Sunday, January 08, 2012

About time!

(Above: Snowflakes on a car up in Mill Creek).

After the driest Utah December in recorded history we were quite excited to read that we were to get snow sometime during this Saturday's early morning hours. 

I peeked out the window at 5 am, saw a white winter wonderland and felt like Christmas morning had come at last.

Isn't that silly?

The night before I had mentioned to Bernie how happy and excited I was that there was to be snow; he felt the same way and we agreed that we hoped we would never outgrow this feeling about an expected snowfall.

As the dawn broke, I thought I was seeing fog outside.  After stepping outdoors, I realized the fog was actually the finest snowflakes creating a misty like look.

The perfect kind of snow fall for picture taking!
By the time I showered and shrugged into my powder suit, and Bernie had shoveled the driveway, the snow had switched to what we call "dump"; the flakes were now dime and nickle sized. 

Really messy for picture taking even with a rain sleeve over the camera for protection. I was catching big flakes in my eyes behind my glasses.

The camera was put away and we walked about a quarter mile up the canyon instead.  It was the most exercise I have had in a month!

I stopped frequently to stare at the beautiful star shaped flakes that landed on my mittens and sleeves.  

The drive back down the canyon where misty snow was mixing with the big flakes to create an otherworldly look.

Speaking of otherworlds...two naughty kitties were carefully monitoring the world outside our window for us.

The birds were monitoring the cats inside the window as they filled up at the feeder.

I like this photo of a junco a lot...

What to do for lunch after a walk outside on a snowy Saturday?

Fondue by the fireside of course!

The last time we supped on fondue was a few years back on our last day up in the mountains of Switzerland, during a late May snowstorm.

Good memories.

Just the thing on a January afternoon.
Funny thing is: the fondue pot was my mom's and I recall eating fondue from it as a kid. 

After I married, she passed it on to me, and I had a few fondue parties with other couples back when our kids were not yet school age.
We've hauled that pot through multiple moves, each time pondering if we should bother to keep it.
Each time we remembered how good fondue tasted and some how found space for it.

Funnier still:  I am pretty sure this is the same kind of prepackaged fondue that my mom used to use when she served fondue.
What could be easier than snipping open the foil pouch, slipping out the cheese mix, heating it up on the stovetop and then digging in with some bread?

Why don't we indulge in this treat more often?
Well...for one, the calories and for two, cleaning the stuck on cheese out of the pot is always a bear!


ellen b. said...

I've been considering the advantages of getting an electric fondue. I have two smaller regular pots that still find a place in the cupboard. Not easy to reach but they are in there. Lovely snow shots!

Anonymous said...

Looks like you both had a lovely day. Fondue looks good. Love you both, mom S.

Sara said...

Snow and fondue...sounds a lot like Switzerland in your own backyard.

Vicki said...

Wow...haven't had fondue in forever!

I have never in my life seen such huge snowflakes! They are pretty wimpy where I come from! ;)

Vee said...

So good to know that you were out and about sharing the excitement with Bernie today and that you ended it by the fire with a treat. Perfection!

Anonymous said...

Fondue pots and sterno come in handy when the power goes out in East Coast hurricanes. Great for heating soup!

Dolores said...

Loved your photos because like you and Bernie, I too love snow. We haven't had any substantial dumps at all. Light dusting is all.
Your photo of Bernie by the fire looked like an apr├Ęs ski photo.

Lovella ♥ said...

OH so fun! I love those snow photos and know how you feel about the big flakes and those small flakes.

I love the fondue parties but love most of all...that you were up to going out in the snow and the fondue party for two.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Glad you are up and about...and finding snow photos for us to enjoy! I love a good cheese fondue...and all the better in the great outdoors or next to a fireplace.