Spring Snow

It is spring.

Spring, which brings to mind images of crocuses popping up all over the lawn, daffodils unfurling their yellow buds and robins hopping through the yard.

Instead, it is snowing.

It is Monday, it is snowing, and my kids have a snow day.

Despite the snow today, there have been some good things in my week.  Actually, my kids definitely view the snow as good.  Anything for a day off school.

I took my son clothes shopping. Now, I know that doesn't sound like a good thing and I know my son didn't think it was a good thing but he needed a new suit so I dragged him to the store.  It was relatively painless.  He is very tall and very thin so finding him clothes that fit is a challenge.  We did it though and he looks very handsome.  After that, I told him we could do what he wanted so we went to visit my parents and then I took him to Wendy's for dinner.  It was nice to spend some time with just him.  He gets chatty when he is on his own and he makes me laugh like no one else I know.  If it didn't sound so corny I would say it was a good mother-son bonding experience.  Since that is way too corny we will just say that despite his expectations, clothes shopping did not kill him and we had a nice time together.

I managed to cook a steak successfully.  I view myself as a good cook but steaks are my nemesis.  I have a bizarre fear of underdone meat which causes me to turn all steaks into leather.  My family saws away at them while insisting that really, this one isn't too bad.  However, yesterday I conquered the steak.  I looked up exactly how long to cook it and followed the instructions exactly.  I didn't leave it cooking "just for a few more minutes to make sure."  I ended up with a perfectly cooked, perfectly tender steak.  My life is now complete.

I bought a new camera.  I have wanted this camera for almost a year now.  My aunt is very interested in photography and when we were on vacation together last summer she let me use her DSLR.  It was way more fun than I thought it would be.  She had to pry it out of my hands in order to use it herself.  I came home and researched them but I just couldn't justify the expense.  That didn't stop me from deciding what I would buy if I could.  I settled on a mirrorless camera, the Olympus om-d e-m10.  Then it was just a case of stalking it online until I found it at a price I was willing to pay.  That day finally came last week when I found an affordable reconditioned one and there was a very good coupon code to go with it. I ordered it and I am now impatiently waiting for it to arrive.  I am sure it will be a steep learning curve because I am used to my little point and shoot camera but it sounds like fun.

As for books this week, I am in the middle of a Jane Austen binge.  This happens periodically.  I just feel a need to reread her.  Plus right now I am reading her letters and Claire Tomalin's biography of her. I think I mentioned that before.  I did take a break last night to read My Brother Michael by Mary Stewart.  Yesterday was a bad day and sometimes a little romantic suspense is just what is needed.  That, and the ice cream my son walked down to the store to get for me, greatly improved my day.

How was your week? I hope it isn't snowing wherever you are.


  1. I've been hearing such great things about mirrorless cameras, certainly beats having a huge lens! Greetings from sunny London

    1. The size was a definite selling point for me. I knew I wouldn't always want to cart around a huge camera. I am still, very impatiently, waiting for it to be delivered.

      Sunny London! That sounds very nice.

  2. Congratulations on the successful steak! I never bother because I have a brother who is crazy awesome at cooking perfect steaks. He does the double method; pan first, finish in the oven.

    By the way, Spring Snow is the title of a classic Japanese novel on my classics club list I have yet to read. I've always liked the title, somehow poetic. I love that you've used it to title your blog post.

    1. I will have to try the double method next time. I cooked two steaks the other day and used the leftovers for steak sandwiches last night. Those were very good too.

      I didn't know Spring Snow was the title of a Japanese novel. You are my source for that type of information though!