The ice cold weather is here to stay through the beginning of next week. We have not had such an extensive and harsh freeze for a number of years, so we are trying to adjust. I do not go outside except to grab a quick photo from the dock, or to fill the bird feeders. We check the mail every other day and sometimes even every third day. The roads are not dangerous, but any time spent outdoors is.
Yesterday the brutal winds returned and I am sure they reached peaks of thirty miles per hour. At least the clouds let the sun throw nice shadows. Of course, a cloudless sky means bitter nights. My heater kicks on often and I worry about its age and the amount of fuel left in our tank outside.
So we sit around the wood fireplace and hibernate like two old bears. I clean out the leftovers in the refrigerator and make hearty soups and stir-fry meals in the old wok.
I spend afternoons baking as we crave the carbs.
I actually have time to scour the Internet and old cookbooks for challenging recipes, because I am not going anywhere and thus not rushing home.
AND of course, I have to exercise more regularly, because even though these calories keep me warm, they also keep me fat!