Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Day Walks.

Retired Mountain Man and I went for our Christmas Day walk.

The starting ramp for the sled run needs work.

Thompson and Maggie went with us.


 A few tracks in the snow.

Look who came to visit on her new snow shoes.  How awesome is that!

Christmas Morning 2016

The snow is trying to come off of the roof.  The leaves have been up there for some time.

Nice icicles.

A little color from the Maple Tree.

This is a beauty.

When it finally breaks loose, it's going to make some noise.  I hope the deck holds up!

As you can see from this photo, it's less than a foot from the deck railing.
It will be time to open our gifts soon.  Yay!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

It's scone time again. This time it's chocolate and more chocolate.

You can't have too much chocolate.  I am particularly fond of dark chocolate.

This year I baked Mango-cranberry Scones, Date-Coconut Scones and Triple Chocolate Scones.

The chocolate scones are even better with a dark chocolate glaze.

I spent some time browsing through my old Christmas photos and remembering some of the special moments back then.  Just look at this princess, who is now practically grown up.  

 A few "youngsters" working on their musical talent back in 2006?

This one too! He was having a blast.  That's what you are supposed to do on New Year's Eve.

This photo goes way back to the college days.

Collin loved to take "pictures".  His favorite camera was a can of Grandpa Jon's sardines.  It looked like a camera to him.

This young couple in 1996.  

 Yes, Grandma wrapped this gift just for this little guy.  The Christmas wrapping roll is so much fun to hold on to and it tasted good too.  (kind of)
 What could be in this box?

Uncle Roy and JP on his Big Wheel.  He loved that thing.

Uncle Roy in some of his finest Christmas attire.

This photo was taken back when these three lived in the big city of Spokane and now they are officially Montanans.   Think guinea poop, slugs, snakes and hedgehogs......firewood, forest fire fighters to chemists and medical technicians and artists....

Our family keeps growing.  I just can't have enough grandchildren and great-grandchildren.   Cute munchkins!

I am really missing this lady.  I am posting this photo to remind all of you that life is short.  Celebrate it with those you love all you can, and don't hold back.    

Merry Christmas from Hope, America. 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Connie Key..... or not.

One of my favorite Christmas songs is......
....."And He Shall Feed His Flock", Handel's Messiah, sung by Marian Anderson and recorded in 1941.  If you are old enough, you will remember that familiar crackling sound of the needle as it was  placed on the record.  What a sweet sound that was.  I hope you have a minute to listen to the recording.

I'm not sure why I love this song so much but I think it has to do with her soprano voice.  You see, my vocal range is very low.  I can manage to hit a few notes above middle C and above that the notes are just too high for me.  I call my voice range "the Connie Key", which means down there  - with the bass.

I think I am envious of anyone who can hit all those high notes.  Marian Anderson sings every note perfectly and it seems she hits all of those high notes without effort.  It's so perfect.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A few more frosting photos from yesterday.

All of the beautiful snow has either blown off the trees or melted off.   I am hoping for a little bit more for Christmas morning.

The birds and the squirrels were having a difficult time getting to the feeder.

The lilac bush was happy to see the thawing weather.

 There's nothing like a bright red poinsettia at Christmas time.  I think when we were visiting Dominica (my all time favorite cruise destination) we saw a Poinsettia tree.  It was huge!

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head:
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  1867

It's time to get those last minute Christmas things done.  Are you ready?

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Past

Ben's first Christmas with his cousins.  He was so happy to be with them.

Last year - making Snow Ice Cream!  Yum!  I think...

Quinn and David getting ready to head down the run.

On your mark...get ready...... Go!

There was a lot of frosting on the trees this morning, but since then the snow has turned to rain and the wind has blown most of it out of the trees.

We need to keep some of it for the sled run and for Santa's sleigh.

Monday, December 19, 2016

It's finally tree time.

Another year and another tree from the field in front of the house.

Yes, it's smaller this year.  It might be the smallest we have ever decorated, but it fits in the spot perfectly.

There are even gifts underneath the tree.  I think we're ready.

Let's open the presents now.  Why wait?