The Calm Before the Storm

We already have how many inches??? of snow, and yet it is supposed to snow again, lots, tomorrow.  People are dealing with it in various ways, from precancelling events, to making elaborate travel contingency plans.  Today Eli got a ride to Madison with Chris so he could play a show at Nottingham, then will stay there overnight and make his way to work in the promised ice/snow in the a.m.  Meanwhile, Papa is hoping to make it to work in the Subaru (better in snow than on ice, which should be coming first) and then home again with Eli.  We’ll let you know how that goes. 

Today, however, I enjoyed the incredible high of 25 degrees.  And it was sunny!  Amazing!  But what are we going to do with more snow?
The snow piles, already higher than the deck.
Papa’s shoveled path for the wheelbarrow; tracks leading off to the right go to the compost pile.  The snow is over our boots.  I think I should get some snowshoes.
The road is passable today – tomorrow it’ll be our arch-nemesis.

Pretty now, though, eh?

We’re lucky they even give us the mail.


OK, enough about the snow; how about some food?

This evening I made pesto from Vegan With a Vengeance, using frozen basil from the summer.  It was great, and very garlicky.  No pics, but good and green.  The other night, I made mashed vegetables with a recipe from Vegan Dad, and topped it with roasted tempeh and vegetables. 
We ate it all up.

And today we enjoyed a really smooth and delicious hummus, available only in Beloit, Ike and Jenny’s Harmony Hummus.  Thanks, Kailah!

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3 Responses to The Calm Before the Storm

  1. Anonymous says:

    more snow
    “What are we going to do with more snow?” This is the question I ask myself about every half hour. Ken, of course, is out of the country. I can’t even reach the top of the piles anymore. I’m sure the car is encased in ice and at the current rate of flake-fall, will soon be buried. Walking is dangerous at best and impossible at worst. Our Norwegian friend Karl, who is “enjoying” a sabbatical in Madison, called this morning and advised me not to walk outside. He is an avid winter outdoor enthusiast who has had his enthusiasm somewhat dampened! If the schools are closed tomorrow, I’m staying home. Maybe even if they’re not. I hope you all stay safe on your commute.

    • wingraclaire says:

      Re: more snow
      Alan and Eli both worked – Eli took the bus from downtown, where he had stayed overnight. He got the last bus before they stopped running, and could barely walk across the icy puddles. Alan drove slowly into town at 5:00 a.m., “the longest drive in ever.” Considering that he has already said this a few times this winter, it must get worse and worse. They drove home together in the heavy snow. Luckily, they were both safe and sound. Can you get Mr. College Student over to do some shoveling?

  2. wei_k says:

    Oh, beautiful! I love all the pics you post. 🙂 It’s like i”m there without being there.

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