That was the theme of the day. I was up earlier than I wanted this morning. Our kids get crabby when they have to get up at 7:00 to get ready for the day. Today they had the chance to sleep in. They both were ready to get up at 6:15. What gives? So I was up early enough to stir the coals and get the fire going without matches. Or even kindling.
Saturday has become bill paying day. I get some satisfaction out of taking care of my debts. I would prefer not to have so many. I am working on that one. Have you seen refinance rates lately? Crazy low. Should we wait to see of they get even lower? If we do it now, we win. If we do it later, maybe we win more. Gamble gamble. Anyway, I paid some bills. Online and through the mail. I like online payments. Less waste, quicker, no stamps required. But the plow guy doesn’t take online payments.
I baked bread again as well. It was fair. Maybe I’m not letting it rise enough. It was cold today. It think the thermometer rose to 15 but it was -4 when we rose this morning and stayed in the single digits for hours. We went for a snowshoe, the four of us, around the front field. The sun shone without wind so the ten degree air was fine. We had toast when we got back inside, although the slices were not as tall as I would have liked.
Our compost bin is pretty frozen solid. It is a tall peak of icy food bits. Orange peels and pear cores spill through the grate. C’est la vie, right? Things will thaw at some point, although we are predicted to have a high temperature of five on Wednesday. That is the high. That should kill off some of those wooly adelgids and other invasive species. Not to mention a few deer ticks. The disease-carrying blood-sucking bastards. I added some height to it this afternoon.
Any minute now we have friends on the way. They plan to drop off their children and take a night off. A little sleepover for the tykes. They should have a fine time. Hopefully they will keep the strife to a minimum. If they get too wound, we will plunk them in front of a video with a big bowl of popcorn. I’m not too proud to say it. We deprive them of television enough that it will be a treat anyway. I have a dish of mac and cheese ready to pop in the oven. That should be a hit, along with butter-soaked fresh bread. Maybe they will even eat some carrots.
The temperature will get below zero again tonight. I need to keep the stove stoked. We’ll keep it warm inside while the vermin freeze to death outside. I took a bucket of ashes out earlier. They melted a little snow and they froze into a gray goopy mass. It was like art. Only not. I will make some more art tomorrow. You watch me.