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Saturday, February 13, 2016

How Did We Survive Last Winter?

This  year we had a two and a half month grace period and now that the REALLY cold weather has arrived it seems monumental.
 Another eeeerrrriieee sunrise,
with the windchill....-25 degrees.
 Gary and I did some shoveling before Karen arrived as our snow blower would not start.

 We put the horses in the indoor with some hay while we cleaned stalls.

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 They also had about half an hour outside before we tucked them back in.




 Can you see the snow swirling around in the field?

 Right after chores I took Gary's van down to Country Max to buy 20 bales of my favorite shavings as there was a great sale going on.  It was snowing and crazy out, but I wanted to get it over with.

Needless to say, this was a great day to be near the fire.
I binged on the latest Homeland DVD, made some soup and a loaf of bread.
Karen came up around 3, turned the girls out and cleaned the stalls.  I went out at 4:30
to do chores and by then they were happy to get back in.

I have never heard of a bread made this way.  The ingredients were a gift in exchange for me drumming with the Spencerport Chorus for their Christmas Concert and I finally got around to doing something about it.  Beer bread. Do you see all those bubbles?  That is from the butter you add to it three times while it is baking.
 It cools for 30 minutes and voila!  The butter gets absorbed and the outside of the bread gets very crispy.
 Sidney kept me company all day.  He only asked to go out long enough for potty breaks and was right back at the door telling me he was ready to come in.
 Jenny was soloing tonight and came up for leftovers.  She brought mashed potatoes and I made coleslaw with pineapple, carrots, apples and craisins.
The bread was delicious.
Gucci spent much of the day sacked out on our bed.



One more day of this weather, then it should hit 30.
I will appreciate it very much.
Night all.

PS
Check out this mural painted on stairs.


Testing...Can I Upload A Video Yet?

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Well, well, well.  I have not been able to do this for two weeks!
Today we are having Arctic weather with windchills near -30!
The girls got out for a stretch and are back inside.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Even A Whiteout Did Not Stop Our Company

Another beautiful morning.







 Warm enough for the girls to spend the day outside.


 Tomorrow may be a different story.
I arrived at Agape at 10:30.
25 minutes on the bike, 11 minutes on the treadmill and 12 minutes on the elliptical.
Cut things short as Judy and I were going to meet Sally and Pam at the Red Bird.
The Red Bird added a mini florist shop to the mix.
There were many arrangements being made for Valentine's Day.


It is called Curtis John's and it looks like business is booming.




We all ordered something different for lunch.
A Greek Salad...
Chicken salad...
Wrap and soup...
Chicken Salad sandwich and stuffed pepper soup.
We were there for at least 2 hours and had plenty of time for good conversation.

Started on dinner when I got back to the farm.
BBQued boneless ribs.
roasted sweet potatoes...
and Corn Bread.
Just a few starters.  Always a pleasure to get together with Brenda, Al, Ann and Ron.
I can't remember how many years we have been doing this nearly every month.


Ann brought a salad



and Brenda picked up a gorgeous cherry cheesecake.
It was snowing very hard when they arrived and we were hit with about 7 inches by the time they left.

Night all.