Sunday, February 21, 2021

Another Winter Chat ~ February 21, 2021

Hello everyone! 

It's still winter a week later! That's very unusual for southern Missouri. This snow has stayed, and I've enjoyed it. I understand that a lot of people have suffered because of the weather, and I am truly sorry for them. May God bless them and help them get back to normal as soon as possible. 

But, I am still enjoying my snowy yard.

One of the things that goes on My Winter Bucket List every year is making snow ice cream. We did it! It was easy and delicious. 

I finished a diaper cover this week to go with the little peasant dress that I made for my friend's baby who is due in March. It was so nice to get back to the sewing machine. This was a very thrifty project. I used fabric that I had on hand from a project years ago. The thread was a spool that was so old, it was wooden! I know that it's best not to use old thread, but it was the best match for my fabric, so I thought, why not give it a try? It worked perfectly with no troubles at all. 

I've tried some new recipes. I'm avoiding sugar and flour for the month of February. So, I'm trying some sugar-free options. I'm not on a Keto diet, but some of the recipes work for the challenge. I've not been too impressed, but I think the trouble may be the sweetener I used. I used Pyure. It's good for some things, but it's just not my favorite. I have some Trim Healthy Mama Gentle Sweet on order. 

Last week, I told you that  I've challenged myself for February to do some things in addition to my regular housework. 

  • Sewing: Sew a baby dress with matching diaper cover ~ Dress finished, I finished the cover this week, too.  
  • Knitting: Knit a pair of child's mittens (First time in years) and knit 10 rows a day on my husband's socks ~ I've not touched the mittens, but the socks are ready for cuffs now. I also cast on another pair of socks. I get bored...and distracted. ~smile~
  • Correspondence: Write one letter or card a day and send it. I'm sticking with it. I've used a lot of stamps. I've received two or three cards in return. I'm hoping that I will receive more. It's fun to send mail, but it's also fun to receive it. I hope to get my older family members to write to me. 
  • Cooking: Try four new low-carb recipes. ~ I've tried Butter Pecan Cookies, Keto No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake, Keto Snickerdoodles and Peanut Butter Cookies all from Joy Filled Eats. 
  • Education: Duolingo language lesson daily and listening to The Old Testament I'm making daily progress. I'm on day 81 of Spanish lessons and day 121 of my As It Happened Bible reading course on
I'm keeping at it each day, and I'm making progress. It adds interest and keeps the days from running together since I'm almost exclusively at home now. 

I'm going to spend a little time tonight watching a new movie with my daughter Amy. It's called Dolphin Island. I'll be doing a review on it next week.

I'm going to need to do a little planning this week. I need to get some things ready ahead of time. I'll be having surgery again on the first. You may remember that I had breast cancer in 2017. I am cancer free, but I got a terrible infection around my implant last November. It had to be removed, and they left my chest open and bandaged to heal. On the first, they will close me up. The doctor said it's a simple surgery, but surgery never feels simple to the patient. ~smile~ So, prayers will be appreciated. 

Well, all for now. Have a wonderful week y'all!
God bless you!
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage



  1. Sending prayers for your surgery.

  2. Sounds like a great week. You look fantastic!
    Prayers that your upcoming surgery is easy and healing. Blessings to you.

  3. Oh my, I didn't realize you weren't finished with that yet - Huge, kind prayers!
    Also, I wrote a letter on my blog (inspired by you of course) :-)

  4. You will be in my prayers as you go through surgery. Take care.

  5. Bless your heart, I sit realize you were still dealing with that incision. Praying all goes well. That snow!!!! Definitely a winter wonderland! The dress and diaper cover are absolutely beautiful!!

  6. God Bless you as well. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Hello Laura, You always amaze me with your sweet and gentle spirit! Love reading about all you have been up to! I will be praying for you!! I can't use any of those alternative sugars, they make me so sick! Hugs, Roxy

  8. We had a little snow at the beginning of February and it was beautiful but all in all, so far, it has been a mild winter here in Georgia. The snow ice cream you made looks delicious! I'll have to try that sometime when we get one of our rare snows. Kudos to you for staying away from sugar for a month! That's hard to do! I'm not sure I could do it. I do remember when you had your surgery and am praying all will go well when they stitch you back up. Take care!

  9. Good Morning Laura, first of all you are in my prayers. You're so right about surgery, when you or a loved one is the patient it never seems simple. Simple is never needing it in the first place.
    Your snow is pretty but looks so cold. We had a big dump of it a week ago but now it is gone except for a few shady places when the sun doesn't get to it. I have a brother that lives in Missouri, we talk on the phone but I never get photos, so it was nice to see what your weather is like.
    Wishing you a lovely day and God Bless you :)

    1. Hi Connie,
      That snow is unusual for us. Over the last few years, we haven't gotten much. I enjoyed it while it was here.
      I hope you have a wonderful, magnificent week!
      Mrs. Laura Lane

      P.S. Thanks so much for your prayers.

  10. I'll be praying for you Laura xo

  11. My prayers are always with you dear friend! I too loved the snow and am thankful for the new furnace the complex put in! I did have a sit down in that snow but only hurt my little pinkie! We are doing well! Huggles always!

    1. Well God bless your sweet little pinky and heal it quickly in Jesus' name!

  12. Praying all goes well with your surgery Laura. Snow is beautiful indeed. I don't care for the slick ice we've had and how ugly some things look after it all starts to melt.

    1. Dear Tajuana,
      Yes, I agree about snow, ice, and the ugly that follows.
      Thank you so much for praying.


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