Friday, December 23, 2022
Thursday, December 22, 2022
Wednesday we stuck to a road and walked only a half hour out and half hour back. Then we headed to one of the group's new condo apartment for a cookie exchange.
At that house was our turn around point.
We then walked back in silence for 10 minutes, something we've been doing on most of the walks because this is a really chatty group.
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Monday, December 19, 2022
I've been trying to post every day since November 28th but I broke my record and missed posting Sunday.
I had extenuating circumstances.
We were hit by that big snow storm. We got at least 18 inches. The storm started Thursday night and snowed through most of Saturday. A heavy wet snow that brought down trees on power lines.
Yep, we lost power Saturday at about 3 am. I know because I had just gotten up to use the toilet and when I returned to bed and closed my eyes, I was aware of a bright light. It was the emergency flashlight going on outside our bedroom door. I looked at the clock and it was dark so I knew no power.
No power meant no heat, no water (we have a well) and no wifi.
Dan woke at 4 am and went down with the flashlight to use my cell phone to report it. We reported it again at 9.
What a "
great" birthday present!
Emily and granddaughter #2 came at 9 to bring me birthday cards and an amaryllis. She said they didn't have power but they do have a woodstove. We went over there by 11:30 to warm up and have lunch.
I checked with the venue for Paula Poundstone and it was still on. The restaurant was open so we were going to go no matter what.
Luck was on our side and the utility repaired the downed wires before 1 pm. We had showers and headed north to St. Johnsbury VT for the show.
If you ever see that Paula Poundstone is coming to a venue near you, get tickets. We laughed so hard for two hours. She is so quick on the up take with her responses we were impressed. She involved the audience which was also amazing.
We arrived home after 10:30 pm and went to bed.
Sunday morning we slept later than usual but got out of here on time to see granddaughters in the Christmas Pageant at their church.
It's now Sunday night now and I thought for sure I had planned a post for today and sat down to write Monday's.
Oh well, records can be broken.
It was just above freezing when this photo taken so snow has slid off roof or Dan has scraped it off already.
Thank you for all the birthday greetings, friends.
Saturday, December 17, 2022
For my birthday today we're going to hear Paula Poundstone in person.
Friday, December 16, 2022
I don't usually have so many books in my stack to read, but with the slower days of winter ahead and not much on the calendar for the rest of the month, I think reading will be my activity of choice.
Currently reading this one I picked up at the library for Dan but he had already read this one by Nathaniel Philbrick. I've read two others by him in years past - Mayflower and In the Heart of the Sea - and enjoyed both of them. It's a nice change from the murder mystery authors I've latched on to: Ruth Rendell and Kathy Reichs.
8:30 AM Addendum
We have snow today - all day!
Thursday, December 15, 2022
Snow on the ground. Gray sky. Temperatures in the low 20ºs, though could have been colder than that. Everyone dressed warmly some even remembering their Yak Trax (I didn't).
I was in charge of picking the place and I selected Skyline Drive which Dan and I had walked in the fall at the recommendation of daughter, Emily. To my surprise none of these women who have been walking as a group for 13 + years had ever heard of this old road.
We gathered at the old store next door to carpool there because there is limited parking. Three cars went with me taking 5 passengers. I had to put up one of the third row seats! One car had only the driver as she was going on from there to grocery shop in Claremont and the other car had two walkers and a dog, Denali.
Here's the old remains of a gate with cellar hole behind.
Below how it looked in the Fall.
One person commented that the only thing missing about this hike was a blue sky. Plans were made to return here to snowshoe at the end of the month. I know I'll suggest it for other seasons of the year.
It was nice to acquaint the group with some place new.
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Monday, December 12, 2022
I left these cookies until last because they are the most labor intensive. Rolling the dough, cutting out, baking, then decorating has taken hours on both days.
I make icing from powdered sugar and milk, coloring with food coloring to make green, red, yellow and white. I also melt chocolate chips to use as icing and drizzle.
I'm more the drizzle type decorator then extra fine details as you can see.
Next step is to package them up with some of the other cookies I made to give to neighbors and friends.
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Do you ever take some photos thinking you want to blog about the subject and then forget?
Happens to me all the time.
But I did remember and found the photos from October that I wanted to share.
Subject is fraktures.