Please Make Chili…

We started our winter break last Saturday. I like to think we triumphantly made the semester finish line, but realistically, let’s just say We made It. But that’s ok. All of my students passed with a C or higher, and this means they can take the 2nd half of Freshman Composition next semester if they desire.

This week has been filled with somewhat important things/errands that need to get done and did since we’re off work. And my husband heads to Colorado on Monday, so that leaves just me to do any leftover chores.

So, some boring things completed: gift cards ordered for niece and nephew and other nephew by choice 🙂 Candies ordered for in-laws, tree decorated (finally!). Some extra cleaning of kitchen and guest bathroom in anticipation of my brother and SIL’s visit. Vet appointment for Boo completed!

And I made broccoli cheese soup and my famous chili. I say famous only because my husband and mom love it so much LOL

We also have been preparing for this crazy winter storm that’s blowing in very hard as I write this and has been gusting for 3 hours now. Tomorrow will not get above freezing and we’ll have lows as freezing temps through Monday night. Pretty crazy when just a week ago it was 75 degrees outside. I realize this winter storm is affecting large areas of the US. But also most likely those areas are much better prepared for this kind of weather.

While we’ve been told by our governor several times that the Texas electric grid will hold this time, honestly, after Yuri blasted through Texas killing upwards of 200 people due to the grid going down in 2021, no one is feeling very confident nor trusting.

To have these kinds of sustained freezing temperatures at this time of year if pretty unheard of. But hey, we just had our hottest December day on record just a few short weeks ago so….ya know.

Unfortunately, due to this impending storm my brother and SIL had to skip out visit so they could get back to their place in the Midwest before this hit yesterday evening. They also were pulling an RV and that’s definitely no fun in ice and/or snow. It’s disappointing, but I’m glad they’re safely home now.

We won’t have any ice or snow this time around, thank heavens! Down here on the Gulf, we just do not have an infastructure for all that, again as we learned the very hard way in 2021.

But, there’s still broccoli cheese soup and lots of chili. I think we’re going to make it!

I hope everyone is safe and taking this holiday season in stride. Best wishes and take care my friends xo-b

32 Comments on “Please Make Chili…

  1. Thank you for sharing!!.. Christmas is about enjoying the day with a home filled with memories of holidays past.. It may have seemed a bit hectic but you were there and created more memories for your book of memories… 🙂
    Physically I will be alone this Christmas, have blowing snow and a wind chill of -35 degrees but have a heart and home filled with memories (and have technology) and food is prepared, so will still have a wonderful holiday and Christmas… 🙂

    Hope you and your family have the mostest, wonderfulest, happiest and merriest holiday and Christmas ever and until we meet again…

    May flowers always line your path
    and sunshine light your way,
    May songbirds serenade your
    every step along the way,
    May a rainbow run beside you
    in a sky that’s always blue,
    And may happiness fill your heart
    each day your whole life through.
    (Irish Saying)

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  2. Congrats on making it to the end of the semester. That is an accomplishment in itself.

    And best wishes with hunkering down today. We’re doing the same. Schools are cancelled so kids get an extra day headstart to the holiday break. No complaints other than parents over here!

    Merry Christmas!

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    • Hi AB! Thank you! It’s definitely a cold one for our part of the woods today; we didn’t break 32 as a high. But, I’m sure this is nothing compared to your winters! I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas weekend! Take care.

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  3. I laughed at your comment that this kind of weather’s “pretty unheard of.” One of the best things about getting old is that I’ve had a lot of experiences, and I was here for the 1989 freeze, the 1983 freeze, the 1977 ice storm and freeze…. and so on. It’s hard to forget experiences like 1983, when all the pipes around the courtyard of my Houston apartment burst and flooded everything with inches of ice. I did the only reasonable thing — got out my ice skates, and went skating! I know some old-timers who still talk about the year they walked across Trinity Bay; the ice was that thick.

    Be of good cheer! None of the power outages this time around have been Ercot-related. They have more to do with the strong winds, and limbs dropping on to power lines. In that sense, it’s no different than it would be during an enthusiastic July thunderstorm!

    Your chili sounds great. I’ve already got a white chicken chili in the crockpot, and I don’t intend to go out at all today. I did put out extra food for the squirrels and birds early this morning, and they’re finally braving the feeders. Pretty soon I’ll go out and thaw out the water bowls. Like you, I’ll be alone at Christmas, but will be getting together with the friends that have become family between Christmas and New Year’s Day. The few family members still have are in the Kansas City area, and none of them are going out today, either! At least we don’t have to cope with their ice and snow!

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    • Hi! That sounds like a nightmare in 1983, but I love how well you dealt with it! May as well have some fun! And now that you mention it, I do remember the 1989 freeze/snow. I was in San Marcos at the time and dang, it was cold!
      That wind was something last night, right? It was howling and howling out here on the west side, almost like a pretty strong tropical storm raging through here! It was still pretty blustery today as well. My mom’s water froze up (she’s in a trailer) even though she left the faucets dripping. We spent much of the day under her trailer reinforcing pipe insulation and adding a few heat lamps. Luckily, water came through all faucets about 3 p.m. with no damage we can tell. Amen!
      I hope the electric gods are good to you and that you have no issues with pipes, etc freezing these next few days! 🙂
      Ok, so you had ice skates because…? I had a pair I carried with me until I was about 21 from when i was a kid in Upstate NY. I sadly never made it to the Galleria to show off my skills LOL
      I hope you have a great Christmas and a wonderful time celebrating this next week. ❤️

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      • I grew up in central Iowa, and went skating at least two or three times a week during the winter. I loved it! We lived within walking distance of a park that flooded a huge area for a rink. There was an open lodge next to it with two huge fireplaces and they always kept a fire going in at least one. I don’t miss driving in snow and ice, but I do miss that ice skating!

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  4. Broccoli cheese soup and chili – a recipe for warmth and comfort for sure. I hope you all stay safe in the storm and wishing you a great Christmas!! Here’s to a fantastic 2023!!

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  5. Comfort foods…so good this time of year, and our cold is predicted to be single digits for highs this weekend in PA. Brrrr. Since I have pet sits (holiday period) I made a good beef stew in the crock pot, and chili is next on Saturday. So nice to have hot food to warm up when I get home from dinner time client visits. Broccoli cheese soup sounds really good.

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    • Oh my! That’s so cold! I lived in Bloomsburg for a year as a kid and remember those chilling days of winter! I hope it warms up for you all soon. Beef stew sounds delicious, too! Yum! Best wishes to you and yours. Happy holidays!


  6. It looks like you’ve had a roller coaster ride for weather. Yikes!

    I hope the electrical grid is hanging in there for whatever the weather brings next. And I hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season.

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    • Hi! It will be a hard freeze again tonight and tomorrow night, but then it’s predicted we’ll be back to 75 as a high by this coming Thursday. A little bit nuts! I hope all is well in your world. Happy holidays to you and yours!


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