Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Imagination Box Co.

Samuels, Idaho.  The best gift under the tree.

To see photos of some of their items click here.










This lucky kid has two castle towers to build his fortress.   So far we have put together one of them.


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Do we have enough?

We don't have a lot of snow, but I think there's enough for the sled run on New Year's Eve.  


I spent yesterday doing my Christmas baking.  I play my favorite Christmas CD's all day long as I am baking and putting together my gifts.  I love it.  



My friend, Cynthia, made this beautiful Christmas card for us and Billy gave us some of his Plum Liqueur.  He has perfected the technique for making liqueurs.  It's the perfect drink for taking off a winter chill.  (It's not too bad to have a little nip of it while baking the goodies?)  


Today is my Christmas in Hope Crawl.

It begins by going to the Outskirts Marketplace Cafe in Hope to listen to our friend Bruce perform, then I move on to Neil and Ann's for their Christmas Open House. Last but not least, we will end the day with band practice here and our band Christmas dinner.   


Retired Mountain Man and I are very lucky.  We have just enough of everything we could ever want.  

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Houston, we have our tree....




We found the tree in our field and here it is!








All keyboard players need one of these ornaments.  Cool!


A Christmas card that David made for us when he was in the third grade.......

Yesterday I made my cookie dough and it is ready to bake today --  or should I wrap gifts?  Hmmm.  It's too early in the day to make a decision.  I need more Evan's Brothers coffee.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Oh no! Not .......


A packaged arrived today from one of Santa's elves in Victor, Montana.

It contained something for my kitchen....



and something for the new porch......


I am almost finished decorating inside.




RMM's favorite Christmas decoration. 
 Actually, he hates it because the little bells jingle every time someone opens the door.  When the grandkids are here, that happens a lot.....



My favorite stocking from Kristine.

My favorite Christmas card this year - from Martha and Martin.


I hope this does not happen to you this year.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

You Ain't Goin' Nowhere

Our forecast is for a high of 21 degrees today.  Yesterday, it was finally warm enough for the trip to Hope to get the mail, haul the garbage to the dumpsters and go to exercise class.  I hadn't been anywhere since last Wednesday and I didn't mind because it was too cold to be outside even for a few minutes.  


It's Tuesday and I love Tuesdays.  I don't have to go anywhere on Tuesdays.  I stay home and practice my piano and guitar all day long or whatever else I feel like doing.  

Unfortunately, we have enough of the dry fluffy snow that it's time to get out the shovel, but I don't even mind doing that since there's going to be a heat wave.  

I think I am finished decorating the porch.  We are ready for the holidays except we need to get our tree.



This is the photo from last year and Retired Mountain Man is really hoping that there's another one like this that is very close to the house.  

Friday, December 6, 2013

Wind Chill Warning

Forecast for tonight - 0 - with wind chill values of -16.

We are in the deep freeze here as well as everyone else in the area.  Our emails now consist of what our low temperature was last night.  Wind chill, anyone?



The cold weather did not stop Mandolin Ann and I.  We just spent two days making Christmas wreaths and swags in our wood room in the basement.  

We made six wreathes, four swags and a centerpiece.  While we worked we drank a little hot chocolate, a little bit of wine, and of course, ate some dark chocolate.  The boughs made the entire basement smell like a Christmas tree. I love that smell.

I did finish the decorating on my front porch before the really cold weather blew in.

Photos will follow, but I am not going out there to take photos today.  The temperature is 14.4 and I don't know what the wind chill is, but it's brrrrr.

The wind chill warning for tomorrow night is -21.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Happy Faces!

We had an awesome Thanksgiving week with all of our kids and grandkids.  We are so lucky!  

There was just enough snow for a little more sledding.  






Retired Mountain Man always has a burn pile that needs to be torched on Thanksgiving.  They managed to scorch a couple of coat sleeves getting it started, but that's normal.




 Cousin Nolan came to visit Ben.  


And we're back outside on the sled run.





What happy faces!  It's just what Grandma's want to see.



The Turkey Day finally arrives.  Ben wants to know if the turkey is done?  

Rylee made the centerpiece for the table and then set it up.  She did a beautiful job.  The table looked lovely along with the pretty girl at the end of it.




Yes, the turkey is done Ben!  


Some people get in trouble for snitching pieces of turkey!






The college guy having a good time with his little brother.


Yes, we played Euchre, Poker and Shit on Your Neighbor.  We ate an enormous amount of good food everyday, got in a lot of visits with our morning coffee, and slept in every morning as long as we could.  The kids played games and watched movies.  The house was packed to brim with all the extra beds and cots set up and it was wonderful to get to spend the time together.  Yes, nerves were frayed every once in a while with all the changes to everyone's schedules, but it was worth it.

Retired Mountain Man and I are now back to our quiet, kind of boring, everyday life.

I am looking forward to New Year's Eve and the next family get together.  In the meantime I will be raising a glass of my  Blue's Gal drink (it matches the color of my carpet and everything else in my house) working on getting up my Christmas decorations.


Thursday, November 28, 2013

I'm out!

We began our Thanksgiving weekend celebration with Gary Palmer's Shrimp Linguine recipe.  So simple, yet so tasty.  The men were on kitchen clean-up duty with Retired Mountain Man in his supervisory role.  




Next, it was a few hands of poker.  James Paul was hard to beat in this game. 


"Read 'em and weep", as Grandpa Jim used to say.  



Tomorrow we begin the Euchre Tournament.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

All in one day!

We started our morning with lots of Evans Brothers Coffee and a nice leisurely breakfast.  Then it was time to go to work.  Things needed to be done.  Once son David gets going he never stops.  He is kind of like the Energizer Bunny. Do you remember that commercial?  He just keeps going and going and going......
Ben driving Grandpa's computer

We all went outside to watch David and Grandpa finish taking down the rain gutters.  I don't think the temperature got above freezing.   Brrrr.   It was cold.  We definitely needed a fire in the fire pit.


Ben did have fun with his sled.  Although there is not a lot of snow on the ground, what is left is really hard and quite slick.  It's perfect to sled down the small hill in the front yard.  Especially if you are four years old.


Next, the guys discuss how to install my new light, which is bigger and heavier than the first one.  Modifications would need to be made.  Since they are "guy, guys", modifications are a piece of cake for them.








I need Tim to come back and carve out a slot in the top of my beam to conceal my lighting wires.   Retired Mountain Man thinks that's another one of my crazy ideas.   OK then.  I will have to buy some kind grape leaf decorative vine thingy to cover them up.  Still more modifications.



TA- DA!   





I should warn you that there's a dragon in my house.  Or is it a whirlwind?    I am are not sure.



We ended the day with a venison hanging up in the basement.  Hooray!  Meat for the winter!

What a great day!