Holy Snowness Batman!!

WOW!!! What a week. First off let me explain the absence. I guess you can say I am part bear. Yes, I am a bigger girl, Yes, you mess with my cubs I will tear you up. No I am not a hairy beast only thinking of food (ok can’t fully say that since when winter hits hubby is snuggled up to some unshaved legs). However, none of those are the reasons I say I am part bear. I say that because when that first snowfall comes it takes a work of the gods to get me out of the house. I am perfectly content staying indoors with the curtains shut, working on projects and pretending that it’s not a white sheet of nasty crap.
Why am I bringing this aspect of me up you ask? Well because if you follow the weather then you will know that the Rockies got crapped on by Jack Frost. I live in Colorado Springs and on Friday my hubby told me that I was going to be a cranky mama. When I asked why he said the dreaded “S” word. I didn’t believe him so checked the weather and it said winter advisory. Yeah someone needs to fire the weather guy. Pat had staff duty Saturday so I texted him and said that if it started snowing before I had to pick him up on Sunday he was taking a cab. Yep you guessed it…He took a cab.

I was thinking we would at most get maybe 5 inches of snow…IT DID NOT STOP!!!! So Sunday he took Zoey to see Star Wars and Viktor and I stayed home. I got on my cold weather gear and tromped out to the coop, gathered the eggs said hi to the girls and came back inside. I proceeded with doing anything I could to distract me from the snow.

I had been promising Zoey that I would make her cinnamon apples, so I dug out the dehydrator and set it up on the table, washed about 10 apples, grabbed the mandolin slicer and went to town slicing the apples (I so need to get me an apple corer). I loaded the trays up with apple slices and sprinkled a generous amount of cinnamon on them and kicked the thing on medium and walked away. Hours later she had her nice apple slices, which by the way were gone in a day and a half. IMG_7237

While the apples were drying I decided it was time to try my hand at growing a Scoby for homemade Kombucha. That means I took again to trusty Pinterest and searched how to grow a scoby. I added water to the pot and once it was boiling I took it off and put 4 green tea bags in the water to seep. The once cool I took out the bags and poured the tea into my gallon jar. I then added a bottle of original store bought kombucha to it and gave it a gentle stir before placing a few layers of paper towel over it and secured it with some rubber bands. It said to leave it in a nice spot undisturbed. We I got young kids, they disturb everything! So it was placed in our bedroom on the top shelf of the five shelf bookcase.

Monday comes along and the whole city is shut down. No school, no work, thankfully we had food and milk already here. We pretty much spent the day watching TV and drinking some jager. Hey it was snowing what else was there to do!

Here comes Tuesday…Yep you guessed it! STILL SNOWING!!!! Still no school, still no work, still stuck inside. Glad we stocked up on some booze. IMG_7254

Finally, the stow stopped late Tuesday afternoon. Frigidly cold our total snowfall was 17’’! I cannot remember ever having that much snow. Course the city does not plow the side roads so it was off roading for Pat to go get us cigs and some beer. I grabbed the mason jar and started shaking some butter…Wow that is tedious and I pinched a nerve in my left arm (my dominant) so Pat went on Amazon and bought me a butter churner.

We go to bed early and wake up Wednesday to him having a delay for work and still no school. We spent the day setting up the new seed starter area and the kids and I planted some of our seeds. We ended up repotting the sage and cleaning out the dead parts of the chocolate mint. We then planted red and yellow onions, leeks, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, spinach and kale. Tried to tell Zoey it will take a bit before we see sprouts but she keeps checking every couple of hours. Once those were made I finished finalizing the garden and my layouts. Once printed and in my garden binder, I had to print Zoey her own copy because she said she had to check it. So glad she is enthused about gardening.

Later that day I was surprised a day early by the arrival of a package from my dear friend Victoria over at Warpedhearthomestead! I knew she was planning to send me some seeds of some of the plants I wanted to grow but haven’t acquired yet, but she also sent a big bunch of yarn. I took to that yarn right away! I made myself a blue ear warmer and then was ordered to make Zoey a red one. Then I got started on some granny squares for an apron. It’s awesome!

Stay tuned for the pattern for the cutest, customizable apron in tomorrow’s blog as well as making a granny square and how to give cushion for hand relief to your crochet hooks. If in any of my blogs you want instructions or a recipe or even just more information please leave me a comment.