Yesterday and today feel like they could last forever. Actually, I take that back. This winter seems like it could last forever. The winter snow has been so much more than any of us could have expected and yet it is still falling. 4-7″ more inches expected for tonight. That means another day of being stuck in the house tomorrow. “Cabin fever” seems only like a common cold now. No, what we have now is the full blown “cabin flu”.
As I look through Instagram at all of my friends in the warmer climate states posting photos of the flowers starting to poke through the ground, I sit and wonder how far under the snow the ground actually is nowadays. Maybe 18 or 19 inches below? Oh. . how I long to see the grass again. I long to sit in my backyard under the sun on a blanket and stare up at the clouds. To have my morning coffee on the back terrace in the mornings and feel the first peak of sun over the tall wooden fence. Yes, it seems as though those days may never return to me.
Deep down I know that the spring will return. . . someday. Hopefully it is someday soon. When the hot summer heat returns I will probably long for the winter nights, sitting inside under a warm blanket watching the kids play legos on the floor at my feet, while smelling a large pot of fresh chili steaming on the stove. I suppose its part of human nature to long for what we don’t have.
Ok, I have decided. I am just going to have to start being happy in what I have. I am going to have to look out my window at the bleak winter snow and find the beauty in it. Enjoy it for what it is and make memories out of the time spent at home. Use this time to work on some of my favorite things, cooking and crafts.
This morning as I walked out of my bedroom to see the snow up to my living room windows part of me sank. Ugh. Can I handle another day?
Shortly after I found my way out of the bedroom the kids came running out after me, they were excited to start the day, however they too had a moment of disappointment when they found a fresh layer of snow just outside our window. Mom, what are we going to do today? They asked. We are going to stay home today, I replied. Is there something you would you like to do? My youngest son, not caring about what the rest of the day held but seriously worried about breakfast cried out. I want donuts! Donuts were not something we normally have on hand and I was not about to venture out into the snow to get some. I shuffled through my cabinets in search of donut baking ingredients. Yep, we have flour, sugar, salt, eggs, chocolate. . basically all of the things we would need to bake our own fresh chocolate glazed donuts.
I decided to try a new recipe that I found on Pinterest because it used the ingredients I had on hand. The kids decided that if they were going to get donuts then they would be happy to wait until they were done to eat their breakfast. The both grabbed their aprons and chef’s coats and plopped up on the chairs by the countertop, each wanting to be closer than the other so they could be the one to put the ingredients in the bowl. The donuts were amazing. A moment of chocolate bliss.
After breakfast was done and the kids were quietly playing together I decided to put dinner in the crockpot. I wanted something warm and cozy for supper. . some sort of comfort food to get me through another cold winter night. I decided to make burrito soup. It is warm, its spicy and its good.
The chili style soup simmered all day long filling our house with smells of paprika and cumin. We spent our evening cuddling under blankets, eating warm soup and playing Legos. I guess these winter nights are not too bad and soon (hopefully) they will be replaced by warm summer nights outdoors.
I am still excited for spring to come, but I am not going to dwell in the misery of winter anymore but try and find the beauty in it with time spent together.