Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Shelia carried a HUGE brush this year!

We were hit with a huge winter storm this weekend. Two feet of snow fell overnight Sunday and all day Monday. We had a dilly of a blizzard, just like the ones when I was a kid: snowing constantly, blowing, blizzard conditions, the sound of the wind whistling through any crack or cranny it could find. It was wonderful to be indoors and listen/watch what Mother Nature was doing outside. She's not a lady to be messed with.

In Newfoundland, we expect to have a visit from Shelia's Brush*.  But gol darn it, Shelia! That warn't no brush: it were a bloody big broom!

* Sheila's Brush is an idiom used in Newfoundland and it refers to the last big storm of the winter season, a storm that occurs around St. Patrick's Day. The term comes from an Irish legend which says that Sheila was the saint's wife (or sister or mother) and that the snow is a result of her sweeping away the old season. 

I was quite content to sit indoors with my blessed electricity and cook, clean and chillax. 

I made soup, of course -- a red lentil with delicious bits of bacon, carrots and a touch of lemon juice at the end. Yum! Then I baked a delicious batch of Partridgeberry Streusel Muffins. 

(Partridgeberries are like a tart cranberry and Newfoundlanders love them. The jam is divine on a slice of freshly baked bread and topped with a wee spread of thick cream liked canned Fussels or Nestles. OMG!) 

There was lots of housecleaning, some rearranging of furniture and plenty of Netflix. I discovered a really good sci-fi series last weekend called Sense 8. Besides the sci-fi portion of the storyline, it takes place in several locations around the world with  characters from different ethnicities, beliefs, social/financial backgrounds and sexual preferences with a large emphasis on LGBTQ+ issues. This makes for a deeply compelling and eye-opening show. I like to be challenged, especially in my thinking, so I'm really enjoying it. Sadly, now that I'm almost at the end of Season 2 and am completely hooked, I find out that there will be no Season 3!

I can take the extra snow, Shelia! 
But no Season 3!!! 
Whatever shall I do!


Jeanie said...

I've never heard of Sheila Brush. That's really cool -- unless she's brushing around where one happens to be. So sorry about that one!

Barbara said...

I love the picture of Sheilas Broom. I thought it was a quilt at first. That would have been gorgeous.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I haven't watched that series on Netflix but do know it's hard to come to an end of a series. Thankfully we have only had snow showers and not storms. I'd never heard of Sheila's brush before. Hang in there a new series will be forthcoming and so will Spring!

sabine ingerl said...

I love red lentil soup, it will be the first meal I prepare when my 2 weeks diet is over. I hope this Sheila Brush will be the last outburst of winter at your side and you will get spring soon. Good luck with your plan to loose weight. The first days are the hardest. When you see the kilos disappearing it's easier to go on.