It is beautiful outside this morning with the sun shining down on a "marshmallow world", as the song goes... Having said that, I'm ready for my world to warm up a bit and have roads that are free of all things which could cause one to go sliding into a ditch. The forecast is for more snow.
The photo above is a reminder that winter has come and gone before. Thanks to those who click on my Amazon widget to place their Amazon orders, I was able to purchase a beautiful gardening book from a used book seller and an American Girl book for Elizabeth's birthday. (I usually order through a friend's Amazon widget but I forgot this time!) I am very thankful there are people who don't forget... sigh.
I've been taking advantage of my forced confinement (due to weather) since Sunday to complete more little projects here and there. I know once warmer weather sets in, my thoughts and time spent will be outside so with each project I complete... I'm preparing for Spring!
Most of this week's small projects have been "behind the scenes", those messes I knew were there and others didn't see (except the family). Like organizing the side table we use to store games behind the doors. It's amazing what one finds in there, like the 1950's Dell paperback book called Poker According to Maverick... it's a long story.
Thank you for the many comments and suggestions about the Deepening the Pantry and Recession Pondering posts. You also gave me some great ideas. I have never been very good at choosing a day for each topic, except Sunday Afternoon Tea and when I participate in Living Simply Saturdays (which I take part in when a post will apply).
So... I'll start writing more Recession Pondering posts again, which will be "off the top of my head" posts just like Sunday Afternoon Tea... ideas that come to me, memories of "what we did or how we did it", etc. (Oh, you didn't know Sunday Afternoon Tea was what I was thinking at the moment?) Let the cat out of that bag so to speak.
Deepening the Pantry posts will continue to be researched and have more order to them. There are LOTS already on the sidebar so I'll probably be repeating myself once in awhile... or lots. I also have a few blogs and websites to add to that part of the sidebar.
Speaking of which, I've started posting the books I'm reading and those I've set aside to read again. The latter books are pretty much the same as they have been for months, a reminder to me that they are waiting... patiently... on the shelf to become a priority someday. Otherwise in this house of books, it is possible to become forgotten... poor things.
As for today, I have promised a friend some "comfort good" as he is struggling with kidney stones. So, I must make something with pecans. The family has been enjoying the cherry coffee cake I made three days ago, a slightly "tweaked" version of Anna's (and it stays moist!). I use this so often that it is one of the recipes I have taped to the inside of my most used kitchen cabinets.
... and I also have a book to read, vacuuming and laundry to begin (and the always growing sink full of dishes), and a grocery list to write with coupons to peruse. Better get started.