Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Snow Removal Day ...

December 5, 2016
So much snow had fallen ... it was going to be a busy day ...
clearing a path to walk around and plowing the snow in the driveway ...
Mike was busy clearing the snow ... on the roads ... with the tractor ...
while I was clearing the snow off the decks ...
I was happy to find the hot tub ...
as I was sure we were going to need it after we were done today ...
The decks and stairs were all shovelled ...
Mike was still out plowing ... even as darkness came upon us ...
Love the soft lighting on the house ...
Mike had finished up with the tractor ...
and before we went in for dinner ... we both slipped into the hot tub ...
oh my goodness ... did we need this treatment ...
It felt good ... easing the aches in our muscles ...
After our soaking in the hot water ... we made our way into the house ...
to enjoy sitting down ... having dinner ... then relaxing ...
We were happy to have all the snow cleared for now ...
the weather forecast is calling for more snow ...

 

 

Snow Removal Day ...

December 5, 2016
So much snow had fallen ... it was going to be a busy day ...
clearing a path to walk around and plowing the snow in the driveway ...
Mike was busy clearing the snow ... on the roads ... with the tractor ...
while I was clearing the snow off the decks ...
I was happy to find the hot tub ...
as I was sure we were going to need it after we were done today ...
The decks and stairs were all shovelled ...
Mike was still out plowing ... even as darkness came upon us ...
Love the soft lighting on the house ...
Mike had finished up with the tractor ...
and before we went in for dinner ... we both slipped into the hot tub ...
oh my goodness ... did we need this treatment ...
It felt good ... easing the aches in our muscles ...
After our soaking in the hot water ... we made our way into the house ...
to enjoy sitting down ... having dinner ... then relaxing ...
We were happy to have all the snow cleared for now ...
the weather forecast is calling for more snow ...

 

 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Snow in the Valley ...

December 5, 2016

What a surprise first thing this morning ...
we did end up getting over a foot of snow overnight ...
It was sooooo beautiful ... !!!!
Our day would now be planned ...
in clearing the snow on the driveway and by the house ...
My priority was to take lots of pictures of this lovely scenery ...
before Mike started up the tractor ...
The beauty around our home was breathtaking ...
I love it ... !!!
Only a few deer tracks were all you could see in the snow ...
looking thru the glass on the deck ...
 
No tracks on the driveway ...
Another view of the driveway ... soon it would all be plowed ...

 

The snow was heavy on the branches ... it may not last long ...
as the sun was shining ... and warming up the morning ...
 

 

 

Birthday Wishes ...

December 5, 2016

 
We hope you have a wonderful day ...
and that your year ahead will be filled with love ... health ... happiness ...
and all the great things that you desire ...
Sending our love ... always ...
mom & dad

 

 

An Afternoon at the Symphony ...

December 4, 2016

Oma and I enjoyed a lovely afternoon ... at the Symphony of the Kootenays ...
Opening up the show with a 4 concert stroll ...
thru Vivaldi's iconic Four Seasons ... these were lovely ... movie pieces ...
Then next on the program was ...
"Stealing Back the Holidays" with Allison Girvan of Nelson ... presenting the season's best Christmas songs ... which were arranged for a vocal soloists and Symphony Orchestra ...
After the intermission ...celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Christmas television debut ...
of Dr.Seuss" classic "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" ...
featuring the Selkirk Secondary School's Who-ville choir ... as the story was narrated by Michael Jones of Kimberely ...
This was a beautiful beginning to our Christmas season ... now Let it Snow ... !!!

 

The snow had begun to fall ... when we left the theatre ...
It was an interesting drive home ... very ... s l o w ...
Compact ... slippery ... deep snow ... blizzard conditions ...
It was difficult to find our road to turn off on ...
but
both Mike and I made it home safely ... as we were driving 2 vehicles ...
At the rate it was falling ... we're sure to have a good 8-10 inches of snow ...
before it would stop ...
 

 

 

Cookies and a Christmas Tree ...

December 3, 2016

My morning started out with making the Gingerbread dough ...
dividing it into four discs ... then placed them in the refrigerator for a couple of hours ...
After the dough was cooled ...
it was time to roll it out and start cutting out the gingerbread men and angels ...
placing them on prepared cookie sheets and putting them in the oven to be baked ...
 
I decided to make a double batch of Vanille Kipferl (Viennese Vanilla Crescents) dough ...
while the Gingerbread dough was in the refrigerator ...
The dough was divided into sections ...
the pieces were then rolled by hand ...
into small logs and shaped into a crescent ...
Once they were baked ... they were taken out of the oven ...
cooled for one minute ...
then rolled into vanilla flavoured icing sugar ...
The cookies were place on cookie racks until cooled ...
then rolled in the icing sugar mix again ... and stored in a airtight container ...
These cookies are one of the families favourite ...
 
 
We decided to go out in search of a Christmas tree today as well ...
after the Vanille Kipferl cookies were baked ...
The weather this afternoon was perfect ... plus there was a snowstorm ...
in the forecast for the next couple days ...
We headed out down the road ... to Oma's place ... to find a tree ...
We found a beautiful ... tall tree ...
Mike proceeded to cut down the tree with the chainsaw ...
While I stood aside and watched ... taking a picture as it was falling ...
Mike stepped out the length of the tree ... marked it and cut the top of the tree off ...
I sure hope he marked it correctly ...
It took the two of us to pack it to the small flat deck trailer ...
to be hauled home ...
It was a good thing that we had built the new car shelter ...
Mike backed the trailer in to store the tree ... to protect it from the deer and elk ...
from eating it ... until we could bring it into the house ...
Once that was done ... I continued to bake Gingerbread cookies for another hour ...

 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Another Year Older ...

December 1, 2016

 
Today was my special day ... my birthday ...
my morning started with a lovely breakfast ... made by Mike ...
It was snowing ... the trees and ground were blanketed in white ...
Gifts were given to me to open ... also received many cards ... phone calls ... emails ... texts ...
from friends and family ...
Love my gifts from Mike ... a new curling iron for my hair ... chocolate ...
a pair of jeans and two new tops ...
( I had picked out when I went shopping with mom )...
Mom had bought me a new outfit as well ...
A knitted purple top with leggings ... and my favourite ... a package of Liquorice Allsorts ...
All this was done before our guests were arriving today ...
 
Mark and Sandy drove from Castlegar ... to come for a visit ... and deliver my gift in person ...
Sandy had started paintings ... a while back ...
and decided to create one for me for my birthday ...
This painting is her "Tree of Life" ...
Mark and Sandy had lived out here over 25 years ago ...
and now reside in Castlegar ...
Our friendship goes back to our school days ...
back in Sarnia, Ontario ...
We had a lovely evening ... Mike and Mark celebrated my birthday ...
with Mike's famous martini ...
We enjoyed a Halibut dinner ... (my choice) with pan fries and sauted vegetables ...
then Peach Crisp for dessert ...
We spent the evening chatting ... reminiscing of days gone by ... with lots of laughter ...
and visiting with family and friends on FaceTime ...
We couldn't believe how quick the evening went by ...
we talked until the wee hours of the morning ...
 
 
December 2, 2016
 

After a short night's sleep ... we enjoyed having breakfast ...

of fresh fruit ... waffles and freshly brewed coffee ...

Mark and Sandy were heading home this afternoon ...

but before they left ...

we hopped into the truck and drove them around ...

to see how much this area had changed over the last 25 years

Mike and I will plan a trip over to Castlegar ...

sometime in the New Year ... to visit them and their family ...

Thank you to everyone ...

for my Happy Birthday wishes ...!!!

 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Movember ...

November 30, 2016

 
The beginning of November launches the Movember event ...
of guys growing there moustaches ...
with most of them shaven them off at the end of the month ...

Nathan taking part in the November event ...

Luv it ... !!!
 

 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

New Home for VW ...

November 28, 2016

The sun was shining and no rain in the forecast ...
we decided to finish erecting the car shelter ...
All the hardware needed for the next step ...
was laid out ...
Mike pounded in the stakes to hold the frame down ...
The end and front pieces were attached first ...
 
The main cover was unrolled flat on the ground ...
2 bars were put thru the pouches ... and then 2 ropes were attached ...
The ropes were flung over the frame ... and Mike an I pulled on the ropes ...
to raise the tarp over the frame ...
Once that part was done ... we move inside to finish tying it down ...


The bars were put thru the channels ... brackets attached ...
then the ends were tightened ... using the rachets ... pulling the straps ...
The shelter was now ready ...
for the VW and parts to be put inside ...

It took us a couple hours to complete this project today ...