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Waking up this past Saturday morning to our first winter wonderland this season, our puppy Betty was not sure what to make of it. This was her first snow storm with measurable snow. She went out with her big sister Shirley but quickly returned to us on the front porch. Not sure what the issue was, maybe how it felt on her feet, but she sat watching Shirley for a couple minutes. Eventually she slowly made her way back down, taking off after Shirley, running in the snow, scooping it up with her face and rolling in snow as she and Shirley played. She wasn’t sure where this came from when last she was out just a few hours prior it had not been there but decided wow this is fun! They both enjoyed their play time outside each time they went out.
We were all able to stay in during the snow storm, enjoying the beauty of it. We had a fire going in the family room fireplace, that even the girls found cozy after playing outside. Bret made breakfast, experimenting with some carmakized pecan crusted bacon that was delicious, served with french toast and fruit. I made potato soup for lunch that Bret’s mom thought sounded good on a cold winter’s day (and it was). For dinner we had an Asian pork tenderloin with rice and bok choy. We do like to have family meals together, but it is not often that we have time to have three homemade meals in one day. It was nice and enjoyable. I love to cook, while Bret likes the taste testing. We both enjoy experimenting with new dishes from various cuisines.
The snow day gave us time to get the rest of the Christmas decorations put away. The house always looks so plain and empty after the decorations are put away. Though we do put up decorations for the various seasons and holidays, there are never as many as at Christmas.
A couple posts ago we mentioned the wreath on the front door that a that wren decided to sleep in the center of it. After flying into the house one day when we opened the door, I had added some picks of greenery to fill in the center. Having done so, we thought the wren had found a new spot in one of the many trees or wren houses all over our property. Just last week, Bret spotted the wren nestled in one of the loops of the wreaths bow, butt sticking out, head tucked in. All this time and we were outsmarted by a wren. We waited till the wren left to take the wreath down not wanting to risk it flying into the house again, though we had been using the door all along. Catching it once without hurting it was tricky enough, not sure it would be so lucky if there was a second time. We’re sure it has found a new cozy location nearby. With the bird feeders replenished regularly, it surely stayed close by knowing it has a food source through the winter.