Saturday, December 31, 2016


The week between Christmas and New Years goes so fast.

We had a really nice holiday.
The kids were all home.
It was perfect.

The only mishap over the holiday was the ham bubbling juice over in the oven.
I spent two days cleaning that sucker out, but I can say it is now factory clean again.

I had to take the tree down right after Christmas.
When you walked past it the needles would literally rain off it.
Never saw such a thing before.

The cats had a ball playing in the needles though.

We had some snow this last week too.
Caden stripped off his jacket after getting hot shoveling. 
The temps have still been relatively mild, but we are expecting a good cold snap to come our way next week.

Dodge and his ball.
Silly dog will not leave you alone until the ball is thrown.

Our eldest is gone again already.
He's got that whole adult thing going on and had to get back to work.

Chyann did bird counting with the boyfriend and his family this week.
They didn't see as many birds as last year.

Cute Thor looking all ominous from the back seat lol

She heads back to college tomorrow.

Hope you all have a safe New Years eve!
later :)

Friday, December 23, 2016

And it's almost Chritmas

Crazy how fast this month has flown.
Here it is the eve of Christmas eve.

Somehow I've been ahead of the Christmas rush this year.
Pretty much got all the shopping out of the way around black Friday, with the exception of a few things I picked up yesterday while shopping with Chyann.

Yes our girl made it home on Wednesday.
She arrived with a car load of laundry and the good news of being on the Dean's list with a 4.0 grade average!
She has decided to do a double major - Environmental Science and English with a possible minor in soils. Guess she'll will decide on that later.
Super proud that her first semester away from home has been successful!
She even worked 15-20 hours a week.
Pretty damn impressive.

Our boy has began his Christmas break as well.
We had an interesting week worrying if he broke his nose at a friends house last weekend. They were sledding and he took a shoulder to the nose when they were screwing around trying to knock one another off the sled going down hill.
Fun for 14 year old boys I suppose.
Anyhow his eyes were black and his nose was outrageously swollen, made worse by the fact that he lost some nose skin in the collision.
Looked awful.
Doc said wait about five days for the swelling to go down then bring him in if it looked too crooked.
The Hubby was convinced it was broke. Me not so much.
We were both relieved to see after the swelling went down that it looked normal.
The kid is definitely on track to have a Wilson nose like Chyann does. Part of my family legacy we are passing on :)

Another enjoyable Christmas concert at school.

Colton will be home tomorrow morning it sounds like. He has some new schedule of working overnights from 10p to 6a. A shitty shift in my opinion. He doesn't like it much either and is going to see about changing it after the first of the year.
He just finished all his finals on Wednesday and is done for the semester as well.

I had hoped with all the snow we have gotten in the last few weeks we'd be able to get out the snowmachine and play outside while they are home, but it sounds like Christmas day is actually going to bring a mix of snow/sleet in the am then a bunch of rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Hard to imagine thunderstorms in December.

Today we are baking.
Cookies, candies and other goodies for us and for Chyann to take over to the boyfriends family's celebration that she is attending this evening.


Monday, December 12, 2016

Snow pictures

A few pictures of our recent snow fall:

Caden helping move some snow

A cardinal hanging out at the feeder today

The horses coming in for dinner

Gypsy and Jennifer

Meanwhile back in the house the cats are all snuggled up together.
I haven't had to get the cat tamers out at all today, they've stayed out of the tree like good little kitties.

Chyann made it back to St Cloud without incident, thankfully.

Both the big kids have finals this next week then are done for the semester, YAY!

Stay warm out there :) 

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Oh the SNOW

Yes it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

The Friday forecast was for 1-3" overnight Saturday into Sunday AM with the majority of the snow accumulation being South of us, so Chyann decided to come home for the first time in over a month.

This morning we probably have 5" and it's still snowing - dang it. Guess we'll see if she gets out of here today.

Finally got a tree yesterday. A real one this year and the cats are loving it. We've had to employ nerf guns, which we call cat tamers, to keep them out of it. Works like a charm I tell you.

Are you ready for Christmas? I actually am. Shopping is done, wrapping is done. Imagine that. First time in a few years I could say that. Feels good.

I've been working a lot of OT. 30 hours last pay period. One more crazy week of it and then I will coast into the new year with a vacation that I'm really looking forward to as all the kids will be home for a bit.

I am contemplating a no drink January again this year. For sure no sugar or processed foods challenge though. Detox the body a bit.

I have pretty much stopped watching the news. I get so pissed off hearing all the shit surrounding our government. Not to mention all the people who believe the fake news that is out there. Come on folks don't be so damn gullible. Do some research. Ugh. That's all I will say about that.


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Saturday AM coffee

It's outrageously foggy outside this morning and warm.
Well warmer that you'd expect for the end of November, 36*.
The snow is melting and will be gone soon with temperatures expected to get up to 50* on Monday.

It was harder than I thought it would be not to have the big kids home for the holiday. Didn't feel like much of a holiday at all actually. I am counting the days until they are home for Christmas.

Caden and I got out and did some shopping yesterday. We had fun. The kid even bought me lunch ❤

Not a lot on the agenda for today. I think I'll attempt to work on the quilt I've had in progress for about ten years. Or maybe read a new book that was delivered to my kindle. Or maybe nap. Possibly do some baking or make a soup. For sure refilling my bird feeders though.

Maybe I'll just look at old pictures and think about a better way to organize them.
Here's a good one from a few years ago.

Have a good day.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Winter arrives

It started snowing last night.

This morning when I went out to feed the horses, it was raining and I wondered how long the snow would last.

Two hours later we've got big flakes coming down.
2-4" expected.

It is beautiful.

I am looking forward to the Hubby coming home and firing up the wood furnace for the first time this season.

Since we did our Thanksgiving dinner with the kids already tomorrow we will be having ribs and all the yummy BBQ type fixings.

The most unexpected thing happened this week.
My Mother got a smart phone.
She had worried that it would be difficult to figure out how to use, but nope she is doing better with it than I did when I first switched.
Her first call to me was actually a facetime request!
I was absolutely thrilled to see and talk to her.
Made my day!
She worries occasionally that her hair doesn't look just right, but what she doesn't realize and I tell her is - I don't care how your hair looks, it's so good to see your face!
Especially when she laughs.
Technology people, it is a wonder.

Hope you have a great holiday and safe travels if you are traveling to be with loved ones.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sunday AM coffee

So what's been going on?
Eh, a little bit of everything it seems.
Busy time of year at work with overtime available so I've been taking advantage of that when I can.
Christmas is coming and there are bills to pay after all.

Up until Friday night we had been enjoying the mildest November on record for weather.
We had booming thunderstorms and pouring rain off and on throughout the day with a high temp in the mid 60's. Even felt a bit humid until the cold front moved in and the wind started howling as the temperatures dropped. 
Yesterday was freaking freezing!
With the wind and cold temps the real feel temp was 14*!
We had a few flurries from the storm system that moved through the upper mid-west, but Chyann in St Cloud had almost six inches of the wet heavy stuff.
Other areas of MN got over a foot of snow.

Fall concerts and Veterans programs.

Did I mention Caden got his braces put back on?
Phase 2 has begun and WOW his teeth are on the move.
He will have a gorgeous strong jaw line when this is over.
Totally worth it.

He has decided not to wrestle this year.
Which we support.
He was worried about disappointing the coaches and other wrestlers, but it's his decision to make.
He has other interests that conflict with the schedule and the opportunities there outweigh trying to shoehorn wrestling into the equation with the ever looming possibility of an injury wrestling. Just not worth it.

Yesterday was the start of the gun deer season around here.
Never heard a shot all day, maybe too windy for the hunters I don't know.
This morning though, no wind and I started hearing gun shots at the crack of dawn.
Course that bone head Scotch was out in the back yard this AM too. Don't know where he snuck through the fence at either so he could slip out again.
I can't imagine a hunter would mistake him for a deer, but you never know.

We got hay last week the first time since last April.
I was thrilled to find the price had not gone up, still 40 bucks for a 1000lb bale.

The big kids came home last weekend and we enjoyed an early Thanksgiving together.
I made a turkey and a ham plus numerous side dishes which made for a good amount of leftovers that they were both able to take back to school.
New ham recipe this year. Take your bone in spiral sliced ham, put it in an oval crock pot add 2 cups brown sugar and a can of pineapple chunks. Cook for about six hours. Delicious! Freed up the oven to cook the Turkey and sides. I put a Cajun rub on the turkey and that was good too.

The kids are doing well at school and in life. Sure makes us proud.

We've had some incredible sunsets this month.

later :)