Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

May your year be filled with peace, joy and love.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Wild Christmas in the Peterson Household

This Christmas season, we are alone in our house with three dogs but no human family.

Since our children couldn’t come down and we couldn’t go up, we will have Christmas with them at another time - hopefully before Valentine’s Day!

Candy and Wayne went to be with our folks this Christmas so we are caring for their two dogs, Ren and Obie.  Ren is an Australian Cattledog cross and Obie (Oberon) is a Papillon.  Ren is a mature, well-trained lady; Obie is a teenager, still learning manners but full of love, none-the-less.
Added to our only child, Peanut, they make quite a grouping.

Last night at present opening, they did very well, except for Obie wanting to eat the discarded wrapping paper.  

This afternoon, the weather outside is frightful.  It’s +9º with a windchill of only -9º.  But because the snow is re-drifting from a different direction than yesterday, Norm is not going out to plow until tomorrow.  So he’s inside, working on spoons and doing some measuring - my Christmas present from him is to have the opening between the living room and studio finally trimmed.  

When the previous owners remodeled, they knocked a hole in the wall, put a frame around it and left it just like that.  No trim, no “prettiness” – just an ugly gaposis between the frame and the wall so that you can see into the original innards of the wall.  Norm has been promising to fix it since we bought the place in 2004, but NOW is the time!  I am so excited about it .... since it’s right when you walk from the kitchen to the living room, it catches your eye and it a blot on the horizon!

I’m baking a Cornish Game Hen for our Christmas dinner and the wild kids are parked all over the house.  Ren is on her bed, Obie is on the recliner and Peanut is in her bed, close to the heater.  It’s really a hot time in the old town tonight!

It’s a beautiful, snowy, quiet Christmas Day - you have a beautiful day!

 Sleepy Ren

 Bone chewing Obie

 Comfort, warmth searching Peanut

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Norm and I would like to wish all of our blog friends a very Merry Christmas and a wonderfully happy New Year.

I am not going to post our Christmas letter so if anyone is seriously interested, please email me and I'll send you a PDF copy.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Oh, Shucky-Darn!

I was all inspired and all ready to see the eclipse last night.  Did you see it?  This is something pretty exciting!  A full moon on Solstice, PLUS an eclipse.  I’m sure that you have heard of the rarity of this happening.  And *I* was going to be one of those who saw this momentous event!

However, our sweet Minnesota weather canceled that plan!  We had snow ... yes, dear readers, more snow!  I’m not sure how much we got — could have been close to six inches by the time it quit.  But the strong east and south east wind made big drifts, again!  It started snowing about 8:00 am and snowed heavily all day, going down to less heavy by nightfall.  

The skies, though ... cloudy and overcast.  And fog in the air.  We had warm weather (about 25º) all day and into the night which made the fog heavier and the overcast skies more overcast.

I could “see” the moon ... well, at least see the results of a bright full moon.  There were shadows and the snow and the skies were very bright.  But no actual moon to be seen.  Sigh ......

At midnight, I looked again ... still no stars or moon, just the bright sky and bright snow.  At 3:30, I could “see” the eclipse ... well, actually, I could see dark clouds where the moon was supposed to be and the snow and skies were darker ... not totally, there were still light shadows, but no actual moon or “non-moon” to see.  No beautiful red moon like they said we could see.  Sigh ......

Oh, well.  At least I knew it was there and I tried.

The snow was beautiful yesterday, at least for those of us who didn’t have to go out in it or drive in it.  I took a lot of pictures to try to capture the heaviness of the snow and I think this one does it well.

So, on another beautiful day today, I hope you have a beautiful day.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Poor Honeysuckle!

We have an Oriental Honeysuckle that has climbed onto a dead tree and is a delight to the eyes.

Last night the wind whipped it off of the tree and it is now laying on the ground.

Hopefully we can put it back on the "tree" this spring  - maybe we'll have to make a new post for it to climb on!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Window Art

Yes, we DID get that blizzard that they “promised” ... and was it a doozy!

“They” - the weathermen and women - said that it would hit after midnight, but we only had about half an inch of snow and little blowing by six in the morning.  But by eight, it was blowing and snowing and we had no visibility, no internet service (I have satellite), lousy radio and questionable TV (also satellite) receptions.  The only good reception is the weather radio which keeps saying, in it’s computer-generated voice “winds up to sixty miles an hour, snow up to twelve inches, temperature dropping to zero by nightfall, chill factors into the minus thirties.”  Bo-o-o-oring! So I am listening to my MP3 player and have “Huckleberry Finn” ready to listen to when I go back up to the looms.

Norm is outside playing in the snow.  He’s forging out to the barn to make sure everyone has water and feed; he’s broomed snow off satellite dishes and knocked icicles off the roof; he is also going out to his shop to play around with wood, doing something.

I talked to Candy (at least I have phone reception) and Wayne was bundling up to go out to HIS shop to do something important, as well. 

These men cannot, will not, stay inside no matter how bad the weather is; they are too anxious to go out and fight the elements.  Candy and I are content to stay inside and do house-wifely things or crafts.

I have some baked beans to go into the oven.  For the FIRST TIME in my adult life, I have gotten dried beans cooked and SOFT.  I have never be able to get them soft before.  I followed Candy’s directions exactly and it worked (thanks, Candy).  So I have a ham shank cooked and now will put everything together for Auntie Pete’s recipe of baked beans for supper tonight.

Norm has ten spoons done for a neighbor - he ordered them for Christmas presents for his family and friends.  Shawn will collect them next week.

A former employee of the Farm came by yesterday with a quarter of beef - she and her husband raise organic, grass-fed beef, although they grain the beefs at the end to help give a more tender cut.  They were delivering to customers all day yesterday.  The plan HAD been to continue deliveries today but they said they got in contact with today’s customers and managed to fit them in yesterday. 

A few days ago, Norm drove the Farm’s tractor home to do some welding on the snowblower, so it’s all ready to use when the snow stops.  He needs to not only dig us out of the drifts but get over to the Farm and dig THEM out, too. 

Thanks to his ‘new’ Jeep, he will be able to get there easier than last year.  He purchased that from our friend Jody (thanks, Jo-Jo); it had belonged to her mother and we got it in October.

I have most of my weaving gifts done for Christmas.  Just a few more inches on one, then they all go down to the sewing machine for stitching - you need to sew up the ends so they don’t unravel - then washing, hemming, pressing and wrapping.  Whew!  I WILL have them done on time this year!

I love winter storms, if I don’t have to be out in them.  I like to sit nice and warm and watch the snow blow.  I feel sorry for others who have to be out in it, but enjoy the weather, myself. 

I have some pretty window art to show you — the way the snow lays on the windows is one of the prettiest things about the storms.

As soon as I get Internet service, I will post this, but it might be after the storm is over.  But it’s a beautiful day today and I hope you have a beautiful day.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

One of Winter's Best Moments

Winter in Minnesota can get rather dreary with all the cold, the snow, the overcast skies and the "blueness" of your feelings.

But Winter in Minnesota can also give us some wonderful moments.  And when that moment lasts a whole day, it's a true delight to the eyes.

Sunshine!  Sparkly snow!  Frost!  

And we had one of those days just the other day.  I spent most of the morning going from window to window, enjoying the beautiful views.  Admittedly I did not go outside much.  That much frost meant cold, cold, cold, and I'm a wimp when it comes to cold.  I'll stay inside, thank you very much, and enjoy it from a heated environment.

But here are some pictures (and I did go outside to take most of them!) for you to enjoy!





But even though we had this great day, today it is overcast, windy and not even very nice.  There are about twelve Goldfinches hunkering around the feeders, trying to get enough food before something nasty hits.  

It's a beautiful day, nonetheless, especially when I think back two days to the very beautiful frosty day.  You have a beautiful day.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Will we or won't we?

Tomorrow is "Stitches in Time."  Candy and I have been in deep discussions about holding it or not.  We have contacted everyone who are regulars to tell them that we will not.  However, we told some of them to check with us tomorrow to see if we do have it.

The trouble is:  the weather (of course!) .... we have a winter warning and it's expected that we can get up to six inches of snow.  Now, that's not much in the general idea, but that makes our roads pretty difficult to travel and if the snow continues into the morning hours, we don't want anyone (including ourselves) on the road tomorrow.

But it's beautiful right now - and Donna?  It's coming almost sideways!!

The windmill is showing that the wind is coming from the east .. which is not a good sign ... east and south east winds usually mean MORE weather than not!

But the snow is beautiful if you don't have to go out.  Which I, myself, do not, today.  You have a beautiful day!