with me, cuddling up for warmth and rushing to the window every few minutes to stare at the beauty of the dazzling white drifts.

So I say to our New England neighbors, “Good luck and enjoy!” And please send some of that blizzard our way!


Love me some snow days

It’s snow day #2 in the Midwest! It’s our state’s turn to pretty much shut down for a couple of days, and I’m not complaining.

We went from this yesterday morning, as I ventured out to get the paper:


To almost a foot this morning, after a solid 24 hours of snow (and there doesn’t even appear to be a paper to get):


With the husband still nursing his broken ribs, we’re very thankful for our young friend Evan (a classmate of Middle Sister and The Boy) who came over and cleared us off twice yesterday, as well as our neighbor Pat down the street, who finished us off this morning. Both without being asked. I love our community.

I’m perfectly happy snuggled up at home with good movies (watched the final episode of Sherlock season 3 last night – !!!!!!!!! Lots of shrieking and fist-pumping in the last couple of minutes of the show), crocheting (which I discovered should NOT be attempted while watching Sherlock, as I made a huge mistake and have to take it out and do it over), working on a new book proposal, and baking.

We had our weekly load of over-ripe bananas in the kitchen – see My house is bananas B-A-N-A-N-A-S for details – so I’m trying a change-up on a favorite banana bread recipe, using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Should be equally moist, with a nice tang to it.


Here’s to inclement weather!