Monthly Archives: January 2016

More snow pictures…

Just more snow pictures…




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Ice and Snow Storm 

Yesterday, 23 January2016, we had snow alternating with sleet. It continued all day, although I did make it to work I was one of the few who came in.

    The electricity went off at the house about 7 pm so we watched a few videos on YouTube and read by candle light.

    Throughout the night I heard what I thought were limbs breaking than falling to the ground. Unfortunately, in the morning I discovered what I was actually hearing was the tallest of my Timber Bamboo (Phyllostachys Vivax) breaking! The tallest were about 50 feet. The weight of the ice on the leaves was too much for the wood.

    The younger and thinner culms were bent to the ground but not broken.


    The smaller stems may straighten some but I will probably remove them during the winter and new growth will quickly replace them in the spring. The greenhouse in the pictures is about 10 feet tall to give you an idea of how tall the bamboo is.

    So when there is no power at the house there is only one place to go and which usually has power: Cup A Joe!

    We were lucky last night, Andy had made a very good French onion soup and we had finished eating before the electricity went off!

    At least my belly was warm and full in the dark under three blankets!



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    Baby, it’s cold outside.

    The weather has finally become more winter-like. After weeks of temps in the 60s and nights in the 50s, last night finally reached a low of 32f.
    The yard needs one more cleaning to get those last leaves but it has rained for several days and everything is too wet. I did go outside with Gus and even moved the waste container to use to move the leaves to the garden but than decide I would just cook something hot instead.

    Curried potato and onion soup

    3 baking size potatoes

    2 onions

    2 cloves of garlic

    1 tablespoon of curry powder

    1 teaspoon of turmeric powder

    1/4 teaspoon of ground red chili pepper (optional)

    4 cups vegetable broth 

    1) On medium high heat melt 1/8 cup butter in a Dutch oven. Add the onions.

    2) Once the onions have softened and browned alittle add the two cloves of garlic which have been diced and add the tablespoon of curry power and a teaspoon of turmeric.

    3) Stir well to coat the onions and cook about a minute. Your kitchen should smell like an Indian restaurant now.
    Add about a cup of vegetable both to deglaze the pot. Use your wooden spoon to scrap the carmelized bits of onion off the bottom.

    4) Add the remainder of the broth and bring to a rolling boil and add the potatoes which have been cut into bite-sized pieces. Reduce to medium high heat and cover with a lid. It should be a gentle boil.

    5) In 15 to 20 minutes, check the largest potato to see if it is done. You will also see small bits of potato floating around. It’s done!

    I also graded one potatoe to have a hash brown on the side. I think this fulfills my daily starch requirements and may get me through the cold day of exploring the city!
    Do you hear that sound? It’s the sound of all the unwanted Christmas gifts and decorations being left at the thrift stores! Onward! 


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