Monday, December 28, 2015

Up on the roof

It was time to get the snow off of the barn roof.  Jens and Mathis came to the rescue.



Jens took the short side because Mathis wanted the longer side.  The younger you are, the more energy you have.




Their Dad stopped back to check on their progress.  There was only one way to really check it out though and that was to get up on the roof ---   and once you are up there......



.... you are shoveling snow too.






The snow on the roof has been conquered!  Hooray!


The best part is the end when they got to jump off the roof into the shoveled snow. 

Snowmen!  Or is it a Sasquatch covered with snow?

 Thank you so much Joe, Jens and Mathis!   We will soon be ready for the January thaw.  (I think it might be a couple of weeks away, but one never knows)

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Snow, snow, all that snow had to go....



Getting plowed out by our neighbors, Mike and Theresa on Christmas Day.

Christmas Morning 






Too much shoveling.





The ramp for the sled run.  It's going to be a dandy this year.





As the sun goes down on Christmas Day....












Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas on the mountain

Our power went out at about 10:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.  We woke up to another eight inches of fresh snow and no electricity.  Retired Mountain Man and I started up our new generator and plugged in our two freezers and the refrigerator.  It worked really well.  Thank heavens the power came back on at noon and we are back in full operation.

The neighbors are working on plowing our driveway and we heard that three cars are stuck coming up West Spring Creek.  We haven't opened any Christmas gifts yet and we don't plan to go anywhere so we are OK.










I baked Swedish Christmas bread before the power went out.













We have decided to buy a snowblower.





The snowblower purchase will be very soon.

Merry Christmas from Old Cougar Road!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

It's happening now.

We got our wish for snow.  We had twelve new inches of snow overnight.    RMM had to walk to the satellite dishes to get the snow off of them.  I think there must be two feet out there.  As you can see in the photo below, the snow is about to start sliding off of the roof.


The chimney cleaners were scheduled to clean out our chimney today, but we had to cancel as we will not have our driveway plowed until late this afternoon.  Yes!  We are snowed in.






We cut down our tree yesterday and I have started decorating it.  It's a little skimpy at the top, but it will have to do.   There's still a nice spot at the top for the blue angel that we have had since our first Christmas.  She still looks good.


It has started snowing again.  Oh boy!  The sled run is going to be awesome this year.


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Only 5 Days to go.....

The sun is breaking through the clouds this morning.








I think tomorrow's goal will be to cut down our tree and get it in the house.  Today I will finish wrapping gifts and troubleshoot some of my outdoor Christmas lights.  There's also a Solstice party at the Hope Outskirts Marketplace at 5:00 p.m. to attend and last but not least, the Seahawks are playing at 1:00.


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Christmas fun....

....is baking and making up Christmas gifts for everyone.  It was scone baking day yesterday.

Cherry Scones

It was also time to create some little centerpieces and wrap presents.



This all has to be done while listening to my favorite Christmas music.

It was finally time to bottle the Slivovitz (thanks to my friend, Linda, for sharing that recipe with me) and make a final batch of apple jelly.

The best part of all is that it is snowing outside and does look a lot like Christmas.


Friday, December 18, 2015

Cowgirl wreath for Christmas







My version of a wreathe for a cowgirl that I know.  It was a lot of fun making it.



Thursday, December 17, 2015

Natural Selection


The road less traveled or is it the road most feared during the winter, West Spring Creek Road.


This photo depicts a only part of the hill that I slide down, I mean drive down, whenever I decide I need a little adventure.

The important question that everyone who lives West Spring Creek always asks each other is, "How's the hill? Has it been plowed and sanded?"

Yes, there is a sign posted at the bottom of the hill that says, "Chains required".



You would not believe how many people attempt driving up it in a car without four wheel drive or chains.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Yay! It's snowing!


It started last night at about 10:00 P.M.








This morning we have about six inches of fresh snow.



It's perfect for building a snowman.  I wish I had some grandchildren here to help me build one.