We were fortunate enough to have a very mild last half of January, so winter has been easier to take this year. I was even starting to worry that the spring bulbs would get a little confused after temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s had melted away almost all the snow. I didn’t need to worry, though, since it is now cold enough, and we have eight new inches of snow. Yesterday as I walked to class in the early morning the wind whipped my cheeks till they were red and numb. It was quite a sudden reminder that there are still at least two months of winter left.
There are a few things that make even the coldest days of winter pleasant. Landon has been working on mastering the preparation of frothed milk cappuccinos. He also likes to make his drinks into works of art which are wonderful to sip on a cold afternoon.
We also brought a puppy home in October of last year. He’s a cairn terrier, the only breed of dog we’ve found that doesn’t give me allergies. He’s very friendly with the little kids, and Claire is one of his favorite people, since she loves to give treats to him. We named him Watson, after Sherlock Holme’s faithful companion. The detective themed name suits him, for he always has his nose to the ground.
Here Mom is holding him on her birthday in November, when he was so little!
Cuddly is not the first word I would use to describe his bouncing personality, but as he is getting older he is starting to appreciate sitting with us on the couch. If you can catch him around one of his favorite nap times, he will stay on your lap for quite a while. He makes the perfect winter lap warmer.