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Have You Had Enough Yet??!! 
Feb. 18, 2014 5:21 am 
Updated: Feb. 23, 2014 12:54 pm

Depends on what you mean exactly.... Have you had enough cold? YES!  Have you had enough snow? YES!  Have you had enough snow days?  No, Not Really!  I love snow days!  A couple weeks ago we had 3 days off and when we finally returned to work/school I was amazed at all of my co-workers who stated they were glad to be back, they had been SOOOO bored.  What??  They obviously did not have a Mother like me - I learned very early on that it was not a good thing to be bored, or at least to say you were bored.  Mom would find something for you to do - things called Chores.  I think that's how I became such a "book-worm".  If I was reading, I was not bored.  And what kind of mother would make their child put a book down and clean their room? 

Anyways - here I sit - once again ready to enjoy an unexpected day off, though this year these days off are becoming expected.  Even the superintendent, who is in his first year and stated back in August how he could not wait to call his first snow day - has begun to sound a little "ho-hum, here we go again"  in his blast calls.  This morning he sounded pretty jovial, almost giddy (it had been a few days since he got to call school off).  Once he stated his name (no need for that anymore, dear superintendent, we all recognize your voice by now), he told us all to put our pj's back on and an extra pair of socks to keep our feet warm - it was cold outside."  I love a boss with a sense of humor.

When I let Suzy out this morning I knew I'd be getting that call - we have quite the yard full of snow!  Poor Suzy had to spin around in circles to clear a place to do her business, while the cats stared out the window chuckling, very glad they are pampered cats and have a bathroom downstairs where it is warm and dry. 

Saturday as we headed to a local winery to celebrate Jake's birthday (our son-in-law) we commented how we have become used to the cold.  Nineteen degrees felt like a heat wave!  Kristal did a great job preparing a wonderful array of munchies for us all to enjoy while listening to some great live music, drinking wine and just having a great time.  Jake is a twin, so the band sang Happy Birthday to both him and his twin brother, Jason.  Kristal made spice cake cupcakes, Jake's favorite.  Everyone had fun and it was a great way to celebrate a 29th birthday.   

Sunday morning Jon and I were meeting friends for a Sunday Brunch Buffet.  This group of friends are our "school friends".  These are the friends we made when our kids were in school and we were involved in all those parent groups that support the kids' sports, etc.  We spent many hours with these people in the bleachers, the library at meetings, concession stands, etc., etc., so it was only natural we became friends and soon we were getting together after these school events.  Usually about every six weeks or so we would plan a get-together, but then all our kids graduated and time started slipping away.  A few weeks ago I ran into one of the women from this group and we agreed it had been way too long since we all got together; thus the Brunch Buffet date was planned.  The eight of us spent a few hours catching up on news, laughing, and of course, eating.  We ate so much that Jon and I just ate a small bowl of soup and cooked a hot dog in our fireplace for dinner.  Cooking those hot dogs sure brought back a lot of memories from when our kids were small.  Back then we would have winter picnics.  I would make potato salad, baked beans, and we would all cook our hot dogs in the fire.  We would watch a movie and have a nice cozy, snowed-in family day.  I miss those days.

Yesterday was President's Day and I did not have to work.  When I began working at the school, 24 years ago, I became friends with the school psychologist.  She then became the high school guidance counselor and I became the guidance secretary so we were still working together.  She retired a few years ago, but we are still close friends and keep in touch.  She called Sunday night and asked if I could meet for breakfast on Monday.  How fun is meeting someone for breakfast?  We met and sat and talked until almost lunch time!  On my way home from there, Federico called.  He always knows when I have days off and finds something that he needs my help with at the restaurant.  I spent a couple hours at the restaurant and then headed home.  I had planned to cook a nice meal so I had to get busy to have it ready by dinner time.

I was making chicken cacciatore to serve over rice.  I also had a small carrot cake with cream cheese icing for dessert.  I love this chicken recipe and so does Jon.  I make it in my cast-iron skillet and there's enough for two meals for us.  When we buy wine at wineries I always make notes on the tasting sheets and save them so I know what wines I bought to go with what types of food.  So often we would go to a winery, taste the wine and buy a bottle with the plan of drinking it with a certain meal.  But by the time we got home we would forget what wines we bought for what meals.  It took me a while to come up with the idea of making notes and saving them, but it works great.  I grabbed a bottle off the rack and looked for that winery's sheet in my collection.  The sheet was missing!  Somewhere in the dark recesses of my little mind I had a vague recollection of standing at a tasting bar and saying "This would taste great with that chicken cacciatore we like so well!"   A quick check on the sheets that I did have did not show any notes to that effect, so I took a chance and decided this was the bottle I meant.  Jon opened the bottle and poured a small amount.  We figured if it wasn't the one, we could save it and drink it on it's own; maybe in the hot tub later.   Turns out this wine was perfect with our meal!  The subtle sweetness was perfect with the spice of the chorizo.  It went so well we drank the whole bottle!

Later, after we had enjoyed a piece of carrot cake we decided to hit the hot tub.  It is so relaxing to sit in the hot tub and see the woods covered in a blanket of snow, bare branches swaying in the breeze.  It has never ceased to amaze me how we can sit outside in 20 degree temperatures and not be cold.  At least until we climb out and run for the house! 

So here I am today, another "surprise" day off.  I don't have to cook as it's Tuesday and Tuesday is restaurant day for us.  I don't want to bake anything - I made chocolate chip cookies on Sunday and we still have some of those left for munching.  I think I'll read today; with a warm beverage and maybe even a fire in the fireplace to keep me warm.

Feb. 18, 2014 8:57 am
Sorry I skimmed. I'm painting the basement floor. Yep, snow days work for me! I love a boring day, it means nothing went wrong!!!!! And to not be bored go clean something or organize it before Spring hits. I know those who live in hospitable climes all year round don't quite understand how we might find our weather usable and there have been so many that have suffered this weather with Mother Nature's blast but here it has been a time to clean the inside of the house before the warm breezes of Spring get me outside tending to the weeds just waiting to spring forth and overwhelming my perfect gardening year :)
Feb. 18, 2014 8:57 am
YEAH!!! The avatars are back :)(:
Feb. 18, 2014 9:24 am
Good morning Cat! You are far more ambitious than I, I would rather "play" than clean... ;) And yes, between Mother Nature and Father Time this has been one heck of a long winter!! Hurray for our avatars!!
Feb. 18, 2014 12:42 pm
Well, I envy you your wineries but by golly since 1/1 I have been on a cleaning crusade here. And yes, hurray AR fixed the problem!!
Feb. 19, 2014 1:40 pm
What a nice glimpse into your life. You sound content.
Feb. 19, 2014 4:23 pm
Indiana Peggy - I would agree - I am very content with my life.
Feb. 19, 2014 6:20 pm
Hey MA, loved the read as I was shivering to my very soul! Here in SC we have gone from a winter storm last tuesday to 79 degrees today and to top it all off an earthquake on friday!! Stay warm ! Im so ready for spring!
Feb. 20, 2014 2:56 am
Terry - yesterday was a heat wave here as well, we had low 40's. I don't think we had an earthquake! Spring can't get here fast enough!
Feb. 23, 2014 7:59 am
Good Morning Mother Ann! It is nice weather here in Colorado. I am waiting for the big Spring snow we usually get in March or sometimes in April. I went to Olive Garden the other day and had a glass of wine. I don't know what my husband and I were thinking-when the waiter gave us a taste of the wine it seemed fine. However, he had to get a new bottle. The wine was carbonated. It was a roscato. I am not sure what I think of it.
Feb. 23, 2014 12:54 pm
Hi Lela! It's not too bad today here in NE Ohio; yesterday was beautiful sunshining and close to 50. Haven't been to Olive Garden in ages. Last night we opened a bottle of raspberry sweet wine to go with a raspberry/chocolate cheesecake and it was just beginning to "turn". I had been saving this wine to go with this particular cheesecake so we drank it anyways. It still tasted fine, just had a very slight carbonation - most people would not even had noticed it. Glad we opened it when we did - another couple weeks and we would not have wanted it. That would be a shame!
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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.
My cooking tragedies
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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