December Skies

Each day, our temperatures seem to be bottoming out lower and lower.  This is scary for those with meager income…I cannot imagine living without our wonderful woodstove, but I know many folks cannot have a stove or are shivering in their homes, unwilling to turn the thermostat up.

While the cold can present some problems, it has made the atmospheric conditions perfect for photographs!

These photos were taken mostly this morning with the exception of the sunset this afternoon.

A Run to Snow Country

 Everyone who lives in or near New York State knows that Buffalo(and points south)  have always been considered the “armpit of the state” when it comes to winter weather.(Snow. Snow. Snow!)  I will never forget when I worked in New York City.  One day, my boss called me into his office.  Fearfully wondering what I did wrong, I walked into the office only to have my boss roar with laughter as he related a story he heard on the news the night before.  It seems the City of Buffalo was sending their copious amounts of snow by railway to my hometown to dump into the Chadakoin River.

The reason Buffalo is the brunt of many a joke is because it sits on Lake Erie.  As the cold northwest winds blow in from Canada,  moisture is picked up passing over the lake  and then drops down on Buffalo and the Southtowns in the form of snow.  It isn’t a mystery and it usually is a pretty sure thing in the winter.

Mark found a(nother) snowmobile that was for sale in “Snow Country”, so yesterday we took a ride to pick it up.  We now have three sleds that cost less than one brand new one would run. 

I took a few photos along the way…some out of the window, and some more out and about.  As you will see, the snow offers such a wonderful backdrop!


How’s that for a title?  Let me tell you, that is precisely how life feels right now.  Every day, it seems there is some new plot/ploy/scheme in which I am conned into playing!  Well, it isn’t that bad, really, as it sure beats sitting around like a couch tater!

Yesterday afternoon, I got to meet in person a blog friend who lives not too far from my home!  We got together at one of her favorite places to eat, called Simply Crepes. 

 I was about ten minutes late for our one o’clock meet, but let me tell you, Jeanne and I chatted away like we’ve known each other for ages!  We giggled and laughed and ate the most incredibly delicious crepes!

Jeanne selected a tasty-looking Thai Beef Crepe….

While I opted for (yeah, Mrs. Spicy….that’s me!) a Buffalo chicken crepe.  It was fabulous! Mmmm!

I love the decor in this store. I am always trying to do the umexpected when it comes to decor.  For me to walk into a room full of furniture in which everything matches perfectly,  I feel like I am in a showroom.  I *like* mismatched pieces and feel much more at home with styles and designs that might just contradict one another.  (I am sure there must be a test somewhere that would analyze such characteristics!)  When I looked up and saw crossbraces supporting the floor above the ceiling with chandeliers hanging below,  I really, really liked this place!

A cozy mantel, complete with  fireplace just added so much to the atmosphere!

I love the red and gold Christmas theme placed on the mantle as well!

Our waitress was a delight. She was amazed Jeanne and I were meeting for the first time and she laughed and had fun right along with us! Now, where might the photo of Jeanne and me be? Oops! For that, you need to take a peek at Jeanne’s blog ! Yes, although I had my Nikon with me, Jeanne was more forward thinking in having our very accommodating waitress snap a shot of the two of us!

This meeting was such a treat!  Jeanne was the same in person as she is in her blog….a personable, caring, sharing person!  And the best part?  Well…this just might become a tradition!