Like most folks in the eastern half of the country, I am shivering while the heater greedily cranks through my money hoping to keep our shelter at the barely comfortable 63 degrees. Our home motto this winter is: Wear more. Save more.
I did spend quite a bit of time outdoors today. And survived. There was a pleasant snow squall that hit Boone around mid-day which provided me the opportunity to stalk my favorite campus haunts. Unfortunately, the 'new' of snow has long worn off even the most naive freshman from off the mountain, so there were no delighted expressions captured. But the snow did dance as it was backlit by a muted sun, like fairy dust, so I was fulfilled.
The above photo is of Grandfather Mountain (distant left) and Hanging Rock (peak on right) from the parking lot of Caldwell Community college. It was so freakin' cold out there as the temperature plunged during the late afternoon. I could have explored this more, but my fingers just could not tolerate the wind.
I was gifted a deer ham yesterday. I've been eating more vegan than normal lately, but this was such a bloody nice present (literally and figuratively) that I've decided to make much of the meat into jerky. I've been researching different recipes and thought I might be entertained this weekend by creating a jerky tasting. I mean, why not? I'll let you know how it goes....
Oh, and you should have seen the looks I got while walking through campus carrying the bloody limb in a garbage sack. It was horror movie perfect.