Oh my…it has been quite the day on day #1 of the first blizzard of 2015. We turned the calendar to February and….. BA BAM….a foot or more of snow! I do love a few good days of snow. Of course this is from the inside looking out on all of it. Once you have to be out in the thick of it, my thinking changes completely. I have been contentedly locked in my cocoon.
The weather man certainly got it right this time, didn’t he?
The first of January came along with the Whooping Cough which pretty much consumed my whole month. Then the first of February came with a blizzard. I am hoping for something just as grand on March 1 but am hoping it to be a GOOD something grand.
Sunday morning while Mike braved the weather and decided to go to church, I contentedly stayed behind. I did a little bit of yoga stretching, drank some warm tea, had my devotions and did some bible journaling.
The verse I chose to journal today was Mark 12:29-31. I find that if I spend time really thinking on a verse, writing it out, illustrating it and capturing how it speaks to my heart and my walk with the Lord, that the remembering of it is so much easier.
And he asked Jesus:
“Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus replied, “The most important one is this:
The Lord our God is the only Lord. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul,
with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second most important commandment is this:
Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment more important than these two.”
I guess this pretty much covers it all with no other questions to ask because if we do this, really do this, our behavior and actions are perfect aren’t they. It all comes down to love….every time.
My husband made it safely home from church. Not many people in attendance but it was “Pie Day”. Once a year, in the dead of winter, which it most surely was yesterday, we celebrate “Pie Day”. Small amounts of food are served with large amounts of pie. What is not to love about Pie Day? And there are certain people that will brave a blizzard to NOT miss out on pie.
Miss Vanessa did this most all morning. She always waits until the bed is made and then sneaks in to make her nest for the morning.
Frank is wherever I am. I also spent some time reading. Right now I am reading a book by Sophie Hudson titled: HOME is where MY PEOPLE ARE. This is her second book and she is also the author of the popular blog, Boomama. It is a true story about family and growing up in the south. We all have a story to tell, you know. Don’t ever discount your story. Some people get to print theirs but we all get to LIVE ours. Find the joy in your story.
Frank and Vanessa did enjoy a good romp before it got too deep for them to go!
Right now, I am writing to all of you and watching the Super Bowl commercials. Of course, the Budweiser commercial with the puppy and the horses has my vote as the best commercial. I am sure that you have seen it but if not, you can watch it here. Of course, when the clock strikes 9:00, I will have to go downstairs in the family room to watch Downton Abbey.
Just before the game started, Mike went out and did one more “blowing out” of the driveway. We will see what tomorrow brings.
I love how the snow appears as little spots of light throughout the picture.
The beauty of Day #2 is breath-taking. The sun is out and the world is a white wonderland. As the sun came up, this was the view out my bedroom window.
I started the day with a bowl of Three Seed Porridge. Sounds like it is “for the birds”, doesn’t it? I found this recipe on Jenny McGruther’s website Nourished Kitchen. It is gluten free and reminds me of a big bowl of cream of wheat–which I love on a cold and snowy morning. This recipe takes some planning as you need to start it the night before. You can find the recipe HERE if you are interested It is well worth the extra time and effort.
See. Very similar to Cream of Wheat. Not as white in color but texture-wise it is “spot-on”.
I like to sweeten it with a little bit of maple syrup and then top it with a sliced banana, a sprinkle of granola and some milk. Mmmmm. Comfort food reminiscent of my childhood.
I thought I was going to have to shovel a dog run but when I got bundled up and went out, Mike had made one with the snowblower—happy day, happy day!
When your legs are only 5 inches long, you need all the help you can get.
Later on, after it had warmed all the way up to 18 degrees, we went out and shoveled a path to the bird feeder. Then we went for a twenty minute walk to stretch our legs, get some fresh air and clear a little bit of the cabin fever from our heads.
They both have little blue rubber booties on–it is hilarious to watch them walk after I put them on. You would think that Vanessa has swim fins on–hahahahaha. When it is not very warm, this saves me from having to pick them up and carry them when there feet get too cold to keep going. You put these little boots on and Vanessa thinks she instantly is “Under Dog”. She runs and races around like there is no stopping her!
Day Two is winding down, the sun is setting and the birds are at the feeder having there last meal of the day. I guess it is back to reality tomorrow. It sure was nice, this chance for a few days of winter beauty and being “holed-up” at home.
I came across this picture on the word wide inter-web today from “back in the day”. It kept the rain and snow from ruining your make-up and breathing in undesirable things.
Hilarious! I can’t imagine why they didn’t catch on, can you?