Well, it took a while, but winter finally arrived here in Ohio. It began snowing last Sunday night, and we woke up to 13″ blanketing everything.
Fortunately, when The Engineer started working out of town a lot, I made him buy me a small snowblower. Our old one, “Gilson,” was huge, difficult to start, heavy, and ancient. So naturally, there’s someone with a website devoted entirely to the machines. Judging from the pictures and my own faulty memory, I’d guess ours was from the 70s.
Our new one is a little Toro.
Other than the snow, it was a normal week — work, go to the library, visit Mom, walk with friends. But on my library visit, I got one of these.
We also cleaned out the fridge and all three freezers. Yes, I’m aware three freezers seems a bit excessive, but one is for freezing bee frames we take out of the hive (to kill wax moth and beetle larvae). And one is the small one below the refrigerator.
I won’t tell you how many packs of lamb chops and sausage we have, nor how many packages of cheese.
Okay, it was more than thirty packs of cheese, all right? Even I know that’s excessive, but Aldi sometimes has really good varieties of cheddar, and I always pick up a few when they do because their prices are about $3 cheaper than anywhere else.
Clearly, there’s no need for that in the immediate future.
Equally obvious is the need for me to start cooking with sausage and chops on a regular basis. Consequently, tonight we will be dining on delicious black bean and chorizo soup with crusty bread (which leaves only three more packages of chorizo, plus all that Italian sausage!).
Enough about my eccentric buying habits. Let’s talk about the bees. When it’s this cold, most bees cluster together in the hive to stay warm.
Today, we got round two, probably another 6″ of snow.
Eventually, we had to get Toro out again (even though it’s still snowing) or I might not be able to make it out of the drive to go to work tomorrow.
And, oh yes, we’re expecting more snow tomorrow — 3-6″ if my weather app is correct.