May Snow and Monsters

May Snow and Monsters

May Snow and Monsters

Chocolate Box Cottage Diary, Volume 2

Week 18: May 6, 2022

Normally, I would have planted my ๐Ÿ…๐ŸŒฑtomato seedlings in the garden this weekend, tucked squash, cucumber, and melon seeds into garden beds, and arranged my potted and hanging basket ๐ŸŒธgeraniums on the front porch. A forecast for May snow and a mid-twenties morning seemed impossibly freakish after a mostly warm and sunny week, but I decided to wait. I’m glad I did. โ„๏ธโ„๏ธโ„๏ธ

Sam and I decided to take a light-hearted view of the snow and reminded ourselves that in a few weeks we would probably be wishing for the coolness of snow!

The heavy wind and โ˜”๏ธrain that ushered in the snow quieted the ๐Ÿธfrogs, ๐Ÿฆ—crickets, and ๐Ÿ•Šbirds, and brought up millions of red wigglers (worms) trying to escape drowning. They made a banquet for greedy and appreciative ducks, who slurped them up like noodles.

Weather also brought up a couple of monsters! ๐Ÿ‘ฟNot scary horned creatures with bad teeth and bad breath, but unusually large creatures. Pictures dispersed throughout post…

Jasper's tail

Monster #1 Ring tail cat? No, ring-tailed keebler, better known as Jasper.

Tea with biscotti and raspberries

It’s not every day I get to have homemade biscotti and fresh raspberries for tea on a workday! So when it happens, it is special. (In the background are a Bosch Universal mixer and an Ankarsrum Assistent mixer.)

If you happen to be looking for a heavy duty stand mixer for bread and other kitchen tasks, be click on the video above, which compares KitchenAid, Bosch Universal, and Ankarsrum Assistent mixers! I’ve included a printable shopping comparison to help you pick the best one for your kitchen!

half gallon jars of grain in the cupboard

Variety of grains in the cupboard in half-gallon jars. These jars are refilled from 5-gallon bucket in the storeroom as needed.

Fresh raw A2/A2 milk and yogurt from a local dairy. The flavor is amazing: clean, slightly sweet, and delicious! I especially enjoy the raw cream added to English Breakfast tea.

Pacific Giant Salamander

Monster #2: Pacific Giant Salamander measuring 13 inches (33 cm)

Monster #3: Hyalophora cecropia, the Cecropia moth, barely escaped being squashed in the screen door when it fluttered in in the wind! Wind span of this beauty is 5 inches (13 cm).

Movie pick: Enchanted April

With a beautiful, original story line, Enchanted April will whisk you away to a flower-festooned castle in Italy. Just what you might be needing about now.

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Have a blessed week and thank you for visiting! Feel free to leave a note in the comments, I read every one.


๐ŸŒธ ๐Ÿก ๐ŸŒธMichele



  • Thanks so much for sharing such beauty. Amazing May snow shower. We had it in Denver too, and here we are reaching the 100’s. A HUGE salamander!! Wowser! Your world is truly lovely.

    • Thank you for your kind words, Andrea. I wish summer would start here! It is still capricious.

  • Thank you for the wonderful information and showing of the variety of mixers. I have the Kitchen-Aid, but I am going to check more into the Ankarsrum mixer!


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