It's been cold enough for long enough that we've been able to build a pretty big skating rink out next to the garage. It's about 20' X 40', and was first skated on in the picture above on Dec 23. The boys are much stronger on their skates than they were in that pic - they whizz around there like lightning now...I can hardly catch them when we're playing tag. The snow banks around the rink are much, much higher now, too, and the boys can skate at full speed down the ice and crash right into the drifts (they're about as high as my shoulder).
Here's an early morning view of our land to the south-west. We've had some truly lovely sunny days in between the deluges of snow.
Oh, and though we have no oven (I cook either on the bbq, on a hot plate, or in the slow cooker), we had to make a gingerbread house. Those pesky kits at the store are not half bad. The boys built the whole thing themselves this year...times, they are a changin'.
Monday, January 05, 2009
My oh my.
It's been a long time since I've written. I'm kind of embarrassed, really, but there wasn't a whole lot I could do about it. I didn't realize just how much I took for granted this whole 'internet'-thingy until I didn't have it anymore.
And I still don't have it. Not at home, anyway. No, this post comes to you thanks to a monumental scheduling misunderstanding which has put me at school with enough time to answer all my emails AND post a blog before my first class of '09 starts. Yikes.
So the above photo is of our house with the roof on and the windows in. The one below is the one I sent out with our Christmas letter. The house looks about the same right now, just with about 2 1/2 more feet of snow on the roof - you probably think I'm kidding - but I'm not
It's been a bumper year for snow, and if it were a cash crop, we'd all be rich.
Our living conditions are much the same as last time I wrote. We're living in the garage, happily using our outhouse and fantasizing about the conveniences of hot running water and indoor plumbing.
The progress on the house has been consistent in speed, and now all the changes that happen are on the inside. The painter is there now, and the inside is slowly changing into a lovely, lovely colour. The kitchen should arrive mid-month, and the lovely couple that are staining our floor will be here in the 3rd week of Jan.
And because everything is so back logged, photo-wise, I had to post a pic of my boys TWO months ago...
Boy it's good to be back.