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Each Day Is New-Winter Blahs

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There is always something happening in my life or those around me, but I haven’t been motivated to write recently.  But…..the….thoughts….are slowly….coming to me now.

It has been a little depressing to see the effects of the economy hitting some of our friends.  Only yesterday, a neighbor lost his job at Chesapeake Energy.  The guys working in a downstairs office had to close his business.  People I know even more personally are losing home, cars and they don’t know where to turn. 

We should thank God every day that we have a job and count it as blessed to get up early and go to work. Actually, we do pray at our company for God to direct and guide us during these troubling times. 

I have not been going into the office on Friday for some time.  My husband and I have been using this day to run errands, have lunch together or chill out.  I have been married to Mr Basil for 47 years and I love him more everyday. 

This was a very rambling blog, but I have broken my silence and spoken.  More will follow later.

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Each Day Is New–Snow and More Snow

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Snow is beautiful, but…………….  On Tuesday evening, after a lot of snow, the rain started and then freezing temperatures.  This is not good.  I looked out our family room window and our shrubs looked like glass and the trees were like crystal.  In some respect, they were beautiful.

Mr. B and I were tried and actually headed off to bed around 9:30pm.  We didn’t figure we could do anything to stop the snow and we might as well go to sleep.  We had just dozed off when we heard a loud boom and the electric went off.  We have heard this noise before and knew it was the transformer on the electric pole.  This happened on Tuesday, the 27 th.

Little did we know that thousands of other people were experiencing the same thing.  Huge pine trees that line our street just couldn’t take the weight of the ice and they were on top of the electric lines and would stay there until Friday, the 30th.

We had family nearby with electric and heat and they were more than glad to let us stay with them a few days.  We were inconvenienced, but we had a place to stay.

It is during the crisis that communities and families really reach out.  Neighbors in our sub-division with electric reached out to others  & offered shelter.  We were able to take our  frozen food and keep it in someones freezer. 

We returned home on Friday and our neighbor offered to shovel our drive-way and has delivered our newspaper to our door each day.  Several people knew my husband was very sick during this time and they called to see if we needed anything.

Through this crisis I began to think about all the people who have no home and live in shelters every night.  They are at the mercy of someone giving them a coat that may even be the wrong size, but they are glad to get it.  They have to depend on someones generosity in preparing them a hot meal.   Being cold in the winter is no option for some people.  It was just an inconvenience for me and I need to thank God every day for my blessings.

Granny’s Snow Cream

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I am reposting an earlier blog entry today.  We have a huge snowfall here in West Virginia today and I am thinking of my Granny Woodrum.

Earlier Post from 2007

I can remember being at Granny Woodrum’s house and the first big snow of the season was on the ground.  Everyone was so excited and we would pull back the curtains to view the white that covered the ground and trees. 

This was a time of celebration!  It is time for Snow Ice Cream.  Granny had a blue porcelin bowl that would be brought out to mix the ingredients.  She would mix Carnation milk, sugar and vanilla in the bowl and give it several good stirs with a whisk.

For the rest of the ingredients, we have to put on our coats, hats and boots.  We are actually going outside a find a good clean place to gather snow and add it to the bowl of ingredients.  ***Granny always reminded us to not get snow that looked yellow.  The yellow snow meant there was dog pee in that spot***.  lol

We would go back in the house and we would all enjoy a wonderful treat that came with the first snow fall.  Granny always did know how to make memories that would be with me for years to come. 

I wish Granny would still be around and we would share some Snow Cream when the first snow arrives this winter.

WV Snow, Sledding and Cocoa

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We had a hill out back of our house in Lincoln Co, WV that would come alive with laughter when the snow was deep enought to sleigh ride.  Basil would build a big bondfire in the middle of a large field and all the kids and neighbors were ready to have some fun. 

Everyone was bundled up with two pair of pants, toboggans, gloves and heavy coats.  Even the mom’s and dad’s were climbing to the top of the hill and doing a belly buster on their kid’s sleigh.  We would be outside for hours just climbing, sledding and then back up the hill.

I found a recipe back in the 60’s that we named B. Y. F. Cocoa Mix.  (Baptist Youth Fellowship).  This was also the hot drink I made for all the people that were sledding in our back yard.

BYF Cocoa (for a crowd)

In a very large Tupperware bowl or some sort of bowl that will seal add:

1 8quart box of nonfat dry milk

1 pound box of Quick Cocoa Mix

1 8oz. jar of non-dairy coffee creamer

1 cup of confectioner sugar

Just mix all the dry ingredients together and seal in the bowl

To make a cup of hot chocolate:

Add 1/3 cup of the dry cocoa mix to your cup and add hot water. 

This is the BEST hot chocolate drink you ever tasted.  It is an excellent recipe and will keep several months in the sealed bowl.  Great for gathering of youth in the winter or holiday gatherings.

Please let me know if you make the mix and if you liked it.

Sleigh Riding

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Sleigh AngelThe first snowfall was exciting to two kids named Brian and Teresa.  They couldn’t wait to get on a warm coat, boots, gloves and two pair pants.   Snow angels seemed to appear all over the back yard.  They would go to the shed out back and dig out their sleigh, cardboard boxes or anything that would slide down the hill.  They would head for the top of the hill and then enjoy a thrill ride to the bottom.

 Me and Mr. B usually joined the kids and played in the snow too.  I wasn’t quite as brave as Mr. B, but I took a few rides too.  It always looked so far down when you were standing on the top of the hill.

FireSometime we would build a big bonfire in the middle of a field to keep everyone warm.  I have a special coco mix called “BYF Coco Mix” and it was always a hit with the half frozen kids.

One winter we had a lot of deep snow and the kids took a shoebox and made snow block for on igloo.  Some of their friends joined them in making the igloo.  It stood in the yard for several days before it melted.

I hope Brian and Teresa let their kids have this experience too.

Winter Evening in WV

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wv-winter.jpgIt really doesn’t take much effort to have a wonderful evening after the first snowfall.  I made a big kettle of beef vegetable soup, Mr. B brought in the firewood, Christmas gifts are being wrapped and a fire in the fireplace.  The Christmas tree is lit, the overhead lights are lowered and IT IS TIME FOR A FOOTBALL GAME.  OH, NO!

It has been so peaceful sitting with my favorite man on the sofa and hearing the wood crackling and sending out heat in the family room.  A cup of warm cocoa out of a big white coffee cup and the evening couldn’t be better.fireplace1.jpg

I peeked out the front window and the nativity scene in the front yard looks so pretty against the white snow.  We don’t want anyone to forget that the celebration is all about a baby born in a manger and named Jesus.

You can’t go out an buy an evening like this one.

The First Snow

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This was a time of celebration!  It is time for Snow Ice Cream.  Granny had a blue porcelin bowl that would be brought out to mix the ingredients.  She would mix Carnation milk, sugar and vanilla in the bowl and give it several good stirs with a whisk.

For the rest of the ingredients, we have to put on our coats, hats and boots.  We are actually going outside a find a good clean place to gather snow and add it to the bowl of ingredients.  ***Granny always reminded us to not get snow that looked yellow.  The yellow snow meant there was dog pee in that spot***.  lol

We would go back in the house and we would all enjoy a wonderful treat that came with the first snow fall.  Granny always did know how to make memories that would be with me for years to come. 

I wish Granny would still be around and we would share some Snow Cream when the first snow arrives this winter.