Book Review: Of Wind and Winter (Tale 1 of the Snow Queen), by Danyelle Leafty: Aneira is 9 years old when she is kidnapped by Baba Yaga, and if she ever hopes to see her family again, she must help the witch. What starts out sounding like a straightforward task soon becomes complicated, for everyone… Continue reading Of Wind and Winter (Tale 1 of the Snow Queen)
Book Review: The Christmas Pony – Kristen D. Randle Xan (Alexandra) lives on a rescue horse farm, where horses and children get second chances. She has a warm, loving family, but she is restless and unhappy, yearning for something bigger in her life than unrequited love and dealing with her family and incompetent ranch hands.… Continue reading The Christmas Pony
On several of my fall field trips out at the GSL Shorelands Preserve, we saw Woollybear Caterpillars with wide red-orange stripes around their bodies. This is supposed to mean that there will be a long, cold winter. Well, those caterpillars may know something: this past weekend we were hit with a huge snowstorm. I was… Continue reading Let It Snow
It's definitely a winter wonderland out there. It's been snowing all day, with 5 to 10 inches expected where we live. It's also very cold. Do I really want to see what is in my mailbox today? Hmmm. I am glad I don't have to go anywhere! Meanwhile, I am wrapping presents, getting cards ready… Continue reading It’s Snowing!
I don’t enjoy driving. Just the idea of strapping yourself into a tin can and shooting along a narrow pathway at seventy-plus miles an hour, all the while keeping watch out your mirrors for the other cars (and don’t forget potential debris in your lane), is unnerving. Let’s not even mention that road conditions often… Continue reading Driving
A big storm moved in this past weekend, dumping about 5 inches of snow on us. A very kind neighbor brought his Bobcat over last night and shoveled snow out of everyone’s driveway down our street. By morning we had another 3 inches, so we spent a few hours this morning shoveling off the patios… Continue reading More Snow? Oh, No!
This is a day of fog and icy roads, a day when I am bundled into a thick sweatshirt, wondering why I moved from sunny southern California. The mountains are shrouded in pale white. I can barely see the trees in the orchard behind my house. All that remains are ghostly shapes and twisted branches. … Continue reading A Day of Fog and Ice