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Snow Days

I don’t mind snow days like these. We needed the rain, and we got almost an inch so far today. It is snow mixed with sleet and rain, so it will be gone soon. The birds are frantically looking for food. It’s junco and blue jay reunion out there. Although the blue jays flew away once the camera came out.

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Today was one of those stay inside and do projects kind of days. I am cleaning out the bedside nightstand drawers and doing some shredding. I did put tuna and tomatoes, with a base of canellini beans, in the oven on slow cook. A good hearty cold weather dish. Using some of my oven dried tomatoes that I froze. Plus, that end of the Costco tuna loin. It looks so dark and meaty, you wouldn’t think it was a fish dish.

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We are keeping a close eye on the trees to make sure they don’t get weighed down with wet snow. We lost too many branches during those storms a few years back. We were supposed to have the final high tree pruning today, but the weather forced a cancellation. Without leaves, though, the deciduous trees will do OK, it’s the coniferous trees that worry me. We have a wind advisory for tomorrow with a potential for downed power lines again. The big question always is, “Should we fill the tubs with water in case we lose power and can’t flush toilets?” With all the weakened trees after the hurricane, power losses are still possible.

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I do have to admit that it is beautiful out there. All Christmasy with the twinkling lights. Glad we don’t commute anymore, but can enjoy the view.

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About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

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  1. I’d say – fill the tub with water. If you have the choice between non-flushable toilets and flushable toilets, I’d go with flush! Hate to waste the water, but we’re talking usable toilets !!

    • I know. We always have a little water pressure after an outage. I could fill them then. I don’t expect 24 hour outages like during the storms.

      We also have a case of water and some extra jugs. I will just fill a few jugs from the sink and turn the tub on, after I shower in the morning. Nothing like living on well, septic and questionable power lines.

      I saw there was a fire last night in Highland. No hydrants. They were looking for ponds and swimming pools. We have pools left and right of us. Last ditch effort for water is always the nieghbor’s pools.

      • If you fill jugs you can always use it for watering plants or the like, if you don’t lose power.

        Always a tradeoff when you live in a lovely spot like you do. I think it would be worth it!

  2. Gorgeous photo of the tree and the wreath! You should have that printed and framed.


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