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Snow, snow, snow! 
Nov. 12, 2013 1:36 pm 
Updated: Nov. 22, 2013 3:28 am
If you live in Northeast Ohio you know it's going to snow eventually.  Sometimes it snows sooner than others, and sometimes it's still snowing in May.  Well - last night was our first real snow of the season!  It started out raining, but by the time I let Suzy out for her final border patrol around the yard, it was beginning to be snow and sticking on the deck railing.  We woke up to about an inch and a half - with more expected.  The trees were all white and it was like walking in a winter-wonderland out to the car.

I hate to admit it - but I love the snow.  At least for the first couple weeks.  Then I'd be happy to see it disappear; as long as we get a white Christmas.  This year I was ready for the snow - I beat Old Man Winter to the punch!  Leaves were all duly blown away off the grass and firewood stacked to the rafters in the basement with enough more stacked outside for fires all winter long.  Enough for several winters in fact, thanks to the great old white oak that grew tired of standing sentinel at the edge of our woods and crashed to the ground last year.  I not only got a new roof, new siding, new walkway, new window, new satellite dish, and new corner of the garage but we also got plenty of firewood for our fireplace.  Jon had winterized the camper on Sunday and covered up the air conditioner.  Yup! We were ready! 

I also had my stock of Christmas tea purchased from the West Side Market. I pulled my trusty teapot down from the shelf and got it all cleaned up and ready to go.  Nothing better than to come home from work on a blustery day and have a "spot of tea".  All day at work I kept thinking of my special tea at home.  When I finally got home I heated up my water and filled my tea ball with the Christmas tea.  It smells heavenly!  It is a mixture of black and green teas with just a hint of spice, orange, vanilla - all the wonderful scents of Christmas!  I carried my steaming mug to the living room and sat down, ready to unwind and enjoy my tea.  Immediately my lap was full of a big yellow cat and a huge, slobbery black lab!  I managed to set my mug aside and after I received the exuberant welcome home complete with wet, sloppy kisses from Suzy, I enjoyed my tea.  I do believe that half hour was the best half hour of my day!  I'm already thinking of the repeat tomorrow.
Nov. 12, 2013 1:57 pm
Mother Ann, that does sound wonderful. I love the way you describe things. We have our wood all cut, and the wood stove is hopping right now. Nothing like the smell of a wood fire. Like you I enjoy a quite time with my dog also, my cat is not such a warm one. Your tea sounds good, is it you own recipe?
Nov. 12, 2013 2:16 pm
Sounds just Heavenly! Great words to paint a cozy picture! I did shudder at the Suzy Slobber though! My MIL bought me a teapot for my birthday in September and I have never been a tea drinker, but now I am... cup of Earl Grey with lemon and honey including a lap full of the two cats...Heaven! need to find that tea of yours... sounds awesome ! enjoy the snow...! great read!
Nov. 12, 2013 2:26 pm
manella - I love the smell of a wood fire! No, the tea is from a vendor at the West Side Market in Cleveland- City Roast Coffee & Tea. They only have it available a short time.
Nov. 12, 2013 2:29 pm
Terry - Thank you! Suzy really isn't as much a slobbery kisser as just a wet kisser! She loves to give kisses. I would prefer she keep the kisses off the face, though. :) I love Earl Grey! Not sure if this tea is available anywhere except from this company. I wonder if you can order online from them? They're called City Roast Coffee and they're out of Cleveland, Ohio.
Nov. 12, 2013 2:51 pm
Thanks!...checking it out now! Sounds so good!
Nov. 12, 2013 7:45 pm
So far we've just had freezing rain. I love Earl Grey tea and find Stash brand is almost as good as the expensive blend at the coffee shop.
Nov. 13, 2013 3:19 am
BSM: I've never heard of Stash brand. I'll have to check it out. I'd much rather have snow than freezing rain.
Nov. 13, 2013 4:51 am
Love that you see all the good that came from your tree falling. By the way, we had a pleasant weekend a last month at Put-in-Bay. We bicycled around and enjoyed the fall views. Most things were closed for the season. I can see that it would be a crazy place in the summer!
Nov. 13, 2013 7:40 am
Yikes! We had flurries here yesterday! Sure gets our holiday spirit in high gear! It is tradition for us to make a batch of chocolate chip cookies on the day of the first snow fall. Didn't amount to anything and lasted maybe 10 minutes but a tradition is a tradition after all! Great reminder to tune up the snow thrower!
Nov. 13, 2013 8:25 am
Man am I glad I'm in El Paso, Tx! I lived 9 years in Mass. & that snow was only "fun" the first 2 years. The cold didn't bother me much back then, but I sure don't like it now. I don't envy you poor souls dealing with the jobs of clearing sidewalks, driveways, your car, etc. I guess I'm just too old for all that work, but good luck to you all!
Nov. 13, 2013 1:10 pm
Indiana Peggy - glad you got to PIB! It does get crazy there in the summer!
Nov. 13, 2013 1:11 pm
WFDM - I love your tradition! Today at a workshop as we introduced ourselves we had to tell if we liked winter and why. I said I don't really like winter, except for snow days (I work at a school)! That isn't totally true, though, as I do like the snow... for a little while, it is so pretty.
Nov. 13, 2013 1:14 pm
Scootersandi - I would miss not having cold, blustery days, though I am starting to tire of the shoveling sooner than I used to.
Nov. 13, 2013 5:31 pm
Mother Ann, we were supposed to get snow but the forecast changed again and again. My sister moved to FL and never fails to tell me how much she LOVES it there. I'm with you, I like the snow it means no weeding.
Nov. 13, 2013 8:14 pm
Hi Mother Ann! What a relaxing way to spend time when you get home from work. The tea with orange and vanilla flavors sounds heavenly. Drinking hot tea always reminds me of my mom. She loved hot tea on a cold day.
Nov. 14, 2013 2:56 am
Cat - I'll keep my changing seasons, I like them all - but Fall is my favorite. No weeding, no mowing, no leaves - chance of a snow day.... I'll take it! :)
Nov. 14, 2013 2:57 am
Lela - I think it's important to spend even just a half hour doing nothing but relaxing. Must be why I have low/normal blood pressure. And there's nothing like a cup of hot tea in the afternoon.
At Home in the Kitchen 
Nov. 14, 2013 12:09 pm
Mother Ann, Just loving that hour of the day when work is done and our animals join us in a "cuppa". I'm particularly grateful today for my cancer doctor's great report (6 1/2 years later). Also enjoying lovely central California Coast weather of 65 degrees and sunshine. Love to the animals from my girl kitties.
Nov. 14, 2013 3:08 pm
At Home in the Kitchen - Congrats on your positive report from the doc! Oh how I wish it was 65 degrees here!! My boy kitties would love your girl kitties!! And I'm pretty sure Suzy would love them, too. :)
Nov. 14, 2013 7:18 pm
We had snow in Charlotte, NC last night. I got my grand daughter up to see it so she had to make a snowball, all she could gather was a snowball the size of a quarter. We got a picture of it, poor thing went to bed just knowing that there would be no school this morning. A very disappointed 10 year old complained all the way to the bus stop, and I did a happy dance that I don't live in NJ anymore ! I enjoy my tea without the white stuff. :)
Nov. 15, 2013 3:13 am
Nana to ten: That reminds me of when I was about 10 and lived in Louisville, KY - it started to snow and was sticking on the ground so we got sent home. My mother had a hard time believing they closed school for a mere inch of snow; we were from NE Ohio and knew what a real snow storm was like!
Nov. 15, 2013 2:50 pm
Funny how the south views snow. When we moved to NC from NJ we had 5" of snow and school was cancelled for FIVE days. I was shoveling the snow when my neighbor asked why I was shoveling, I looked at him like he was nuts, he just laughed and said "Honey, God put it here, God will take it away!" I put up my never-to-be-used again and went inside! We have laughed about that snow storm for about 40 years.
Nov. 16, 2013 6:16 am
We had the snow, too! It was a beautiful snowy morn - and it was gone quickly!
Nov. 16, 2013 6:21 am
Nana to ten - LOL! That is funny - and funny how different areas view snow differently...
Nov. 16, 2013 6:21 am
midwestchef - I love your avatar! :) Our snow hung around a few days, I'm sure we'll both get more!!
Nov. 21, 2013 4:47 am
We do get some snow here in my corner of AZ-but not much & not for long, so it's kinda nice. Have you tried the Constant Comment tea-it sounds similar to the Christmas Tea, and it's available year-round. I've been hitting the coffee pretty heavy lately-need to get back to my "lighter" teas! Thanks for the reminder. And hugs to your furbabies!
Nov. 22, 2013 3:28 am
goodeats - I must have described this Christmas Tea perfectly for a tea lover to "get" what it's like! I think it is very similar to Constant Comment, a tea I do love.
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I've been married for 32 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have a black lab that gets to go duck hunting with dad, 2 cats, 2 cockatiels. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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