Today was a beautiful and sunny, though rather cold, day. I climbed into the Jeep and drove to Madison for my first lesson at the Apple store on my new MacBook. There are a bunch of new and nifty features in Leopard and Apple has made this level of the OS even more consumer friendly. I'm not a new Mac user so it isn't all new but the improvements are pretty nifty. The Apple Store is in the West Towne Mall so it is quite a drive for me but today was worth the drive. On my way back home I just happened to stop at Stitchers Crossing for some thread but a few other items came home with me. I haven't been in there in a while and I definitely felt the urge to enhance my stash. I kept the enhancement to reading material and a cool purse implement. Oh, but the new fabrics and there is a new Trekking sock yarn! /sigh.
When I returned home, DH asked me if I had heard the forecast for Sunday. I said sure, it's snow, right? Yeah, up to 11 inches of snow by Sunday evening. I don't have to travel that day. However, it is a little worrisome since my mom is flying back from warm California on the Saturday redeye flight and is due in Sunday morning. I know she'll be fine but I'll be happy when she's back home and cozy with the dog.
So, with the coming snow in mind, I went outside and looked for the good stuff. Here is our sunset this evening and a temperature check.
In case those of you in warmer temperatures think this snow blogging is just a ruse, I give you piles of snow.
The pile on the left is actually our yard rock and the big pile on the right is about six feet tall and courtesy of the bobcat that had to reallocate snow in our yard so they could continue to clear the driveway. I know I'm not the only Wisconsinite thinking back to the 1960's and the piles of snow we had then. I wonder if this is the first year of the next cycle of big snowfalls? I really need to knit more socks!
And finally, DH made some mussels for dinner. We can highly recommend the Fond du Lac Seafood Company. DH started out with finely chopped onions, garlic, and a bit of salt cooked down in olive oil. Add about four ounces of Fino sherry and when the mixture is boiling, throw in the mussels. When they are open they are done. (Toss the ones that don't open.)