Thursday, November 27, 2014

White Thanksgiving

Normally, we are happy about white Christmas, so peaceful and festive that even songs are written about it. This year we are blessed with White Thanksgiving. 14 inches of new powder, having arrived on Thanksgiving morning. Ok, so after we dig ourselves out, we will be thankful. The landscape looks like winterwonderland, the snow powdery, the sky blue and the sun bright. This combination has a significant effect on most people: they get the skis out.

While I prepare for the day, I glance through my email inbox, and humming to myself the tantric wisdom of JOMO (the Joy of Missing Out). “I don’t really need anything… I am good. I am immune. I have everything I need. I don’t even like a Canon Rebel T5, not even if it is 50% off.” Ah, yes, all those deals of all those things I potentially want. But not need. Can I close my eyes, and let this Black Friday after White Thanksgiving pass me by this year? Or will I get up electrified tomorrow morning, and jump in my car, and explore, caving fully to FOMO?

The wise plan is likely to figure out ahead of time, what I really need. Instead of being part of a swarm of shoppers, collectively tipsy from a Black Friday high, rummaging through the stores, leaves shelves look like they’ve been hit by the 8th plague.

These are things I ended up buying, before Black Friday:

  • Smartwool! I love the smartwool socks, warm, real wool, undestructible, even by washing and tumble-drying them. This fall I discovered their crew and bottom line. I have 2 tees and one base layer bottom. I could live in those (Note: when you sign up, you get up to $20 off your first order!)
  • After much ordered and returning, I settled on the Keen Wilma Lace boots. Comfortable, easy to get on, toe space and superlight.
  • They go perfectly with my new Tubbs Wilderness snowshoes.
  • This beautiful JCrew vest is still in the mail.
Then it was time for the wilderness adventure...


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cranberries in the Garden

Thanksgiving break is finally here. It is very mild today, temps in the lower 50s. This invites me to go for a walk or hike. The forecast, however, says that the weather will mess with Thanksgiving. Wednesday into Thursday morning… 10 inches of new snow are expected. We’ll have to dig out for that Thanksgiving turkey. At least Black Friday has sunshine all the way to the shops.

I have been doing much of my pro-winter shopping online this year. Several pairs of heavy duty snow shoes that can be worn for hikes or snow shoes arrived already at my house, but they were either too large, and bulky or too small, and I piled up into a tower of boxes for the UPS store since they are all going back. However, the lightbox that came in the mail is finally the right size --- and was immediately repurposed by Chanelle, who claims it as his cat house. “Tape me up, Scotty!”


I also harvested the small batch of cranberries that grow on a tree next to my house. They are a bitter, European variety (Preiselbeeren), but make a fabulous, small batch of cranberry sauce, or something more attractive for the American palate when they are mixed with regular cranberries, just adding a slightly bitter note, like a cocktail bitter/aromatic.


On a winter salad, with romaine, curly kale, sauteed mushroom and pomegranate seeds with goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette, they are just… a d├ęcor.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 21, 2014

My gift to you

Thanksgiving ahead – giving thanks and handing out real gifts (i.e. I don’t get paid, and it’s all for you). Here are a few promotions I’d like to share for today.

Get a FREE Starbucks breakfast sandwich today and tomorrow!


Use code 2257.

Get 15% off at Heath Ceramics (beautiful ceramics and this is the only deal they ever offer).


Deal: Now through Sunday, November 23, use promo code ANNUALSALE to get 15% off all online orders*, plus free ground shipping within the US on orders of $125 or more. So sit back and relax—all you have to do is click.

And, yes, it is 50% off at Gap today if you use a Gap, Old Navy or Banana Republic card.


Unfortunately, these twins are not for sale, but also a very sweet deal (check them out on instagram by following Donald for the daily gift of joy of heart).


Happy Friday!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Chestnut Praline Latte

The time to the Thanksgiving week slowly trickles down, ….counts down. I bought my first bag of Starbucks Christmas blend the other day. It must be my favorite blend each year. I often buy several bags, and then they last until spring. Best coffee ever. I also saw that this year there is a chestnut praline latte, which sounds like something I definitely have to try out.


I make time again to bring my own salad to work.


Instead of living off gluten-free softbatch cookies all day.