Winter Storm Pax brought snow and ice into my neighborhood. Work was cancelled for three long days due to adverse driving conditions. Mother Nature did a great job on the neighborhood, though. This is the view from my bedroom window. I was too lazy to get out of the house and play with the sleet. So far there has been no power outage in the neighborhood; the power lines have yet to be knocked down by fallen trees. We are indeed fortunate. As of this very moment there are 2,491 active power outages, affecting 195,617 people in Georgia. And as night falls the temperature will remain below freezing, and those numbers will continue to rise.
This is a picture of my deck facing the backyard. The small tree closest to the deck is bending over due to the heavy weight of the ice on its branches; it hasn’t snapped yet. What about the bigger trees in the yard? They look OK for now. It’s past sunset, and sleet continues to fall. This is definitely not snow. Sleet feels like crunched ice used in making halo-halo.
Trees in my front yard during the ice storm.
I can’t wait for peonies to bloom again in the front yard. I can’t wait for spring. Unfortunately, hay fever and spring are inseparable. Why does it have to be a tradeoff?
This is the front side of my house during the spring.
My car parked right in front of the house. Sometimes I just like to park outside. Mom was visiting for a few weeks. I decided to replace my aging 5-year-old Toyota Prius with a Hyundai Elantra. The Elantra GLS has height adjustable seats, a trip computer that calculates average speed, average miles per gallon and range for remaining fuel, cruise control, rear view mirror, 6-speaker sound system, low tire pressure indicator, climate control, anti-theft protection, outside air temperature indicator, among many other features. I upgraded to Elantra Limited, as I wanted the tech package (with touch-screen and voice command capability for navigation and hands-free phone, providing real-time traffic and weather information), keyless entry, antilock disc brakes, heated mirrors, sunroof, heated seats and leather upholstery. As you can tell, I go for inexpensive cars with good gas mileage. I’ve never had a Korean car before; I’ve always had a Japanese car. I’m hoping this car will be as reliable as my previous cars.
I had this wooden ship nailed to my dining room wall. Truth to tell, I wasn’t particularly impressed with the craftsmanship. But I am keeping it because I bought this toy from a prisoner in Iwahig Prison in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. I was just happy that the guy wasn’t sitting on his ass in prison doing nothing; on the contrary, he did something to earn a little money for himself.
I love home-made Dutch cheese! To make sure they didn’t spoil during my trip back home from Holland in late 2013, I asked that they be sealed. I like to travel light and I don’t want to check in my bag, so I could bring home only a few. I did tell Customs that I had cheese in my bag. But the Customs Officer let me go, perhaps because my bag was small.
I did vegetable shopping on a Saturday, and the next day I cut the various vegetables into pieces and put them all into the pan. And here’s the end result. It turned out to be edible. Actually, I ate a plateful, so I was quite happy with the outcome.
About few months ago, I cooked and cooked. The house was full of visitors. I was thinking of having another party on Friday evening, which is my special day of the year, but then I don’t have time to cook or even to buy the ingredients. Everyday it’s been very busy, as I have yet to hire a new person at work. I will probably fly to some country in Central or South America, instead.
I didn’t prepare this dish, but I had to take a picture as the presentation was amazing! The meat under the apple strips are braised short ribs.
Caramel apples for the guests….
I love tropical fruits, and mangos top my list!
These are the headboard lights in my bedroom. I slept without turning them off. Winter Storm Pax has arrived. The entire night I was concerned about the multitude of trees in my backyard. With the weight of the ice on their branches, any one of those trees could fall and bisect my house. I woke up to find out my house is still in one piece. I looked at the window, and, yes, all that white stuff has started to melt. Melted ice and snow has turned into running water everywhere. Atlanta has a crazy weather. In the past two days we experienced freezing temperatures. Towards the weekend, it is going to be in the 60s. How weird is that? Well, in my neck of the woods, anything’s possible.
Finally I have done justice to the large oil painting I got in Cambodia by giving it a frame. Sorry I haven’t cleaned this room; there’s a blood pressure machine on the sofa, certificates on the floor, the mess on the table, etc. But I couldn’t wait to take a picture of the painting.
A view from the backyard…