We awoke this morning to find everything covered in a sparkling blanket of snow. Humidity was high yesterday and the fog moved in during the evening, causing the snow to cling perfectly to all the trees and shrubs as if they had been spray painted with that snow in a bottle stuff. It was a truly breath-taking winter wonderland world this morning....then, the sun came out and melted everything before I could get pictures!
It may be 30 degrees and snowing outside, but I'm feeling warm and toasty and thinking of spring and planting my gardens. And speaking of gardens, look what arrived this week.
Neal and I had our Valentine's Day lunch today at one of our new favorite Indian restaurants. The chai tea was delightful and the buffet offered more than our tummys could hold. Afterwards, we strolled a few doors down to a furniture store that was going out of business and browsed their offerings. Finding nothing we needed or had to have, we ventured on to a nearby library to search for some books. I went off in search of books on raising chickens and goats, renewable energy and barn building, and Neal set his sights on Volkswagen repair and building sheds and garages. As you can see below, we didn't leave the library empty-handed.
Back at the homestead, I whipped up a batch of liquid laundry detergent and tried a new recipe for homemade deodorant, consisting of nothing more than coconut oil, baking soda and cornstarch. I added a few drops of lavender essential oil and poured the deodorant into an empty store bought container and set it in the fridge to harden. So far so good. I'm anxious to see how effectively it will work and excited to think of the money we will save if it works to our satisfaction.
I just took a batch of dog cookies out of the oven, the washer and dryer are doing their thing and Neal and the dogs are watching a movie. I am steeping a nice cup of tea in my new mug with infuser that my honey gave me this morning and preparing to find myself a spot on the sofa to settle with my tea and my stack of books. Life is good.