Post-Thanksgiving Odds and Ends

I hope all of you who celebrated had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I don’t usually share personal stuff on my blog, but this year was glorious as my 3 children were all together under one roof for the first time in 10 years and I reveled in it!  We all had the better part of a week together and even enjoyed the company of the elder son (who will become a teenager in a few days) of one of my boys.  All in all, it was a grand holiday.

Yesterday and today here in Utah we are experiencing the cold air that has invaded most of the nation.  It’s 1 degree currently (Brrrrr) and some areas of the state are registering -30 degrees (yes, you read that right, and it’s not wind chill, but actual temperature)!  We are shivering!  Had some snow at the start of the week, and another storm is predicted for the weekend: lots of lake-effect snow..  Before the cold blast, we finally harvested the final crop from the garden: the carrots.  We had left them safely in the ground as it has stayed relatively mild and the ground was in no danger of freezing up til now.  On Saturday, we pulled all the carrots and washed them and put our winter’s supply in the downstairs fridge to keep them chilled.

In an unrelated story, the newspaper reported a near-by town is in danger of running out of water.  Out here in the desert, where so many towns are dependent on the snow pack to fill the reservoirs for their drinking water, when there are a few years that the snowfall is light, worry sets in.  Well, now it’s happened and Pleasant View, near the Great Salt Lake is in trouble.  It relies on rain and snow run-off and wells for its water, and the town is running dry.  All building permits have been frozen and folks are getting worried.  That’s the risk when building towns in an arid environment.

Now that the Thanksgiving turkey is all gone, it’s time to start the Christmas cookies.  Not sure if I’m going to make 11 varieties this year (none of us need all those calories!), but I’ll go for at least 5 or 6 types of our absolute favorites: shortbread, soft chocolate chip cookies, decorated sugar cookies, thumbprint cookies, cream cheese foldovers, and iced peanut butter bars.  Yum, yum!  We’ve got the house decorated for Christmas; both trees are up and the ornaments are on and all the little knick-knacks are happily placed in their appointed spots.  It looks quite festive and we’re getting in the mood.

Overall, it’s been a slow week, so there’s not much news.  May have more news next week after the weekend snowstorm.

Published in: on December 6, 2013 at 12:56 am  Leave a Comment  

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