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.
It started off with the little kids Nativity play after church. My nephew is the confused little sheep.
Speaking of sheep, they looked so cozy and content when I went down to the barn to let them out one morning.
Happy boys play twister before dinner.
We celebrated three birthdays two days before Christmas. Fate had thwarted us from the family getting together earlier.
In reality, most of the week felt like this. Bleary and a little blurry, thanks to a cold that affected my hydrops ear giving me balance issues and Christmas shopping that desperately needed to happen. Thankfully, Christmas Eve was cozy-like and made up for it.
I’ve been quiet on this space thanks to a hydrops flareup last week. The past week has involved lots of pillows to help prop my head up at a comfortable angle and has meant that my computer time has been precious. Things are better than last week, but it’s been slow progress.
Actually, today wasn’t sheepish at all. But it sounded like a fun title and I did take a picture of the sheep this morning. They just looked all cozy-like as I came down to let them out of their pen.
In other words, we finally got the Christmas tree decorated. We have never been early Christmas tree decorators, but we aren’t usually quite this late. The snowfall last week postponed it, (I’m not sure why, as our neighbors give us one every year from their field!) and it took a while for everyone to be together so it could happen. And even then it was impossible to get a picture without someone walking through the picture!
Other notable happenings today included facetiming with a best friend and seeing her new house, and going Christmas shopping with Jacob.
This poor barn is slowly sinking into the hill side.
One of my best friends lives 3 miles away from me down the hill. We’ve always dreamt and joked about being snowed in and walking to each other’s house, and last week it happened. Her little kiddos and husband were stranded by the snow in town and ended up staying at his parents house, so she was home alone. Thursday morning, she and I started walking at the same time and met each other halfway. We then hiked back up to my house and spent a lovely day sledding, talking and wrapping presents. She ended up spending the night and headed back on Friday after lunch. It was so sweet to have long talks with no time restraints!
We walked through a winter wonderland!
I have also dreamt of looking out my window with my wintry red and white curtains framing the snow covered tree tops. It has been fulfilled. Thank you Jesus.
This morning I sat on the couch and watched the sunrise while I wrote and ate breakfast.
This afternoon, was the children’s nativity at church. It was actually scheduled for Saturday evening, but got postponed due to the icy weather. I’ve had so many younger brothers participate (and myself at one point) in this tradition, so it was a turning point this year to have no brothers involved (they are getting old!) and a nephew playing a sheep (he’s the little confused-looking sheep).
Other notable events include knitting for the first time during the sermon. It helped me stay focused, so I think I will be doing it again. I also got a lovely succulent as a Christmas gift from a dear friend at church and had a good chat with my cousin on her birthday. I’ve also picked up Call the Midwife again and am watching some old seasons, so overall it’s been a good day.
I took this late Friday night. I love it when the garage windows get cold enough and Jack Frost visits.
This morning the snow had hoarfrost.
After a pleasant day of snowiness and yoga and knitting and walks, the day ended differently than I expected. I’ve never sat at Shari’s at 1am drinking tea, but family friends needed time and energy help, so several of us set out on an adventure to lend a hand. We made it to bed at 2am which might be a new record for me!
It’s winter break here, and for once Oregon is actually acting like it’s winter.
Today Mom and I had an adventure driving home from doctor appointments in the snow. It wasn’t the snow that was the problem, it was all the silly people trying to drive home that were completely unprepared and all decided to leave work at the same time. Thankfully, we made it home in 3 hours. I think many people took 4-5 hours, so we were doing good! The trickiest part was weaving through all of the stuck cars and trucks (one semi was putting on chains right in the middle of the freeway!) on I-5 where it went up a slight grade.
But we made it home eventually and after eating a cozy dinner, taking a walk to enjoy the snow, and tucking the animals in for the night, I’m now drinking hot chocolate and watching The Marx Brothers.