29 November 2019

White Friday

On the day after Thanksgiving last year, the mountains were getting a whopping 18 inches of snow! I couldn't make it up the hill, though, until most of that storm melted. However, we had white skies, and I got some dramatic photos in Roxborough State Park, a gem of the county we've lived in for more than a decade but didn't discover until 2018.

Here are a few of my favorite seasonal white shots from my little corner of the world.

Because I couldn't go up in the mountains on actual White Friday and because I had only a couple hours of free time before family obligations, I wound a few hanks of white thread for dyeing, and I parked two of the three long-sleeved white T-shirts I'd bought earlier in the summer in dye. The dyeing took a week, so I didn't have results until almost as long as it took for snow to fall again.

During the White Friday family dinner, we enjoyed, among other Thanksgiving tasties, leftover mashed potatoes, riced cauliflower, and even a few taterless cauliflower tots, which are white on the inside. I'd discovered exciting cauliflower recipes earlier in the year, and Lizard likes a few but not all of them. It was the first time our extended family members had even heard of making creative things with cauliflower.

Back at home later that night, I made the rounds, pinching all the white flies attempting to take over my indoor garden.

Once again, my white picotee amaryllis wasn't ready to bloom, but it was putting up the first signs of white to come.

The twin white Christmas cactus blossoms opened on the right day!!!

The pepper plants I brought indoors prior to our first freeze took a few weeks to adapt to the change in their surrounding climate, just like they do every year. The ghost pepper plant still wasn't quite sure what was happening, but the Serrano and Ancho chili plants were at full bore! There must have been at least 15 blossoms, plus another 15 or so emerging blossoms. I must pinch the blossoms after I bring the plants indoors in order for the peppers to pollinate. That gives me the chance to smoosh the little aphids I can't usually see with the naked eye.

Now we're getting into Green Friday, right??? Ha ha!

The blossoms were so plentiful, I would be able to make plenty of white chili (turkey or chicken instead of red meat) for the next six months! I even made some with "white" beans, just for this blog post!

I made (and stiffened) three white snowflakes (plus one really pale blue one... does that count???).

I finished off the long weekend with tiny white snowpeople. (I'm making a snow village, not trying to be politically correct!)

28 November 2019

The Birthday Adventures of Snowbow

I think, I think
I'd like a cupcake pink!
Strawberry or cherry,
Both would be so merry!

All this snow is fun to see,
But when will warmth return with glee?
Might have to jump-start that mercury
With so much heat, the cold will flee!

Time to take a well-deserved break,
Time for relaxation's sake,
Time to slow down and rest,
Time to spend with those loved best!

Yes, it's cold, but I don't care;
I'll still find cheer everywhere!
As long as the temperature continues to drop,
I'll not let my motivation stop!

Somebody tried to sneak by
Without a wish from I;
Ha, ha, ha! I found out just in time!
Hope that's not too serious a crime!

Didn't make it home this year,
But still thinking of loved ones dear;
Amassing thoughts and weekend cheer,
The miles can’t keep us from feeling near!

Today we focus on red, white and blue,
But that doesn't mean we forget about you!
Time for joy to be swirled...
Your smiling face can light the world!

Always on the go,
Sun, rain or snow;
Let's get this day on the road
And employ an adventurous code!

The best lemonade in life
Is made while seeking joy in strife.
Though hard knocks may abound,
Sweetness may always be found!

Wheels of time spin away,
On the road another day;
Won't be long 'til we meet again,
And we can't wait until then!

For some it's a tangled mess;
Fear causes others to confess;
Some see craft in every strand;
But we all love the web you've planned!

Just when you think life needs bling,
Along comes a welcome blast of spring.
Then just as the short sleeves reappear,
Another winter storm comes near!

Mom makes; you make!
Put us together, for heaven's sake!
Just think what we could do
In a room full of crafts for two!

In just the wink of an eye
Fiber becomes a butterfly;
A hook in hand is bound to win,
Just watch what these hands can spin!

A day late and a ring short,
But Mom had not finished my cohort!
Now we're off to see the shire in snow,
Hoping for legendary magic to bestow!

Up, up and away we go,
Far away from all this snow!
Up, up in the sky we fly,
Never high enough to satisfy!

A slice of heaven is all I need,
Well, that and maybe some fireweed seed...
If I wish upon a star,
Perhaps I won't be away so far!

Living for the slopes is grand,
But city life is just so bland.
Weekends don't come quick enough for me;
Can't wait for the next snow spree!
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