Monday, December 15, 2014

Wintry weekend













The weekend started on a high note - it was Private Friday and the Bear and I spent part of the morning gabbing over coffee, a breakfast burrito with green chile and a blueberry scone before going to Costco (it's always better to shop there child-free). We picked up the small Bears at school and they were beside themselves with excitement because there had been a school-wide demonstration with a real tanker truck in the parking lot. Each class came out to see it and hear a lecture about trucks and road safety. They were both wearing sticker-badges from the county sheriff's office; they were truck experts! They were flying high until Saturday, when they both got sick with the latest fever-cough-lethargy thing. The Bear and I are okay so far, and we pray it lasts through this busy week.

We stayed close to home all weekend, obviously. The warm weather we'd had for several weeks broke this weekend. It snowed on Saturday night into early Sunday, our first real snow of the season. I love snow when I can just stay home. I think we had about an inch, just enough to make everything look pretty. Yesterday, the wind was fierce and icy-cold, the sky a mix of dark clouds and surprising glimpses of sun. It was a tea-and-afghans day. We watched Christmas movies. I took a break from the computer. Today, it's still cold and breezy but the sky is clear and the mountain is sparkling. I may escape for a walk around the yard soon.

Meanwhile, inside, they convalesce. I have them both in the family room - the GB on the couch and the LB on a camp cot - so they can watch TV and keep each other company. I keep remembering things I need to do. Generally, I'm still feeling relaxed, though; the confinement buys me time, if anything. This weekend, the Bear and I did a lot of cooking. We made fresh corn tamales together, and I baked about ten dozen cookies and made two kinds of fudge. I will be donating some to the school's bake sale this week, but we're keeping the rest. The bake sale will be held at the school's art-and-writing open house, an annual extravaganza. The Bear and I completed a project for the LB's teacher, involving hot glue and nylon rope. Our fingertips are blistered but we've done our part.

How are your holiday plans coming along? Are you feeling cool or stressed? I hope this week brings you peace, joy and lots of cookies.

40 comments:

  1. Hope your two little ones are feeling better soon, on a more positive note now that they have had the illness it won't strike over Christmas. Good luck with all your preparations sounds like a lot of baking has been done.

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  2. Lucky you, you had snow !!! Here, temperatures are too high for the time of year, and we have a lot of rain. Not very christmassy :-(((
    I hope the little bears will feel better soon... A lot of homemade cookies will surely help the healing ;-)))
    Xxx

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  3. I hope full health returns to your home soon! I had to chuckle at your snow photos - you've got more of the white stuff than we do here in Minneapolis! After a weekend in the 50s (50s! In December!) it's all but gone for now. Not to worry, we'll have more soon I'm sure. It's Minnesota, after all ;-)
    As far as feeling cool or stressed, I have to say this is the best Advent that I can remember. Things are humming along nicely and I'm relaxed enough to truly enjoy the lead-up to Christmas. I made a few small but meaningful gifts this year and I think that lends to the enjoyment. And I lowered my (unrealistic) standards as to what the season should be. So now I can savor each moment and not be worried about all the things I "should" or "could" be doing. I can just plain "be."

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  4. I love snow just so long as I don't have to venture out in it. We've had frosts here but no snow as yet. Hope the kids are feeling better soon, there always used to be illness in our house when my two were little, I'm sure it's all the excitement of Christmas being on the horizon.

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  5. Lovely photos! I was feeling a little stressed, and having a giant work deadline this Friday doesn't help, but the festive spirit is creeping in despite it all!

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  6. I never thought of it snowing there, but clearly it does! Hope the little ones are better soon, and that you manage to stay clear of it. Enjoy your week.

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  7. Your photos are always so pretty...I especially love that first one. We are having an unusually mild season here in northern IL, so far. No snow! Can you believe it? In fact, it is actually "warm" today - in the 40's. But we've had nothing but gray, gloomy skies and even some rain for days on end. I'm "dying" for some sunshine. I'm making a pot of veggie soup right now and baking my last batch of Christmas cookies. I'm not keeping any of these cookies...they're all gifts! So sorry to hear your kids are sick. Hope with lots of rest, Christmas movies, and mom and dad's love, they'll be feeling well very soon.

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  8. It sounds like a busy few days at your house! I hope that the little bears are feeling much better today and that you will all be well for Christmas. Your snowy pictures are very pretty, but make me feel very cold! xx

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  9. I hope your children feel better soon.. and can enjoy the final stages of this long school term. Does it look like there will be more snow for Christmas... Jx

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  10. Bless their little hearts, first the excitement of being truck experts and then getting sick and not even being able to play in the snow. I am hanging in there with Christmas, I got all the teacher/therapist present sorted out and ready to deliver by Friday.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  11. How lucky to enjoy snow flakes in your own backyard! Hope the kids are ok now!
    Enjoy the season!
    Olympia

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  12. Well I was so jumpy and excited about William coming home this Friday on his actual third birthday and staying for Christmas I had to sit down and watch a film yesterday . The story of Benjamin Button! Hope the Bears get better soon. Happy Christmas to you all xxxx

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  13. I hope you stay germ free, and the bears recover quickly. There's not time to be ill at this time of year - but a day or two at home would be a bonus for me at the moment. x

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  14. I like snow as long as I don't have to go anywhere in it! I hope your wee bears are feeling better and that they don't pass their germs on to you!

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  15. The tiniest bit stressed here now you mention it. An edge of panic is creeping in. Sorry your little bears aren't well, we've had some sniffles here too, and some rather over-tired tears. I do just wish it was slightly less full on for them, the constant round of Christmas activities is a bit overwhelming. CJ xx

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  16. Well look at you all snowy and wintry!! At least your kids will be well finished their illness by Christmas. I like forced home days too. It allows you to relax and do things like your cookie baking. I'll bet your house smelled wonderful after 10 doz cookies! I hope this week is healthier for you all. Wendy x

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  17. Hope the little ones are on the mend again soon, the snow looks so pretty, as for Christmas we're in stress mode so far behind with too many medical appointments, I'm trying to rest up as we are off to Kew Gardens in London for a Christmas festival on Friday.
    Clare xx

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  18. Oh darn.. sorry about the kids being ill.. that is just not fair to have a cold during the holidays. I super enjoyed the snow pix. I want some to fall here! I'm feeling just fine about the holidays.. I had my sisters over for our holiday luncheon and I made salmon and Hasselback potatoes for the first time. Too fussy, will not do them again.. will just do regular baked potatoes. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  19. Love the snowing winter scene where you are Jennifer!! We have been abnormally warm here the last few days. I hope some of that snow makes it way to Chicago before Christmas! Your photos all look so warm and cozy! I have more shopping to do so once that is done and the beans are healthy I will feel a bit more at ease!! Happy week to you lady! Nicole xoxo

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  20. I don't mind the snow either as long as I can stay at home and keep cozy. I hope your Little Bears are feeling better. Lulu has got the same thing this week and we've both had rubbish nights these past two days. I'm still feeling relaxed although I still have some gifts to buy and a present to finish. ..Take care and I hope you all have a better, healthier week! x

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  21. Ah no, sorry your little ones are unwell, wishing them a speedy recovery and cookies will help!!!!
    I think one inch of snow is really enough!
    V x

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  22. Gorgeous post and photos Jennifer. It sounds like you are all thoroughly enjoying the days leading up to Christmas.
    It has been a pleasure to read your blog this year and many thanks for the lovely comments you have left on mine. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas with your family!
    Marianne x

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  23. Oh, you have snow, Jennifer - how pretty it looks, on the leaves and berries. Even the chickens are out there with the snow - I thought it might be too cold for them! So sorry the little bears have been sick, and may the improve very soon. Staying cosy inside is the best medicine in snowy weather.

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  24. The snow is so pretty! We're still waiting for our first snow here. I have to admit as much as I love it, I don't want to see it happen when my kids are driving here for Christmas. I hope your Small Bears make a quick recovery. There are so many nasty bugs going around at this time of the year. What did your chickens think of their first snow? Are they still laying eggs?

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  25. You have been so busy! We've had a few snow showers but nothing much - we're back to rain again. I hope the kids are soon back to normal but it's good that you get a chance to do things. I'd also like to know if your chickens are still laying. Ours are which is quite unusual I think. I don't like to say anything in case they just stop. I want eggs to make Pavlovas and pancakes.

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  26. It's lovely to see your first snow. I always enjoy it when it appears at the weekend and I don't have to go to work! Hope the little Bears are feeling better again. Thank you for finding me again. Sarah x

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  27. We have not had snow yet.. a few flurries but nothing to make everything white outside. I agree I love the snow when I can just stay home and watch from the window.. driving around and running errands with snow is a whole different story.
    We don't celebrate so we're just looking forward to the holidays and some relaxing at home.
    Wishing you a happy holiday.

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  28. It looks cold but very pretty Jennifer, I hope the little bears get well soon and I hope you and the bear don't get it it's the last thing you need at this busy time of year, keep warm! :) xx

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  29. Your photographs are just delightful, Jennifer. Sorry about the lurgy taking hold. Hope they're on the mend now. I'd like the recipe for your fudge if you wouldn't mind sharing. The sudden realisation that there is just over a week to go suddenly struck home today so it's all systems go from here on in!

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  30. Wow... When Winter comes to Arizona it comes in full force! We had a chilly day today, but it only got up to 60, I have no idea where winter is, but it hasn't hit Austin yet. My kids are hoping for a white Christmas, I keep reminding them we live in Texas :)
    Cookies sound good right about now!!
    Merry Christmas,
    Tammy

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  31. You had snow! I'm so envious,all we have is rain. I hope the small bears are all better now and able to enjoy the Christmassy weather. Your garden is looking fabulous, with so much red.

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  32. Your snow is so pretty, Jennifer. I am sorry to hear your little ones are feeling poorly. I hope they heal rapidly! I have made tamales a few times and thought they were especially yummy homemade. I am enjoying this season but confess I have had a few anxious moments. I stayed up till the wee hours of the morning Sat. finishing crocheting an art bag that needed to be wrapped and given on Sunday and I succeeded. Whew... :) Wishing you and yours healthy happy days! xx

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  33. your snowy pictures are beautiful x hope the little bears are better soon, and that you and big bear both stay healthy. I haven't made a single Christmas cookie yet, really need to remedy that........

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  34. Love your photos they are always wonderful and cozy .
    So far so good with the season hustle and bustle ~staying calm and centered ...so far :)
    Happy Holidays and warm wishes to you and yours .

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  35. Ooh, you had snow!! I know how happy this makes you and I'm really glad. Can I come and stay in your house please? It seems so warm and welcoming. I hope the small bears are getting over their illnesses. xx

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  36. The snow looks so pretty, we rarely get snow here in Cornwall but when we do everything comes to a standstill. Hope the little bears get better soon x

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  37. Hope your little bears are better soon. Mmm snow, I just love it. Your photos are lovely. P x

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  38. We JUST got snow, which is really odd for New Brunswick! You captured everything beautifully. I'm sorry to hear the little ones are feeling icky. I hope they are feeling much better. :)

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  39. Such a lovely, wintry weekend! The snow is so pretty. I was feeling a bit stressed that I didn't get around to sending out Christmas cards this year and we've received so many from friends and family - Christmas totally snuck up on me this year. I must start in November next year. I love the lights in the last photo!

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  40. Ooo, snow! None here as yet, just rain and more rain... Sorry to hear the little ones are ill and hope they will be better soon. No baking here, but we will be leaving to visit he family tomorrow!

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