When I booked a trip away from home months in advance, I couldn’t predict the weather… but here it is and I am getting ready for a ride to the airport and a flight to where it is “warmer” than the great upper Midwest pictured here.
If you guess the tropics or the beach, you might be surprised. Warm to me is around or about 32°F. This winter is especially brutal.
Back home and the snow came down in February to set an all time record of the most snow in recorded memory. And so my trip began in a snow storm…
On the return trip the plane circled the airport for a time while the landing strip was plowed. Then we landed safely. The disembarkment was slightly delayed. The outer doors were frozen shut. Oh, yes. Home again!
Today’s temperature with the wind chill “Feels like -25°F/-21°C”. The effects of travel have me sidelined until jet lag wears off. My car is under several feet of snow from the storms that passed through the Upper Midwest. I have not dared to look at it. And the winter continues…
Instead here’s a little look at my visit. This was my welcome meal, which was really delicious, especially the homemade sauce! Don’t ask about the recipe. My questions are answered with generalities.
My friends are kind and gracious hosts, who freely tell me that they eat local foods from farmers and grow their own too, There are long discussions over the next days about their remodeling of their house and the green heating system that they have installed. They have worked together to build their barn, which they designed together. Recently they built a sunroom onto the house. More on that and their plans in another post.
Everyday they go for a long walk with their dog and a neighbor’s dog after the horses have been groomed and blanketed to be let outside to feed. On the first day we all went together to a nearby lake and walked around it.
The trail rises and falls around the lake and it is a good work out. Clearly my sitting around at home was a disadvantage. I needed a hand over some of the rocky and steep parts of the trail.
Living in the country! Take a guess where this is? It looks like where I grew up and a little like the Northland.
Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.
Have a peaceful and creative day wherever you find yourself.