Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Well, the orchids are blooming like crazy inside the farmhouse, the hyacinths smell as if sprayed by perfume, and Ed is very attached to his bright yellow t-shirt right now, so the mood at the breakfast table is almost springlike!

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Even though it's another gray day here in Wisconsin.

I tell Ed we must deal with the mud situation on our driveway. He shrugs. It's a spring thing. It'll recede when everything warms up.
Yes, but it's not spring!

The weather this year is very confusing.

Snowdrop is back in school today and I'm there to pick her up at her usual time. The teachers tell me she had a fine day, but I see that the little one is tired. You'd never notice it just by looking at her face: she is just such a cheerful child!

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But she is less rambunctious, preferring quiet time on the couch...

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... with books...

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And of course, as always, she spends some good solid minutes with her baby, penguin and me at her table, all vying for her toy foods. Today's treat of choice: macaron cookies!

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I love to tease her with her most favorite toy treats. I crave them, covet them, look wistfully and reach for them. She worries. Should I hand over the whole lot to gaga?

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It's okay, Snowdrop. You can have them. She grins with relief and with all her mustered up benevolence, hands me a "sweet treat" anyway.

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A long nap and after, a return to the gentle moments. Reading. With ahah this time.

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A few raisins for a snack...

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Quiet times. Lovely times.

Outside, there is a feeling in the air of an impending weather event. Some forecasters say slushy rain mixed with snow is heading away, some call for ice mixed with rain, others dare to raise my hopes by forecasting a pure white snow. Yes, Snowdrop and I would love that!

In the alternative, we'll munch some more on pretend macarons and hope for sunshine.