I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

Today on Cape Cod, the weather people are calling for 1 to 11 inches of snow. Now if you ask me that’s a big spread. The cape is divided into three areas, upper, middle and lower Cape where Provincetown is. We live on the upper Cape, not too far from the bridge which gets you onto the Cape. They are calling for the 11 inches for us and the one inch for the lower Cape. Though in January, 2005 we got three feet of snow in one storm.

damon-blizzard.jpgMy son, Damon. He shoveled a lot that night. He stayed up all night and shoveled every couple of hours.

house-snowstorm-2.jpgThe next day. That’s the tree we just had cut down. I don’t remember ever getting that much snow here in the 33 years I’ve lived in this house.

I was going to go shopping today but it is noontime and it is already snowing. I like to go to town at least once a day. Usually I go to the post office to get the mail and then drive by the beach. I don’t think I’ll be going out today.

We don’t usually get a lot of snow on the Cape. It’s cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter but this is a coastal storm. My daughter commutes by boat to Martha’s Vineyard every day to work. I hope she makes it home tonight. We are supposed to be baking tonight. tools.jpg We give out homemade Christmas treats every year to friends as gifts, about 20 people. We don’t make the kind of cookies that people get and then throw away because their overcooked or just bad. We make chocolate covered peanut butter balls, chocolate covered saltines (sounds weird, but it’s one of the favorites), Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies that we don’t overcook (that’s the key to chocolate chip cookies. You take them out of the oven before they look done), and lastly, these white chocolate covered lo mein noodles (sounds weird but they are really good). The only ones that need baking are the chocolate chip cookies. It’s still a lot of work, but we play Christmas music and enjoy our time together.

All her friends have heard about her Christmas gift bags and try to get on her list of recipients. That’s why we are up to 20 people now.

I offered to do some baking during the day when I’m home but she wouldn’t have it. As she said it defeats the purpose. As always she has to do it herself, though she will accept my help if we are together. Just like when Sarah was a child, I’ve mentioned this in another blog, her old saying I guess still applies “Let Tawa do it”.

radar5.gifCurrent radar. I actually love snowstorms. Especially now that I don’t work and have to go anywhere. I’ve got a fire going in the fireplace, a cup of coffee, and a computer. What more could I want. I just lit the Christmas tree.

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Life With Buck
    Dec 13, 2007 @ 17:16:50

    Max just called from Providence, he was sitting in traffic on his way to work when the restaurant called and said they weren’t even going to open, the snow was too deep. He says he’s never seen anything like it. Traffic is just stopped.

    Hey, do you remember when it didn’t snow on the Cape? It just didn’t. Then, around 1981 or so, it started snowing every winter. Weather is shifting, in MA we get someone else’s weather now. Like here in El Paso, as soon as I moved here it started snowing in the winter. It snows in the desert now, and rains all the time. Weather is science fiction to me now. I hate weather, but I’m beginning to see why old people are obsessed with it. It shifts and shifts until it’s nothing like it was when they were kids. It’s science fiction.

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  2. moonbeammcqueen
    Dec 15, 2007 @ 13:00:50

    Please let me know when you start a mail order on those Christmas cookies. I will become your pen pal. I’ll write you every day. I’ll start sending you e-cards, or come up with some other way to make it onto the “friends” list.

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  3. Life With Buck
    Dec 19, 2007 @ 16:59:48

    Eating too many cookies at Christmas is disgusting and I do it every year, disgusting myself in the process. I’m doing it right now: I’m eating Tollhouse cookies with green and red M&Ms in them as I write this. If there’s such a thing as a Christmas Pig, then I’m a Christmas Cookie Whore, and apprently MBMQ is also. I know Barbara is. She’s definitely a Christmas Cookie Whore, I’d like to say she’s the biggest Whore but it’s probably me who wears the crown. To the outside world I claim innocence, but that’s what all of us whores do.

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  4. Life With Buck
    Dec 19, 2007 @ 17:01:17

    We need a special holiday blog for Pigs and Whores, a site where we can all check in every day and post our piggy whore-ish ways.

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  5. joanharvest
    Dec 19, 2007 @ 20:08:41

    I have been so good because of weight watcher’s. I truly have not eaten one cookie or any other type of unapproved weight watchers sweet yet. Though I have been to a couple of partys and had a few hors d’oeuvres. I don’t know how to spell the previous word. We just call them whores davores. But you all know what I mean. I prefer them to sweets. Little savory bites of heaven. I’m definitely a whore davore.

    Barbara could live on cookies and candy and probably survive until she’s 90. I think her body would go into some kind of shock mode if she didn’t have sweets.

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  6. Life With Buck
    Dec 20, 2007 @ 14:00:48

    My body actually does go into shock when I cut out sweets. Whenever I’m on South Beach, I feel sick for the first few days. I know it’s my body protesting the absence of its best friend, Little Debbie.

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  7. Life With Buck
    Dec 20, 2007 @ 14:01:26

    If there really is a hell, I know for sure that Little Debbie is going there.

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  8. moonbeammcqueen
    Dec 20, 2007 @ 14:23:48

    A friend of mine refers to someone she knows as a “cookie whore,” which just cracks me up.

    Little Debbie has devil horns beneath that bonnet.

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  9. David
    Dec 23, 2007 @ 22:09:18

    Don’t you mean “cake whore” MMQ?

    Yeah, curse that Little Debbie, bringer of inexpensive sugary snacks and eternal damnation or diabetes via the McKee family from Collegedale, Tenessee.

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  10. Life With Buck
    Dec 27, 2007 @ 00:28:55

    Oh my sweet Jesus! I went over to that McKee family link and took the Nutty Bars virtual tour, then I read the Job Openings and saw that they’re hiring a bunch of long-distance truck drivers. That looks good to me, they offer excellent benefits, 401K, profit sharing, and new trucks! And everybody knows truck drivers are swimming in money. God I wish I could drive a big rig — not because I’d like it (I’d actually fucking hate it) but I want the money. Just once I’d like to have a job where I made over $12,000 a year and could eat snack cakes all day. Damn my artistic nature and creative tendencies!

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  11. Life With Buck
    Dec 27, 2007 @ 00:32:35

    What’s going on over here, where the hell is the blog keeper? You better not be out applying for that goddamned big money truck driving job that I’m thinking of applying for …

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  12. David
    Dec 27, 2007 @ 20:00:06

    Um, sorry. I don’t think that job would be good for either of you. Drivers “tampering” with the cargo are summarily executed at their next delivery stop by the madding throng. They do not take lightly any interference with their snack cakes.

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  13. Life With Buck
    Dec 28, 2007 @ 00:27:59

    That’s true, Joan, I read it somewhere, an article all about how the Little Debby’s drivers have to carry stun guns and mace, etc. to keep from being ripped apart by the crowds that form around their trucks. So maybe you shouldn’t apply.

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  14. joanharvest
    Dec 28, 2007 @ 11:16:32

    I probably shouldn’t apply for any job that involves moving vehicles. I still haven’t driven over the bridge in 15 years. Little Debby might insist I drive over the bridge and it ain’t happenin. The farthest I’ve driven from my house in the past few years is maybe 8 miles.

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  15. David
    Dec 29, 2007 @ 00:08:39

    So LWB, looks like the job’s yours! Better stock up on D cells for them stun guns!

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  16. Wendy
    Dec 29, 2007 @ 16:18:32

    And shivs. I’ll keep a shiv in my bottomless box of Swiss Rolls just in case I run out of batteries for my other weapons.

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