- Snowman Cocoa
Christmas is over and the tree and trappings are put away. We left twinkle lights up to keep things looking cozy until spring returns – someday. Today is January 1st and I am thinking about the new year to come. My resolutions seem to get fewer and simpler as I get older because I have learned that life seems to happen regardless of what my plan happens to be.
Be that as it may, some things don’t change. The massive piles of snow linger despite the 40 degree weather over several days. We keep a supply of Swiss Miss Dark Chocolate Sensation cocoa on hand (Don’t skimp and don’t substitute) and the teapot ready for a quick batch after digging and playing in the snow. We can also highly suggest some whip cream and shaved chocolate on the top. That always seems to thaw out the little snow people when they come in from the cold. It also makes a good ending to a busy day for Mom.
Civilization has reached rural Nebraska with the opening of a Starbucks within ten miles of home. “V” was thrilled to be the first one to inform me of its impending arrival and even more thrilled to know that I hadn’t heard the big news yet. Needless to say, he loaded my Starbucks card for my birthday and believes he is set for life as far as gift giving goes. Now I have my own Starbucks passport and am making my way through the array of roasts and flavors. Collecting stickers from each bag of beans. Can’t travel outside of the US, but I can go to Starbucks!
What is it about that simple green and white cup that brings peace to the soul and caffeine to the veins. Sometimes I just stand and breathe the air in Starbucks and find myself full of gratitude for the simple things in life.
Autumn Leaves By the Lake
Took a short drive to the lake to check out the fall colors. Looking for some consolation after taking the cover off the gazebo and moving the patio furniture inside. The patio looks pretty bare and the morning glories are tipped with black after a light frost last week.
I always love this time of year, when the leaves have finally changed and are full of color but the air is still warm. Soup and sweater weather. I always wish it would last longer, but it is fleeting. I am always grateful for the color and warmth before the cold weather arrives and look forward to its arrival next year.
We buy ALOT of apples and make a few trips to the local orchard. We have been known to hike over to the neighbors farm across the hill and swipe a few from their tree – but only every other year. The soup pot gets pulled out from its summer hiding place, and chicken noodle, chili, and stew are on the daily menu almost once a week. We drag out the hooded sweatshirts and sweaters for evenings that are crystal clear and cool.
- Railroad Trestle on Niobrara River
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Just something I wanted try – another item on the Bucket List.
We took a day trip to Niobrara to see the leaves turning color. Little did we know – Niobrara is not a deciduous area. For those of you who are familiar with some of our other trip adventures – the Idiots on Vacation (IOV’s) struck again.
Be that as it may, we did salvage the trip. We were able to stand on the highest point of Niobrara State park and see for miles and miles. We also had to hang onto the shelter pretty tight because it was REALLY windy up there! We also were able to see were the Missouri and Niobrara Rivers join. Pretty impressive. We hiked…yes, Hannah and I, nature girls that we are, participated…down to the old railroad trestle and hung out watching the currents and doing basically nothing. A gentle reminder that the best things in life are still free – or found for the price of a state park day pass.
Picked out the cabin that I want to visit. It overlooks the Missouri river from a screened in porch complete with heat, air, and electricity. My kind of camping. Just another place to hide out when things get crazy.
Enjoying the last few warm days of autumn with apples and turning leaves. We can highly recommend a batch of homemade applesauce to warm you up after a brisk walk.