Today at our house – 2/2/2022

It is snowing here in New Mexico. I love to watch the snowfall through our dining room window, which overlooks the back yard. We have a tall white mountain pine behind our house, and a view of a mesa mountain. I couldn’t see the mountain this morning, as it was hidden behind the swirling snow. But our pine tree is prominent in the view, it’s branches frosted like a Christmas tree. I love to lean against the wide trunk and look up through the branches at the pine cones. God’s creation is so beautiful!

Right now, I am relaxing on the sofa with our three rescue dogs. The youngest fur baby, an Australian Koolie type, is telling me with her doggy body language that she wants me to take her out into the back yard. She will not go outside on her own. Our small Standard Poodle is the same way. I found all three of our dogs abandoned on the streets, so I suspect that separation anxiety is the culprit for the Poodle and the Koolie. Our big Yellow Lab/Mystery Mix dog, however, is happy to go out into our fenced yard unaccompanied. But for the other two, I will soon have to put on my coat and gloves and hat and go stand in the snow for the third time today.

Two days ago, our outdoor thermometer registered 74 degrees. Right now, it is 15 degrees outside our warm house. Living where the high desert meets the high plains, our weather is never boring. We get tornadoes, the occasional baseball to softball sized hail, massive dust storms, summer heat well into the 100s, and winter nights that occasionally dip below zero. I love it… except for the dust storms and tornadoes. However, I did get a wonderful free dermabrasion one time when I was caught outside in a sudden dust storm!

After taking the dogs out and back in again, I will climb up on my stationary bike and read, or perhaps do a little writing in my memoir, while I pedal away for at least 6 miles, my daily average. It’s what I must do to keep up with the dogs. 😀

Here is a link to the lovely post that inspired me to write about our snowy day:

Marian Beaman has published a wonderful memoir, Mennonite Daughter, The Story of a Plain Girl. If you enjoy reading memoirs like I do, you will love her story. Thank you for stopping by, and God Bless ❤

30 thoughts on “Today at our house – 2/2/2022

  1. @preacherbiker February 2, 2022 / 6:04 pm

    Thank you my wonderful wife and best friend

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  2. Lisa Beth February 2, 2022 / 6:17 pm

    Beautiful post Linda Lee. I had to re-read a few lines like 74° to 15° – thought it was a typo!
    Thank you for sharing your gorgeous horizon, precious dogs, and stunning weather! 😀

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    • Linda Lee/Lady Quixote February 2, 2022 / 6:22 pm

      Thank you! Yes, Monday our high temperature was in the mid 70s and today, Wednesday, the highest it has been was 21 just before sunrise, then it quickly fell into the teens. Tonight it’s supposed to go down to the single digits and tomorrow night, the forecast said we will have a low of -2, the last time I checked.

      When I moved to New Mexico in the spring of 2003, I foolishly gave away my nice warm down coat to a Goodwill, because I thought I would not need it here. BIG mistake!

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      • Lisa Beth February 2, 2022 / 6:26 pm

        Wow, I never imagined that! I appreciate weather phenomenon, but you have a lot of fortitude!

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        • Linda Lee/Lady Quixote February 2, 2022 / 7:12 pm

          Thanks to our central heat and air conditioning, it’s really not that bad. A couple of months ago our central furnace stopped working, and I about panicked. Thankfully, it turned out to be a corroded battery in the wall thermostat. Now it’s working great!

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    • Linda Lee/Lady Quixote February 3, 2022 / 9:47 am

      Haha… the cold must have frozen my brain yesterday. It was Monday, not Sunday, that the high temperature was in the mid 70s here, and yesterday was Wednesday, not Tuesday! I just corrected my earlier comment. Sigh… I haven’t been getting enough sleep since my husband had surgery on January 17. But he is healing very well, so I need to relax already. 🙂

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      • Lisa Beth February 3, 2022 / 10:05 am

        I would never have realized which day was what weather! 😀 Most important that your husband is doing well. May the Lord encourage you both and uplift your hearts!

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  3. Tricia February 2, 2022 / 7:30 pm

    Brrrrrr, it sounds and looks cold there! Lots of doggie love though I see which makes for a heart warming post. Hope you’re well Linda, cheers!

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  4. successbmine February 2, 2022 / 8:01 pm

    And I thought it was cold here! It’s snowing tonight and it is supposed to be a “big” storm, but as of right now it doesn’t look like that much accumulation. Of course that could change overnight. It seems to be getting colder. But I can’t imagine having to transition from 74′ to -2′ in such a short time.

    Love the coats on your dogs. 🙂 I used to make dog coats both for rain and for winter.

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    • Linda Lee/Lady Quixote February 2, 2022 / 8:45 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only dog mommy who puts coats on her dogs in snowy and rainy weather. Our Australian Koolie has grown since I found her last April, from an emaciated 20 pounds up to 37 pounds, so I need to buy her a larger coat. I can barely get the plaid one on her, it’s very tight around the middle. I wish I could make her a new one, but I never did learn to sew.

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      • successbmine February 2, 2022 / 9:38 pm

        I used to have a craft business, and that was just one of the many items I made. I ended up selling the patterns to someone who wanted to make them for her store.

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  5. marianbeaman February 2, 2022 / 8:07 pm

    I’m thrilled that my post inspired this. As scripture says, “As iron sharpens iron” so we inspire one another. Thanks too for the shout-out for my memoir. You are such a kind, compassionate person, Linda Lee! ((( )))

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  6. Blue Collar Theologian February 3, 2022 / 5:58 am

    Love your heart for God and how authentic you are in your writings! Praise God your heat is working!!! I am not a biker but I do go on long walks to nowhere on my treadmill! So glad you can see God’s beauty in the midst of all the changes!!! Love you Mama Linda!!! 🤗🤗🤗🧡🧡🧡😘😘😘🙏🙏🙏

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  7. granonine February 3, 2022 / 7:24 am

    I was surprised that snow didn’t seem like a shock to you until I read “where the high desert meets the high plains.” Yes, that explains a lot ! I was born in Grand Junction, Colorado, Didn’t live there very long, but on visits back to relatives, I loved the summer and early fall weather.

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    • Linda Lee/Lady Quixote February 3, 2022 / 8:19 am

      Oops, I just came inside from taking the dogs out to potty on a 10 degree morning, and my cold fingers, typing on my tablet, slipped and hit send too soon. As I was about to say, our biggest snow here was a blizzard named Goliath. We had hurricane force winds and no electricity for almost 3 straight days. When the blizzard finally ended, the snow drifts outside our house were over 10 feet tall. The government had to rescue people trapped in their cars by helicopter. It was wild and beautiful and SCARY! After living in Colorado, I know you know what I mean.

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  8. Beth Alisan February 5, 2022 / 12:06 pm

    Sometimes I think there must be sugar in snow because the moment our Labs take a bite out of a fresh coating they go zooming around the yard, frisking like horses. Your three look happy as a lark.

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    • Linda Lee/Lady Quixote February 5, 2022 / 12:45 pm

      Our dogs are the same way. The snow here has nearly all melted. We need more snow!


  9. Victorscorner February 9, 2022 / 4:53 am

    I like the vivid picture you painted about the weather around your house. Stories like this make me imagine how interesting living in a snowy environment can be.

    I live in the tropics so snow is not our thing here. But it’s always nice to read about other people’s weather experiences. Thanks Linda for sharing.

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    • Linda Lee/Lady Quixote February 9, 2022 / 9:17 am

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting, my brother. I appreciate your encouraging words.

      I have just come inside from the yard. There are only two small patches of snow remaining behind our house. I’m sure they will melt completely before the day is over. Living in the tropics sounds nice. Very different from our changeable weather.

      God bless you, Victor. I am looking forward to reading your next installment about being kidnapped for ransom.


  10. Nancy Ruegg February 11, 2022 / 3:34 pm

    Linda, you should count as part of your exercise all the steps in and out with the dogs, the deep knee bends putting their doggy-coats on and off, the wiping of twelve feet when you come in, etc. Especially if you do that three times a day, maybe you could shave a mile off the bike ride! / I too love changeable weather. Here in Ohio, we had temps approaching 60 before the winter storm of last week. (Gives us something to talk about with strangers on elevators!)

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    • Linda Lee/Lady Quixote February 11, 2022 / 7:35 pm

      You’re right on about the dogs adding to my exercise. Plus they typically go out five or six times a day — yes, they have me trained! — and I often run with them in the yard, playing keep away with their toys.

      Thank you for reading and commenting, I really appreciate it. I need to blog more. Right now, my memoir writing is taking up most of my writing energy.

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      • Nancy Ruegg February 12, 2022 / 10:48 am

        I’m still praying for you in that regard, Linda, that the words would flow, that God would enhance your efforts and keep you on an even keel as you journey through difficult memories.

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