Saturday, February 28, 2015

Cabin Fever

Burt has been catching up on his reading during those recent winter days when the high temperature stayed firmly below zero. Although our weather hasn't been really all that bad, relatively speaking.

Of course there was always an ongoing project or two to keep everyone occupied.

Like building pinhole cameras from all those empty boxes that keep accumulating.

Then one day, when we least expected it, the dreaded Cabin Fever set in.

The overwhelming urge to laugh at the fickle gods of climate change overcame us. We put down our drinks, bundled up and went out to take full advantage of the frozen stuff. At least it was a sunny day!

Our top layer of snow was the dry, powdery variety, sadly making building a snow person or a decent fort impossible. Luckily, by using our bare hands it did melt just enough to stick together for snowballs! We were determined to have a proper snowball fight and quickly built up an arsenal.

Who won? Good question.

Probably the one who was least affected by the cold. So if your stuck inside, buried in snow,
trapped by the cold or just plain bored with winter here's some advice from Burt.

Make a few snow angels.

Try a new or old sport, you'll only hurt for a few days afterward.

Write your name in the snow.

Or if all else fails, take a road trip.

Thanks for stopping by!

How is your winter going? What's your favorite cure for Cabin Fever?

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Basement Garden and Valentine's Day

One of the reasons I started this blog was so my Mom could see my garden change over the seasons. At this time of year I find it almost impossible to imagine that anything will ever grow there again! It's nice that the snow hides all the ugly stuff but it does seems like it's never going to go away.

This is my son Andy's driveway in Quincy, just south of Boston. They have over four feet
of snow now and they're getting more over the weekend! So why is his car smiling?

Meanwhile, inside there are definitely signs of spring! These are plants from the patio, oops.. lanai!
They can't survive the snow and sub-zero temps so they have to spend the winter in the basement under grow lights. Burt has been kind enough to help with the subterranean garden chores. 

It's surprising how many of the plants actually flower underground.

These Primroses blossom twice as much in the basement as they do outside.

Spenser, our bad kitty likes to chew on as many plants as possible.

Since tomorrow is Valentine's Day it's time to sprucing up the house with some decorations. I have to admit it's pretty hard to come up with interesting ways to use hearts and cupids. This photo is what I put together for a party a few years ago using Halloween and Christmas deco, costume jewelry, old valentines and empty candy boxes. Why did I think an owl in a Santa hat was Valentine's Day deco?

Burt is a big fan of holidays and he never passes up a chance to celebrate anything!   

Of course he's found the perfect wine . . .

. . . and a special friend to share it with.

Thanks for stopping by! So sorry for being gone for so long, again!

What are you doing for Valentine's Day?

So how is your winter going? Any signs of spring?

 Have a Happy Valentine's Day everyone!