Monday, March 31, 2008

Spring in the Flint HIlls

Wow! The day was fantastic, at 8:00 that is! The sun was shining brightly and the rain drenched yard sparkled! Here are the Tete-a-Tete Daffodills in my front yard. They even bloomed before the grape hyacinths!

By lunch time today, it was terrifically cold!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Yum. Homemade Italian Bread!
Ah, the smell of homemade bread.

A sense of accomplishment. The perfect dough; an easy recipe; a lovely warm afternoon to bake bread...

Please note that one should always make sure that the oven is perfectly clean! Last weekend I baked a chocolate cake and I accidentally turned it upside down on the oven. It was a perfect cake, it came right out of the pan... onto the oven door... and it continued to bake right there on the door. After I trashed the cake, washed down the oven, I actually baked another cake!

For some reason today, the washing wasn't enough because the smoke alarm squealed as the oven heated up. The bread went in, then I spent the better part of 30 minutes fanning the smoke alarm, assuring the cats that everything was okay -- they were going nuts! -- and opening up the house. Boy, am I glad that it was 50 plus degrees this afternoon!

I would say that the bread turned out great, but my head hurts... Maybe I should have a slice of hot bread and butter... mmmmm...

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Snow covered gnomes...
next to a sprinkler.

And this one is so bored with the snow... (note the little one in the crook of the tree?)
When is there going to be spring and sunshine...
Only 20 days to the first day of Spring... March 21.
These pictures were taken last weekend, Sunday morning. Today, the temperature was 68 degrees and there is NO MORE SNOW!!! Yahoo!
Valentine's Day
Ah, this is a late posting.

Valentine's Day was February 14, 2008.

We had a dinner date in Alma, Kansas at Deb's Cafe. Candlelight. Formal table cloth and decorations. Candy. Sweet treats.

A gift: candy in a Lenox China candy dish. A dozen red roses. And a wonderful card.

Sigh. This is a picture of the last three roses as they sit on the counter. The pretty red and white doily was made by a friend.