It’s A Record!

Last week we passed the all time record for total snowfall in northeast Wisconsin for the month of December.

Like this was a record we wanted to break?

Michael was kind enough to pause whilst shoveling out our front sidewalk so I could take a photo out the window to show you just how deep the snow is piled in our front yard.

 Northeast Wisconsin December 2008 snowfall total hits record amount.

Mind you, Oh Best Beloved, that this photo was taken only four days after the official start of winter… January and February are when we really get pounded.


Sweet Dreams Are Made of These!

Yummy Yummy Yummy Earth Hard Candies!

My candy arrived earlier this week from Yummy Earth.

It is, hands down, the best hard candy I’ve ever had.


Even Michael, who is not a hard candy fan, loves it.

The peppermint is to die for – robust without being too sharp or sickly sweet.

The cherry-flavored is fantastic.

The butterscotch is not my style of butterscotch, but our friend Cindy loves it.

I just ordered three more flavors: cinnamon for me, root beer for Michael, and lemon for both of us.

We can’t wait.


Velveteen Rabbits

The Velveteen Rabbit (Original Image from Gutenberg).

When I was a child, one of my favorite books was The Velveteen Rabbit. Come to think of it, it’s still one of my favorite books and I re-read it regularly.

Last week, in the wee hours of the morning, I had the privilege of watching our wild bunnies dance, very much as was described in The Velveteen Rabbit. We’d had a heavy snowfall, then the skies had cleared. The moonlight reflecting off the snow filled the yard with a clear blue-tinged light that one only sees under those unique conditions. James and two other young bunnies burrowed out from under the snow, then hopped about the yard, chasing each other in circles and then veering off and bounding into the air as high as bunnies can leap. For over an hour they alternated playing tag with stopping to nibble the tops off of perennials that we hadn’t cut down (knowing that the bunnies would do it for us).

It was absolutely magical.

In the morning, I almost couldn’t believe I had seen it… except… I had proof. The deep snow in our yard is full of bunny paw prints, so many that it looks like an entire herd of bunnies has stampeded through!