Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Day Preparations Are Underway

This is what happens when it's starting to get
late, you're tired, and there is bread to crumble...


You start finding other ways to make stuffing.
Discus anyone?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Glorious Sunrise = Beautiful Day

So....we may have had a little more snow last night.
Correction, we may have had a lot more snow last night.
It provided much beauty (and a little/lot of work ;}


It's so beautiful when the sun begins to glow
on the trees in the back...



The Chickadees didn't mind the new "hat" on the feeder.



Yes, the snow is as deep as it looks.
It is waist deep on Christopher!


We'll enjoy it now since rain is predicted this weekend.
Oh well, I'm sure we'll get more :)


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"May I Come In?"

This cute little bird kept coming to our kitchen window this 
morning.  It was watching Kristin cooking and really seemed
to want to come in.


Of course this prompted a few requests to actually let it in.
These were denied.
I'm so mean :}

Monday, November 17, 2014

Weekend Entertainment

Matthew traveled to the Detroit area with the girls
and I over the weekend.
He stayed and had some fun with a rented
splitter while the girls and I went to their music
lessons.
It's amazing what two strong guys (ages 16 & 17)
can move together.  That is a massive log!


Almost there...


Got it!


It's always more fun to do a big job with a friend :)



Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Storm: Before, During, After

Since we moved to the U.P. five years ago, we have
had many snow storms--many snow storms, but this
was the biggest yet.  The official total was 21 inches.

This was the "before" picture.


During the storm, visibility became even worse than
below, but you get the idea.


We were very thankful for a warm house that still
allowed for .... practicing!


After the storm, things looked like this :)



We're thankful for strong teenage sons who cleared
it all away for us. (:>)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Little More Snow

Today's Weather Forecast:
Lake Effect Snow Advisory
1-3 inches expected


Need I say more?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sister Outing

Emily and Kristin had time to take a trip to the local
craft store and went for coffee afterward last evening.


BOGO coupons are a great excuse for a trip to Bigby!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mom, Mom, Where Are My.....

Boots,
Snow pants,
Gloves,
Mittens, 
__________(you add your request)

Why is everyone needing these things?
Well....


It just might be because we're having a delightful
snowstorm.


It would be a little more delightful if we didn't have
a rather thickish layer of ice beneath the fluffy snow.


Look out, James!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sometimes You Have To Be Flexible...

...even though you love plans and like things
to work out in a neat and orderly fashion :)

I'll just say that the most important things of the
day went off without a hitch.  We all made it to
church on time (sometimes no small feat) and
were able to go to Bible study and worship with
no trouble.

Next order of business:
After lunch a lovely fire in the fireplace
Make snacks and dessert
Watch family movie together

Doesn't that sound like a fun afternoon/evening?
Okay, yes, but insert husband announcing while I'm
enjoying the fire,  "Matthew, don't feed the fire anymore--
it's smoking up the basement."  (tries to smile here)

Now I will try not to dwell on the probably very expensive
repair that needs to happen to the fireplace since the cheap
one didn't work, and focus on the yummy snacks and
dessert the girls so nicely made :)


First, Emily and...


Kristin prepared a new dessert for us to try.


Then they got our traditional Sunday evening fare
of chips, dip, and veggies ready for snacking
during the movie.
(You'll notice the fan in the background for
blowing the smoke out of the basement.)


Then came "Dutch Apple Baby" for dessert!


They served this luscious dish in our finest plastic bowls ;)
Nothing but the finest.  hee-hee


Saturday, November 8, 2014

First Snow

This was our view first thing this morning.
The first snow is always soooo pretty!


As it continues into March and April, it is sometimes
difficult to remain as enthusiastic ;)
For the time being, it brings promises of walks shuffling
through snow in warm boots, and getting pummeled by
children with snow balls!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Mini Progress on a Mini Project

I guess this won't be going the route of the 
"Mahogany Chair".  There is already a little
progress on Kristin's desk.  Bob has been reworking 
the top first.  He has had to manufacture some new wood
pieces and will be replacing the hinges as well.


You'll notice he also sanded off the flower decal in
order to refinish the top. That was fine with Kristin
since she really isn't a flower decal kind of gal.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Tea for Three

Okay, there were actually several other people
at this tea party, but these three were quite willing to
oblige for a picture.


The crowns were a nice touch.


A tempting table set especially for these three little ladies...
one of them had a rather interesting way of drinking her tea :)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

First Light and Next Project

"His mercies are new every morning"


This was the beautiful sunrise at first light on Friday.


The workbench is showing the evidence of a new project
in the works.  This is Kristin's antique writing desk.
It needs quite a bit of TLC as you can tell.
Hopefully it won't end up like the mahogany chair :}