Thursday, December 08, 2016

The views from here

This time, "here" means my favorite wingback chair. No mountains visible now! Inside:

Outside (through my dirty windows):
Snowy cobweb in the corner of a deck door
The ever-skittish Steller's and California Scrub Jays once again prevent clear shots:
Theresa asked if our resident hummer is a Black-chinned. I got better photos today before refilling the feeder; hopefully you can see now that he is a bejeweled Anna's hummingbird.

While I'm stepping over the dogs to feed the fire, trying to keep the house warm (it's only 61 in here WITH a fire blazing), Rick and Brian are out and about. School was cancelled today all over the region (Brian's first "snow day"!), which gave Brian the opportunity he has been desperately hoping for to go to the DMV and get his permit(!!!). Rick is also taking calls and they are going to check on the widow Brian has been working for to make sure she is okay and has plenty of firewood up at the house. As soon as I post this I need to get off the computer, take a shower while I can (in case a power outage occurs), then make some holiday goodies, finish our Christmas cards, and continue working on a Christmas gift-knit. A friend may drive over so we can celebrate our birthdays (hers is tomorrow); she's an Idaho gal with a 4WD truck so not easily intimidated by this uncommon Pacific NW weather. Thankfully, it's supposed to be back in the 40s and rainy by the weekend; I have two Christmas parties to attend and would much rather drive to the snow than drive in the snow!

P.S. Ugh; since starting this, freezing rain has started to fall. I'm headed to the shower NOW.

That's it from the "winter wonderland" at . . .

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

The view from here

Actually, the view just down the lane from us:

That's all I have time for tonight at . . .

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Little things

It may seem like one of these things is not like the others, i.e. pretty little things in nature vs. a scoreboard. Here's how it ties in:

The final score was much more lopsided in the home team's favor; those first four points were a very little thing in the way of their victory. But those first four points were scored by our very own birthday boy, so that little thing made us proud. ;-)

That's it for now from . . .

Monday, December 05, 2016

Sheep shuffling, snow, and surprises

Today was my self-imposed deadline for moving sheep. The "little" girls have been with Nightcap for a month . . . and both are lame. Whether they are bred or not, they needed to move back to the fold to recuperate and get help, if needed. I put Sarai and Vienna in the Ram-ada Inn lot with Nightcap to keep him company – and to be bred, if they didn't settle with Blake. Not that I want May lambs, but it seemed the safest management decision.

By the time I got back to the house after all that, a wintery mix was falling. I don't think it's going to stick, though . . . today.
Time to pull those geraniums inside!
Now I must get busy in the kitchen. Tomorrow is Brian's birthday. After school he has a basketball game, which he knows his parents and grandma plan to attend. He also knows Grandma is bringing his birthday gift to give him after the game. What he doesn't know is that Grandma is going to show up at our house after the game for a surprise birthday dinner, featuring his favorite Green & White Lasagne, and from-scratch German Chocolate Cake. Yesterday he asked me if I have to work on Tuesday as usual. When I said yes, he said wistfully, "Oh. I was hoping maybe you could make a German Chocolate Cake for my birthday and Grandma could come eat cake with us after my game, but I guess that won't work." Can't wait to make his day!

That's it for now from . . .