Snowed in

We had a surprise snowfall this week. A 10 mile wide band came through our area and dumped 2-6 inches of snow. We were right in the middle, so it was a lovely surprise. It came on so suddenly that friends visiting us Sunday afternoon ended up staying the night. I had been scheming as to how to visit Mt Hood this week and instead Mt Hood came to me!

Nephews have been sick, so I spent a bit of time hanging out with them. It also helped with my cabin fever from being snowed in.

And then I escaped the freezing temperatures and went to Astoria. It was cold and clear and beautiful.

We spent a lot of time at a coffee shop at the end of this pier watching the boats go by and playing dutch blitz. It was heavenly.

And I managed to squeeze in reading this heartstring-tugging book. So good.

And then I came back home and promptly got snowed in at a friend’s house with another friend. I saw Jurassic Park (for the first time!) and we watched Far Away from the Madding Crowd and Austenland. We also played lots of Canasta and I managed to fit in another book, Virtuous Minds. It was one of my best weekends ever.

That week between Christmas and New Year

Tonka’s pretty sure that the cat bed was a present to him.

Met up with a dear friend for brunch and posed in front of an antique fire truck we found nearby.

Somebody’s getting an early introduction into the history of the Corvette.

We’ve had some beautifully crisp and clear mornings. 

Andy and I went on a brother/sister date to Purrington’s – a cat lounge in Portland.

The mural was pretty spectacular with space kitties.

A thoughtful present from a dear friend’s trip to Ireland.

I had an adventure tucked up inside the chicken coop repairing the egg boxes. The coop is short, so it was a squeeze to get in there!

The week ended with a quiet New Year’s Eve at home. We got a dusting of snow during dinner, watched After the Thin Man, played a game of Colt Express, and finished it off with a Grand Tour special.