I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, February 10, 2017

Old Man Winter is Laughing at Us!

Hi! It's been rollercoaster weather here at the beach [and I think in many places in the US?]. I went out with my friend Elle {L}, on Wednesday. We often run errands together, something we've enjoyed for years. We visit and catch up as we make the rounds---drycleaner, pet store, grocery store, and so on.  This week we went to a different market. You know you have a tinge of cabin fever when your big treat/ outing is to go to a different  store! This is an all organic market. Very pretty but $$$.

Blog friend Mel's market in Kansas had this sweet display. So creative!

We were so enjoying the springtime warmth. It's especially warm on spring days when you get away from the ocean.We said we felt like running home and dying Easter eggs. There was really the feeling of April in the air, or even May!

Mo and I made sure to have a good walk.

The dunes were full of snow buntings. You can't really see them but they are chubby pretty birds with pale tan and pink feathers.

But look what was on its way!

This storm evoked much debate, because we were pretty sure it was too warm for snow. And actually much of the storm [luckily] was indeed rain.

I made Mel's potato/ cabbage/ kielbasa soup. It was so hot and yummy!

But the cold came, what a change in temps!

And there it was, beautiful snow. Maybe 10 - 12 inches?

You can see the blowing snow or ''snow devils'' along the beach. Huge clouds of wind-driven snow.

Clearing by sunset.

My friend sent pictures of snowy Manhattan. I always love the city in the snow.  So timeless and quiet. Did you too love Time and Again by Jack Finney?

Mo went to stay with my friend who is more able to shovel a space for Mo to do his business, so he went for a sleepover with her.

Today they came by to say hello...look at Mo's face. He enjoys snow but finds it  a puzzling thing.

Do you enjoy a good snow day? How about your pets?



gone to the beach....

Full moon tonight, appropriately named the Snow Moon. And partial eclipse. Try to get out to see it.

PS I must show you my in full bloom paperwhite narcissus. The ten bulbs have produced these glorious heads of tiny white daffs. There are about 25 stems of blooms, each with a dozen flowers. Wow. Big result for 9.00!

They became so big and top heavy I had to transplant them into my large glass bell jar. It's very heavy plus I used maybe 3 pounds of beach pebbles to anchor the plants. I'm not fond of using my treasured beach pebbles in flower displays but I can wash and Clorox them after the flowers fade.

The bell jar is one of my very very best beach finds! Imagine finding that in the sand. I lugged it home.

This blue pot has just one bulb. One of the scentless daffs. The bulb cost $1.49. See how pretty? So if you're inclined to try forcing bulbs you can be very successful and happy with such a tiny purchase. I'll remind you [as always!] next Fall. :-)........


  1. Very erratic weather! Our big dogs love the snow, especially the pup. Mo looks confused! LOL Your flowers are gorgeous. Maybe next year I'll plant some indoors. We have partially clear skies today so maybe we'll see the snow moon.

  2. LOTS of goodies in this post! Where to start?

    Our weather has been up and down, too, but no snow here YET! We didn't get to see the eclipse or the comet, we had fog (naturally). But our weekend is supposed to be warm and nice!

    Your flowers look really nice, but I have to ask - is the unscented one REALLY unscented?

    If anyone is interested in the soup, here's the recipe:

    Keilbasa and cabbage soup

    6 large potatoes, peeled and cut up
    10 cups water
    1/4 cup butter
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon ground black pepper (or to taste)
    10-16 oz keilbasa, sliced (I brown mine first)
    2 1/2 lbs cabbage (or kale) chopped

    Cook potatoes in water until fork-tender; add butter and mash in pan (I leave some chunks!); add salt and pepper, stir in keilbasa and cabbage (or kale) and cook on med-low, stirring occasionally, until sausage is hot through and cabbage is cooked, 20-30 minutes. You're done! Great alone, or with crackers, biscuits, or cornbread.
    You can use smoked sausage in place of the keilbasa if you prefer, but you may need to add a little more in the way of spices. You can also use spinach instead of cabbage or kale, but add it at the very end of cooking so that it just wilts. You can also cheat and use leftover baked potatoes, or even dry potato buds - makes the soup really quick and still tastes pretty good!

    (Let me know if you try it!)

    Hope everyone has a good weekend!

  3. Wow! Look at the snow and your flowers! Both incredible. I have the snow, but not the flowers...LOL When I saw the weather report, I was thinking about you. Wondering if you would indeed get your blizzard. Great pics! :) Keep warm. Kit

    1. Thanks Kit! Looks like the snow will be washed away! Yay!

  4. The flowers at the market sure are colorful, and how cute is that apple display at Mel's market.

    That was was quite a temperature change you had! Brrrrr. The snow looks so beautiful. I remember how quiet it gets when it snows. I miss that.

    That bell jar was a beach find?! If you had mentioned it before, I'd forgotten. The flowers are putting on quite a show for you.

    Thanks Mel, for sharing the recipe. Sounds easy, and yummy. And Lizzy, thank your friend for the city snow pic. Always enjoy seeing what's going on in other parts of the country.


    1. Hi Kel! I m glad you enjoyed my pictures. A little snow for you, the California girl! And I ll tell my friend you enjoyed his city pics.

      Yes the bell jar was a beach find, quite a few years ago now, found half buried in the sand one winter day. I was so amazed to find it I left it on the beach for a day in case it belonged to someone...but no one claimed it so iy came home with me. Not a scratch or chip on it! Very thick glass, maybe almost 1/2"?

  5. What a wonderful post Spring and Winter wrapped up together. Oh, the flowers and the colors at the market. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you! Of course you have lovely flowers year round!

  6. I always love reading your post, this one made me feel very coooold... but the flowers warmed my heart, very pretty. I may have to try next winter. Stay warm!

  7. Mo definitely looks well in red and in blue!

    It must be hard to live in such a fickle climate, snow one day and balmy the next (or is it vice versa).

    Glad Mo is able to have overnights with friends when the snow is too high.



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