And there was no solar gain yesterday at our off-the- grid house...so no baking, no running the vacuum, no using the washer or dryer. Lamps... only one at a time. Remember to turn off bathroom light when you leave. After days of sunshine and record high temperatures we are back to winter. It is dark early with the clouds obscuring the mountain top. Hoping my bare naked flower beds will survive without their protective mulch which I had already removed.
All my very well read literary friends assure me I will love it. Not sure exactly how to take that..Love it because it is really good or love it because I wouldn't know any better? It has been favorabley compared by at least one reviewer to Madeline L'Engle's, "A Swiftly Tilting Planet" which was a favorite of mine as a young adult, although my own children found it disturbing and refused to hear more of it when I tried to read it to them before they were probably old enough.
I am resisting the pressure to see the movie before I read the book, partly because I HATE SEEING THE MOVIE FIRST, and partly because I am sure my imagination will create a world that will be my very own.
I do have a stack of books waiting, however, so will choose one of them if our road is treacherous tomorrow. I just finished the book I mentioned in yesterday's post, and while it may not win any literary prizes, I thought the theme of transformation was well developed, and I really began to care enough about the characters, that I was sad when the book ended, which is always my standard for recommending a book.
Plus the descriptions of what was cooking, were delicious enough that I am planning to make some of the recipes.
This is what I am taking to a friend's house on Saturday (found not in the book, but on Pinterest.) originally from the April issue of House and Home but I found it at My Little Bungalow Blog with some good tips the author of this blog discovered while making it.
|Asparagus and Cheese Tart|
Green chile stew on the propane stove top requires no electricity so we had that for dinner. The oven, on the other hand, requires constant electricity to stay lit, so no yummy cheddar cheese biscuits to go with the stew.
And sure enough, Tuesday morning we woke up to 8" of snow that turned into a foot of snow by noon.
|Took photo at 8"|