Appreciating snow

El Nino has been a benefactor this year, and I am reveling in the snow. Here are some photos from the last few days.

This is an abstract, an idea I picked up from taking photos with Anne Sandler at Slow Shutter Speed. I had fun with it. These are icicles.


The sun disappears early at this time of year and makes this lovely glow from the behind the mountain on its way out.Winterscapes-1

The sun makes its appearance behind the opposite mountain the next day.Winterscapes-3

I appreciate that the sun sets and also rises and that snow blankets our mountains this year.

Happy Friday, and have a great weekend!

On needing new photos and eating meat

I’m going to the coast today, first time I’ve felt like going somewhere or doing something since I left Tahoe last week.


I’ve been so tired, and I had a sore hand. I think the fatigue was a combination of allergies (and anti-histamines) and needing a little red meat. I had some grass-fed bison last night and did immediately feel better. This has happened to me before. I am an “occasionarian,” which is a tongue-in-cheek description of my dietary habits. I think veganism is awesome, but I am not a perfect person. Far from it! Anyway, I do eat animal protein four times a week–so seldom that I can afford to buy the compassionately raised (and slaughtered, I hope) version, or wild salmon or dolphin-safe tuna. I have been forgetting to eat some red meat sometimes though. I don’t know why my body needs it, but as one goes along in life, one does learn what works for one’s body. That was a lot of “ones!” Sorry about that! As blog reader SquawPeak said yesterday, wheat and grains don’t work for her. We all need protein, carbs and fat, and veggies and fruit, but we are also all a little different.

I do think we can make a difference by simply eating less meat, and as it turns out, this is a strong trend in the USA. People are simply cutting back on the meat.

As for dairy, my solution is to guy organic milk and cage-free eggs. A vegan will think this is pretty lame, and I agree, but again, I have to do what works for me, and I do believe that an effort, no matter how small, can make a huge difference. I do see things changing as people come to terms with the situation and seek ways to improve their diet, which is not really that easy.

Time for a plug for my newsletter. Each month I include an original recipe, always vegetarian. Sometimes it’s a cookie recipe or something else decadent, sometimes something vegetarian. We’ve learned to make a lot of stuff using beans, lentils, tofu, or eggs as the protein basis for dinner. If you are interested in getting the newsletter, you can leave a comment below or click on the link in the left frame of this blog. That will lead you to the sign-up form.

My husband just called me for breakfast…he made his amazing breakfast frittata. That recipe will also be in my newsletter eventually, so please sign up! Meantime, I’m off to eat breakfast, then get some overdue writing done, then go have some fun at the coast and hopefully take some new photos.

Have a happy Tuesday, or Wednesday, as the case may be.


The Sierra Nevada

Happy Sunday evening! Today I was busy talking to people about Love Caters All and Left of the Rising Sun and signing a few copies for people, too.

Tonight, I had to dig into my treasure trove to find a photo before I completely missed the day.

This is a view facing the other direction from Lake Tahoe, from the top of Alpine Meadows. You can see how all the snow I was showing before is only on some of the more north-facing slopes. Point the camera in the other direction, and you see these mountains already looking like summer.


The snow pack in the Sierras is at 18% of normal. The snow pack is the main reservoir for water in California and Reno, Nevada. What are we doing to deal with the lack of rain? There are water-use restrictions in California for households and for agriculture. We’ve rid our property of most of our grass. Some of it came back with the rains, because we haven’t covered that area with mulch yet. The rest is covered by mulch, but the hardy weed grass is coming through. I have been pulling that out by hand. I need to get back to work on that job. Pulling weeds is a lot of work!

All of this discussion has made me thirsty. Time for some water and resuming my relaxing Sunday. I’m reading The Princess of Las Pulgas, an excellent young adult novel by C. Lee McKenzie.

Have a good evening!