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November 26, 2008

Just a Dusting

Nov26-SnowApples.jpgWe had our first snow! Doesn't look like much, but given that the temperature has plunged and will stay below freezing until the weekend, this light frosting is sticking around, and we may get more on Friday. Winter is on it's way.

By the way, those of you who might be planning to visit us in the next few weeks, if you have access to a berry-loaded holly tree and time to take a bag full of cuttings for me, I'd be thrilled to trade for a bunch of our gorgeous ponderosa pine cones. I'm enjoying making a wreath and garlands out of cones, and I should be able to find enough fir and cedar and cypress boughs to green things up a bit, but a few holly springs would be a wonderful gift if you're stopping by.

I still remember our first Christmas here, when Maria dropped in with two giant bags full of holly Chad gathered from their yard. And then we had our first big snowfall on Christmas Eve. It was magical despite the construction dust, the mice, the plywood floor and Charlie Brown tree. This year it's snug and cosy and if there is any construction dust happening, I'll be thrilled. All it really takes is snow, though. Cheers!

Posted by anita at 11:06 AM

Move It!

Oct08-Mog1.jpgWhat a busy fall we’ve had! It feels like it’s over now (for which I’m grateful) because we had our first snowfall last night and as I sit here the sun is turning the icing sugar dusting all sparkly. Richard and I have been impatiently waiting for winter.

October ended up being a month off for Richard because he gave his notice at work on September 29, was shown the door on the 30th, and didn’t start the new job with Cubex Ltd. until November 1st. So he made great use of his time at home – and the neighbours made use of him as well! As the following photos show, Richard never stopped moving during his month off:

He and Ben drove to Colorado and back in 4 days to pick up his new project truck, a 1980’s Unimog;

He transferred tools and machinery from all over the house and both garages into the newly renovated barn;

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He and the trailer came in handy when Farmer Brown brought home a huge thresher – in 3 trips – and another neighbour wanted to make room in his shop by moving his plane;

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He hauled rocks from the various piles out front to build up the retaining walls on the west (downhill) edge of our property;

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And then before the ground froze, Richard used the Bobcat to carry the entire mound of earth that was piled high behind the barn for the past two years over to the lowest edge of our back yard and spread it out to fill the dips and raise that irregular slope, then levelled the back corner.

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Oct08-Mog2.jpgOnce the weather cooled he got to work fixing up the Unimog, but since his new job began November 3rd he’s been on the road more often than not and any spare time he has over the winter will hopefully be devoted to indoor projects like the basement reno. Might be hard to tear him away from the Mog, but it’s getting c-c-c-cold out there.

I, meanwhile, have visited the coast every month since late August, dividing my time between family visits, naturopathic treatments, and organizing Dagny and Chris’s April wedding. (Am motivated to eat healthily this winter so I can fit into my bridesmaid's dress!) While at home I’ve been out in the yard doing fall gardening, re-organizing and catching up on long-neglected office chores (filing, ugh), and trying to establish a new writing & design business. And now I’m trying not to get distracted by holiday preparations. I bought a $10 glue gun and started making pine cone decorations, and now I can’t stop….

We’re going to be very busy this holiday, including driving to Richard’s company Christmas party at the head office in Calgary, mere days before Christmas. The food had better be worth the trip. I can't wait to watch for Santa on Christmas Eve with my 8- and 3-year-old nieces, who will be visiting from their new home in London. There will be lots family and friends to celebrate with from the 22nd through to the 4th - and hopefully snow to play in! (Maybe we'll even squeeze in Boxing Day Xmas Sushi this year? It's been a while.)

2008 has been a stressful, painful year for us and for many of our friends and family, so we’re looking forward to the comforts and good cheer of the holidays and the simplifying, blanketing snow of the New Year with hope for a better year to come.

Posted by anita at 10:06 AM