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Friday, December 14, 2007

Winter Wonderland

Well, we got wolloped. The snow started about 1pm and lasted until about 8:30 or 9. We got about a foot. It's the really light, airy, fluffy stuff that you could clear with a leaf blower. Makes for some pretty pictures too. (all photo credits to hubby)

Snow Covered Tree
Snowy Woods
Today, all is clear and life returns to normal (until the next big storm we are suposed to get on Sunday). There were tales of six and seven hour commutes all over the news this morning. Luckily, I got on the road and home before the bulk of the storm hit.

Last night and this morning, we had a few visitors to the neighborhood.
A whole flock (or gaggle - what do you call a group of Turkeys??) of turkeys! They were wandering down the middle of the street last night towards the woods, and hubby reported they were back this morning wandering in the neighbor's yard.
We have all kinds of wildlife here. The parcel of land next to and behind us is about 100 acres total, so deer, woodchucks, coyotes, and even the occasional bear are spotted. The dogs are usually very good at alerting us that some form of animal life has come into their line of sight.

Since we are going to get pounded with another storm on Sunday, I did a test run of a recipe I saw on Jessica's blog a while back. White Bean and Garlic Stew is amazing! Hubby and I devoured it for lunch/dinner while watching the flakes come down. There is an amazing amount of garlic in it - about 15 cloves - but the long cooking time mellows out the flavor. I added mushrooms because I had them on hand, but you could easily add chicken or something else. I plan on making another batch tomorrow!