Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Winter wonderland

Yes, we finally got a taste of winter.  Snow, that is.  We've had some cold, dry weather so far this season, but we had real snow.  Beautiful, white powder...about 12" of blinding whiteness.  *sigh*  We even had drifts that were between 2-3 feet deep.  Seriously cool.

The horses loved it, the dogs were crazy about it, and we enjoyed it immensely!  The cats?  Not so much.
I drove home last Thursday at noon to make sure my fire didn't go out, and while I was digging through the wood pile, I got a call from my boss.  He asks me if I'd like to have the afternoon off?  Would I!!??  Whooppee!!  A real snow day!!  I absolutely felt like a kid again.
Ruby - come on mom!

It was such a gift, totally unexpected and I thoroughly enjoyed my "stolen" afternoon of peace, serenity and domesticity with the house all to myself!!  :)  I baked a pie.  I kept the home fires burning.  I fed the birds.  I brought the horses inside and gave them a flake of hay.  I did some laundry, watched the menagerie of birds bicker over the seed, took the dogs for a walk and took lots of pictures.  It was wonderful!!

And it never stopped snowing until Saturday night.  I got to stay home Friday too.  An unexpected long, snowy weekend.  We were pretty much housebound all weekend long.  We got a little freezing rain Saturday night after the snow stopped, and that made the roads a bit treacherous.  Call me crazy, but I loved it!
Eagle's frosty lashes


And now today, all the snow is gone except for some occasional piles here and there.  We're back to 40-something temps and rain...lots of rain last night, along with the moisture from the melted snow, makes for a soggy, wet, green mess.  It was fun while it lasted.  I now have a better (albeit tiny) understanding of just how much more work having snow makes winter chores.  If I had to endure weeks or even months of snow, I would seriously consider a different lifestyle.  We're just not set up for it.


Kadie and Shad


The living room project continues...slower than I'd like, but it's coming along.  Paint is finished, pellet stove is out and all the brick hearth has been removed.   Originally we weren't going to remove the hearth, but after reconsidering, hubby ripped it out too.  Out with the old - in with the new!!  We also painted the one end wall that is done in beaded board.  I've always liked it, but decided to paint it as well.  The wood was a light oak, maybe even maple color that just didn't seem to "go" with the rest of the room colors.  I'm still getting accustomed to it, I like it painted, just don't love it.  Funny how these projects always end up much more complicated and lengthy than one envisions at the beginning...

Frozen rain chain

So, that's about anything that's new in our neck of the woods.  What's going on with you?

The calendar says we have 5 more weeks of winter, and less than 4 weeks until daylight savings time begins.  That's always a reason to get excited - right?  Spring is just around the corner.  Better finish up with those inside projects so we can spend as much time as possible outside with the horses, in the garden and enjoying the warmer days soon to come.

Can I get an Amen to that?  :)    


Oh yeah!!


Lea and her Mustangs said...

Lorie, Love your pictures. Out snow left overnight and we have lakes. At least the roads are clear. They have been pretty dicey for a while. If you read my blog or face book you would have seen I took a nose dive, literally onto a hardwood floor and have been pretty anchored home with a bad concussion. The black eyes are about gone today but my nose still is very tender to the touch. No more Yoga for me. Dr. says 6-8 weeks because if I fell again it could be worse. So I will just be swimming. Makes me happy to just be doing that. Sage is doing fine and dandy. Can't wait to ride. I could would this nicer weather but Bob had a hissy. We had our first baby calf born this afternoon. Have 5 more due within the next 2 weeks. Hope all is wonderful with you. Blessings.

fernvalley01 said...

glad you enjoyed it,I am gonna call you crazy! LOL but only in the nicest way. We have snow, and are slowly creeping our way out of another cold snap, spring can show anytime!

The Dancing Donkey said...

Snow is fun if you only have to deal with for a little bit. I am glad you got to enjoy it.

Grey Horse Matters said...

Glad you enjoyed your snow days! Snowing here again today into tomorrow . Should get another foot. I'm done with this winter. Can't wait for warmer temps, longer days and no more snow.

Your project sounds like it's coming along nicely. Have a good weekend.

C-ingspots said...

Lea: So sorry to hear about your fall. I'm happy to hear that you're getting better, and being more are, right? :)
Sherry: *grin* You're certainly not the first to call me crazy!
DD: Thank you!
Arlene: I definitely did, but can commiserate a little bit better with you having so much, and for so long. Hoping for a warm, maybe even early spring!

simply bev said...

Our snow is going to be with us for a while I fear. Temps aren't supposed to rise until next week some time. Just going to nestle in for a while!

Carolynn Anctil said...

I love snow days! Snow days and baking seem to go hand in hand. Painting...ugh! Don't get me started on that topic. I still have so much of that to do. Putting a fresh coat on all our walls downstairs was supposed to be a winter project. So far, I've painted one feature wall and I'm thrilled with the colour. Time's running out. Soon, I'll be moving outside to start working on the garden projects. It's always something...

aurora said...

Amen! But don't I have to start my indoor projects, in order to get them finished by spring? I better hurry up! You are not crazy, you see the beauty. I'm glad you enjoyed some bonus time off! I love snow, frigid cold sub-temps not so much. Thanks for the kind well-wishes, I am better - and back to being sassy!

Stephen Andrew said...

Can't get over how much Ruby looks like Barbie! Your first photo is stunning. A band I used to love, Shiny Toy Guns, had an album called pilots and the cover looks so much like your photo!