It snowed again today and Jack begrudgingly allowed me to put his sweater on so that we could do our mile walk twice today. He was not happy the first time out because it was snowing pretty hard but the second time he was leaping in the snow like a little gazelle, that’s an exaggeration, more like Max the Grinch’s dog in the animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He was positively adorable. Thank goodness for him because I was asked twice today on our way home about Rex and I miss him so. I honestly don’t know what we would do without our little Jack, he is a ray of sunshine in our lives.
I find that it definitely helps to have a hubby who makes sure to replenish the wood supply so that the fireplace does what it is supposed to do during winter nights, blazon with roaring fires. Fires always cheer me up, they are calming, soothing and not to mention warming, a perfect winter’s pick me up.
Last but not least, a nice bowl of my hubby’s chili to warm chilled bones and the evening’s mood couldn’t be any better. I don’t know if the picture does it justice. My hubby uses all sorts of beans, bell peppers, different meats, tomatoes, black olives and a varied array of spices and so much more. How to describe the taste? It is subtle, flavorful, a hint of smokiness, some nuttiness, definitely warmth developing into a balanced spiciness. It is such a well balanced flavor palette. I told my hubby that it was magnificent. I didn’t know how else to describe it, simply delicious isn’t enough.
So between our adorable Jack, pretty snow, a roaring fire in my fireplace and a hot bowl of magnificent chili I have successfully staved off the winter doldrums for another day. This winter feels as if it has taken up permanent residence in these hills. Spring please come soon.