White Christmas

Everyone from our old home keeps asking if we are sick of the cold weather yet. The answer is a big fat no! We are really enjoying the cold weather. The wood stove keeps the house nice and warm, and if we have to go outside to do work, we don't sweat our butts off. We haven't been getting up at night to add wood to the fire, but setting the heater at 53, a perfect sleeping temperature for me. 

 The first good snow.

The first good snow.

 We started getting snow, that didn't just melt away, just before Thanksgiving. It wasn't enough to make a really good snowman, but I got a couple of small ones made. 

 It's not the best snowman ever made, but I think he's cute.

It's not the best snowman ever made, but I think he's cute.

 Bachelor number two.

Bachelor number two.

 Crafting a snowman.

Crafting a snowman.

 Our son, Dustin drove up from Portland for Thanksgiving. I made our traditional Thanksgiving meal, homemade pizza. Paul's mom taught me to make it, and ever since, that's what the boys prefer for any holiday meal. I made plenty so Dustin would have lots of leftovers. 

 My boys.

My boys.

 Dustin checking out the view from the dock.

Dustin checking out the view from the dock.

 Aside from his graphic design job at Lincoln Design Co., he and his boss have a company on the side, called Revere Co., that sells patches and pins. He had a jacket that he wanted me to sew a bunch of patches on for him while he was here. Instead of doing them all for him, I taught him how to sew them on by hand himself. We didn't get them all on while he was here, but he has been working on them. Proud [step] mama, right here! 

 Sewing.

Sewing.

 With rural living comes different trials and tribulations. Neither of us have ever had a well to provide our water. When we started intermittently losing water pressure, we didn't have a clue why. We had a plumber and a well company come out, and both thought there was a leak in the pipe that goes from the well to the house 500 feet away. Things in a small town never happen fast, so it took a week or so for a backhoe contractor to come out, dig down 6 feet, through frozen ground and fix the leak. During the three weeks of water issues, Paul went out to the pump house and turned the water pump off, except when we needed to shower or do dishes. We reverted back to the RV style showering, where you turn the water on, get wet, turn it off to lather up, turn it back on to rinse, etc..  We had a bucket full of watersitting in the bathroom for flushing the toilet, and a large cup for hand washing. I admit, I did go outside and make yellow snow a few times :). When the waterline was fixed and we had free flowing water, Paul would do a happy dance every time he used it. Whoo hoo! We have water!!! Great Christmas present for him.

 Fixing the well.

Fixing the well.

 I had a little bump on the side of my nose, by the corner of my eye that a doctor told me, over a year ago, looked like skin cancer. I ignored it because we were going on the road. I finally went to have it removed. It took two surgeries to get it all and have a graft taken from my ear to close the wound. I had a bandage wrapping my head for eight days after the second surgery. It was itchy and annoying, but I tried to make the best of it. I'm now cancer free, and impatiently waiting for the graft to heal. Paul said I looked like Sloth from the movie Goonies, and I can't argue with that! Rocky road?

 Going a little insane!

Going a little insane!

 We hired a local company to plow the driveway when we get a good amount of snowfall. We also bought a used snow thrower. Paul has been out clearing the snow from the areas we need to drive on. 

 Throwing some snow.

Throwing some snow.

 Paul cut a Christmas tree down, and we set it up on the back porch, since there isn't room inside. We can see it through the window. I put lights on it and one red ornament, Charlie Brown style. It didn't dawn on me that I didn't need to put water in the stand, until I went out to see if it needed more, and found a solid block of ice. I'm going to have to chip it out when I take it down.

 Decking the halls.

Decking the halls.

 Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

 There's a learning curve with moving from warm to cold climates. We both enjoy learning new things, so its all fun and new. Every time I look out the window, or go out to walk the dog, I'm amazed by the beauty that surrounds us. It's breathtaking! Sitting here, on Christmas Day writing my blog, this is my view.

 A winter wonderland outside the windows. 

A winter wonderland outside the windows. 

 Our first White Christmas together.

Our first White Christmas together.

I can't tell you how many times we stop what we are doing and just take it all in. We are both so happy to call this home.

Lots more photos below!

 A little dusting of snow.

A little dusting of snow.

 On a really windy day we heard and felt a big boom. This standing dead tree fell into the dry pond.

On a really windy day we heard and felt a big boom. This standing dead tree fell into the dry pond.

 Beautiful clouds, or a UFO.

Beautiful clouds, or a UFO.

 I had a TV table made. It's not my favorite, but better than beer boxes. 

I had a TV table made. It's not my favorite, but better than beer boxes. 

 Burning some of the crap we collected on the property.

Burning some of the crap we collected on the property.

 Sometimes when you cut open a tree, you can see the sapling it once was. 

Sometimes when you cut open a tree, you can see the sapling it once was. 

 It's starting to get cold! Icicles hanging from the side of the mountain.

It's starting to get cold! Icicles hanging from the side of the mountain.

 Some visitors.

Some visitors.

 This guy just swam across the river.

This guy just swam across the river.

  I love seeing this through the window.

 I love seeing this through the window.

 Snowball fight!

Snowball fight!

 Fiona loves the snow, until it gets stuck in her paws. 

Fiona loves the snow, until it gets stuck in her paws. 

 The Noden family.

The Noden family.

 Me taking a photo of Paul taking a photo of Dustin taking a photo.

Me taking a photo of Paul taking a photo of Dustin taking a photo.

 Dustin hard at work, sewing patches.

Dustin hard at work, sewing patches.

 Tundra swans and geese.

Tundra swans and geese.

 Tundra swan.

Tundra swan.

 The rarely photographed front yard.

The rarely photographed front yard.

 Fiona loves to watch the wildlife.

Fiona loves to watch the wildlife.

 What the?! Our town actually has a phone booth! 

What the?! Our town actually has a phone booth! 

 A beaver chilling on the ice. 

A beaver chilling on the ice. 

 Some kind of bird of prey. Checking out the menu on the river.

Some kind of bird of prey. Checking out the menu on the river.

 Paul hard at work.

Paul hard at work.

 The woodshed. 

The woodshed. 

 Paul bought a load of sand to weigh down the back of the truck to make driving in winter conditions a little better.

Paul bought a load of sand to weigh down the back of the truck to make driving in winter conditions a little better.