Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Holy Moly!

Part of my morning routine is to read the newspapers online in the morning (my answer to NOT having a daily newspaper in San Miguel). So yesterday I chuckled when I saw that a "cold front" had hit Houston and it was going to be in the 50's! I remember how we used to look forward to that so we could wear our "winter" clothes and maybe a coat....which seldom happened more then ten times a season......

Well, I'm NOT chuckling today, because THAT cold front hit here with high winds that started about 5:30AM, and add to that rain. YUK! It's down to 54 INSIDE the house. So I've been scurrying around like a squirrel storing nuts - moving the loveseat from in front of the fireplace and replacing it with the chaise next to the fireplace; gathering firewood from outside; checking to make sure there are NO bird's nests in the chimney (ah, I learned THAT lesson the hard way); hooking up the electric blanket and getting the space heaters out of the bodega. Yup, that's what we use. Fireplace, electric blanket and space heaters. Trust me it does NOT equal central heating.

You can imagine if it is 54 inside the house now that it might be a little colder tonight - so NOW I'm ready...........

Something weird happens to me the first cold day - I always want to cook! Is it some inherited trait? So far this morning, amidst everything else, I made a meatloaf, rice, purple hull peas, corn bread and homemade vanilla pudding - ah, I see "comfort food".........who the heck is going to eat all this I have no idea! Guess I'll have to call my son and new daughter-in-law to come over ...........

Wish we had the "turning of the leaves" but what I have is the 10 ft high poinsetta bush turning red on the tips and some unknown plant that has orange poker things turns orange which the butterflies LOVE......oh yes, forgot to mention the butterflies are coming through in goodly numbers heading to the fir forests three hours south of here. I wonder how many will get there this year? They'll hibernate til March............

What are you doing to get ready for fall and cold weather?

2 comments:

Billie said...

It is the same here. I always think about cooking when it turns cold....oyster stew or bean soup and jalapeno cornbread or chili. Something hearty and comforting.

Babs said...

I'm coming to YOUR house for chili and jalapeno cornbread.......or bean soup........you can come to mine!