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I just got an email today from Laura “ro ra” my stepdaughter who lives in Japan. Apparently it has snowed there recently and she sent me this photo of the Japanese sidewalks with warm water flowing out of them the melt the snow!!!!! Leave it to the Japanese to have created such an idea! With another wild winter weather forecast slated for tomorrow, we could sure use this kind of technology in the good Ol’ USA. Thanks”Ro Ra”!

“…WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT…

A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE WATCH AREA EARLY WEDNESDAY AND CONTINUE INTO WEDNESDAY NIGHT. SNOWFALL TOTALS OF 6 TO 10 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE WATCH AREA BY THE TIME THE SNOW WINDS DOWN LATER WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW… SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.” The National Weather Service

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Happy Groundhog Day

I wish you all the best this Ground Hog Day. I hope Punxsutawney Phil brings us spring soon. I’m sick of this winter weather, more snow, sleet and freezing rain for the weekend.

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Childhood comfort

This week has been incredibly stressful. I am so happy that tomorrow brings the arrival of February and soon my favorite holiday….Groundhog’s Day.

I love Groundhog’s Day, it is unpretentious. The day warrants for nothing. A brief anticipation of what Punxsutawney Phil will experience when he crawls out of hibernation….I know, I know! In Maine we have little of no expectations of Phil. All I know is that Winter is not yet over by far. So we all go back into hibernation and wait for spring….in the meantime this is dinner tonight. One my favorite recipes for a cold winter night! Homemade Chicken Tortellini Soup or Brodo. Enjoy! Make sure you have some good crispy bread to mop up every last bit!

INGREDIENTS

* 7 3/4 cups chicken broth
* 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
* 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon pepper
* 1 (9 ounce) package of fresh cheese tortellini
* 2 1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken

DIRECTIONS

In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, combine the broth, tomatoes, spinach, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Cook for 10 minutes; add the tortellini and chicken. Cook for 5 minutes or until tortellini is heated through.

After dinner we are booking our flights and accommodations to Italy…….wooo hooo!

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Life the way I see it.


Originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees

Well another Mad Monday is underway. After an uneventful weekend, I return to work to have to do a Monday Morning Fix. Don’t you hate it when others screw up something and you have to make it right?

I don’t want to rant, so I will start my week in a better outlook. Whenever I need a fix, I go to the wild…or rather into the wild. I find peace and serenity like no other in the wildlife. In fact the wild, or nature is therapeutic. After a cold and sunny start to the day, I drove a short distance from where I live, back to nature. I was inclined to spend the entire afternoon but the brisk temperature, drove me home to a warm reprieve. The beauty that surrounds me is surreal at times. These deer in the photo came to me in no time. Soon they were enjoying the saltiness of sunflowers seeds right out of my hands. The warmth of their tongues glued to my skin. A bit freakish a first, but an extreme and unexpected delight. Nature has a way of giving us what we need, when we need it. This spot is only about 300 yards away from where my Dad, passed away of a heart attack very suddenly in 1978. Whenever I am in this area I feel at peace, and these deer really added to the peacefulness of the day. The air was bitterly cold and windy but the sun filled the sky for the afternoon. I wonder if he had something to do with that? Thanks Dad!

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This is where I live…..a cold, barren, caught in winter’s deadly grip, wasteland. Yes it is beautiful, but today’s temps are hovering around the zero degree mark. Last night was a balmy -15 degrees F. It will not be Spring soon enough for me. I need some sun. I need a vacation to plan. Did I say a “vacation” to Italy or France perhaps?    hmmmmm    😉

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