Friday, December 25, 2009

Reindeer Left Behind?

Merry Christmas everyone! This morning when we awoke the milk and cookies on the hearth were all gone and our stockings were full. While this was certainly a nice surprise the biggest surprise we got were the two miniature reindeer we found in the back yard. Hey Donner, Yo Blitzen, Come Rudolf, Here Dasher, we have called out; but they don't seem to answer to any of the names in Santa's team. Perhaps they are strays. We have given them hay, oats and a place in the barn to sleep.

Having both Greg and Zach home made this a very special Christmas. Zach traveled from Korea to be home for 2 1/2 weeks. Greg came up from Philadelphia.

Greg's gfriend, Jenny, has many talents and we were delighted she brought these wonderful homemade cookies. Though they were almost too beautiful to eat they were delicious! The pirate gingerbread man was for Zach.

We showed Zach the "rig" while he was here. I don't think he was expecting something this size.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Slammed by a Second Snow Storm

Well I guess Sunday's storm was just a warm up for the main event. This morning we woke up to 6" of fresh snow and it is still coming down. Actually it is changing over to freezing rain now. That will make it worse when the temperature drops this evening.
I don't think I would buy a snowblower ever again. They only work about half the time. Mine started right up after sitting for 8 months but could not handle the wet heavy snow. With the machine running the snow just piled up in front of it until it was so compacted the machine would stop dead in its tracks. I ran it up and down the driveway repeatedly only to end up with a job poorly done. We will have to finish with shovels.

2:00 PM Update

Apparently our road, which is a dead end, has been blocked for several hours. A 53' tractor trailer tried to drive on our narrow steep lake roads and got stuck. The driver then tried to back out only to jack knife the trailer and make things worse. I realized something was going on when I saw a humongous wrecker drive by and then saw the State Trooper up at the corner. Who needs to watch the news?

Sunday, December 6, 2009

First Storm of the Season

This morning we woke up to a winter wonderland. Last night as the temperature dropped the wet half rain, half snow precipitation changed to all snow and stuck to just about everything, especially the trees. Snow storms have to be one of my favorite things about life in New England. In no time at all the bleak, gray woodland is transformed magically into a fantasy land of cotton candy and ice castles.

The higher elevation of the hilltops is where the "winter wonderland" effect is strongest.

Martha's gourd feeder attracts a variety of wild birds, especially when it snows.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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