Archive for December 23rd, 2011

Despite two rather large snow storms this fall – one over Halloween and the other right before Thanksgiving – it has been an unusually mild fall and early winter here in New England.  Earlier this week temperature were mostly in the high 40’s and the prospects for a white Christmas were slim.

However, as if right on schedule, we had a nice snow fall over night with about six inches of snow that added a holiday hue to everything.  The forecast is calling for a little more snow tonight and temperatures well below freezing until after Christmas – which means we will have a white Christmas after all.

As Lost Cowboy fans know, I have an irrational fear of winter weather.  However, I was so happy to see the snow in time for Christmas.  So happy in fact, I jumped right outside this morning and built a good old fashioned snow man to keep watch in the yard.

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Thanks to everyone who has been asking for an update on my paper whites experiment.  I moved the mason jars with the cranberries and paper white bulbs to the kitchen window and they have grown quite a bit.

I was hoping for blossoms by Christmas day, which may just happen as I the blossom sprouts are starting.  But I think I started too late and may see the blossoms for New Year‘s Day.  Anyway, I woke this morning to a stunning wintry backdrop for these holiday plants. 

The plants are hard to see in this picture, but you can get a sense for the growth, and more importantly, you can see what is shaping up to be a white Christmas here in Carroll County New Hampshire.

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HOLIDAY FIND:

The holiday market at Holley New York’s Hurd Orchards.

GIFT WE WANT:

“Almost Famous – the Bootleg Cut” recently released on Blu-Ray DVD for the first time.

WAY TO GIVE BACK:

Help a child smile for the first time by buying a holiday gift in support of Operation Smile.