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Greetings friends! Can you believe it:
Only 33 days until spring!
My first like is that Scout is finally able to exercise and be a normal puppy. Even though she got the cone off after 2 weeks but the doctor felt she needed an additional week of rest. She is free! Free now!
Greta was glad to see her again!
We are happy that we can walk again and the weather has been wonderful this week. We are supposed to get some snow again on Saturday but next week looks wonderful so we will be able to keep exercising.
I like walking. It allows me to appreciate so much in our little world. The wonderful thing about winter is that it heightens my appreciation for springtime. Right now, I see the world through "spring eyes" which is a mixture of emotions: relief that the weather is turning and joy at everything that is emerging or appears beautiful again.
Doesn't this Red Twig Dogwood look lovely in the sunlight?
I like donuts but these goodies are different.
These are FASTNACHTS!
I live in Pennsylvania Dutch country and in our valley, we celebrate Fat Tuesday by eating Fastnachts. Fastnacht translates to "fast night" and are special donuts made just for this day. For our local bakeries, it means an overwhelming amount of business.
The line outside our local bakery. By the time I got my donuts, the line had tripled. It's a fun day because as we all wait patiently for our pastries, we chat about which topping we prefer and how far we travel. There are always some newbies to our region who are intrigued (and delighted) about a special donut day and we welcome them with opened arms.
These donuts are the ONLY thing bakeries make on Fastnacht Day. You can get them plain or sprinkled with sugar or powder. The newspaper reported the one bakery was prepared to make 60,000 fastnachts for the day. I know that our local shop had 10 people baking in the kitchen. Most places run out of donuts by 2 p.m.
Well that is this week's edition. Have a good day!