WHO’S IN CHARGE OF THE WEATHER AROUND HERE? Well, certainly not me. After a weekend of warm temps and torrential rain, I could finally glimpse the brown, grass-like substance I call a lawn. What a relief it was to see another color besides white! But guess what occurred while I tried — in vain — to sleep last night?
A violent ice-, snow- and wind-storm.
Yes, from midnight until 5:30 AM (when I climbed out of bed), I listened to the SNAP! CRACK! POP! of limbs breaking off of trees. Of course the power went out, too. So no heat, no hot water, and — worst of all — no internet until 2:30 this afternoon.
Now, for me, no internet means no work. I lit a fire in the parlor, picked up Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and read about 100 pages. (Whoever said this book is a page-turner wasn’t exaggerating.) Then I remembered the no-knead bread I’d prepped the day before. I brought it from cold kitchen to warm parlor and let it rise between towels set near the fire. Had the power not returned when it did, I would have baked the loaf over embers in my Dutch oven. Next storm, maybe.
Anyway, what’s happening your neck of the woods? Is the firm hand of winter still upon your garden — or are your spring bulbs already popping up? (If you really want to make me jealous, just tell me your crocuses are in bloom.)
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