Friday, December 31, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
I went back and looked at my blog entry from the day we brought her home, and the one I wrote a year ago on our first anniversary.
Everything I wrote then still stands true today- she is a wonderful addition to our family and we are very lucky to have her. She is always pleased to see us when we come home. She is always ready to leap up from the comfort of a warm spot on the sofa to come out for a romp in the woods, whatever the weather, and we must have covered at least 2,000 miles together by now!
I found one of the boys wide awake at 7:20 this morning, and the other wasn't far behind. It seems they finally went to sleep about 2:00am. Once awake they picked up where they left off and went straight back to playing video games. We prised them out and have brought them to the diner for breakfast.
Oh, and the title of this post...we're playing Mad Libs and that has been chosen as the word of the day...don't ask :)
One kid has just been picked up (their family has a policy not allowing sleepovers), Crispy and his other buddy are still wide awake. I've just set up the air mattresses and sleeping bags, but they've just started a new video game so who knows when they'll sleep ;)
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
One year I left this door too long and it froze, I had to cut the ice away in blocks with a chain saw- I made a cool igloo with the blocks though.
This is the back door of the nursery school. Every time it snows I roundly curse the idiot who designed this wing of the building!!!
Monday, December 27, 2010
I've just come in from spending and hour or so with a snow shovel touching up some of the sidewalks where the snow had drifted and spreading a bit of extra ice melter where it seems in danger of freezing, and Jackie has just brought me a nice, hot cup of wild-sweet-orange tea.
Clearing the snow from all the sidewalks this morning was damn hard work, but there's a certain satisfaction in it too- maybe it's the endorphins of hard, physical labour, or maybe the fact that you can turn around as you go and see the results of your work stretching out behind you. Then I got to go and use my new snowshoes and tramp a couple of miles around the woods watching Holly romping and playing in the snow. And then I got to ride down the hill a couple of times on a sled with my son and watching him having fun. And tonight it's simple, comfort food for dinner- hot dogs and beans- after all the rich food of Christmas. Then we'll make a fire and dim the lights and watch a movie.
A damn fine way to spend a day!
Here are some pictures from our walk in the woods this afternoon-
Sunday, December 26, 2010
is still coming down pretty hard so by the time I got back to where
I'd started it didn't look like I'd done much of anything (painting
the Forth Road Bridge anyone?). And I can almost guarantee that by the
time I go out in the morning the city plows will have shoved all the
snow from the street up onto my sidewalks :(
But it sure is pretty- and experience tells me that even though it
doesn't look like I've done much, it will be much easier to deal with
in the end if I take small bites at it like this.
...and ready to do church again.
You will notice that the area in front of the church is green and not white- we are under a blizzard warning for the next 36 hours with 11-19 inches of snow and white-out conditions expected, but no sign of anything yet.