During these cold winter days, nothing hits the spot like a bowl of chili! With all the toppings, of course.
I snapped this photo of Gus on Saturday night. Those little white spots are the remnants of the snow that covered him when he came inside (of course he shook it off as soon as he came in the door. I wish I could crack the canine code that prompts him to wait until he's in the door to shake all moisture off).
At least he has short fur. It could be worse:
Here's an archive photo of Gracie, with ice balls tangled in her fur after a romp in the snow.
We're lucky, we only got a few inches of snow this time. Friends of mine in Connecticut got a foot of the white stuff, and are heading into their third day without electricity as I type this.
We only lost our electricity for 16 hours and 22 minutes (not that I was keeping track or anything), which is an unbearably long time when the temperature inside your house is dropping from lack of heat. We were lucky that we at least had hot water (thanks to a water heater fueled by natural gas) and a stove to cook on (also fueled by gas).
I am also lucky that I decided to cook this chili before the storm hit. Simmering a pot of chili in the slow cooker while the snow swirls outside makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, but lack of electricity would have quickly put an end to that scenario.