First snow of the year

First snow of 2017

But not enough to make a snowman, not even snowballs! It’s been pretty quiet around the house after a rather miserable start to the new year, but the coughfest is over and in some way or other, we will make up for lost holiday time. Winter has been colder than usual with below zero nights, however, it is the snow, or rain, that we desperately need to properly get us through spring.

The last sunset of the year

December 31, 2016

My significant other is down with a nasty winter bug that has been going around, so tonight is going to be very low-key with movies lined up for viewing. Poor MotH. I had escargots à la Bourguignonne, foie gras, a platter of cheese, ham hocks, and lentils on the menu, but what the heck. If he feels better tomorrow, we can have all of that for breakfast. 🙂

As is the tradition on the last day of the year, we go for a hike somewhere. That wasn’t going to happen today, so the Dynamic Duo and I took a short stroll for the “lasts” of the year. Does it matter to pets if it is day 365? I think not. But I find it odd that they both insisted on taking a crap in the middle of the walk (we live in the country, it’s all natural) instead of doing their business at home. Wishing you all a Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

Dogs last walk of 2016
Last walk of the year

Dogs last sniff of the year
Last sniff of the year

Somebody come over here and help me finish the cheese! L-R: raschera d’alpeggio, Beppino Occelli’s Frutta e Grappa di Moscato (sheep and cow’s milk cheese topped with dried fruit and soaked in grappa), and toma di Murazzano. Everything purchased at Salumeria Olivero in Dogliani on via Guglielmo Marconi 4. Excellent place to shop for quality local products.

Cheese platter 2016