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Sunday, February 28, 2010

WAS THAT A BLUE SKY I SAW THIS AFTERNOON????

I could not believe it...we had 2 or 3 more inches of very wet snow!

Morning chores went quickly with Gary's help. He went to Java for coffee and out to Hamlin Beach for a walk with Randy. I did some shoveling.

I was looking forward to watching the US vs. Canada Hockey game....

while sitting in front of the fire....

When I got in the house, I figured out what we were going to have for dinner and called Jen to see if they wanted to join us.


I made some fresh applesauce...

and put together the ingredients for chicken and biscuits.


The later it got, the brighter the sky became.

It has been many days since there was anything but grey up there.

The thermometer said it was about 38 degrees...

and the ponies lounged in the front paddock.

After shoveling this morning, the snow on the sides of the driveway was even higher...by evening I could see some stones and grass.

Around 5, the sky was the brightest.

By the time I went out to do evening chores it became much softer looking.

Can you see the pink?



Of course the pups were with me.

and the horses were waiting patiently.











They were tucked in a little before 6.





Made it to the house before Jenny and the kids arrived for dinner.

Mashed potatoes...

Chicken and biscuits....

Jenny brought a nice salad...

Homemade applesauce for the boys....

who wanted dessert but at the same time said they were too full to eat their dinners.

The little darlings!!!!

With some bribing they ate enough to earn their way to dessert.

Dessert? Finn picked out a Boston Cream Pie and Coop went for cookies.

After dinner, they played for about an hour and went home early enough to get ready for school tomorrow.



Now it's time to take a hot shower and get in some couch time. Night all.

SUNDAY STILLS CHALLENGE - FRUIT















To view more shots of fruit, click Sunday Stills on my side bar.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

MUCH MORE OF THE SAME!!!!!

It may have stopped snowing during the night, but this morning it started up again.

By the time I went out to the barn, we had three more inches.

I shoveled a path and did a little work on the paddock before Gary got out there to help me with chores.

The branches of all the fir trees were very heavy with snow.

We had over 12 inches yesterday.

After I grained the horses and put the hay out (much of it under the shed roof) it looked like this!!!!

It was coming down fast.

At least the temperature was around 32 degrees.











While I finished up in the barn...Gary continued to work on the driveway.

Eventually he said "enough is enough" and left the rest for plowing.



By mid afternoon, we had a call from Darrin and Trina, who were out snow blowing half of the world. They stopped by and cleaned up the rest of the driveway. Very good samaritans and have always been extremely generous when it comes to working around Skoog Farm. We cancelled the plow.

Louise and Jack stopped up around three with a bag of cookies from Greg'rys. It was tea time!
A nice treat and great conversation. We covered many topics!

When they left, I went out to do chores. It was still snowing....we approached 2 feet by 6 tonight.

The pups had a good run.



It was pitch black by the time we headed back to the house.

Above, you can get a sense of how much snow we have. This is the driveway that goes from the barn back toward the house.

Dinner???? No way...this was junk food night!

I stopped at Aldi's for a bag of chips....

and then drove over to Subway with my coupon, buy one get one free.

Bad...bad...bad.....

Fortunately the flowers on our kitchen table are still going strong. It's as close as we've been to sunshine in days.

Night all.