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? :)